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ABB Optical Group Announces Leadership Changes

6 people have taken new positions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors.

“ABB Optical is evolving, and with our new organizational structure in place, we are better positioned to deftly navigate market changes and strategically focus on the future success of our customers,” said ABB Optical Group CEO Tom Burke. “Each of these leaders brings experience, knowledge and passion to our team. I look forward to working closely with each to them as we bring our strategic vision to life and champion the customer at every turn.”

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Meghan (Meg) FitzGerald
Meg FitzGerald has joined the ABB Optical Group board of directors. FitzGerald serves as managing partner of L1 Health. With $3 billion of capital under management, L1 Health is focused on long-term value creation as the healthcare investment vehicle of LetterOne, an international investment business. Prior to L1 Health, FitzGerald was executive vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and health policy at Cardinal Health and a member of the company’s executive committee. She also is a member of the board of directors for SeniorLink, an innovative proven model of in-home care for elders; Concert Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company; Gelesis, a biotechnology company developing a novel category of potential therapies for obesity; Tenet Healthcare, a leading Fortune 200 healthcare service company; and Arix Bioscience, a public global healthcare and life sciences specialist company supporting medical innovation. Additionally, FitzGerald serves as an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches the business of healthcare and strategy.

Mike Bono
Mike Bono has been named ABB Optical Group’s new chief financial officer and will oversee the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company. Bono has more than 30 years of financial management experience with public and private companies. Prior to joining ABB Optical, he was the chief financial officer of Medical Specialties Distributors, a leading post-acute service solutions provider serving the home infusion, home medical equipment and oncology markets.

Michael Dell, Esq.
Attorney Michael Dell has been appointed as ABB Optical Group’s general counsel, a newly created position. Dell will be responsible for leading strategic and tactical legal initiatives, providing the senior management team with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation and securing and overseeing the work of outside counsel as needed. He has more than 20 years of legal experience as an attorney and general counsel. Dell also joins ABB Optical Group from Medical Specialties Distributors, where he served as general counsel.

Erika Jurrens
Erika Jurrens has joined ABB Optical Group as senior vice president of strategic development and commercialization. Jurrens will oversee strategy and execution of products, programs and services with a close eye on how each area of the business benefits customers and patients. Previously, Jurrens led product development and marketing as vice president for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 15 company with revenues topping $100 billion.

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Aaron See
Previously vice president of marketing, Aaron See is now senior vice president of manufacturer partnerships, a newly created position. See will be responsible for all aspects of ABB Optical Group’s vendor strategies, leading and enhancing a centralized vendor management function to develop strategic vendor partnerships, implement programs and improve processes. The 20-year industry veteran also will oversee ABB OPTICAL’s gas permeable and custom soft lenses business. Prior to joining ABB OPTICAL in 2014, See was vice president of marketing at Johnson & Johnson’s Vision Care division in Japan.

Paul Sherman
Paul Sherman has taken a new position as chief development officer. He previously led ABB Optical Group’s finance team for eight years as chief financial officer. In his new role, Sherman will be responsible for business development, acquisitions and execution of the company’s prioritized opportunities. Sherman has more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience and has held leadership positions in public, private and private-equity owned companies. Prior to joining ABB OPTICAL, he served as chief financial officer of LNR Property Corporation, a $4 billion diversified real estate investment, finance, management and development company.

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ABB Optical Group Opens New Optical Lens Fabrication Lab

It is replacing the company’s existing facility in Cincinnati.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL — ABB Optical Group, a leading national provider of optical products, services and business solutions for the eye care industry, announces that ABB Labs, the company’s optical lens fabrication business pillar, has opened a new laboratory located in Erlanger, Kentucky.

The new 42,000 sq. ft. facility is replacing the company’s existing 8,000 sq. ft. facility located in Cincinnati. The lab’s current staff of more than 60 people will move into the new building, which in the future plans to employ approximately 200 individuals.

“The new ABB Labs facility has the capabilities and capacity to continue providing our customers with superior products and extraordinary service with a fast turnaround time, two things that ABB Labs is recognized for in the optical industry,” said Tom Burke, ABB Optical Group chief executive officer. “In time, our new lab in Erlanger will be able to produce between 2,500 and 3,000 lens fabrication jobs per day. We are excited for the future of ABB Labs and the important role we play in ensuring that eye care professionals have the products, services and solutions they need to help them deliver the highest quality eye care to their patients.”

Furlong Building provided the construction services for the renovation of the new Erlanger building. The construction project for the building includes laboratory, fabrication and distribution and office space.

The lab officially began operations in mid-November, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony held on November 20, 2019. The new facility is located at 4400 Olympic Blvd., Unit 4530, in Erlanger.

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Charmant Contest Winner Takes Great Adventure

It was an all-expenses-paid-adventure of their choice.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MORRIS PLAINS, NJ –  CHARMANT USA Inc, the manufacturer of high-quality, high-comfort eyewear ran a sales-based promotion for its well-known brand Eddie Bauer. The 2019 Live Your Adventure contest provided one lucky customer with an all-expenses-paid-adventure of their choice.

Dr. Mark Bowers and his wife, Amanda Bowers of Blountville Family Eyecare in Blountville, TN won the trip and enjoyed an adventure in Oregon in August of this year. The trip included a four-day, three-night stay. They were able to select from one of four locations: Maine, Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado.

“We’d like to say thanks to CHARMANT for giving us the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of the great state of Oregon,” said Bowers. “We had a wonderful time hiking and capturing the stunning scenery. It was a great adventure!”

The contest was based on purchases, every Eddie Bauer frame purchased from CHARMANT between January 28th and April 30th earned customers one entry into a drawing. Every customer who purchased 20 or more Eddie Bauer frames earned double entries. The drawing was held on May 31st, and the winner was announced in June.

“We always enjoy providing our great customers with opportunities to earn special rewards for their patronage,” stated CHARMANT’s Vice President of Sales, Jean Simone. “We trust that Dr. and Mrs. Bowers enjoyed their adventure; and that this contest will keep the Eddie Bauer brand top of mind for many of our customers.”

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PECAA Launches a Comprehensive Dry Eye Program for Members

It is an all-encompassing, comprehensive learning experience that walks participants through the process of building a dry eye profit center in just 90 days.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PORTLAND, OR – PECAA, a nationwide Doctor Alliance Group representing over 3,700 independent eye care practitioners, announced the launch of a new program to its membership. The program, developed in conjunction with Dry Eye University, is an all-encompassing, comprehensive learning experience that walks participants through the process of building a dry eye profit center in just 90 days.

90 Days to Dry Eye, as the program is being called, will utilize live events, online module courses and interactive coaching to help provide participating practices with customized implementation strategies to help build their thriving dry eye service.

“Dry eye care represents a significant opportunity for a practice to diversify their revenue stream with non-managed care revenue,” said Bryan Hoban, member business manager, PECAA. “This program provides members the tools and resources needed to fully maximize their potential in this space.”

Participating practices can expect to receive clinical dry eye education, staff training, vendor selection coaching, equipment recommendations, facility layout consultations, marketing and referral outreach strategies, and much more.

“PECAA developed this program to support practices who are actively looking for ways to expand their scope of practice and provide better care to patients,” added Jamie Hughes, senior vice president and general manager, PECAA. “Practices engaged in this program will be better prepared to compete in today’s changing eyecare landscape.”

The member-exclusive 90 Days to Dry Eye Program will cost $899, which includes a one year subscription to Dry Eye Access for the entire office and covers the Dry Eye University registration fee and all meals at the live event taking place in Irving, TX March 20 – March 21, 2020.

To learn more about the new program visit pecaa.com/dry-eye-education.

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