About Us

International Vision Expo & Conference West

Las Vegas provides a high energy backdrop for International Vision Expo West, the world's most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo. The unbiased education covers the full spectrum of medical, diagnostic, lab and practice management skills to support better patient care and streamline profitable operations. The exhibit hall and The Suites are extraordinary showcases for eyecare and eyewear professionals to shop the latest technology and discover international fashion from well-known to emerging brands. International Vision Expo is the meeting place for one of a kind networking on the West Coast and will inspire and reinvigorate your passion.

International Vision Expo West’s Education Program is the largest, most all-inclusive ophthalmic program in the world featuring clinical, medical, scientific, technical, and business best practices. The comprehensive education provides the best opportunity to discover the latest trends in eyewear and advances in eye care.

All disciplines in the ophthalmic community enjoy a welcoming and valuable education experience which delivers professional growth and business success. It is not uncommon to find ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians sitting next to each other in several different courses.

Executive Team

Nancy Walsh

Nancy Walsh

Reed Exhibitions, North Americas

Nancy Walsh is responsible for the entire portfolio of B2B and B2C business. Known as a results-oriented, customer-focused leader, Nancy has been successful in driving business growth, generating revenues and delivering customer value for Reed through collaboration, partnerships and great relationships. During her time with Reed, Nancy has been successful in engaging her teams, motivating them and instilling loyalty and excitement throughout the organization. Nancy’s leadership, marketing insight and industry expertise have strengthened Reed’s culture of innovation and extended its product portfolio and industry reach. She is currently leading Reed’s expansion into the Mexican market, strengthening the company’s presence and leadership in North America.

Tom Loughran

Tom Loughran

Group Vice President
Reed Exhibitions
Tom Loughran is responsible for managing all aspects of the International Vision Expo shows, including sales, marketing, conference, operations and registration. Loughran joined Reed Exhibitions in 1999 as a sales executive on International Vision Expo & Conference. After serving as sales manager for National Manufacturing Week, Loughran returned to International Vision Expo in 2004. Promoted to group sales director in 2006 and then to director in 2007, Loughran has been in his present position since 2009. He has developed strong relationships with show co-owner The Vision Council and with International Vision Expo exhibitors. Before joining the trade show industry, Loughran served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Sea Angel, a humanitarian relief effort in Bangladesh.

R. Michael (Mike) Daley

R. Michael (Mike) Daley

Chief Executive Officer
The Vision Council

A longtime optical industry veteran, Mike Daley serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Vision Council, a non-profit trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. Mike began his optical career as an instructor with Ferris State University in 1975. He began working with Essilor in 1976 as a Varilux Corporation sales consultant, quickly receiving several promotions including positions as assistant technical manager, product manager, director of technical services, vice president of laboratory operations and subsequently to vice president of sales. In 1989, Daley was promoted to president of Varilux Corporation.  In 1996, Daley was appointed president and COO of Essilor of America’s United States Lens Division, known as Essilor Lenses, following the merger of Varilux Corporation with Silor to form Essilor of America, and retired from that position in 2008 after 34 years with Essilor. To continue advancing the optical community, Daley serves as a board member or in a leadership position for a number of optical organizations including Optometry Cares – the American Optometric Association Foundation, Prevent Blindness America, The Illinois College of Optometry Board of Trustees, and Past Chairman of The Vision Council.

Deborah Castor

Deborah Castor

Vice President, Shows and Meetings
The Vision Council
With more than 30 years of experience in the optical industry, Castor works closely with Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council Show Committee to establish and direct the long range strategic goals and objectives of the International Vision Expo family of tradeshows. Recruited into an Executive training program piloted by RCA record, Castor started her career working in the art department. She transitioned into the optical industry in 1984 as marketing and visual merchandising manager for Eyelab and later joined Hillman/Kohan Eyes as director of creative services. Castor served on the Board of Directors for the Major American Tradeshow Organizers and is a member of International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Optical Women's Association and American Society of Association Executives. She holds a bachelor's degree in both Advertising Design and Marketing from the University of Maryland. In her spare time, Castor enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling.

Reed Exhibitions & The Vision Council

International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eye care and eyewear, are trade-only events which draw more than 30,000 eye care professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2014, The Vision Council has already reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships.

Please Support Official International Vision Expo Exhibitors

We ask guests attending our conference support the manufacturers and suppliers who officially exhibit on the show floor and in the Suites at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. We understand that other manufacturers may wish to set appointments to preview their collections and equipment off site. Please respect the commitment of time, money, personnel and support for the entire industry by choosing to honor appointments with the 500+ suppliers who exhibit at International Vision Expo. International Vision Expo would not be the largest fashion and medical eyecare event in the Americas without their participation.

Our Brand Trademarks

  • Vision Expo Mobile
  • Visionomics
  • Vision Jobs

International Vision Expo & Think About Your Eyes

International Vision Expo & Conference is a proud supporter of Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. If you're interested in partnering withThink About Your Eyes to deliver benefits to your members, please contact Jon Torrey, director, professional relations, at jtorrey@thinkaboutyoureyes.com.

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