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NYSSO Awards & Honors 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014  
Posted by: Meghan McGrath
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NYSSO Awards & Honors- 2014

The Board of Director and Awards Committee of the
New York State Society of Opticians are pleased
to introduce the recipients of this year’s Society Awards:

New York Optician of the Year
Joseph and Vincent Lamberto
This year, the New York State Optician of the Year award is being presented to two brothers, who have combined almost 80 years of experience in the profession and own and operate Lamberto Opticians, one of the most advanced and personable  optical practices in Central New York. As Opticians, Joseph and Vincent believe they have a responsibility to provide the best possible service to their customers, utilizing the latest in technological advances and offering a variety of high quality products.  They also believe that an integral part of being an Optician is dialogue—which enables one to assess and respond to a customer’s visual needs and fashion preferences. Through the Lamberto Brothers efforts, they have elevated the standards of Ophthalmic Dispensing in the New York State and served the best interests of the Society.

Joseph Lamberto is congratulated by NYSSO Gala Chair Lisa Dolezel.

Richard  A. Terry Award

Leon Montroy
The Richard A. Terry Award is presented to a member of the New York State Society of Opticians who has made an important impact on the Society and in forwarding its mission of advancing and protecting the profession. Leon has given so much to NYSSO: past chapter officer, volunteer, committee member, advisor to NYSSO leaders and staff, great role model and advocate for the Society. Beyond NYSSO, he is active in the Lions and donates his time to provide free screening to underprivileged children through the Head Start Program. Leon continues to make a lasting impact on NYSSO, his peers and his patients.

Honoree Leon Montroy is congratulated by NYSSO Past President John F. Kennedy Jr. (l) and NYSSO Gala Chair Lisa Dolezel (r).


The NYSSO Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthony Bernard
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of contributions and loyal dedication to the advancement of the ideals of the Society and its continuing development. Tony is a proud New York State Licensed Optician. He has offered his time, energy and expertise to NYSSO on the statewide level and on Long Island, where he has served as a chapter leader and Regional Director.  He has served as mentor and advisor to colleagues in Nassau and Suffolk Counties—always there with a ready tip, sound advice and a few kinds words. Tony is a consummate professional who is always promoting the profession and NYSSO wherever he goes. He sets the standard for his colleagues across the Empire State.

Honoree Tony Bernard is congratulated by NYSSO President Deborah Ullrich.

The 2014 New York State
Optical Retailer of the Year Award
OcuSight Eye Care Center

OcuSight Eye Care Center is an independent practice serving Rochester and the Monroe County area since 1963. They have offices in Brighton, Greece, Penfield and Webster.  OcuSight’s dedicated and caring professional staff work together
to enhance, maintain, and restore visual function, as well as to improve visual lifestyles.  At any of their four centers, one will find unmatched passion for patient care. NYSSO is proud to note that OcuSight Eye Care Center Opticians
are active members of the Society.

Opticians from Occusight Eyecare Center receive the award from Europa Account Manager Kathleen Crowley ( l), and NYSSO President Deborah Ullrich (r).

The 2014 New York State
Four Under Forty Award Recipients

The Luxottica-NYSSO Four Under Forty Award was established in 2012 as an annual recognition of four young New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispensing Professionals who uphold the highest ideals of the profession,
give back to the profession and their communities, and who truly
represent the future of the profession.

The recipients of the 2014 award are:

Stephen Cogger

Christina Kolkmann

Tiffany McKinney

Amanda Smolinski


Award recipient Tiffany McKinney is congratulated by NYSSO President Deborah Ullrich

Congratulations to all these fine Opticians!

Contact NYSSO

Phone: (518) 387-9619



P.O. Box 3523

Schenectady, NY 12303

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