Former SPY CEO Seth Hamot passed away on March 22, 2018, after an 18-month battle against lymphoma. He was chairman of SPY’s board of directors and served as CEO from 2015 until late 2017 when he stepped down to focus on his family, health and business ventures close to his home in Boston. Hamot was the architect of SPY’s 2016 fiscal restructuring, which paved the way for the company to achieve several operational and financial milestones during the last two years.
Fir Geenen, on SPY’s board of directors since 2011 and a longtime friend and business partner of Hamot’s, became SPY’s CEO in Nov. 2017. “The entire SPY family was incredibly saddened to learn of Seth’s passing,” said Geenen. “In addition to a remarkable mind for business, Seth was a terrific partner, generous mentor and selfless friend to many at SPY. Seth left SPY a better place than he found it, and it goes without saying that he will be missed.”
In lieu of flowers, the Hamot family encourages donations to The Equal Justice Initiative, 122 Commerce St., Montgomery, AL 36104, or The Marshall Project, 156 W. 56th St., Suite 701, New York, NY 10019.
Established in 1994, SPY is an independent Southern California-based eyewear company whose patented Happy Lens color and contrast enhancing lens technology preserves the natural therapeutic effects of sunlight in addition to providing visual performance enhancements, comfort and protection.