The two leading US associations for the optical industry, Vision Industry Council of America and the Optical Manufacturing Industry Association (OMA), joined forces last September to form the Vision Council of America (VCA). Following the merger, Mike Ferrara, former president of the Vision Council, has been elected as president of the new association, assisted by his former deputy, Susan Burton. Bill Thomas, former executive vice president and CEO of OMA, has been appointed as CEO of VCA. Peter Frieder, former president of OMA, is now vice president of VCA.