At its April executive board meeting, the SAO voted to name its member Ed de Gennaro, O.O. as the “2013 Ophthalmic Optician® of the Year”. Mr. de Gennaro was chosen for his furtherance of the high ideals of the SAO. In order to qualify for this honor an Optician must be a current member of the SAO in the year they are being considered, they must advance opticianry through promotion of higher education and certification levels for Opticians, and must not be a current officer of the SAO during the year they are being considered for this honor.
Mr. de Gennaro is the Executive Director of the newly formed Optical Summit and is a noted authority on practical optics, dispensing, sales, management and training. He is Director of professional content at First Vision Media Group, Inc. and he is formerly a professor, program head of the opticianry program, and the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. He currently operates Infocus Optical Consulting, which provides business and technical consulting to optical offices and to the optical industry.
The Society to Advance Opticianry is a credentialing organization, which promotes higher education and certification levels for Opticians, and provides mentoring services to its candidate members.
For more information, go to the SAO web site www.ophthalmicoptician.org