Thank you from the Heart!

Message From the President

Don C. Railsback O.D.

Bill Hefner, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O.,
HOACLS President

Thank you for another great year at the Heart. This year we were pleased to welcome more than 1200 attendees from all over the United States for the education, 25 posters to the scientific poster session from five different optometry schools and more than 375 exhibitors representing 93 different companies!

Our commitment to the Heart core values of Camaraderie, Innovation and Education remain central in each and every decision your Board of Directors makes when introducing improvements to your meeting. We continued to push the innovation envelope, introducing tablets this year for our first 50 registrants, pre-loaded with all the handouts and quick links for the educational program. We continued the scientific poster session for our future colleagues to display their academic research. And of course, we made sure to provide ample opportunities to gather with friends and colleagues in the exhibit hall, the hotel lounge and during our ever popular banquet- maxing out our 500 seats for the first time in the past few years!

Looking ahead, your Board of Directors invites you to save the date for the 55th Annual Heart of America Contact Lens Society and Primary Care Congress February 12-14, 2016 where you will be treated to a top notch panel of presenters including: Drs. Paul Ajamian, Michael Chaglasian, Joe Sowka, Bruce Onofrey, Valerie Kattouf, and the dynamic duo of Pizzimenti & Pelino, just to name a few! Of course our entire slate of para-optometric speakers will have their courses approved by the American Optometric Association’s Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and most of our courses will also offer American Board of Opticianry credits as well.

In the coming year you will see your Board of Directors continue to refine its approach in delivering the absolute best meeting in the country with the introduction of new products, services and concepts for our most important customer- you!

From the Heart,
Bill Hefner, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O.,
President, Heart of America Contact Lens Society

Exhibit Hall More Fun in 2015

Check out the new Exhibit Hall Map!

The Exhibit Hall prizes for optometrists and paraoptometrics total over $15,000. In addition to door prizes, the 2015 Heart is providing two new Exhibit Hall games for optometrists and paraoptometrics. Collect stickers from Exhibitors participating in the Heart's Show Special Flyer game and solve clues in the Heart's Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt to be eligible to win. There is always something exciting happening in the Exhibit Hall!

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