Vision Monday March 24, 2012 - Vision Expo East Daily Day 2 : 1

SA A Celebrity Favorite! TURDA YORK Y NEW NEW Y ORK PUBLISHED BY SHOW DAILY MARCH 24, 2012 IN COOPERA TION WITH INTERNA TIONAL VISION EXPO Attendees Weigh In Vision Expo East Opens With High Energy NEW YORK—As the exhibit hall opened its doors for its fi rst full day of business, Spring wasn’t the only thing in the air as the show buzzed with a positive energy indicating that business, like the economy, was on the upswing. “Even spectacular weather could not keep buyers away from the opening of the show,” said Tom Loughran, VP for Reed Exhibitions. “We were prepared for success but have been overwhelmed by the turnout. Our attendance fi gures, and the buzz from the Pavilions, confi rm that we have the right show, in the right city, at the right time.” Vision Expo will be calling Javits home for some time to come, according to Loughran who said, “We will continue to hold Vision Expo East at the Javits Center through 2020.” ■ A s Vision Expo got underway, the Show Daily asked attendees what they came to see. Some even shared their thoughts on the state of the economy. Vicky and Ernesto Fernandez, Buyer and Practice Manager, Med Eye Optical, Miami, Fla. “We manage several opticals in Miami we came in to see the new collections. Thank God we didn’t suffer that much because of the economy. When it comes to vision, everyone needs us. So in terms of business, we’re actually strong.” Maureen Kushnir, Opticianry Assistant, Bayonne, N.J. “We always like to come to the show and see all the new things. We visit our reps that we don’t see all the time. We just enjoy it. It’s a social day but a business day too with big orders. Busi-ness was really, really slow before Christmas, mid-October to December, but now everything’s opening up again.” Corporate OD Meeting Presentations Point to a Growing Optical Market NEW YORK—Statistics presented at the Alcon-sponsored Corporate Optometry Reports (COR) Meeting held here Thurs-day at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Times Square consistently point to a growing opti-cal market. Moderated by Dwight Akerman, OD, FAAO, director, professional affairs and programs for Alcon, the afternoon-long meeting consisted of industry leaders and business analysts reviewing the current state of the optical market. Jim Murphy, VP/GM of U.S. Vision Care for Alcon began with an overview of the company’s financial status for 2011. Globally, Alcon Eye Care generat-ed $9.9 billion in revenue in 2011 with a Andrea Cangialosi, OD, The Morrison Associates, Harrisburg, Penn. “I’ve never been to Expo before and since I’m an optometrist, I wanted to check everything out—the new styles of frames especially. I think it’s pretty cool. You get the CE and get to learn about the new styles, equipment, lenses; it’s totally inclusive. We take a lot of insurance plans, so we’re not having a problem.” Greg Amato, CEO, Epolin, Inc., Newark, N.J. “We come every year to meet our Taiwanese cus-tomers. We’re a chemical company and make spe-cial IR absorbing dyes for specialty sun lenses. Since there are many lenses molded in Taiwan, our customers come to see their custom-ers and it’s an easy way for us to meet everyone. In terms of the economy, we’re actually up.” (L to R) John Rumpakis, OD, MBA, Practice Resource Management, Inc., Mitch Munson, OD, American Optometric Association and Dwight Akerman, OD, Alcon. growth rate of 6 percent in the U.S, all accomplished in the middle of the integra-tion of CIBA Vision. Continued on page 85

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