Industry partners-sharing the load

July 1, 2011

The author describes peoples' and organizations' service to the industry.

Over the past 30 years, my position has given me the privilege of really getting to know our industry partners. By and large, the companies that supply us with the goods and services that make patient care easier have truly invested in our profession.

My personal hall of fame includes Dave Hansen, OD, from AMO; Rick Weisbarth, OD, with Ciba (now Alcon); Mike Pier, OD, of B + L; Rod Tahran, OD, from Essilor; Henry Sand with Luxottica; and Dawn Holsted, OD, of TLC. Probably the true pioneer in this group was Stan Yamane, OD, of Vistakon, who really understood what professional relations was all about, and his successor, Pat Cummings, OD.

Congratulations to all of these individuals for their help and support to our great profession.