Article Date: 12/1/2000

People and Promotions

Rodenstock NA names CEO. Jim Cox has been named president and CEO of Rodenstock North America. Cox resigned his position as executive vice president for business and product development at SOLA International.

In other company news, Cox named David Eichelberger vice president of Sales at this year's Optical Laboratory Association's (OLA) meeting in San Diego.

SOLA board appoints president and CEO. SOLA International Inc.'s board of directors has appointed Jeremy C. Bishop to be the company's president and chief executive officer, replacing John E. Heine. In addition, he's been elected to the company's board of directors.

B&L announces two new executives. Bausch & Lomb has named Steven T. Schuster president of Vision Care for North America and corporate vice president, while also appointing Marie L. Smith as corporate vice president and chief information officer.

VCA new hires and promotions. Vision Council of America (VCA) has promoted Deborah Malakoff to vice president of Show and Member Relations. VCA also named Joseph S. LaMountain vice president of Strategic Communications, a new position. Brian P. Carroll was also signed on as controller.

Company News

OLA excellence winners announced. The Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) announced the winners of its 2000 Awards of Excellence at the close of its annual convention this year.

The following categories and companies were honored:

         Best in Lenses -- Signet Armorlite/Corning for SunSensors Lenses

         Best in Lens Treatments -- Transitions Optical, Inc. for Splitz- Transitions Funlenses

         Best in Lens Marketing -- Corning Optical Products for SunSensors Lenses Marketing Program

         Best in Processing Tools & Materials -- DAC Vision for Quick Release Pad Processing System

         Best in Accessory Products -- Made in the Shades for Fantom Clip Custom Clip-on Sunglasses

         Best in Frames -- Zyloware Corporation for Sophia Loren M102 Stainless Steel

         Best in Specialty Frames -- Titmus Optical, Inc. for PC264

         Best in Surfacing Equipment ---Loh Optical Machinery for .Toro X-SL

         Best in Lens Treatment Equipment -- Ultra Optics Company for M/R III Scratch Resistant Coating System

         Best in Finishing Equipment -- Loh Optical Machinery, Inc. for Weco Edge 880 Lab.

OLA presented its Director's Choice award posthumously to O.W. and John C. Coburn, founder of Coburn Optical.

Optometric Management, Issue: December 2000