Richard McCoy, ABOC, NCLE

Richard McCoy can usually be found roaming his five acres in Fort Meyers, FL, which he shares with his wife, Denise, along with 18 cats, wild hogs, raccoons and even a peacock. Richard has spent 40 years in the optical industry in various roles, from running production and custom grid work at wholesale labs, to working as a territory manager for Safety Supply America, to his current role as a site coordinator and lab instructor at Hillsborough Community College’s Florida Southwestern State College campus in Fort Meyers. Richard is a national opticianry speaker for organizations such as Vision Expo, the California Optometric Association and OptiCon. He has also been a featured speaker at meetings of the American Society of Safety Engineers, of which he has been a member for more than 25 years.

Jaimee Palkovicz

As the head of marketing and social media at i-see Optical in Blackwood, NJ, Jaimee Palkovicz is determined “to disrupt the optical industry and bring Millennials to the forefront to show how we can enhance the industry.” Jaimee, who received a degree in public relations from Rider University, regularly contributes to various trade publications and was named a “Rising Star” by Vision Monday in 2016. She has written on a variety of topics for the publications of First Vision Media Group, inclusing private label lenses, marketing and social media. A member of the Optical Women’s Association, Jaimee lives in Marlton, NJ, where she spends her spare time with friends, family and her dog, Honey, and cat, Maci.


Frank Gimbel, ABO-AC

As co-owner and lead optician of Gimbel Eye Associates in Wayne, PA, Frank Gimbel is dedicated to improving his “optical craft” by attending numerous training and education programs and cultivating relationships with others in the field. For Frank, staying current on lens technologies and techniques is key, and he regularly consults for medical and retail eyecare professional groups. Outside the office, Frank maintains “a modest car collection” and enjoys travel and time with his girlfriend and their two dogs.



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