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 ($300 value)
  • Six FREE hours of Education at International Vision Expo East and West ($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 Life to help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business.
  • 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, OD,Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry

"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, OD, 4 Eyes Optometry

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. In fact, when it comes to education, you can save $2,730 over five years, which is a 47% discount for continuing education.  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 added and loaded into the Vision Expo registration system. To receive your YPC benefits for Vision Expo East, you must submit your application by Friday, March 10, 2017.

Need to get approval to attend Vision Expo East? Our new justification toolkit makes it easy for your supervisor to appreciate the investment made into your training and development as well as to your company’s success by attending.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

YPC Events

You’re invited! Check out the full schedule of events for information on parties like ODs on Facebook and the Bad Habits “Eyedocs of Rock,” plus exclusive parties and events for YPC members. Stay tuned!

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.

Contact:  Keith L. La France, Financial Representative, (757) 373-4002 or klafrance@firstfinancialgroup.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 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.com 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!

Plus, CovalentCareers LIVE can help create important connections for your future employment opportunities. Use CovalentCareers.com to create a free job listing, browse job seekers or eyecare practices who will be attending Vision Expo East, and start building relationships.

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 The Vision Council’s campaign to increase awareness of the fashion and lifestyle aspects of eyewear. Through seasonal trend materials, exclusive events, media placements, social media channels and the Eyecessorize blog, The Vision Council shares the latest tips and trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts to educate millions of Americans about eyewear and sunwear options. Join in on the conversation via Eyecessorize’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, and check out the current trends at Eyecessorize.com.

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://visionvoice.visionexpo.com

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, (757) 373-4002 or klafrance@firstfinancialgroup.com

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.

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, including providing CE recommendations and leading pop-up talks for students and young professionals.

Members include:

  • Matt Geller, OD, Lakeside Eyecare, President NewGradOptometry.com and Co-founder & CEO CovalentCareers.com
  • Faheem Inayatali, OD, Eye Center of Houston
  • Kristen O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, Optometric Insights
  • Quy Nguyen, OD, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry
  • Jordan Edwards, District Manager, ABOC, The EyeDoctors
  • Margot Lanham, Sales Manager, ABOC, Ulla Eyewear
  • Casey Wilgenbusch, Student, 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, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, co-founder of Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOLutioN)

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