Harry S. Campbell, MBA – Keynote Speaker


Harry S. Campbell is a senior executive with a strong track record of success over nearly three decades.  Campbell has been a President for two Fortune 500 companies, co-owner of an award-winning small business, CEO/Board member of an Internet start-up and founding member of the industry-changing Wal-Mart/P&G Customer Team.

He has driven exceptional people and business results in organizations of 5 to 3,500 employees in a broad range of industries from consumer-packaged goods to telecom to sports marketing to digital media.  He is known as an identifier, developer and motivator of exceptional talent at all levels of the organization.

Currently, Campbell is the CEO of Durrie Vision, a world-class refractive eye surgery center in the KC area. Campbell has a passion for speaking on leadership to companies, groups and organizations. His book, Get-Real Leadership, was published in February 2012 and is available on Amazon and via Kindle. He donates 100% of his gross speaking fees and book royalties to brain cancer research in honor of his wife, Kris.

Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian History and Economics from Vanderbilt University (where he held the school record for the 10K for 35 years!) and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley Graduate School of Business. Campbell is active in several local charities and serves on the boards of Head for the Cure and The Children’s Place.

Edward S. Bennett, OD, M.S.Ed.


Edward S. Bennett, O.D., M.S.Ed. received his Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry and his M.S.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology from the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Bennett is currently Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. Dr. Bennett is also currently Executive Director of the Gas Permeable (GP) Lens Institute, the educational division of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA) and is past Chair of the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE).  He currently serves as Chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council of the American Optometric Association (AOA). He is a Diplomate and is a past Chair for the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Fellow in the Scleral Lens Education Society and recently inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

He has authored over 200 publications including 13 texts and lectured at over 250 scientific and continuing education symposia. A recipient of multiple awards, he was named one of the 50 most influential optometrists in America by Optometric Management and recently was honored as one of the 30 most influential in contact lenses in the last 30 years by Contact Lens Spectrum.

Amit Chokshi, MD


A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Amit Chokshi is highly trained in laser vision correction and is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he began performing refractive eye surgery, Dr. Chokshi was awarded a fellowship with the Laser and Corneal Surgery Associates at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Here, he specialized in refractive and corneal surgery.

Dr. Chokshi went on to serve as the director of the University Of Florida Laser Eye Center. He also held the positions of assistant professor and director of the cornea and external disease division at the UF Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Chokshi is fellowship-trained in both cornea and cataracts and is a LASIK specialist with Florida Eye Specialists. Dr. Chokshi was also named Chief of Ophthalmology at Baptist Medical Center for 2015 and 2016.

Susan M. Frick, OD


Dr. Susan Frick received her undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Tampa in 1987. Recognizing her passion was in the medical field Dr. Frick returned to school and earned her degree in Optometry with Honors from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in 1997.

Dr. Frick returned to Optometry after staying home full time to raise her children and has been working for Ted Brink & Associates since 2010. As a primary care Optometric Physician patient care is of the utmost priority.

Dr. Frick has been married for 26 years and has 4 children. Their eldest, David, graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is attending flight school. Michael is in his 2nd year at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Emily and Matthew are attending High School.

S. Akbar Hasan, MD


Dr. S. Akbar Hasan is a board certified, fellowship-trained cornea, LASIK, and cataract specialist. He completed his Cornea and LASIK fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Hasan came to Jacksonville in 2002. He served as the lead cataract and corneal surgeon and Director of the Laser Vision Correction Program at the Mayo Clinic for ten years. Dr. Hasan has tremendous surgical experience in corneal transplantation, laser cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses and LASIK.

Originally from India, Dr. Hasan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky where his father served as Dean at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Farhana, are blessed to have four wonderful children, Aamir, Azeem, Aidin and Aisha. Together, they share a passion for hiking and visiting our national parks.

McGregor N. Lott, MD


Dr. McGregor N. Lott is the Retina Specialist at Florida Eye Specialists and has been practicing ophthalmology for nearly 15 years. He completed his undergraduate degree in history at Yale University and then went on to complete his Doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia in 2002.

Dr. Lott has received a number of special awards throughout his career, including his most recent award in 2016 through Leadership Georgia. Dr. Lott was selected as one of 63 (out of 700 applicants) to participate in a special program that was designed to prepare leaders in the eye care industry for development and advancement.

John W. McClane II, OD


Dr. McClane graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1979. He has practiced in a multidisciplinary practice on Amelia Island, Florida for the past 38 years. He is a past president of the Florida Optometric Association and was named Florida Optometrist of the year in 1993. He was FOA Legislative committee Chairman in 1997-98.

Dr. McClane served two terms on the Florida Board of Optometry and is a past Chairman of the Board. He is a past chairman of the State Health Care Legislation committee of the American Optometric Association.

Dr. McClane has served as an expert witness in Optometry for the Florida Department of Health and he currently serves as a consultant in Optometry for the Consumer Services Unit of the Department of Health.

Carlo J. Pelino, OD, FAAO


Carlo J. Pelino, OD, is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In 1995 Dr. Pelino completed a PCO ocular disease residency at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, where he concentrated in retina and neuro-ophthalmic disease.

Dr. Pelino is currently a full time Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is director of the optometric retina service at The Eye Institute. He recently completed a one year retinal fellowship emphasizing medical and surgical treatments under the direction of vitreo-retinal surgeons at Crozier-Chester and Riddle Memorial Hospitals in suburban Philadelphia.

Dr. Pelino is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He regularly lectures in domestic and international programs.

Rajesh K. Shetty, MD


Dr. Rajesh Shetty is a board certified, double fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and glaucoma surgery. He served on the clinical staff of the Mayo Clinic for more than 7 years as an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology prior to founding Florida Eye Specialists in 2009. Dr. Shetty is currently the CEO and Managing Partner of the combined practice.

After finishing a dual degree in finance and health care systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shetty went on and completed medical school at Indiana University with special honors. Residency in ophthalmology was accomplished at Parkland Hospital of the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Shetty finished his first fellowship in ocular pathology under Dr. Lorenz Zimmerman at the Air Force Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC. Finally, Dr. Shetty did a second fellowship year under Dr. George Spaeth at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Thomas, MD


Dr. Benjamin Thomas holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed an internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and an ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Following residency training, Dr. Thomas completed an international ophthalmology fellowship at John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, in association with the Himalayan Cataract Project, and followed that with a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with Associated Retinal Consultants at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.  During this time, Dr. Thomas has also been a voluntary assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Dr. Thomas has been involved in numerous research projects at every stage of his medical training, with a focus on surgical and medical retina.  Additionally, he has participated in multiple international research projects from Nepal to Ethiopia, and continues to devote time to advancing care in the developing world through education and research.

John Trainer, MD


John Trainer was a Brand Strategist at Larmoyeux Family Medicine from Aug 2012 – Dec 2015. He spearheaded the extensive rebranding of a name that has been influential in Jacksonville healthcare since 1920 – including social media, promotional items, and giveaways; Led a profound culture change to focus on the end user experience; Generated patient growth of 10% per month for more than 24 consecutive months ; Observed net promoter scores of up to 90 in Listen360 data; Developed Social Media influence up to the 95th percentile.

He was also a Member, Board Of Directors at Baptist Primary Care from May 2011 – Dec 2015. He Executed leadership and vision casting for more than 150 providers across 40+ locations; Supported recruitment, provider discipline, quality assurance, budgeting, and payor contracting.

From Nov 2008 – Dec 2015, Dr. Trainer was a Family Physician for Baptist Primary Care. He postponed autopsies via comprehensive, relational Family Medicine; Applied evidence based medicine, continuously refined; Enhanced control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; Reduced patients’ risk of heart attack and stroke.

Richard Van De Velde, OD


Dr. Van De Velde graduated from Ferris State University College of Optometry in 1985 and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. He began his optometric career in Michigan at a multi-physician Ophthalmology practice from 1985 until 2001. After growing weary of the snow and ice, Dr. Van De Velde and his family joined SouthEastEye in Brunswick, GA in 2001 as Director of Clinics. SouthEastEye is a multi-physician, multiple location referral based medical and surgical eye care practice.

In addition to working in the clinic, Dr. Van, as he is known to his patients, enjoys speaking throughout the Southeast on ocular disease.

Dr. Van De Velde is married with two wonderful daughters. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, music, and an occasional round of golf.

Jon Scott Walker, OD, MS, FAAO


Dr. Jon Walker has practiced for over thirty years including a multi-disciplinary practice in Minnesota, research and professional affairs with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and in a large multi-office group practice in the Greater Jacksonville, Florida area. He served 2 terms on the Minnesota State Board of Optometry and was honored with the Minnesota Optometrist of the Year award for his work on the inclusion of optometry in diabetic eye care. He has conducted over 115 clinical trials, published numerous articles including being a contributing author to a textbook and holds 3 Contact Lens and Intraocular Lens patents. He continues to consult with Alcon, B+L and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a long time American Optometric Association member.

Dr. Walker is married and has three children, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. He is actively involved in music as a publisher, writer and musician through his music company Bayou & Me Publishing (ASCAP). Having moved from the cold of Minnesota to the warmer temperatures of Florida his love of golf has improved but his scores have not.

Thomas Anderson


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