Young Professionals Club by International Vision Expo

YPC

Are you a young OD, Optician/Dispenser, or Industry Professional? If so, this club's for you! The Young Professionals Club (YPC) offers members access to resources that will give you an advantage to excel in your career.

Not a member?  ODs register here, Opticians/Dispensers/Staff register here, and Industry professionals register here.

Learn more about benefits

Who's Eligible?

Who's Eligible?

If you are an

  • Optician, dispenser, office manager or staff who work in a practice under 35 years old;
  • Optometrists who graduated within the last 5 years; or
  • Industry professional under 35 years old who works for manufacturers, distributors, or other vendor companies in the optical industry.

Members win with these benefits:

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Entry to International Vision Expo East and West, a $300 value
  • Six FREE hours of Education at International Vision Expo East and West, a $594 value
  • Exclusive member events at Vision Expo East and West and around the country
  • Young Professionals Club member discount for Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator listing.
  • Resource lists including over buying groups, consultants, blogs and more
  • Discounts with Think About Your Eyes
  • Partnership with First Financial Group – Guardian to help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family's current lifestyle, wealth and financial security.
  • Eyecessorize Spring and Fall fashion kits sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts.
  • Subscriptions to Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, New Dispenser, NewGradOptometry.com, New OD magazine, and Vision Voice
  • Social networking

"The YPC is a must for the young professional. I've used my membership to have free access to continuing education at the Vision Expos, to stay updated with new technologies in the field, and to network with other professionals and industry just to name a few."
Quy Nguyen, Optometrist

"I find the major benefit of being in the Young Professionals Club is the free CE. I love coming to Vision Expo, I think it is the best tradeshow for optometry. You get to see all of the new products and latest frame lines; it is just a great opportunity all around. I look forward to it every time it comes around."
Courtney Dryer, Optometrist, 4 Eyes Optometry

YPC Education Recommendations

The following recommendations are made by members of International Vision Expo's Young Professionals Advisory Group:

Your YPC Advisory Group

Jordan Edwards, Frame Purchasing Manager and Special Projects Coordinator, The EyeDoctors

Matt Geller, OD, Lakeside Eyecare, Co-founder & CEO CovalentCareers.com and NewGradOptometry.com - NewGradMedia, LLC

Faheem Inayatali, OD, Eye Center of Houston

Margot Lanham, Sales Manager, ABOC, Ulla Eyewear

Quy Nguyen, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry

Kristin O'Brien, OD, Vision Source of GVR

Casey Wilgenbush, Student, ICO, Immediate Past President of Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOLutioN)

Recommendations for OD members of YPC

10L5 - Ocular Surface Disease: Developing a Strategy for Diagnosis and Treatment of OSD presented by Marc Bloomenstein, OD, Paul Karpecki, OD and Jack Schaeffer, OD

Recommended by Kristin O'Brien, OD, she says: "OSD has become a hot topic. It's not just about knowing what to diagnose, but how to implement, which is often the most difficult part. It's part of the FREE! Ocular Surface Disease & Wellness Symposium."

11B3 – How to Measure and Improve Team Productivity presented by Jerry Hayes

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: "It's critical to measure ROI in your practice and without knowing your practice's productivity, you cannot get an objective measure of success."

11C6 - Alternative Treatment Options to Common Ocular Disease: What Works and What Doesn't presented by Scot Morris

Recommended by Kristin O'Brien, OD, she says: "Sometimes the conventional doesn't work for everyone. It's nice to know what else we can try or have as plan B."

12B3 – Individual Choices: The Guide to Multiple Pair Sales presented by Carol Norbeck

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: "Doctor driven dispensing is the way to drive multiple pair sales. This is key for being an asset in a new practice. No sales, no job for you!"

13C2 - How to Develop a Dry Eye Center presented by Whitney Hauser, OD

Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: "Any new grad will start to realize that dry eyes is not only a debilitating condition for some; many people are affected by it daily. Learning to develop a Dry Eye Center will help you create a niche, as well as gain new patients, and get them to come see you regularly to manage the condition."

20C1 - Amniotic Membranes in the Optometric Practice presented by Douglas Devries and Walter Whitley

Recommended by Kristin O'Brien, OD, she says: "It's newer in the market but a great practice builder."

22B2 - Implement Disney Management Into Your Practice presented by Peter Shaw-McMinn

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: "The reductions of reimbursements are straining our profit margins, and I think if you are looking to create a concierge-like atmosphere, this will help create strategy."

22B6 - The Future of How We Will Be Paid Under the New MACRA and How To Prepare For It! presented by Jay Henry and Philip Gross

Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: "We all know healthcare is changing, and rapidly. In order for us to better care for our patients and keep our practices healthy, we need to stay updated and learn to be adaptive."

22C5 - Brand vs. Generic - Are They Really Different? presented by Eric Schmidt

Recommended by Kristin O'Brien, OD, she says: "I didn't learn about this in school. When it comes to patient co-pays, it's always difficult to know what is better and if there's a difference."

23B3 – Success Secrets of High Producing ODs presented by Jerry Hayes

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: "Success goes beyond the exam room. Here are the habits and philosophies along with tangible practices of the most successful."

23B4 – The Elusive Handoff: Capture More Sales presented by Mark Hinton

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: "Having an interface with your optician and having a smooth handoff will help increase eyewear sales."

23B5 - Best of OD's on Facebook: Practice Management Pearls moderated by Gary Gerber with panelists: April Jasper, Neil Gailmard, Mark Wright and Alan Glazier

Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: "There's a lot of great pearls on ODonFB. What better way than attending a session to get the best ones from some of my favorite speakers?"

24C6 - Going Viral EKC and HSV presented by Nate Lighthizer

Recommended by Kristin O'Brien, OD, she says: "I feel like this a weakness of mine personally and can be sight threatening if missed. It's important to be on top of."

25B1 – The Secret to Hiring Right presented by Valerie Manso

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: "Learning the HR basics while you are a new grad is important. Learn early and build your base skills."

25B6 - Mastering the Art of Utilizing Scribes, Cross Training and Delegation presented by Neil Gailmard

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: "If efficiency is what you are looking for, look no further than assigning a scribe to help with your patient care."

25C1 - The Optometrist's Guide to Cataract and Refractive Surgery presented by Marc Bloomenstein

Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: "If you're considering any sort of co-management at all in your practices, this will be a great talk to get you up to speed! This is a good way to be multi-dimensional and valuable for those considering adding on co-management responsibilities with OMDs."

26C5 - Amniotic Membranes: Why, How and When? presented by William Marcolini

Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: "During my first 2 years practicing after graduating, I started to realize the importance of amniotic membranes, especially in cases of severe corneal keratopathies. More and more ODs are starting to include amniotic membranes in their management of anterior segment disorders; this will be a great course for new graduates!"

32B5 - How To Differentiate Your Practice and WOW Your Patients presented by April Jasper

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: "I feel this is a great way to build internal loyalty and practice branding."

The following were best sellers at East for Young Professionals Club Members and will also be offered at West.

23C2 – The Greatest Anterior Segment Disease and Medical Management of Contact Lens Complications Course - Ever! presented by Charlie Ficco, Marc Bloomenstein and Jack Schaeffer

25C2 – Getting The Most Out of Your OCT For Retina, Glaucoma and Anterior Segment: Diagnosis, Management and Progression presented by Ben Gaddie, Dave Kading and Mark Dunbar

34C7 – Choosing the Right Agent in the Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease presented by Derek Cunningham

32C5 – The Greatest Posterior Segment Disease Course - Ever! presented by Derek Cunningham

33C1 – So Now What? Decision Making in Retinal Disease presented by Jay Haynie and Diana Shechtman

32C2 – Lightning Rounds in Anterior Segment Disease presented by Eric Schmidt, Kirk Smick, Charlie Ficco, Louise Sclafani and Douglas Devries

45C1 – What Not to Refer presented by Zachary McCarty

24C7 – New Directions in Glaucoma Diagnostics and Treatments presented by Ben Gaddie

42C4 – Current Trends in Medical Management presented by Ron Melton and Randall Thomas

44C1 – Advanced Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Surface Disease and Tear Dysfunction presented by Arthur Epstein

Recommendations for Optician, Buyer and Staff members of YPC

11O2- Tips for Working With Higher Powered and Larger Spectacle Lenses presented by Laurie Pierce

Recommended by Jordan Edwards and Margot Lanham, Jordan said: "Larger frames are really on trend, and I think it's important to understand how these styles will affect the patient's spectacle lenses."

25B5- The Greatest Social Media Marketing Course Ever presented by Alan Glazier

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: "I took this class at Vision Expo East. As promised, it is the greatest social media marketing course you can take in 2 hours!"

31B1- Must Have Eyewear Fashion Trends for 2017 presented by Joy Gibb

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: "I like to take this class every year to keep up on current trends and see what is coming out of NY Fashion Week. This class helps me with my purchasing decisions for the following year and keeps the product I stock on trend."

33B4- Manage Your Frame Board, Don't Let It Manage You presented by Sharon Carter

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: "Managing your frame boards is critical to streamlining your inventory process and creating positive vendor relationships. Sharon Carter is a phenomenal speaker, so I have no doubt this will be an exciting and informative class."

41B2- Building High Performing Optical Teams presented by Trudi Charest

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: "For most practices, the optical is the money maker. Having an outstanding optical team is key to maximizing profit and patient retention."

The following are recommended by Margot Lanham

11B1 - Tips and Tricks to Better Purchasing presented by Carol Norbeck

12B3 - Individual Choices - The Guide To Multiple Pair Sales presented by Carol Norbeck

13O1 - The Physiological and Optical Problems and Solutions of the Elderly Eye presented by Raymond Dennis

26O2 - Visualizing the Finished Eyeglasses presented by Edward De Gennaro

Benefits at Vision Expo

Benefits at Vision Expo

Save over $800 a year with free exhibit hall registration and six free hours of education at both Vision Expo East and West, plus options to attend fun YPC events.

During registration, use the same name used to register for the club to receive your YPC benefits. For ODs, the graduation year and school must also match. If you have any questions, please contact shows@thevisioncouncil.org before you finalize your registration since refunds will not be provided.

New members: Membership takes up to 7 business days to be approved and loaded into the Vision Expo registration system.

"For me, Vision Expo is very different than what it is for other people especially with the Young Professionals Club. Vision Expo keeps me busy networking, in business meetings and is a place to really tap into the amazing network of people that come to connect and build relationships with new graduates. In summary, Vision Expo for me is the ultimate destination to advance myself in the world of eyecare. It's a great place to not only get meetings or to get business done but to really create personal relationships that last a lifetime."
Matt Geller, Optometrist, Lakeside Eyecare, ‎Co-founder & CEO CovalentCareers.com - ‎NewGradMedia, LLC and founder of OptometryStudents.com

Schedule of Events

YPC Events

Schedule of Events

Lunch

Friday, September 16 from 12:00 – 1:00pm at Vision Expo West
Grand Lux Café at the Palazzo Hotel (See property map)

Party

Thursday, September 15 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Beer Park at Paris Las

Reception

Academy 2016
Anaheim – Time, date, location TBD

Check back periodically to find information on upcoming YPC events. Join the YPC Group on Facebook to check out photos from past events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YPCVE/

Past YPC Events:

2016

March 18 | Lunch hosted by Allergan in New York
March 19 | Party at Skyroom in New York

2015

October 9 | Reception in New Orleans
September 19 | Club Crawl in Las Vegas
September 18 | Reception in Las Vegas
June 3 | Dinner in Huntington Beach
March 20 | Bowling Party in New York

Financial Discounts

Financial Discounts

Think About Your Eyes

Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam.

YPC members receive a discount on the Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator Listing.

First Financial Group – Guardian

Guardian will help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family's current lifestyle, wealth and financial security.

Products & Services

Insurance

  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Business Planning

  • Exit Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Compensation Planning

Financial Services

  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Strategies
  • Money Purchasing Plans
  • 401(k) Planning
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • 403(b) Planning
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting
  • College Planning

Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.

Website: www.EyeDocResource.com 
90 second student loan video: http://www.eyedocresource.com/p/student-loan

Contact:  Keith L. La France, Financial Representative
First Financial Group - Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
(757) 373-4002 or keith.lafrance@ffgadvisors.com

JumpStart

Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® is a program specifically designed for newly graduated optometrists practicing in the United States and Canada. Members gain access to many exciting resources through a dedicated Allergan sales representative. We invite current optometry students and recent graduates to register for the program. For more information about Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, please call 1-866-837-5633.

Residents/graduates:

  • Monthly support calls from a dedicated Allergan sales representative
  • Immediate access to samples of REFRESH® Brand Tears
  • Allergan Eye Care prescription product samples for patients who need them
  • 3D patient counseling app for the iPad®
  • Up-to-date information about Allergan Eye Care products
  • Savings programs to help manage costs for eligible patients
  • Patient education and counseling materials
  • Invitations to speaker programs delivered by industry leaders
  • An optometry-dedicated newsletter

Social Networking

Social Networking

Join the exclusive members-only Facebook group to interact with other club members and receive YPC updates on benefits and events.

Connect with other YPC members here:

Plus, join Vision Expo on all of its sites listed at the bottom of this page.

Other suggestions for great blogs and social networks can be found on our resource lists section

Resource Lists

Resource Lists

Alliances and Buying Groups

Group Phone Address
ABB Optical Group (800) 852-8089 12301 NW 39th Street
Coral Springs, FL 33065
ADO Practice Solutions (800) 328-9433 200 South Street
Tracy, MN 56175
Block Business Group (800) 524-1480 6111 Broken Sound Parkway
Suite 370
Boca Raton, FL 33487
C&E Vision (800) 346-2626 PO Box 72001
San Clemente, CA 92674
HMI Buying Group (800) 569-0681 P.O. Box 820411
Vicksburg, MS 39182-0411
IDOC (203) 853-3333 383 Main Ave. Suite 602
Norwalk, Ct. 06851
Infinity Vision Alliance (855) 902-2020 1700 W Cameron Ave, Ste 200
West Covina, CA 91790
OD Excellence (707) 433-5542 1207 Vine Street, Suite G
Healdsburg, CA 95448
OOGP (800) 654-3829 Headquarters Address
PO Box 724
Grants Pass, OR 97528

557 NE Westbrook Way
Grants Pass, OR 97526
PECCA (503) 670-9200 12909 SW 68th Pkwy, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97223
Primary Eyecare Network (800) 444-9230

1750 No. Loop Rd Ste 150
Alameda, CA 94502

PERC (626) 502-1882 1700 W Cameron Ave, Ste 200
West Covina, CA 91790
Prima Eye Group (800) 668-0599 2625 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30339
Red Tray Network (800) 416-7676 P. O. Box 820411
Vicksburg, MS 39182
Villavecchia (201) 573-0830 P.O. Box 129
Montvale, NJ 07645
Vision Source (888) 558-2020 23824 Highway 59 North
Kingwood, TX 77339
Vision Trends
Vision West (800) 640-9485 15970 Bernardo Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127

Know of other consulting groups? Contact SHOWS@THEVISIONCOUNCIL.ORG.

Consultants

Group Phone Location
20/20 Consulting (770) 548-6667​ Charlotte, NC
Bain & Company (617) 572-2000 Boston, MA
Cleinman Performance Partners (607) 431-1001 Oneonta, NY
Corcoran Consulting Group (800) 399-6565 San Bernardino, CA
Gailmard Consulting
GPN Gateway Professional Network (631) 626-9783 Huntington, NY
Indieeye Consulting Fort Mill, SC
Kattouf Consulting Services, Inc. (330) 219-6320 Bonita Springs, FL
MECA Morris Education & Consulting Services (303) 250-0376 Conifer, CO
MedPro Consulting & Marketing Services (602) 274-1668 Scottsdale, AZ
Optometric Insights
PMI, LLC
Practice Concepts (877) 778-2020 Newport Beach, CA
Practice Consultants (925) 820-6758 Danville, CA
Practice CoPilot 904-701-3084 Jacksonville, FL
Scibal Consulting (800) 588-9636
The Power Practice (888) 356-4447 Franklin Lakes, NJ
The Practice Resource Management Group (614) 322-7300 Columbus, OH
Williams Group

(800) 676-9076

Lincoln, NE

Know of other consulting groups? Contact SHOWS@THEVISIONCOUNCIL.ORG.

Blogs, Facebook, Instagram & more – there's no lack of sites out there for eyewear and eyecare lovers

Fashion/Optical


Medical

General

Career Center

Career Center

Covalent Careers

CovalentCareers was co-founded by two optometrists, a physical therapist, and a software engineer who wanted to find new ways to reduce common staffing and employment headaches for healthcare professionals.

The team knew that the typical online job boards were no longer the answer. Employers had to sift through endless piles of impersonal resumes, and employees grew tired of applying to dozens of vague listings they never heard back from. There had to be a better way!

The end result is a revolutionary matchmaking system that is "for healthcare providers, by healthcare providers." We're happy to report that finding new opportunities or new staff members is now easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever!

Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Eyewear Fashion Updates

Eyewear Fashion Updates

Eyecessorize

Eyecessorize is your source for all things fashion eyewear. Members will receive the Spring and Fall fashion kits sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts. Check out current trends at http://www.eyecessorize.com/.

Plus, we'll share with you the Eyecessorize Spring and Fall fashion kits sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts.

Customized content for young professionals

Customized content for young professionals

During YPC registration, opt-in for subscriptions to Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, NewGradOptometry.com, New OD magazine, and Vision Voice, a monthly e-newsletter for eyecare professionals.

Read current and past articles at http://www.visionexpoeast.com/Press/Vision-Voice-Newsletters/#.

Partners

Partners

JumpStart

Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® is a program specifically designed for newly graduated optometrists practicing in the United States and Canada. Members gain access to many exciting resources through a dedicated Allergan sales representative. We invite current optometry students and recent graduates to register for the program. For more information about Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, please call 1-866-837-5633.

Residents/graduates:

  • Monthly support calls from a dedicated Allergan sales representative
  • Immediate access to samples of REFRESH® Brand Tears
  • Allergan Eye Care prescription product samples for patients who need them
  • 3D patient counseling app for the iPad®
  • Up-to-date information about Allergan Eye Care products
  • Savings programs to help manage costs for eligible patients
  • Patient education and counseling materials
  • Invitations to speaker programs delivered by industry leaders
  • An optometry-dedicated newsletter
Covalent Careers

CovalentCareers was co-founded by two optometrists, a physical therapist, and a software engineer who wanted to find new ways to reduce common staffing and employment headaches for healthcare professionals.

The team knew that the typical online job boards were no longer the answer. Employers had to sift through endless piles of impersonal resumes, and employees grew tired of applying to dozens of vague listings they never heard back from. There had to be a better way!

The end result is a revolutionary matchmaking system that is "for healthcare providers, by healthcare providers." We're happy to report that finding new opportunities or new staff members is now easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever!

First Financial Group – Guardian

Guardian will help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family's current lifestyle, wealth and financial security.

Products & Services

Insurance

  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Business Planning

  • Exit Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Compensation Planning

Financial Services

  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Strategies
  • Money Purchasing Plans
  • 401(k) Planning
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • 403(b) Planning
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting
  • College Planning

Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.

Website: www.EyeDocResource.com 
90 second student loan video: http://www.eyedocresource.com/p/student-loan

Contact:
Keith L. La France, Financial Representative
First Financial Group - Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
(757) 373-4002
keith.lafrance@ffgadvisors.com

Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs (link to: https://localeyesite.com/vision-expo/east) site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Published up to six times yearly as a special feature in Eyecare Business, New Dispenser focuses on educating and motivating young eyecare professionals who are new to eyewear dispensing in the optical industry. This unique feature focuses on delivering real, usable information in a highly engaging, how-to format, with a wealth of tips and advice from expert opticians.

NewGradOptometry.com

NewGradOptometry.com provides newly graduated optometrists with the resources they need to be successful in practice and in life.

NewGradOptometry.com believes that new graduate optometrists hold the key to the future of our profession. By equipping new ODs with the proper tools and resources we can ensure that optometry continues to be an amazing profession.

New OD

Bridging the Gap Between Optometry's Classroom and Exam Room
New OD, produced by Optometric Management, is the career and practice-planning resource that offers students and recent optometry school grads the valuable information they need to make the right career moves; run a successful practice by mastering the business of eyecare; tap into optometry's hottest opportunities; and more. Visit them online at www.optometric.com/newod or www.facebook.com/newod.

Think About Your Eyes

Think About Your Eyes is a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam.

YPC members receive a discount on the Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator Listing.

Advisory Group

Advisory Group

The Young Professionals Advisory Group provides feedback on a variety of topics to improve the attendee experience.

Members include:

  • Matt Geller, OD
  • Faheem Inayatali, OD
  • Kristen O'Brien, OD
  • Quy Nguyen
  • Jordan Edwards
  • Margot Lanham
  • Casey Wilgenbush, ICO

"Being a member of the Young Professionals Club is a must - it has provided me with opportunities to connect with colleagues who are going through the same struggles and successes I am in my career. The YPC members are always looking to better themselves and help others along the way. I would encourage you to join - you won't be disappointed!
Kristin O'Brien, OD, Vision Source of GVR, co-founder of Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOLutioN)


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