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Vision Expo West – Speed Dating: The Next Generation of Retailers

The Event to Offer Guidance to New Business Owners

Vision Expo West is pleased to introduce The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event at this year’s Show. For the first time ever, new and potential business owners will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the industry’s most successful independent retailers to learn the ins and outs of business ownership.

New and potential business owners interested in participating can submit their application online.

Hosted by Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business Magazine, and James Spina, editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, the event will take place Thursday, Sept. 19 in The OPTImum Lounge (Booth #18130) from 3 p.m.–4p.m.

I wish I had access to something like this when I was first starting out. It’s a great opportunity to bounce things off people who have already ‘been there, done that’ or to ask really pointed questions that you may not otherwise have an opportunity to ask.

Wendy Salle, Salle Opticians

Participating retailers include:

  • Edward Beiner, owner of Edward Beiner Eyewear
  • Siobhán Burns, owner of The Eyeglass Lass
  • Julia Gogosha, owner of Gogosha Optique
  • Tanya Gill, OD and owner of Oakland Vision Center
  • Stephanie Haenes, COO and owner of Art of Optiks
  • Utenzi Miller, owner of Elegant Eyes
  • Nate Ogura, owner of Eyes on Fremont
  • Todd Rogers, owner of Todd Rogers Eyewear
  • Selima Salaun, owner of Selima Optique
  • Wendy Salle, owner of Salle Opticians

Following the event, a sangria reception hosted by Etnia Barcelona will be open to all Vision Expo West attendees.

Etnia Barcelona is extremely excited to sponsor The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event. All the panel members are independent and unique in their own way, matching perfectly with the Etnia Barcelona core values. As the optical industry is expanding and growing, Etnia Barcelona is in a great position to partner with Vision Expo West to bring a fun new form of networking to the independent optician that helps build relationships across the industry.

Pablo Cobian, U.S. general manager for Etnia Barcelona

To register for Vision Expo West 2019, visit visionexpowest.com and be sure to follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Read more about Vision Expo on TEF Magazine here or visit their website.

Author: maarten weidema

After designing eyewear for over 18 years, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded “International Optical Personality of the Year” for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 322.000 ECPs.

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