Smart Vision Labs announces the appointment of Wallace Lovejoy to the company’s Board of Directors. Lovejoy brings to the board 33 years of leadership in the optical industry. “Wally brings deep knowledge and operating experience of the optical industry to our board,” said Yaopeng Zhou, Co-Founder and CEO.

NEW YORK, June 6, 2016 – Smart Vision Labs announces the appointment of Wallace Lovejoy to the company’s Board of Directors. Lovejoy brings to the board 33 years of leadership in the optical industry. “Wally brings deep knowledge and operating experience of the optical industry to our board,” said Yaopeng Zhou, Co-Founder and CEO. “I am super excited to work with Wally to bring our cutting edge refraction technology to more people through the optical retail world.”

Wallace Lovejoy Wally Lovejoy and Smart Vision Labs

Lovejoy spent 28 years on the leadership team at Luxottica. From 2008 to 2011, Lovejoy was the senior vice president of eye care development at Luxottica Retail North America (LRNA). In this role, he oversaw the support for the optometrists and opticians affiliated in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical and EYEXAM of California, a licensed vision health care service plan. Prior to that, Lovejoy served as LRNA’s senior vice president of eye care operations, contracting and facilitating enhanced practice management by affiliated optometrists from 2006 to 2008. In that position, he also oversaw field management for more than 2,000 optometric offices, including the implementation of a centralized, real-time online appointment process for those offices.

Lovejoy’s distinguished career also includes serving as the chairman of the Board of the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians from 2004-2010. He is also the past chair of the Board of the Foundation for Eye Health Awareness and of EYEXAM of California, Inc as well as a past member of the American Optometric Association Ophthalmic Council and the OneSight Foundation Board of Directors. Since 2012, Lovejoy has been an independent eye care consultant at Lovejoy Eye Care Consulting, where he provides strategic consulting and regulatory compliance advice related to vision care and the optical and ophthalmic industries.

“We are thrilled to have Wally join the board at Smart Vision Labs,” said Ari Newman, “His appointment is a testament to the company’s technological leadership and market opportunity. We believe his strong optical background will help further drive the company’s mission.” Ari is a partner at Techstars, and serves as board director. Techstars Ventures led the Series A investment of Smart Vision Labs.