Shashi Bellamkonda is the Social Media Swami (otherwise known as Sr. Director, Social Media) ofWeb.com and Adjunct Marketing Professor atGeorgetown University. Shashi Bellamkonda was honored by the Washington Business Journal's 2012 Washington Minority Business Leader award. he was previously featured in Washingtonian's Top 100 Tech Titans list in the Community and Thought leadership category of the Washington Tech Titans list :http://bit.ly/ttshashi and the Washington Business Journal called him the Social Listenerhttp://bit.ly/wbjshashi. Other media mentions include Washington Post, WUSA9, NY1 TV, Webmaster Radio, BlogTalk Radio, Tech BisNow, Capitol Communicator, and many other digital and media publications. He has co-authored chapters in two books also been featured in 15 Books on marketing and social media.
Shashi is passionate about helping small business and has spoken on Small Business and social media tools at conferences like SXSW, IABC, PRSA, Mid-Atlantic Summit, MarketingProfs and Affiliate Summit. Blogging is a passion and along withhttp://blog.networksolutions.com he blogs at http://www.shashi.coo and writes for The Washington Business Journal blog, examiner.com, and for techcocktail.com. Shashi speaks at national and regional small business, communications and marketing conferences. Few examples are SXSW, PRSA Digital Impact 2010, Optimization Summit, Affiliate Summit, Affcon, All Services Social Media Council, New Comm Forum (SNCR.org) 2009, American Independent Writers, NVTC,Tech Council of Maryland, Greater Baltimore Technology Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, and IABC.
Shashi has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Public Administration, Sociology and Economics, Osmania University (India) and a bachelor's degree, Hotel Management, Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (India) along with a Diploma in Business Management, Indira Gandhi Open University (India) and has done Essentials of Marketing coursework at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
He is on advisory boards for SCORE and the Capital Communicator and also mentors start-ups, entrepreneurs and Small business. Some of the companies who have benefited areJetJoose, Kikscore, Markerly, Infusd, Hy.ly and Inwiter.
John D. Marvin
John D. Marvin is President and CEO of TSO, Inc. (Texas State Optical). Founded in 1936, Texas State Optical is the oldest eye care organization in Texas and has provided complete eye care for more Texas families than any other eye care organization.
The network of independent, professional optometrists is a member-owned cooperative and specializes in providing practice management training marketing, advertising and consulting, supporting over 120 network member offices. Sales for the network topped $94 million dollars in 2012 and has posted increases in each of the past eight years. While the average revenue of an optometry practice in the USA is between $450K and $600K, the average for the TSO network offices is over $750K.
John has a longstanding history of management experience, leadership and marketing within the ophthalmic and optometric industry. He publishes a weekly practice management blog at www.practiceprinciples.net
Jason Daniels, Sales Director, EyeCarePro
Marketing a practice on the Internet can be a confusing and complicated effort. Jason Daniels brings years of expertise in Optometry and Internet marketing to optometric audiences across North America. He is known for his energy and uncompromising enthusiasm at industry events.
Jason has an uncanny way of helping optometric practices learn how to make the Internet work for them. His engaging presentations make the complex simple and the state of today’s technology, funny, interesting and exciting. He leaves his audiences smarter and hungry for more.
Alan Glazier, OD, FAAO
Dr. Glazier is known for his in depth understanding of Internet marketing, having totally eliminated traditional marketing from his practice in 2007 in favor of social media and search optimization. He is the author of numerous articles in professional magazines on the subject including “Searchial Marketing” describing how interacting within social media elevates a practice listing in search engines. Dr. Glazier was one of the first 3 optometrists in the world to use PCS software in his practice and has been recently awarded one of the “most influential” optometrists” of 2012 by the VisionMonday organization.
Dr. Glazier is the co-founder of Seeing is Believing and CEing is Believing, optometry’s virtual conferences.
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford is an optometrist specializing in the vision of infants and children. He grew up in Ocala, FL. He received a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Florida and is a 2004 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. He completed his residency in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at Illinois College of Optometry in 2005.
"Dr. Nate" is past president of the Hillsborough Society of Optometry and is the Chair of the Florida Optometric Association’s Children’s Vision Committee. Additionally, he is a social media consultant, lecturer and, writer. He has volunteered at the Special Olympics and as a member of Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity he has performed charitable vision screenings in the US and Nicaragua.
Dr. Nate lives in Tampa with his wife, two wonderful children, and a fish.
Joshua A. Schoenbart, Founder of The EyeBook
CEO & Founder The EyeBook
Mr. Schoenbart’s background as an entrepreneur started in 2004 when he bought and sold eyeglasses and sunglasses for eye doctors and eyeglass stores on Long Island. From there he moved on to design and manufacture his own glasses. Wanting to make a difference for patients and their families, he launched The EyeBook in 2010, now one of the fastest growing support directories in optometry.
Neil Gailmard, OD
Dr. Neil Gailmard is president and COO of Prima Eye Group, a practice management alliance for optometrists. He is also CEO of Gailmard Eye Center, a large multi-doctor practice in the Chicago area. Neil serves as a management consultant to ODs in private practice and he is a visiting lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He has authored the popular Optometric Management Tip of the Week e-newsletter for over ten years.
Jerry Hayes, OD
The CEO and Co-Founder of Prima Eye Group, Jerry Hayes, OD is a well known writer and speaker on the business side of optometric practice. He has provided one-on-one consulting and staff management advice to hundreds of high producing ODs over the last decade.
Nathan Hayes, Director of Business Development, joins Prima with a solid background in the eyecare industry. Before Prima launched in 2011, he spent five years in business development for Red Tray and HMI Buying Group. In his role with Prima, Nathan serves as a liaison with our vendor partners, heads up our newly introduced Prima Metrics program, and provides support and leadership for Prima's unique 3 Year Growth Plan program.
Nathan graduated from Vanderbilt University in three years, with degree in Spanish with a minor in mathematics. After graduating he spent a year working abroad. Before getting into eyecare, he was an Assistant Store Manager and completed the Corporate Training Program with Haverty's Furniture Company in Atlanta, GA.
Nathan and his wife Heather have one son, Daniel. In his spare time Nathan serves as an elder in his church, and he enjoys outdoors activities, especially cycling and hiking.
Nikki Iravani, OD
CEO & Founder of Global Eye Ventures, LLC
Dr. Nikki Iravani, is a board certified optometrist and founder/CEO of Global EyeVentures, developer of EyeXam mobile platform. With over one million downloads, EyeXam is the industry-leading mobile application connecting eye care practitioners and potential patients. EyeXam uses an engaging patent pending vision screening technology, which allows consumers to locate eye care practitioners, and have bi-directional communication with the practice.
Prior to founding Global EyeVentures and launching EyeXam, was the Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs at CooperVision, the world’s second largest contact lens manufacturer. Dr. Iravani has extensive management experience in the contact lens industry as well as clinical ophthalmology and optometry. Dr. Iravani has been a consultant in the ophthalmic industry and is currently on the advisory board of various eye care companies. Dr. Iravani graduated from the University of California-Irvine with a bachelor of science in biological sciences and received her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston, College of Optometry.
Justin Bazan, OD
Dr. Justin Bazan graduated from SUNY State College of Optometry in 2004 and currently practices at Vision Source Park Slope Eye in Brooklyn, New York. He has been an active social media user since the early 90s. Professionally, he has been using social media channels like Wordpress, Yelp, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Foursquare since 2007. His business has gained popularity due to integrating social media into his business strategy – he estimates approximately 20% of new patients are gained as a result of their social media efforts and the revenue acquired from those patients is well into six figures. Park Slope Eye’s Facebook Page has over 2,300 fans, their YouTube channel has nearly 70 videos with over 18,500 views, their Yelp page maintains a 4.5 star rating with 200+ reviews and their Twitter handle has 3,300 followers. Dr. Bazan is a recognized speaker on social media in the eye care industry and small business world.
Jim Winnick, OD, FAAO
Dr. Winnick received his degree as Doctor of Optometry from the State University of New York, College of Optometry in 1997 after completing his undergraduate work at Cornell University. In addition, he completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Pacific University College of Optometry and is a Diplomat Fellow the American Academy of Optometry.
Additional professional associations include: Past Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley, School of Optometry and Past President of the Alameda Contra Costa Counties Optometric Association. He is a member of the California Optometric Association where he is also past “Young Optometrist of the Year.” Additionally, Dr. Winnick is a member of the American Optometric Association, Cornea and Contact Lens Section, Bay Area Optometric Society, Alameda/Contra Costa Optometric Society and serves as a Board Member for VSP Global.
Jay Binkowitz, Optometric Consultant
President GPN, The EDGE
Over the last 30 years Mr. Binkowitz has had extensive experience in retail operations, merchandising & marketing, manufacturing & distribution, technology development, national sales, and on site consulting.
With the development of GPN he has created a unique support company that provides interactive business consulting services nationally along with new management tools and processes like The EDGE & VHR-Advisor.com.
Dr. Carole R. Burns, O.D.F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Carole Burns is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and The State University of New York Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency. She is a fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development and CEO of Professional VisionCare, a full scope optometric practice with nine practicing optometrists.
Dr. Burns is a clinical instructor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry where she has served as assistant chief of the Binocular Vision and Pediatric Services.
Dr. Burns is Chief Operating Officer of Mobile America VisionCare, a company that delivers optometric care to nursing facilities statewide.
Dr. Burns’ clinical expertise is centered on the visual needs of athletes, pediatrics and the special needs population. She lectures nationally to medical professionals and educators, and she has authored the “Specialty Practice” section of the textbook used by all optometry students, Business Aspects of Optometry.
Dr. Burns is active in her church and has home educated her two sons. She can often be found supporting her sons at chess tournaments or on the golf course. She is married to Dr. Mark Wright who is a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.
Scot Morris, OD
International speaker, educator, author, and management consultant, Dr. Scot Morris is well known for his experience in ocular surface disease, technology, and practice management. He is recognized for both his expertise and his enthusiasm for helping professionals optimize their practices. Dr. Morris is widely published in professional journals, books, clinical references, and web-based resources. He also serves as chief optometric editor for Optometric Management and as a consultant to many eye care companies.
Scot is the operating partner of the eye-care consulting service, Morris Education & Consulting Associates. He is founder and senior technology consultant of Ocular Technology Solutions, Inc. He also serves as owner and medical director of Eye Consultants of Colorado. Scot is also a founding member of the National Student Practice Management Symposium Series. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association.
Dr. Morris earned his doctorate in optometry at Indiana University in 1996 and completed his residency in ocular disease and refractive surgery at Triad Eye Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. He served as the cornea and refractive clinical director of Discover Vision Centers in Kansas City for five years before moving to Colorado in 2002. Dr. Morris practiced at a refractive surgery center in Denver for two years before acquiring Eye Consultants of Colorado.
Dr. Morris is a devoted family man. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Kelly and two sons. He takes pleasure in coaching his sons' sports teams and enjoys traveling with his family.
Mark Hinton, Chief Executive Officer and President of eYeFacilitate is a graduate with honors and a degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing & Engineering Technology from Hillsborough College located in Tampa, Florida.
With exceptional skills and the aide of experts, consultants, and a focused team Mark passionately and thoughtfully created and developed a very successful independent primary eyecare practice with optical retail exceeding incredible annual sales of 1.4 million dollars by 1997; uncommon and ahead of all benchmarks for that time.
Mark is an American Board of Opticianry certified educator with more than 30 years passionately engaged in the optical industry. Mark is a graduate of Sandler Professional Sales Training, A graduate of Carew International Sales Development and graduate of “Selling By Design,” the art of communication.
From 1998 to present, Mark has pursued his career path in completely understanding the mind of the patient/consumer, laboratory processes and the “sales” intention of the manufacturers within the optical industry; while working with like-minded practitioners in uncovering their practice needs and advancing practice opportunities through smart strategies and thoughtfully scripted patient communication.
Rebecca L. Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE
Rebecca Johnson is an enthusiastic and motivational ophthalmic staff trainer, a nationally recognized speaker, author and the Executive Director of Business Services for GPN. She has been honored as a recipient of American Optometric Association Paraoptometric Special Service Award and Vision Monday’s “Most Influential Women in Optical”. She writes recurring columns for Administrative Eyecare, Optometric Management, and Invision and presents courses at National and State Optometric Meetings across the United States and Canada.
When she is not traveling, Rebecca enjoys time at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, Gary, Duke the Wonder Dog and five grandchildren.
Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD
Mark Wright, OD is a prolific writer and speaker in the optometric field. Besides lecturing and writing , he is currently involved in two companies, Pathways to Success, a company dedicated to providing personal and business management tools utilizing an internet-based format, and Progressive Publishing Company, a company dedicated to meeting the special needs of eyecare practices.
Dr. Gary Gerber, CEO
Dr. Gary Gerber is the founder and president The Power Practice®, a practice building and consulting company whose mission is to help doctors power their professional and personal dreams. Dr. Gerber is also a prolific writer and speaker as well as an accomplished mentalist and magician who uses illusions to help illustrate his key learning points as well as entertain his audiences. He has authored hundreds of articles and given more than 500 thought provoking and enlightening presentations.
His team of consultant-optometrists at the Power Practice® is renowned for the innovative strategies and comprehensive systems used to build their clients’ practices. Comprised of knowledgeable authorities from all sectors of the optometric business world, these consultants specialize in taking middle of the bell curve practices and making them highly profitable and efficient.
Craig S. Steinberg, O.D., J.D.
Craig S Steinberg, O.D., J.D., brings a very unique perspective and expertise to the field of Optometric Law. Dr. Steinberg earned his B.S. in Biology in 1980 from the University of Southern California, and his O.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, School of Optometry. He has been licensed to practice optometry in California since 1984. He earned his TMOD certification in 1998. In 1996, after completing law school at the University of La Verne College of Law Dr. Steinberg began his law practice. Shortly thereafter he became known among optometrists for his efforts at reining in the illegal sales of contact lenses by various out-of-state mail-order contact lens companies. Since then he has become well known across the United States as one of the few experts in optometric law, and has represented hundreds of optometrists in matters ranging from state board and VSP discipline defense, to buy-sell agreements, to business litigation. He continues to practice optometry today part-time at his offices in California, while engaged in his law practice, which focus on optometrists and healthcare litigation, on a full-time basis.
Kevin Whaley, BS, ABOC, NCLEC
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor in Science Degree in Environmental Science. He is also a graduate of Hillsborough Community College with an Associate in Science Degree in Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners Certified. Kevin has a wealth of experience in optometric practice management and actively manages several optometric offices in Florida.
Samuel Teske, OD
Dr. Samuel Teske has been in private practice for 10 years and has been involved in the optical industry for 20 years. Dr. Teske currently has two successful practices in Tampa, FL and Trinity, FL.
President & CEO Social Visionaries LLC.
Helping to guide eye care organizations and individuals to expand the reach of their vision, through the building of social relationships and the execution of effective social media strategies.
Founder and Senior Editor of OptometryStudents.com, SUNY Optometry Class of 2013
Matt Geller created OptometryStudents.com because he felt optometry lacked a positive and proactive voice and this restricted students from being motivated to bring optometry in the right direction. Matt is in charge of team building, graphic design, marketing, event planning, video editing and the overall administration for the website. He currently leads a team of 8 optometry students, which he has plans to double in the next 3 months. Overall, his goal for OS.com is to inspire passion and creativity in students so that they can continue to be passionate and creative for optometry when they are doctors.
Matt Geller has a long history as an entrepreneur, specifically in the field of startup web companies and private practice web solutions. When not seeing patients in optometry school, Matt does part-time consulting for web, tech and film companies both in and out of the field of optometry. www.linkedin.com/in/matthewgeller
Jay Henry, OD, MS
Dr. Henry obtained both his Doctor of Optometry and his Master of Science Degrees from The Ohio State University. Dr. Henry is a Clinical Assistant Professor as well as a Primary Care Extern Preceptor for The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He currently practices at Hermann and Henry Eyecare, a group private practice near Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Henry was the first optometrist in the country to use optometric software to e-prescribe. Dr. Henry speaks nationally and has published numerous articles on topics related to Electronic Health Records, paperless practices, e-prescribing, PQRS (PQRI) and ocular disease. Dr. Henry serves on the AOA’s Health Information Technology subcommittee and is known nationally for his vast knowledge of the Federal incentive programs, current optometric software choices and advanced technology used in eye care.
Ronald Krefman, OD, FAAO
Ronald Krefman, OD, FAAO is the founder and CEO of focalCenter. Dr Krefman has been in the eyecare industry for 30+ years. He has served as University of Illinois Medical School faculty, private practice optometrist, founder of an innovative reading glass company and editor of eyecare journals. He has post graduate training in Psychometrics and Patient Reported Outcomes at Harvard. Dr Krefman served as principal investigator for multiple clinical trials/effectiveness studies, has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, and has patents issued for eyecare products.
Scott Jens, OD, FAAO
Scott Jens, OD, FAAO is CEO of RevolutionEHR, optometry’s leading cloud-based EHR and Practice Management software solution. He received his OD degree with honors from Illinois College of Optometry after performing his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He practices part-time in a four-doctor private optometric practice in Madison, WI, where he has been since 1991.
Dr. Jens has been a lifelong optometric association volunteer in Wisconsin, where he was President of the Wisconsin Optometric Association in 1997, and for the American Optometric Association, for which he served as the initial chair of the AOA InfantSEE Committee for nearly five years. Following a period of consulting work in helping ODs with optometric care documentation, he co-founded RevolutionEHR in 2005. He regularly writes and lectures on the topic of EHR adoption and utilization, EHR Meaningful Use, and placing an emphasis on the importance of excellence in documentation of optometric care.
Kelly Kerksick, OD
President, Midwest Vision Care
Dr. Kerksick is a 2002 graduate from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation in 2002, she founded Midwest Vision Care, LLC, in Columbia, Illinois where she resides and practices.
Dr. Kerksick has lectured internationally on contact lens science and is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States on contact lens care, practice management, ocular surface disease, and clinical communication. Dr. Kerksick has enjoyed international speaking engagements in London, England, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Dr. Kerksick has served as the chief editor for New O.D., an optometric publication circulated via e-mail, and is on the advisory panel for Optometric Management, a monthly publication. Dr. Kerksick served as a faculty member for The Vision Care Institute located in Jacksonville, Florida, and has served as a clinical examiner for the National Board of Optometry. She has a large repertoire of articles that have seen publication in The Wall Street Journal, Optometric Management, Contact Lens Spectrum, Primary Eye Care News, Vision Care Product News, and Review of Optometry. Dr. Kerksick is an active member in the Illinois Optometric Association and American Optometric Association, and is a charter member of Women of Vision. In 2009, she was named by Vision Monday as one of the top 20 most influential women in optometry. She is especially proud to be a member of the Vision Source Network, a premier organization for optometrists in private practice. She currently serves as Vision Source’s Senior Director of Professional Services.
Cheryl Murphy, O.D., Optometrist and Science Writer
Murphy began her blog, Science Hidden in Plain Sight, in 2008 and now enjoys freelance writing for Scientific American magazine’s guest blog and most recently, Huffington Post Science. She also writes for optometric trade magazines including Review of Optometry, 20/20 magazine and Review of Optometric Business. Dr. Murphy practices optometry on Long Island, N.Y., where she resides with her husband and five-year-old triplets. Follow her on Twitter at @murphyod and Facebook.
Scott Pouyat, OD
Dr. Scott Pouyat practices optometry at his 2 offices in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is also the founder/CEO of EyeDocApp. EyeDocApp is the first customizable mobile App for the eye care industry. EyeDocApp creates an App for your specific practice allowing you increase retention, educate patients and attract new patients.
Dr. Pouyat is a graduate of Villanova University and received his doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry.
In 2012, Dr. Pouyat was named an Optometric Business Innovator by Vision Monday/Review of Optometric Business.
Darin Closson, OD
Darin Closson has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Visual Science and his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. Following his studies, Darin completed a one year post-graduate residency at the Muskogee Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Muskogee, OK and Oklahoma College of Optometry at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. Darin has previously worked clinically in Primary Care, Contact Lens, Ocular Disease and Refractive Surgery Co-Management positions. Today, he works in a managerial role with Walmart and Sam’s Club Health & Wellness as a Regional Talent Specialist.
Sarah Frye, OD
Sarah Frye received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri College of Optometry in St. Louis, MO. She previously worked for a private ophthalmology practice in Monett, MO proving full-scope optometric services and in her current role resides in Denver, CO as a Regional Talent Specialist for the Walmart and Sam’s Club Health & Wellness team.
Dr. Steve Vargo, O.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Vargo practices optometry in Highland, In. He is also owner of iMobile Communications, a digital media marketing service. He graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1998, and earned an MBA degree in 2006. Dr. Vargo frequently writes, lectures and blogs on topics related to technology and social media. He lives in St. John, In with his wife and 2 sons.
Blaine Ung has over 20 years of business and product development experience in the online interactive and information technology industry. Mr. Ung launched his professional career with 7 years at IBM in sales and marketing. After receiving his MBA in entrepreneurship and finance, he founded several successful businesses. He has held positions as Director of Business Development for a top 20 international law firm and Managing Director of Marketing & Corporate Development for California's largest not for profit student loan company. Mr. Ung received his graduate degree from the University of Southern California and his bachelors degree from the University of California at Irvine.
Randall V. Wong, M.D.
Co-Founder: Medical Marketing Enterprises, LLC
Dr. Wong is a practicing retina specialist in Fairfax, Va. He has successfully become his own largest single referral source by optimization, developing a web presence and educating his patients. He has co-founded "MME" to teach others the importance of websites and social media to market successfully.
Jason Smith, OD,MS,FABCO
Dr. Smith is in private/Independent practice and owner of Forty Fort Eye Associates and Home Eye Care. He practices a full range of primary eye care specializing in contact lenses, difficult RGP fits, and eye care to nursing home and homebound patients. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry, Boston with an OD degree as well as a graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, with an MS degree in Health Care Administration. Dr. Smith is on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the graduate Health Care Administration program, King’s College and is a features writer for Eye Care Professional Magazine, having written 15 articles of late. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Board of Clinical Optometry.
Dr. Steve Silberberg
Dr. Steve Silberberg has been in practice for over thirty years. He is the owner of a group practice focusing on using the latest technology available in the eye care field.He first attended SUNY at Stonybrook where he earned a B.S. degree in earth and planetary astrophysics. Dr. Silberberg was the departmental valedictorian as well as the recipient of the first Sherman Raftenberg memorial award. He went on to study astrophysics on full scholarship toward a PHD at M.I.T. Dr. Silberberg next attended SUNY College of Optometry where he graduated as class valedictorian. He has been honored with the Ester Werner Memorial Award for academic excellence, the Frederick Brock award for excellence in vision therapy and the Beta Sigma Kappa award for excellence in vision science. Dr. Silberberg has served as Chief of Low Vision at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Presently he is a consultant/speaker for Inspire pharmaceuticals, Bausch and Lomb pharmaceuticals and Ista pharmaceuticals. He speaks widely on issues concerning the use of high end technology in eye care. Dr. Silberberg has authored numerous articles on technology in Optometry. Dr. Silberberg also was recently honored by IDOC and appointed “Member Director” for best practices in New Jersey. Dr. Silberberg lives in Manalapan New Jersey with his wife Nina and their two daughters Rachel and Rebecca.
David Friedfeld is president of ClearVision Optical, a family-owned business based in Hauppauge, NY. ClearVision designs and markets quality eyewear and sunwear for 11 distinctive brands, including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ellen Tracy, Cole Haan, IZOD, Marc Ecko Cut and Sew, and pediatric collection Dilli Dalli, to name just a few.
In 2010, the company’s BCBGMAXAZRIA eyewear line was honored by Vision Care Product News as one of the “Top Ten Products of the Decade: Eye & Sun.” Furthermore, Jobson Research, a leading source of business intelligence in the optical industry, consistently ranks ClearVision Optical as one of the top 5 suppliers in the United States in several categories.
Recently, The New York Enterprise Report awarded ClearVision the “Small Business Award for Human Resources” and the company’s college internship program was honored by Dowling College as “Employer of the Semester.” In addition, ClearVision has been awarded The Hauppauge Industrial Association’s “Business Achievement Award for Growth” and it’s “Small Business Achievement Award.”
David and his wife Vicki live on Long Island and have four children, Jake, Sam, Faith and Lucas. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and running.
Jake Puckett, an expert in business development and social media, is the Account Executive in the South Florida Area at Demandforce, Inc. an Intuit Company. He’s worked with Silicon Valley start ups as well as consulted in a wide variety of industries including IT and security services, all helping them become more efficient in order to maximize their profits and marketing reach. He’s seen the exponential growth of the Medical team at Demandforce and looks forward to sharing success stories from other practices that have benefited from online patient communications, social media, and marketing tools.
Steven Sopher, OD
Steven F. Sopher, OD, is the founder of healthcare media company, Eyemaginations, and Lens ‘n Eye located in Baltimore, MD. As a practicing optometrist in Baltimore for more than 33 years, Dr. Sopher has extensive clinical experience and is a frequent speaker on such topics as practice management and macular degeneration. His unique background in software engineering and database design influenced his development of one of the first optometric practice management systems in 1979.