At its executive summit in Miami last month, The Vision Council inducted its 2011 officers and board of directors, and announced that James Shyer of Zyloware Eyewear is the new chairman.
Heading up eye-care-related groups is in the blood of the 42-year-old ?Jamie? Shyer, the youngest chairman ever of the Vision Council. His grandfather, Joseph Shyer, was the founding president of the Optical Manufacturer's Association, and his father, Henry, and uncle Bob were both president of that group as well as the Vision Industry Council of America. These two groups merged to form the Vision Council.
Jamie Shyer is the chief operating officer and part owner of Zyloware, the oldest family-owned and family?operated supplier of fashion frames in the U.S.
Other members on the Vision Council's board include Raanan Naftalovich of Shamir Insight as vice chairman, Martin Bassett of Walman Optical as secretary/treasurer and Michael Daley of Essilor as immediate past chairman. Also elected directors at large were Mike Hundert of REM Eyewear, Steve Rappaport of L'Amy, Dave Cole of Transitions, Claudio Gottardi of Marchon Eyewear, and Doug Hepper of Vision Ease.
This year's executive summit drew 250 participants, 22 percent more than last year and a record for the event. It featured special breakouts and an interactive panel discussion on the future of eyewear distribution channels. Members were also invited to exclusive networking events.