Vision Monday September 6, 2012 - Vision Expo West Daily Day 1 : Page 1

LAS VEGAS THURSDA A Celebrity Favorite! Y SHOW DAILY PUBLISHED BY IN COOPERA TION WITH INTERNA TIONAL VISION EXPO SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 VM Reveals Winners of The 2012’s D.A.R.E. Awards NEW YORK— Vision Monday has announced the winners of their 2nd Annual Dispensing and Retail Excellence (D.A.R.E.) Awards. The D.A.R.E. Awards were con-ceived to honor daring optical retailers and dispensers from across North America in five dif-ferent categories, with an addi-tional winner, chosen by reader votes, for a sixth award. The 2012 Vision Monday D.A.R.E. Award winners are: The Resistance Is Futile Award for Most Daring Advertising Campaign: l.a. Eyeworks , Los Angeles, Calif. Owners: Gai Gherardi Barbara McReynolds Industry Gets Down to Business as Expo Kicks Off LAS VEGAS—Over the next three days, attendees and exhibitors alike will be treated to the latest trends in eyecare, eyewear, equipment and lens technol-ogy as Vision Expo West opens its doors here today. While pre-registration fi gures were not available at presstime, show organizers remained positive The Seeing Green Award for Most Daring Eco-chievement: Accurate Optical Company, Salisbury, Md. Owners: Steven M. Zeidman, OD, Charles L. McDonald, OD, John F. Lynch, Jr., OD The Shop It Like It’s Hot Award for Most Daring Store Design, Retail Environment, Merchan-dising and/or Window Display: Europtics , Denver, Colo. Co-owner and President: Ira Haber Continued on page 81 about the business climate of the show. “The buzz from last year’s show has not died down,” said Tom Loughran, vice president for Reed Exhibitions. “Since 2011, we have strengthened the quality of attendee and buying power on the show fl oor. Our Optimum Program, which includes million dollar practices, Vision Monday’s Top 50 Retailers and boutique buyers, has grown in participation by 22 percent. We’ve also added 11 new groups to our Partner Program, for a total of 38. “Throughout the show, these organizations will host multiple networking events, meetings and attend education to better our industry as a whole,” he said. ■ What CE Courses Are You Taking? William Henderson, OD Lisa Burns , Optician Franklin Park Vision Sylvania, Ohio “I’m focusing on trouble-shooting, patient loyalty, near vision and computer technology. I’m like an old dog always learning new tricks. I have to get better at social media and all that, but in order to do that you have to know what you’re selling.” Uptown Vision Dallas, Texas “Today I’ve got a couple of medical classes: Top 10 Eye Medications, What’s New in Eyecare and Multimillion Dollar Practice. I’m doing a little bit of everything. There’s a lot of changes in all the new EMRs, that’s one of things we’re mainly looking at this time.” A Pick-Me-Up From Frames Data Need a pick-me-up? Visit Frames Data at Booth #23121 for chocolate covered espresso beans. Indulge your sweet tooth and get an energy boost at the same time. While you’re there, learn about an exciting new way you can use your Frames Data subscription, new software integrations launching soon and the new online wholesale price finder. An added bonus? Look for special appearances by Framey the Frames Data mascot! ■

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