Experience You Can Trust
AEG Vision is led by a strong leadership team with deep experience in the eyecare industry and an unmatched track record of success. AEG Vision’s leadership knows exactly what you’re going through because they are experienced professionals who have operated practices, successfully built larger eyecare groups, and been leading players in the ongoing transformation within the eyecare industry.
Who We Are
Experience and Results You can Trust
AEG Vision is led by a strong leadership team with deep experience in the eyecare industry and an unmatched track record of success. Our leadership has operated practices, successfully built large eyecare groups, and are active players within the eyecare industry with decades of combined experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Eric has three decades of leadership success in a variety of businesses including Optical, Accessories and Consumer Packaged Goods, in both domestic and international markets. Prior to joining Acuity, Eric served as Executive Vice President – Fossil Group, leading their $3 Billion Global Licensed Watch and Jewelry business. In this capacity, he was accountable for all business development, licensing, marketing, product design and product development. Prior to that, Eric spent 18 years at the Luxottica Group in key leadership positions including the President of LensCrafters North America where he had full P&L responsibility for the world’s leading Optical retail chain with 1,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Under his collaborative leadership, Eric transformed their business strategy, customer experience and management team philosophy resulting in significant growth in associate engagement, customer satisfaction and sales. Additionally, while at Luxottica, Eric was Chief Executive of GMO Opticas based in Santiago, Chile, integrating 500 optical practices in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia into Luxottica. He also had successful leadership roles as the General Manager of Target Optical, VP at Pearle Vision, VP at Sunglass Hut and helped lead the integration of Ray Ban into Luxottica. Prior to Luxottica, Eric spent nearly a decade in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble and Kao. Eric is highly respected within the industry and well-known for his results-oriented leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for developing talent.
Chief Operating Officer
Johnny brings over 30 years of multi-site healthcare experience spanning a broad range of cross-functional leadership roles including operations, acquisitions and development, patient experience, clinical quality, service lines strategy, investor relations, administration, finance and treasury. Most recently, Johnny consulted with the Private Equity firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, advising them in their healthcare portfolio. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years at United Surgical Partners International, Inc. (USPI) driving growth from start-up to their industry leadership position as the largest operator of outpatient centers and surgically-oriented hospitals. Prior to USPI, Johnny held Senior Vice-President positions for over a decade in two other start-up companies: Physicians Resource Group, Inc. and Medical Care America, Inc. Upon the sale of Medical Care, he transitioned as the SVP of Operations, Ambulatory Surgery Division, and was responsible for the operations of 25 surgical facilities. Johnny is best known and respected within the industry as a motivating leader who consistently delivers results through operational excellence.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Jay Bradford brings more than 20 years experience in business and financial leadership across multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, distribution and oil & gas. He has lead successful, large-scale initiatives to improve operating performance as well as leading mergers and acquisitions in multiple industries. Previously, Bradford has held roles of leadership and management at Accretive Health, Alvarez and Marsal, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Chief Information Officer
Satish brings with him highly impressive and diverse experience across several relevant industries. He has held key senior technology and operations leadership roles at Vision Source, MedSolutions, Coventry Healthcare, and General Electric and has focused on driving total enterprise performance through the successful deployment and utilization of technology solutions. While leading Information Technology at MedSolutions, Satish helped grow the company’s top line sales from $240 million to $910 million while also delivering $40 million in annualized operational cost reductions. Prior to joining Acuity, Satish was the Chief Information Officer for Vision Source and led efforts to create business value through the innovative application of technology. This initiative resulted in the doubling of the company’s market cap realization. Satish is best known within the industry for his expertise and intuitive understanding of successfully integrating technology solutions within a practice as well as throughout an organization.
Chief Merchandising Officer
Meera began her impressive career in the optical world over 20 years ago, which spans both North American and international market experience. She started at Cole Vision Corporation and spent several years taking on various leadership roles with increasing levels of importance and responsibility. This ultimately resulted in her championing and directing all product strategy for Sears Optical, Target Optical and Pearle Vision. With the acquisition of Cole Vision by Luxottica, Meera continued to grow and diversify her experiences. She took on several high profile merchandising positions within Target Optical, LensCrafters, GMO, product development and also led category management for all optical divisions. Meera’s significant contributions have driven success for multiple businesses in profitability growth, improved product life cycle management and stronger store segmentation. Meera is highly respected within the industry and is well known for her motivating leadership style and tremendous depth of merchandising knowledge and expertise.
Chief Development Officer
Joe brings over a decade of diverse financial services experience across multiple sectors and companies. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Most recently, Joe was a Principal at MHT Partners, a national middle-market investment bank focused on serving high growth companies. In this role, he developed and executed on various companies’ buy and build growth strategies. Joe’s primary sector experience resides in both business and healthcare services, with a focus on human capital-intensive businesses. Prior to that, Joe spent several years at Credit Suisse where he and his team managed over $2 billion of assets for both high-net-worth individuals and institutions. While at Credit Suisse, Joe and team were repeatedly recognized by Barrons as one of the country’s leading financial advisors. Prior to Credit Suisse, he served in the corporate finance function of Baxter International, an acute healthcare products company with over $10 billion in annual revenue. Joe is highly regarded within the industry for his collaborative ability to drive organizational alignment in support of key growth initiatives.
Benjamin S. Chudner, OD, FAAO
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Chudner began his impressive optometric career more than 21 years ago. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. After working for a large OD/MD practice in the Pacific Northwest, he acquired an independent Optometry practice in Bremerton, Washington where he built a successful practice and team before eventually selling the practice 10 years later. Since that time, he has spent over a decade in leadership roles in some of the most recognized organizations in the eyecare industry. Companies such as Bausch and Lomb and Luxottica have benefited from Dr Chudner’s extensive understanding of the complexities of the optical industry. Under his leadership as Senior Clinical Director, he streamlined eyecare operations and improved relationships with doctors affiliated with Luxottica resulting in tremendous eye exam growth year over year. Dr. Chudner is also an accomplished lecturer and trainer and an active member of several industry organizations including the AOA, AAO, and the New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Chudner is most recognized for his deep passion for full-scope optometry and building organizations that can deliver better outcomes for all patients and fellow optometrists.
Executive VP Operations
Shawn began his successful optical career more than 25 years ago. His broad range of eyecare experience spans independent optical companies as well as some of the most iconic brands in the industry today. Brands such as Target Optical, Oakley, LensCrafters, and Sunglass Hut International have benefited from Shawn’s tremendous industry knowledge and deep understanding of the ever changing optical world. He is truly a multi-faceted leader driven by his range of roles across the retail, professional services, wholesale, luxury and value side of the industry. Under Shawn’s leadership as the Vice President of Operations, he helped orchestrate the turnaround of Target Optical by focusing on the organization’s culture and transforming it into one of the fastest growing optical companies for more than a decade. Shawn is also passionate about giving back to those in need and has led or been part of many North American and international eyecare clinics. Shawn is best known for his ability to align a team to create a sustained growth plan that’s customer-centric and builds top talent.
VP Corporate Development
Bret began his exceptional career in eyecare in 1999 when he joined Briot as the Midwest Regional Sales Manager. After several successful years, he was appointed President and Briot experienced record growth under Bret’s leadership. Bret also served as Vice President at American Express Business Finance. In this key role, he helped orchestrate financial solutions between equipment manufacturers and end users, enabling optometrists to access the latest technology at affordable rates. Prior to joining Acuity, Bret served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Vision Source, where he was an integral part of growing Vision Source into the largest independent eyecare alliance in the world and the top optical retailer in the United States. With almost two decades of eyecare experience and success, Bret is best known for having a strong pulse on the ever-changing landscape and future vision of the industry.
John brings more than 15 years of marketing experience across multiple optical and retail organizations. Most recently, John served as Vice President and Director of Marketing for the eyewear divisions of Walman, the largest family of independent optical companies in the United States. In this role, John led all aspects of marketing support for large-scale accounts including Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club and Eyemart Express, as well as full-scale marketing efforts for independent eye care professionals across the county. Prior to his role with Walman, John was a Creative Project Manager with JCPenney where he was an active designer and copyeditor as well as a proven leader of creative teams responsible for supporting the in-store marketing in over 1,000 stores nationwide. John is highly respected in the optical industry for his blend of retail and optical experience, his unique understanding of the marketplace, and his passion for patient-focused marketing.
VP Human Resources
Tonjia brings more than 25 years of Human Resources experience and leadership in the financial, telecommunications and life sciences industries. In addition to creating her own HR consulting firm specializing in Organization Effectiveness, Tonjia most recently was Vice President, Global Human Resources for the network intelligence company Sandvine. Prior to that, she served as VP of Human Resources for Integer Holdings where she led various HR functions and drove major change initiatives involving organizational design, compensation, recruitment, project and stakeholder management, and culture change. While at Integer, she had HR responsibility during the creation and spin off of Nuvectra Corporation. Her extensive experience also includes roles of leadership with Smith & Nephew, Bank of America, and GE. Tonija is well regarded as a strategic and results-driven senior human resources professional, with extensive expertise in organization development and effectiveness.
VP Real Estate
Brad’s career in the industry began in 1997 as part of Eyetique, a successful eyecare company founded by his brother, Norman Childs, in 1979. Brad served as the Executive Vice President of Eyetique and was empowered to cultivate a unique culture there, focused on the total experience for the customer. This customer service orientation soon became an important point of differentiation for Eyetique in the marketplace and has fueled strong sales growth and high patient satisfaction ratings. Under Brad’s leadership and partnership with Norman, Eyetique has grown from a single location to 21 locations today. Brad is well renowned for his expertise and knowledge of luxury brand positioning and his vision for delivering quality and fashion-forward trends.
Interested? AEG Vision is ready to discuss your future success.
We offer solutions ranging from a high valuation, low stress exit strategy to an ongoing partnership allowing you to focus on patient care for years to come. Contact Bret Davis directly or submit this form.
To hear about AEG Vision from a doctor’s perspective, contact Dr. Ben Chudner, Chief Medical Officer and head of the AEG Optometric Advisory Council. We look forward to partnering with you.
VP, Corporate Development
Ben Chudner, O.D., F.A.A.O.
VP, Chief Medical Officer