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10/14/2017 to 10/15/2017

When: 10/14-15/2017
1:00 PM
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Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact:
Shirley Earley

Phone: 614-505-3296

Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 10/11/2017
Details

OAO Annual Conference and Exhibition
Featuring ABO & NCLE Review Courses

October 14-15, 2017

Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio 43240

Theme:
“Focus on Your Professional Development”

Promotional Tag Line:
Honoring the Past – Embracing the Present – Envisioning the Future.

Featuring
:

·         Exhibitors Showcase

·         Networking Reception

·         Sunday Luncheon & Presentation

·         Special Pricing for Non-CE Attendees

·         OAO Annual Business Meeting featuring election of OAO Officers & Board of Trustees and Bud Thoma Award Presentation

Who Should Attend
:

·         Opticians

·         Students

·         Apprentices

·         Office Managers

·         All Opticianry Professionals.

Education Opportunities Include
:

·         Keynote Presentation

·         Hands-On Workshops & Roundtable Discussions

·         ABO and NCLE Review Courses

·         Up to 12 Hours of CE credit, including the 2-hour Contact Lens Dispensing Course requirement for spectacle opticians

Special Exhibitor Raffles

·         Great Exhibitor Prizes

·         Frames, Lenses, Gift Cards & CASH!

              (Must be registered for the Annual Conference and present to win!)

Special Pricing for Non-CE Attendees

·         SATURDAY ONLY - $25, includes Reception

·         SUNDAY ALL DAY - $50, includes Continental Breakfast & Awards Luncheon

·         ALL EVENT PASS - $75, includes Saturday Reception and Sunday Continental Breakfast & Awards Luncheon

Members please be sure to log in using your Username to receive membership pricing on your registration. If you are not currently a member and are interested in joining OAO, please click on the link – JOIN/RENEW to get started. If you do not know or remember your Username, please contact OAO at 614-505-3296 or e-mail us at info@OAO.org.

If you do not wish to register on line, you may download the brochure registration form and mail or fax it in with your payment. Early Bird pricing ends September 15, 2017.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 14, 2017


12:30 PM                             Registration Open/Exhibits Open

1:00 - 2:45 PM                    Adding Low Vision to Your Practice (Interactive)
                                             
SP/CL – 2 Credit Hours
                                              Deb Kogler, LDO, ABO, NCLE

1:00 - 2:45 PM                    Achieve Excellence in Frame Adjustments – A Focus on Rimless Drill Mount (Hands On)
                                             
SP – 2 Credit Hours
                                             
Jeff Rohlf, Assistant Director-Optometry Clinic, The Ohio State University

2:50 - 3:40 PM                    Night Vision
                                             
SP/CL – 1 Credit Hour
                                              Robert Alexander, LDO, ABOM, NCLE-AC
                                             
Sponsored by Vision Ease

3:45 – 5:30 PM                   Panel Discussion- Case Studies (Interactive)
                                             
SP/CL – 2 Credit Hours
                                              Mike Gzik, ABO, NCLE, OAA, CLSA, JCAHPO and Robert Alexander, LDO, ABOM, NCLE-AC                                                                                                                                              

5:30 - 7:00 PM                    Networking Reception & Raffle
                                              (Included with Registration Fee)
                                             
Mingle with friends, colleagues and exhibitors

Sunday, October 15, 2017

7:30 AM                               Registration Open/Exhibits Open
                                            
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM            ABO Review Course
                                            
Richard McCoy
                                             Sponsored by ABO-NCLE

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM           NCLE Review Course
                                            
Robert Russo
                                             Sponsored by ABO-NCLE

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM            The Seven Fundamentals of Merchandising

                                             SP – 1 Credit Hour
                                             Doug Martin
                                            
Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

8:50 – 9:40 AM                  Optical Budgeting & Frame Board Management
                                            
SP – 1 Credit Hour
                                            
Doug Martin
                                            
Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

9:40 – 10:10 AM                Exhibit Break

10:10 – 11:00 AM              Stop Selling and Help Your Patients Buy
                                            
SP/CL – 1 Credit Hour
                                            
Samantha Toth, ABOC
                                             Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

11:00 – 11:50 AM              How to Get the Most Out of Your Marketing
                                            
SP/CL – 1 Credit Hour
                                             Samantha Toth, ABOC
                                             Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

12:00 – 12:30 PM              Luncheon
                                             (Included with Registration Fee)
                                            
Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

12:30 – 1:15 PM                Luncheon Presentation
                                            
Beyond Clear – Five Latest Innovations in Photochromic Lens Technology
                                            
Samantha Toth, ABOC
                                             Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical

1:15 – 1:30 PM                   Keynote Address
                                              Tom Barracato, LDO

1:30 – 1:50 PM                   OAO Annual State Meeting
                                             
Election of Officers & Board of Trustees
                                              Bud Thoma Award Presentation

1:50 – 2:20 PM                   Exhibitor Raffle
                                             
Frames, Lenses, Gift Cards & CASH
                                              (Must be registered for the Annual Conference and present to win!)

2:20 – 4:00 PM                   Relevant Information for the Dispensing Optician
                                             
2 – SCD/CL Credit Hours
                                              Michael Gzik, ABO, NCLE, OAA, CLSA, JCAHPO

4:00 – 4:50 PM                   Astigmatism Contact Lens Fitting Strategy
                                             
SP – 1 Credit Hour
                                             
Michael Gzik, ABO, NCLE, OAA, CLSA, JCAHP

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS


Robert Alexander, LDO, ABOM / NCLE-AC
Sponsored by Vision Ease

Bob is a graduate of Hocking College with an AAS in Opticianry. He is a dual Licensed Dispensing Optician in Ohio, is an Advanced Certified Contact Lens Technician through the NCLE and a certified Master in Ophthalmic Optics through the ABO.  He began his career as a Dispensing Optician before joining Vision Ease as a Lens Consultant in 2013.  Bob is currently Vice President of the OAO Board of Trustees.


Tom Barracato, LDO
Tom Barracato graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1982, earned his Spectacle license in 1985 and his Contact Lens license in 1987.  Barracato has served as President of both the Cleveland Section of the Opticians Association of Ohio and the OAO. He also has served as Chairman of the NCLE.  He has been an appointee to the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board for six years and served as President, Vice President and Treasurer. 
He has served as President of the Opticians Association of America and currently serves as Chairman of the American Board of Opticianry, Chairman of the Guild of Prescription Opticians and Board member on the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board. He is owner of Adolph Optical Service in Akron


Michael Gzik, ABO, NCLE, OAA, CLSA, JCAHPO
Graduated from Erie Community College in Ophthalmic Dispensing.  New York State licensed optician /contact lens practitioner.  A Fellow in the Contact Lens Society of America, ABO/NCLE certified and a Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT).  Works in a private practice optical office, New York Optometric, in Syracuse, NY, and at the Syracuse VA Hospital as an optician.  He is an adjunct and clinical instructor for contact lens technology at SUNY Health Science Center Syracuse, NY, Department of Ophthalmology resident program (20+ years).  Gzik also serves on the NCLE Board.


Deborah Kogler, LDO, ABO, NCLE
Deborah Kogler has enjoyed 30 years working within the eye care profession. She is a dual licensed optician in Ohio, licensed by the American Board of Optician (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) and specializes in low vision. She is also a member of the National Academy of Opticians, Ohio Opticians Association and the Opticians Association of America. Deborah also does lecturing, writing and consultations for low vision clients as well as for companies.


Doug Martin
Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical
Doug has over 35 years of merchandising and management experience with 18 years in the retail industry, including Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin and Macy’s where he had responsibility for 18 stores in five states. Doug perfected his skills in merchandising, marketing, selling, and inventory management while in the retail industry. In 1999, Doug entered the optical industry where he served as President of a two-office, five-doctor practice. Under his leadership he developed that practice into a market leader with 16 locations and 25 doctors over the next ten years. Doug joined Professional Eye Care Associates of America in 2012 as the Director of Membership. He helped PECAA expand its membership into new markets by working with existing members, regional leaders, and vendor partners to identify new opportunities. Doug also developed an optical workshop that has helped independent practices both domestically and internationally to improve the “look” and “financial performance” of their optical boutiques. Most recently, Doug updated his workshop and partnered with Samantha Toth at Innereactive. Working together, their unique backgrounds and complementary skills result in a training workshop you don’t want to miss.


Richard McCoy, Program Director, Opticianry Department, Reynolds Community College
Sponsored by ABO/NCLE

Richard McCoy has been a Licensed Optician in the State of Florida for over 36 years and is board certified in contact lenses.  In addition, Richard is a licensed Optician in Virginia and is Board Certified in contact lenses as well. He is Program Director for the Opticianry Program at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia.  Previously, he was an instructor and site coordinator for the Opticianry program of Hillsborough Community College on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida.  In addition, he was the program coordinator and an instructor for the Ophthalmology Assistant program at Florida Southwestern State College.  A published author, McCoy’s articles have appeared in 20/20 magazine, Vision Care Product News and Optical Laboratory Supplement.  He is formerly a chapter president and a state director for the Professional Opticians of Florida.  An accomplished speaker, Richard lectures across the United States on a variety of optical subjects and conducts numerous popular hands‐on training classes.


Jeff Rohlf, Assistant Director-Optometry Clinic, The Ohio State University
Jeff Rohlf is Assistant Director-Optometry Clinics at The Ohio State University, College of Optometry.  He has been at OSU since July 2002. Rohlf has been active in Ophthalmic Optics education at the college and also serves as Chief of Eyewear Gallery Services.  He previously worked for E. B. Brown Optical for 15 years, with the last five years as Regional Manager. Originally from the Toledo, Ohio area, Rohlf began his career at Optical Arts on Central Avenue for the Diefenthaler family.  His combined experience, including other positions held totals nearly 30 years in the industry. He has held active positions in OAO for many years and is a board member of the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board.


Robert Russo, President, National Federation of Opticianry Schools
Sponsored by ABO/NCLE

Professor Russo is the past chairperson of Vision Care Technology and the anatomy and physiology and the ophthalmic business practices coordinator. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the National Contact Lens Examiners, and the Opticians Association of America in Refractometry and is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. Professor Russo is currently the President of NFOS (National Federation of Opticianry Schools). He is a past Commissioner for the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation, a past member of the board of directors of the Contact Lens Society of New York State and past chapter president of New York State Society of Opticians.

In addition, Professor Russo has served on the faculty for the Opticians Association of America, Vision Expo East and West, EyeQuest and the ABO/NCLE Education Conference. He has published several articles on contact lenses and speaks frequently at the national and state levels.

Professor Russo received an Associate Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from The City University of New York, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from New York University. Professor Russo was named “National Federation of Opticianry Schools “Educator of the Year” in 2009,  “Optician of the Year” by the New York State Society of Opticians in 2012 and received the National Academy of Opticianry’s Joseph Bruneni Memorial Education Achievement Award in 2015.


Samantha Toth, ABOC
Sponsored by Hoya-Transitions Optical
Samantha is a professional speaker and marketing consultant for Innereactive Media, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in an optical practice with multiple family members in the industry. An ABO certified optician herself, Samantha worked as a dispensing optician for eight years, as well as managed an independent optometric practice. During this time, she realized there were very few people, or marketing companies, that understood the unique marketing needs of the optical industry.  In 2003, she started Innereactive Media, a full-service marketing company that specializes in the optical industry. In 2009, Samantha’s company launched Innexus®, an all-in-one, don’t-do-it-yourself website, social media, and marketing solution focusing on eye care professionals. Samantha is an ABO, NCLE, AOA, and COPE approved speaker and she lectures across the country teaching optometrists and opticians best practices for marketing their practices. Her niche expertise led her to be named one of “Most Influential Women in Optical,” and in 2016 her company won the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” award.

Make a Night of it!

The OAO has secured a limited number of rooms for only $139.00 plus tax (1 King or 2 Queen) at the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, 8411 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240 for attendees wanting overnight accommodations for October 14, 2017.  Please contact the hotel directly at 614-885-8400 by September 14, 2017 and refer to the Opticians Association of Ohio group block to make your arrangements.

Directions:

From the North:
Follow I-71 S to Exit 121 (Gemini Pl). Take exit 121 and turn left (east) on Gemini Pl to Orion Pl. Turn right and continue to Pulsar Place. Turn right and Quest Conference Center will be on left just over pond.

From the South:
Follow I-71 N to OH-750 E (Polaris Pkwy). Take exit 121 and turn right (east) on Polaris Pkwy. Continue to Pulsar Place. Turn right and continue on Pulsar Place. Quest Conference Center will be straight ahead just over pond.

From the East:
Follow I-270 W to I-71 N (Exit 26). Take exit 26 and continue on I-71 N to OH-750 E (Polaris Pkwy). Take exit 121 and turn right (east) on Polaris Pkwy. Continue to Pulsar Place. Turn right and continue on Pulsar Place. Quest Conference Center will be straight ahead just over pond.

From the West:
Follow I-270 E to I-71 N (Exit 26). Take exit 26 and continue on I-71 N to OH-750 E (Polaris Pkwy). Take exit 121 and turn right (east) on Polaris Pkwy. Continue to Pulsar Place. Turn right and continue on Pulsar Place. Quest Conference Center will be straight ahead just over pond.


 
 
 

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