of Centennial Optical
Allen Nightingale has been appointed
to the role of president of Centennial
Optical Limited, the independent,
family-owned distributor of ophthalmic
frames and lenses, sunglasses, contact
lenses and lens coatings.
Nightingale takes on the responsibilities
in the wake of the sudden passing of
Centennial’s president Steve de Pinto.
Nightingale is a 39-year veteran of the
optical industry who joined Centennial
as a sales representative in 1979, upon
graduation from Toronto’s York Univer-
sity. Over the years, his responsibilities
have spanned marketing, product,
licensing, key accounts and sales
strategy. His previous positions at the
company included frames sales man-
ager, director of frame sales and, most
Noted Nightingale, “In the last 12 years
as vice-president at Centennial, I had
the privilege and joy, with our desks
literally beside each other, of working
side-by-side with Steve de Pinto.”
He added, “Steve and I always antici-
pated a transition one day; unhappily,
that day has come under the saddest
conditions. We have a plan in place to
continue the great legacy that Roger
de Pinto, our founder had started in
1967 and that Steve has left us in 2018.”
Stated Roger de Pinto, chair of
Centennial, “We have every confidence
that Allen will continue building and
growing Centennial with a continued
focus on our people, our vendor partners
and, of course, our loyal customers.”
Centennial sells optical goods and
services to optometrists, opticians,
ophthalmologists, optical laboratories
and optical retailers and is fully licensed
by Health Canada to sell Class I and
Class II medical devices.
With corporate headquarters and
central distribution located in Toronto,
Centennial also has local distribution
centres and customer service in Mon-
treal and Vancouver. The company is
a sponsor and supplier of exclusive
products to members of the Canadian
Association of Optometrists and is a
member of The Vision Council.
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