Optical Prism January 2019 - Page 16

Allen Nightingale appointed president 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 recently, vice-president. 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. ATTENTION EMPLOYERS… BC College of Optics Feb 11 th , 2019 class What does BC College of Optics Offer? The BCCO program ensures all BCCO graduates can properly integrate the academic and practical aspects of entry-level opticianry. Our Award-winning and experienced instructors explain challenging optical concepts and techniques, monitor hands-on clinical skills and improve practical abilities in our in-house clinical environment. Optical re-do’s are both expensive and embarrassing. BCCO grads come job-ready, and will make an immediate contribution to your store’s bottom line. Employers can expect increased productivity and professionalism with improved patient service and satisfaction. Send us your most-motivated employee (or family member) as an investment in your business and we will return to you a fully-qualified OPTICIAN/CONTACT LENS FITTER in Fall 2018. Classes begin Feb 11th, 2019!! BC College of Optics www.bccollegeofoptics.ca | #208 - 10070 King George Blvd. Surrey BC | T: (604) 581-0101. 37