Share Tweet America’s Finest 2017 Winners Revealed! Published 3 years ago on August 1, 2017 By INVISION Staff Invision July 2017 Issue THIS IS INVISION’S most anticipated issue of the year, as the torch is passed and a new America’s Finest Optical Retailer is named. And we share that excitement. To be honest, each year, after we’ve vetted the entries and the winner is named, there’s a fear that the next year’s contest couldn’t possibly yield another crop of similarly outstanding businesses. But you guys continue to amaze us with your business acumen, gorgeous offices, creative marketing, and passion for what you do. The optical businesses named this year as first, second, and third place winners are the complete package; but that in no way diminishes the success or accomplishments of 2017’s Honorable Mentions — or any of the entries we reviewed this year. There was a brilliant and valuable idea, cool tip or insightful piece of advice in every single application we received, and we will shout out those businesses and share their bits of wisdom throughout the year as well. In 2018, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the America’s Finest competition, we plan to roll out a few new contest features. So, if you didn’t get selected this year, or if you are frantically whipping your office into shape to finally enter, we encourage you to use the rest of 2017 to work on your entries. The application period for next year’s contest opens in January. Will you accept the challenge? THE JUDGES James and Dr. Laura Armstrong Owners, Alberta Eye care and Cathedral Eye care Winners of INVISION’s 2016 America’s Finest Optical Retailers contest, James and Dr. Laura Armstrong opened Alberta Eye Care (albertaeyecare.com) in Portland, OR’s saturated market five years ago. Now with two practices, they employ 17 and know exactly what it takes to be America’s Finest. Robert Bell Founder, EyeCoach EyeCoach is a sales and marketing practice consultancy. Considered one of the most innovative and effective speakers/trainers in the industry, Bell’s workshop, “Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Only Selling” is highly coveted. Email him at [email protected] Alan H. Cleinman Founder and CEO, Cleinman Performance Partners, Inc. Cleinman Performance Partners (cleinman.com) is a consultancy specializing in the development of larger, high-performance optometry practices. Cleinman and his team have completed over 1,500 transactions for optometrists over the past 25 years. Jim Sepanek Vice President of Sales & Marketing, De Rigo REM Sepanek has 25 years of expertise in the optical market. At De Rigo REM (derigo.us), his primary focus is on developing and executing sales plans, and leading brand and marketing strategy to reinforce De Rigo REM’s business goals. Jack Verdon Owner, Verdon Architects Architect Jack Verdon, AIA, is principal owner of San Francisco’s Verdon Architects, which provides design and architectural solutions for service retail boutiques. Download the firm’s free 8 Step Optometry Office Design Guide at invmag.us/031701. Related Topics:America's Finest 2017INVISION July-August '17store design click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Less is Much, Much More for This Texas Optical Institution Don't Miss This Independent ECP Keeps It PC (Pro-Community!) Near D.C. INVISION Staff Since launching in 2014, INVISION has won 23 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INVISION's editors at [email protected]. Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO SPONSORED BY ESSILOR Ray-Ban® Authentic Introducing the perfect match of Ray-Ban's legendary style and Essilor's Expertise in sight. Click here for more information. You may like GlassesUSA.com Raises $45M It’s 2021! What’s Your Focus? 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