Vision Expo Daily 10/05/2013 - Vision Expo West Day 3 : Page 1

SA TURDA LAS VEGAS Introducing: All new Sunlites collection! Altair Booth #14087 Y SHOW DAILY PUBLISHED BY IN COOPERA TION WITH INTERNA TIONAL VISION EXPO OCTOBER 5, 2013 With a Nod to the Past, Show Organizers See a Bright Future LAS VEGAS—With the 25th anniversary celebration as a backdrop, Vision Expo West entered its second day of brisk business with unaudited numbers indi-cating that show attendance is tracking ahead of last year, according to show organizers. “International Vision Expo is unlike any other show in the world and we owe it all to our loyal attendees, exhibitors, and industry partners,” said Courtney Muller, group vice president for Reed Exhibitions. “After 25 years, our founding exhibitors have become family. The same companies are still supporting our shows in the same way and our part-nership with The Vision Council is stronger than ever. “International Vision Expo is a solid brand that has evolved as the industry has evolved,” said Deborah Castor, vice president of trade shows and meetings for The Vision Council. “We’re committed to bringing you the most innovative products, tech-nologies and comprehensive solutions to help your businesses grow and fl ourish. The key is actively listening to our attendees and exhibitors and adapt-ing to meet the changing needs of our industry. If it wasn’t for that, we probably wouldn’t be around.” ■ Celebrity appearances included NFL great Terrell Owens (r) with Eyefinity’s Steve Baker; Bill Nye the “Science Guy” at VSP Optics Group’s booth; and the America’s Cup Team at Tag Heuer. 25 Years and Counting—A Look Back at Vision Expo West LAS VEGAS—In honor of Vision Expo West’s 25th anniversary, Vision Expo Daily hit the convention floor to ask exhibitors and show goers to share with us how many shows they’ve attended, how they’ve seen the conference change and why they keep coming back. We also asked them to recall some of their fondest Expo memories. From first time visitors to a very special lady who has been to every show for the last quarter century, here are the stories they told us: Cindy May I2I Optometry Irvine & Laguna Beach, Calif. “I’ve been coming to VEW since 1990; I’ve probably attended close to 20 Expos. A couple of years ago, I injured my knee and the Expo people got a scooter for me to use. The first year they had to find one. The next year they had some here to rent. It’s possible that experience caused them to do that.” Rich C. Palmer Practical Engineering, LLC Minneapolis, Minn. “I’ve been coming to West for over 20 years. I’ve seen the changes in the machinery from the days of hand pans to digital surfacing. In 1990, when I was with Gerber Optical, we introduced multiple axis generating. Seeing what has evolved from that to what we have today—digital surfacing—has been amazing.” Jon Torrey Think About Your Eyes Alexandria, Va. “The best thing about Vision Expo West is its effectiveness for an exhibitor because lots of doctors come and don’t bring their families. From an exhibitor’s standpoint, that’s nirvana because then they come through the show floor, as opposed to shows in Orlando or Anaheim, where everybody brings their families and goes to Disney.” Continued on page 73

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