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First Annual Maui Jim Ocean Fest Drawing Big Names

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With one month to go before the First Annual Maui Jim OceanFest, registration for this first-of-its kind waterman competition is proving to draw an elite group of international athletes.

From June 6 to 7 on Ka’anapali Beach fronting the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Maui, HI, athletes will compete in a unique ocean-lifeguard-style event that showcases the breadth and diversity of a wide range of international and Hawaiian-style competitive ocean sports.

Competitors will accumulate points in the varied disciplines over the two days that will accrue towards the individuals’ total in either open or age groups to name an overall Waterman and Waterwoman for the event. They are competing for $40,000 in prize money, which is one of the largest purses in the world for this type of event. Registration remains open until capacity is reached.

Registrations to date include sportsmen coming from as far away as the Gold Coast of Australia and Denver, along with a healthy dose of Hawaii’s top athletes. “Maui Jim OceanFest takes place one week after the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, considered the World Championship for SurfSki and OC-1 paddling,” said Matt Dubrule, Maui Jim Event Director. “So, we are drawing a great group of talent that will make for exciting, fast-paced competition.”

OceanFest is a “sprint” competition that will challenge the best in the world and will create constant excitement for participants and spectators. Races will be no longer than five to 10 minutes in length, broken into categories for men and women. Participants are encouraged to enter multiple races to accrue cumulative points.

Top men who will be at OceanFest include SUP racers Travis Grant (who recently won the Carolina Cup against 800 participants), Riggs and Aaron Napoleon, and Travis Baptiste; Hawaiian outrigger canoecompetitors Alfred Van Gieson, Kai Bartlett, Patrick Dolan, Jim Foti, Jimmy Austin and Kekoa Cramer; Ironman swim record-holder and gold medalist at the World Championships and Pan Pacific Championships John Flanagan; Ironman Competitor Andrew Penny; North Shore lifeguard and downwind surf fanatic Kirk Ziegler; Australian paddleboarder Lachlan Finlay; longstanding waterman racing champion Scott Diederich; Surfskier Richard Spork; and Olympic kayak champion and top OC-1 paddler Zsolt Szadovszki. Inspiring Australian Ironman Jackson Maynard also will arrive at this competition having survived cancer and two rounds of life-saving heart surgery.

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Top women include SUP racers Andrea Moller; paddling champions Jennifer Lee, Rachel Bruntsch,Sondra Purser, Kelsa Gabehart and Jennifer Polcer; lifeguard Chelsea Bizik; eight-time Molokai Paddleboard champion Kanesa Duncan Seraphin; one of the greatest female surf life-saving athletes of all time Karla Gilbert; and open water swim champion Kathy Shipman.

“For anyone wanting to see the best of the best compete in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, this is a not-to-be-missed event,” added Dubrule.

For an updated list of registered participants visit the race website at https://raceroster.com/events/2015/4684/maui-jim-oceanfest/participants.

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EssilorLuxottica Enters Fortune Magazine’s 2019 Change the World List

It’s at the 17th spot on the list.

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(PRESS RELEASE) EssilorLuxottica has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the 17th spot on this annual prestigious list, which recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. Among 52 companies, the Group is honored in particular for its commitment to bring good vision for everyone everywhere and eradicate poor vision, as part of its mission to help people ‘see more, be more and live life to its fullest’.

Even though a pair of eyeglasses can answer most of the world’s vision needs while protecting and framing the beauty of our eyes, the lack of awareness and access have led to a global vision crisis with severe social and economic consequences for billions of people.

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The ranking highlights EssilorLuxottica’s efforts of “doing well by doing good” and how its action to address issues of vision health across the world has a significant positive social impact on people’s lives, while also representing a significant shared value opportunity. With 6.6 billion people on the planet estimated to be in need of vision correction by 2050, of which 5 billion will be affected by the myopia epidemic, taking action without delay is key.

Hence, EssilorLuxottica exists to give vision a voice and respond to the world’s growing vision needs by meeting the changing lifestyles of existing consumers and inventing new ways to reach the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision and the 6 billion people who do not protect their eyes from harmful rays.

One of the Group’s initiatives include the launch of the 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5NVG) and BoP Innovation lab by Essilor in 2013, a line of more affordable and stylish prescription glasses targeted at the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision, of which 90% live in base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) economies. With the help of more than 600 partners – from governments to NGOs to corporates – 2.5 NVG and the BoP Innovation Lab have enabled access to a pair of glasses for more than 25 million people across 62 countries in need of vision correction, and empowered nearly 12,000 micro-entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses, providing sustainable access to vision care to 250 million people.

Luxottica as well, through its support for OneSight, an independent non-profit organization of which the company is the founding sponsor, provides access to quality vision care and glasses in underserved communities worldwide. Since 1988, OneSight has partnered with local health organizations, governments, school districts, industry leaders, doctors and volunteers impacting over 21 million people in 49 countries and counting—creating opportunity and sustainable change along the way. So far, it has established 131 sustainable centers in countries like Rwanda, China and the United States, and hosted over 1,420 charitable clinics globally.

Pleased to be recognized by Fortune on their 2019 Change the World list, Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, head of mission at EssilorLuxottica, commented: “Eradicating poor vision is not only a unique business opportunity but a big responsibility for us as an industry leader. If nothing is done, billions of people in the world will continue to suffer from uncorrected poor vision. This will not only have negative social and personal repercussions but will also severely impact various economies in the world. Therefore, we strive to drive innovation across the market with the goal of providing the best vision care solutions, creating and establishing access points, awareness for good vision and bring good vision and quality products to everyone everywhere in the world.”

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Eyemart Express Announces as Senior Vice President of Store Operations

He will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Eyemart Express, a leading national value optical retailer and the fastest provider of quality prescription eyewear in the industry, announced the hiring of Bill Butler as senior vice president of store operations. Mr. Butler will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development. He will work closely with executive and store leadership teams to refine Eyemart Express’ store operations procedures — ensuring the optical retailer’s 203 stores nationwide optimize retail and lab productivity and deliver a world-class customer experience.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill to our executive team,” said Michael Bender, Eyemart Express CEO. “His proven track record in operations, along with his team-centric leadership style, aligns with our growth goals and cultural values. He will be a great asset to our team as we continue to provide our customers with access to affordable, high-quality prescription eyewear through our unique and convenient same-day business model.”

Mr. Butler formerly served as vice president, operations at CVS Health, where he oversaw operations in both the West and Midwest regions. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles at Omnicare, Ardent Health Services and Deloitte.

“I am delighted to join the Eyemart Express team as it grows and enhances the customer experience in stores nationwide,” said Mr. Butler.

Learn more about Mr. Butler and the Eyemart Express leadership team at: https://www.eyemartexpress.com/about#leadership.

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Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

They will open between late August and September.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MASON, OH — Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered to bring national optical retail centers to naval bases in Virginia Beach, VA, San Diego, CA, and Groton, CT, with the opportunity to expand to additional bases in the future. This is Pearle Vision’s first partnership with a military organization and NEXCOM’s first partnership with a national optical retailer.

“Pearle Vision’s partnership with NEXCOM represents a win-win opportunity for both our brand and for the patrons served by NEXCOM,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager for Pearle Vision. “We are pleased to be able to create this new, alternate channel with exciting potential for growth, and we also are proud to support NEXCOM’s commitment to providing valuable, quality products and services to the military personnel at these three naval bases.”

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NEXCOM brings a breadth of goods and services to naval bases to enhance the quality of life for active-duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. The Pearle Vision partnership complements NEXCOM’s strategy to provide value to its patrons through partnerships with national brands such as Wendy’s, Chili’s, Apple, Pandora and UPS.

“This contract with Pearle Vision will support our mission to enhance the quality of life for our military members and their families stationed at these Naval bases,” said Greg Thomas, senior vice president, store operations, NEXCOM.

The three corporately owned Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will open between late August and September. The EyeCare Centers on base will be open to those with a military ID, and online eye exam scheduling will be available at pearlevision.com.

The new Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will feature a selection of premium eyeglass frames and contact lenses.

Following the Pearle Vision model of having eye doctors and retail under one roof, the centers will have optometrists on-site. The EyeCare Centers will accept Tricare and other national insurance plans.

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