The American Optician

Summer 2017

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T he 19th annual meeting of the Southeastern Opticians Conference (SEOC) was held July 14-16 in Atlanta at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel. Presented by the Opticians Association of America (OA A), the SEOC is an opportunity for opticians from all over the southeast to attend continuing education classes and workshops, take advantage of networking opportunities and just have fun while seeing old friends and making new ones. This year's meeting was attended by opticians from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky 8 E D U C AT I O N Networking, Educational Opportunities Headline the 19th Annual Southeastern Opticians Conference Practice & Staff Fundamentals ™ 100+ online courses to help onboard new staff and improve the dispensing skills of current staff NEW ABO Exam Prep ™ Course Management Development Program ™ Live and distance learning to help practice and optical managers gain confidence and business expertise Management & Business Academy ™ Practice insights, metrics and events to help ODs and owners learn proven strategies for practice success Learn more at ECPU.COM or by calling 866-278-3187 Build Confidence and Expertise • Best-in-class education for all practice staff roles and experience levels • Backed by the expertise and support of Essilor ©2016 Essilor of America, Inc. All rights reserved. Unless indicated otherwise, all trademarks are the property of Essilor International and/or its subsidiaries. Florida and Virginia. They took advantage of hands-on workshops on Friday (always well attended) and traditional classes on Saturday and Sunday, covering a variety of topics. New for this year was a class in Georgia law, which is now a requirement for all Georgia opticians. The highlight of the conference was "Top Dispensing Hints," presented by Candace O'Keefe Kulp, Jackie O'Keefe and Laurie O'Keefe Pierce. All three sisters are opticians and well known speakers, but they have rarely spoken together. They had as much fun as the crowd did. The lunch on Saturday once again had Dr. Warren McDonald, the chair of the Health Care Administration Department at Methodist University at the Fayetteville, NC, campus, bringing out the laughs and wallets as the auctioneer, and it was a huge success. The Gosnell Award is presented every year to the person who did the most to promote opticianry in the southeast. It is named for one of the early leaders of the original SEOC, South Carolina optician Dan Gosnell. This year's recipient was OA A's executive director, Chris Allen , who was instrumental in creating the partnership between the SEOC and OA A. For a list of previous Gosnell Award recipients, click here . Click here for SEOC event photos. One of the unique traditions of the SEOC is the opening of the President's Suite to all who want to meet state and national leaders and discuss the news of the day of concern to opticians. Ronnie and Connie Harbert, two licensed opticians from South Carolina, were the hosts this year. SEOC 2017 goes down in the history books as another excellent educational and social regional opticianry event. Bob Reynolds is the first vice president of the Opticians Association of America.

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