Why Vision Expo

Eyecare professionals attend Vision Expo East for very different reasons. Some seek education, while others come to see new products or spot new trends, and many to network with peers. 

Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of exhibit staff will interact with over 15,000 key buyers, ophthalmic professionals and key decision-makers, introduce new products and services, gain greater visibility for your company, and expose their brands to media coverage in US and international trade outlets.

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About Us

Set against the high-fashion, international backdrop of New York City, Vision Expo East is an unrivaled marketplace for eyecare professionals to discover trends, interact with new technologies and access innovative products and services.

The Vision Expo education program is driven by the profession, offering content of the highest quality and relevance in order to enhance overall patient care. Through the efforts of The Vision Council, Vision Expo also invests in programs that promote awareness of eye health and drive market growth for the industry at large.

Executive Team

Hervé Sedky
Hervé Sedky

President, Americas, Reed Exhibitions

Hervé Sedky oversees a business that curates more than 100 sector-leading exhibitions and events in North and South America each year, from the motor show in São Paolo to the jewelry show in Las Vegas and the cutting edge culture series from the ReedPOP group. He serves as a member of the company’s Worldwide Board.

Hervé is a results-oriented leader who develops, grows and transforms global businesses while driving profits. His distinguished 20-year executive career at the American Express Company culminated in service as Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express Business Travel, in which he guided the growth of a $1billion revenue business and served on American Express’ senior management team. As a solo entrepreneur backed by private equity, he took an active role in investing and advising travel related companies and hotels worldwide.

His business profile is complemented by a profound commitment to community development and the nonprofit sector. Hervé serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Children's Health Fund, on the board of WINiT, a CGI-member organization, and a board member of the French Cultural Center/Alliance Française.

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Joanne Mohr
Joanne Mohr

Event Director

Joanne brings over 25 years of tradeshow experience to the Vision Expo team, including an expertise in fashion and retail. Most recently, Mohr served as Executive Vice President of ENK International, orchestrating a series of trade exhibitions that included nearly 10,000 design companies in New York City and Las Vegas and attracted 250,000 global buyers and press annually.

Melissa Ashley
Melissa Ashley

Senior Vice President, Reed Exhibitions

Melissa Ashley joined Reed Exhibitions in September of 2015 as Senior Vice President. She oversees a diverse portfolio of events that includes both mature shows such as the National Hardware Show and Vision Expo as well as launches. Melissa's most recent position was as VP Events, Cross Platform Businesses at Bloomberg BNA. As part of a 3 person leadership team tasked with building out new revenue streams across a number of Bloomberg verticals, Melissa oversaw product development, operations, sales and audience development. She led teams responsible for conceptualizing and producing both editorial driven events as well as custom programs for large corporations such as VISA, Boeing, GE and Qualcomm.

Prior to Bloomberg BNA, Melissa was part of the leadership team at IIR USA, a subsidiary of the Institute for International research, the events division of Informa plc (London, UK). As a Managing Director at IIR USA, she spent over nine years overseeing the sponsorship and exhibition sales teams, developing new products, evaluating new business opportunities on a global basis and implementing acquisitions. Under her leadership, profitable events were curated in diverse markets from Grand Cayman to Dubai.
Before IIR, Melissa spent three years in leadership roles at DoubleClick Media. As part of the executive team, she was instrumental in orchestrating the merger between DoubleClick Media and L90.
Prior to joining DoubleClick, Melissa spent over three years managing U.S. media programs at NBA Properties where her responsibilities ranged from developing and selling-in cross platform media programs for national advertisers to being part of the launch team for nba.com.
Earlier in her career she held several positions in advertising at New York ad agencies.
Melissa graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. She currently resides in Rye Brook, NY with her daughter.

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Ashley Mills
Ashley Mills

Chief Executive Officer, The Vision Council

Ashley works closely with Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council's Show and Exhibitor Advisory Committees to establish and direct the long range strategic goals and objectives of the International Vision Expo family of tradeshows. With a background in public relations, consulting, and consumer marketing – Ashley most recently served as the Director of Communications for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Mitchell Barkley
Mitchell Barkley

Vice President of Trade Shows, The Vision Council

As The Vision Council's Vice President of Trade Shows, Mitch brings 28 years of optical industry experience to his role at The Vision Council as well as a great understanding of the dynamics influencing both the domestic and global frame markets. Previous experience includes CEO of Mondottica USA and CEO of Viva international group. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mitch enjoys following Terps basketball as well as skiing and playing Bocce.

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Testimonials

Attendee Testimonials

  • "Attending Vision Expo reminds me of how this huge industry can still be such a small world. I love having the chance to educate myself on the newest trends and best care for my customers…I still leave each year feeling rejuvenated with fresh ideas and extra inspiration for bettering my career and my optical team."
    @memily_b, Discerning Eye

  • I’m always excited to see the vendors that we deal with all year long to see what new products they have out and discuss face-to-face instead of via the phone or email. I liked that I can talk to people that I don’t see all year long; it keeps me going for the next year.
    Bo Smith, Low Vision Manager

  • The best part about education at Vision Expo is the variety, being able to pick and choose what’s important to you and your practice, and take home what you need.
    Denis Larsen, Dr’s Kim, Kim and Larsen Associates, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  • There are people and vendors from all over the world. It just gives such a global view about what’s happening in the rest of the world, because just practicing in this country or even in your state you don't have as much exposure to what is happening everywhere else.
    Angelina Kahlon, Optometrist

  • I like to tour around the Exhibit Hall, see what’s new, see what’s up and coming in terms of eyewear and technology. There is always something to look forward to. 
    Dr. Martin Spino, Optometrist

  • I like to come to Vision Expo to see new products, what’s on the market and what’s being shown. You’ve got everything under one roof, so I think that really helps.
    Nina Levy, Practice Manager

  • You have everything here, everything in one location . . . I’m excited to see frames, new styles, seeing which direction they are going. I look at new styles and see where they would fit in my location.
    Samantha Hunter, Supervisor, Ni Optical, Optimum Member

  • "I attended Vision Expo with my doctors and coworker to take a bunch of the amazing classes that were offered and for us to get some amazing new lines of glasses for the office. I'm from NY but now live and work in NC. We traveled to experience everything the expo had to offer. We came back with new knowledge and awesome new merchandise!"
    @nytiffany48

  • "This expo creates a new positive energy for our practice. It enlarges our vision and creates more business opportunities for us all."
    CRONNET EYE CLINIC, @cronneteyeclinic

  • I love going to Vision Expo East because I think the education is phenomenal. It’s very personal, it’s very interactive. I love that the show floor is right outside the door. You can leave a class and go check out the technology you just heard about in class and are able to go right outside and actually look at it and see what it looks like and are able to buy it. 
    April Jasper, OD, FAAO, Advanced Eyecare Specialists, Speaker at Primary Care A Female Perspective

  • The speakers were all excellent; everybody had a sense of humor, everybody was clear and it was very enlightening . . . I gained the incentive to study more about certain areas that I didn't know about before. 
    Dr. Barbara Ronson, Optometrist, Cohen’s Fashion Optical

  • All of the vendors are in one spot, it's really nice. It gives me a chance to see things that I haven’t had a chance to check out before. Right now I work buying for a private practice and we have a lot of product but not everything. So it’s nice to come to Vision Expo and be able to see the product that is out there.
    Jon Leervig, Owner, Betty’s Mobile Optical, LLC (buyer-retail)

  • "As a student, my first Vision Expo experience was all about learning. For me, #WhyIGo is about what opportunities it will provide for me in the future and hearing about how ODs have opened doors beyond the scope of their practice!"
    @tiffalapagos


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