Following the retirement of Steve Sutherlin, the Lab Division Liaison responsibilities are taken on by Michael Vitale, The Vision Council’s Senior Technical Director, Lens Division Liaison, and Lens Processing & Technology Division Liaison.
Vitale looks forward to using his expertise in the new field of activity: “By bringing three divisions together under one liaison, there are amplified opportunities for collaboration, innovation and productive synergies. We will continue to work closely with our members to provide them the support needed to accomplish their divisional goals. I look forward to continuing to serve our members in this expanded role.”
Vitale has been in the optical industry for over 40 years and has held various upper level management positions over the course of his career, including Director of Corporate Quality and Standards for Essilor of America and Director of Operations for Sutherlin Optical.
He is a North Carolina Licensed Optician, is NCLE Certified and has an ABO Masters in Ophthalmic Optics.
Vitale also heads up The Vision Council’s standards work as secretariat to ANSI ASC Z80 and US TAG Leader for ISO TC172/SC7 Ophthalmic Optics.