VSP Vision Care Vice President Ed Buffington to Retire

35-year industry veteran instrumental in the development of OfficeMate, the eye care industry’s leading practice management software

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Rancho Cordova, California, July 2, 2014 – VSP Global® today announced that Vice President of Strategic Partnerships C. Edward "Ed" Buffington has decided to retire on August 1, 2014. Buffington’s decision will bring to light a remarkable 35-year career as one of the most familiar faces in the eye care industry.

After getting his start as a contact lens representative, Buffington went on to co-found OfficeMate® Software in 1983, eventually growing it into the leading eye care software solution in the industry.

Marchon® Eyewear purchased OfficeMate in 1994 and, under Buffington’s continued leadership as President and CEO of the software business, OfficeMate and ExamWRITER® became the eye care industry’s leading practice management and electronic medical records software solution. Once Marchon joined VSP Global in 2008, Buffington served as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2008 to 2011 with Eyefinity®, building on the success of OfficeMate and ExamWRITER.

"Ed was instrumental in the launch and growth of a software solution that united the eye care delivery and eyewear purchase experience," said Jim McGrann, President of VSP® Vision Care. "While his entrepreneurial spirit will be missed, his legacy will remain as a key driver in the ongoing development of industry-leading solutions focused on helping eye care practices succeed."

In 2011, Buffington was named Vice President of Strategic Eyecare Partnerships for VSP Vision Care, playing a key role as the strategic liaison with state optometric associations and doctor affiliates groups for VSP Global.

"On behalf of VSP, I would like to recognize Ed’s significant leadership in not only pioneering software solutions for eye care professionals, but also in his passion to grow the eye care industry and profession of optometry," said Cheryl Johnson, Senior Vice President of Eyecare Delivery Solutions at VSP Vision Care. "He has established successful partnerships in the industry for many years, and VSP Global companies have all benefited from his leadership and guidance."

Buffington will remain active within the industry as a consultant for the VSP Global companies.

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About VSP Global
VSP Global® unites industry-leading companies to bring high quality, high fashion eyewear, customized lenses and ophthalmic technology to help people see across the globe. VSP Global companies include not-for-profit VSP® Vision Care, the largest vision benefits and services company with more than 70 million members and a network of 30,000 eye doctors in the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the three largest global manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity®, the largest premier practice management software company for the eye care industry; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new lens technologies, production processes, service and logistics; and a recently announced new line of business focused on developing tools and solutions that both address current and future consumer demands and help eye care providers become more competitive retailers. VSP Global companies operate in 100 countries on 6 continents.

To date, through Eyes of Hope outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes® and Sight for Students®, and partnering organizations including the American Red Cross and Optometry Giving Sight, VSP Global companies have invested nearly $165 million in free eyecare and eyewear for close to 900,000 adults and children in need.

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