New Career Zone to Offer Full Day of Networking Events

Available at Vision Expo West on Saturday, Sept. 21, only, the new Career Zone (Booth #LP4121) will offer an environment designed to connect corporate optical companies and associations with potential hires.

“Following its success at Vision Expo East, the Career Zone will provide attendees a comfortable location to explore career and leadership opportunities from a variety of well-respected businesses,” said Joanne Mohr, Vision Expo event director, Reed Exhibitions. “Attendees can take advantage of unique access to discussions focused on career resources and hiring advice that could transform their professional endeavors.”

The Career Zone will host a variety of events including the Corporate Optometry Panel and Brunch from 1 p.m.–2 p.m. This year’s panel, titled Optometry Career Pathways – Executive, will be moderated by Matt Geller, OD and CEO of, and will provide attendees an inside look into the perspectives of leading professionals in the field. Prior to the panel, a brunch reception sponsored by the American Association of Corporate Optometrists (AACO) will begin at 12 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Ben Chudner, OD and chief medical officer for Acuity Eyecare
  • Chris Cordero, OD and director of doctor operations for Visionworks of America
  • Weslie Hamada, OD and senior director OD engagement for Luxottica
  • Allison Brewer Jones, regional talent specialist for Walmart
  • Eric Schmidt, OD and founding partner of Keplr Vision
  • Bill Werner Jr., OD and director of professional services for National Vision Inc.
  • Maurice Wilson, OD and president-elect for the AACO

“As AACO’s incoming president, I look forward to participating in the panel discussion because of its alignment with the AACO’s mission of providing an inclusive community to unify all optometrists practicing in corporate brands,” said Maurice Wilson, OD and president-elect for the AACO. “I look forward to celebrating corporate optometry as a lifelong career choice at AACO’s brunch reception and the Corporate Optometry Panel.”

Exhibitors in the Career Zone include Acuity Eyecare, AACO, For Eyes by Grand Vision, Keplr Vision, Luxottica, National Vision, Visionworks of America, Vision Source and Walmart. Each exhibitor will take part in live interviews throughout the morning with optical industry young professional influencers, Dr. Nishan Pressley of @eyesonnish, Arra Apikian of @optomfit and Vady Khalil of @thephotometrist.

“The Career Zone at Vision Expo West is the place to be for all students, new graduates and young professionals,” said Nishan Pressley, OD and social media influencer of @eyesonnish. “The environment is full of knowledge, opportunity and encouragement that can elevate attendees to the next step in their careers. Anyone looking for a job or wanting to network with company executives, don’t miss your chance!”

Additionally, the new Passport Program will offer students and young professionals the opportunity to meet exhibitors in the Career Zone throughout the day. Passports will be included with each badge and can be stamped for a chance to win $500.

To learn more about the Career Zone, click here. For more information on the Corporate Optometry Panel, click here.

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Vision Expo East (Education: March 26-29, 2020; Exhibition: March 27-29, 2020) in New York City and West (Education: September 18-21, 2019; Exhibition: September 19-21, 2019) in Las Vegas are trade-only conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear presented by co-owners Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council. Vision Expo is the complete event for ophthalmic professionals, where eyecare meets eyewear, and education, fashion and innovation mingle. In the Vision Expo Exhibit Hall, eyecare providers can discover trends, interact with new technologies and access innovative products and services. The Vision Expo education program is driven by the profession, offering content of the highest quality and relevance to enhance overall patient care. For more information, visit and follow Vision Expo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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