Update from Vendor Relations Committee

Over the past three years, members of the Vendor Relations Committee have made it their mission to create a forum for communication between vendors and the TSO Network Board, with the goal that in turn this will enhance membership value by finding ways to maximize TSO members return on investment in the industry and allow vendors and sponsors to communicate ideas and issues with the TSO Network Board members who can take action and make changes.

First, thank you to the doctors who participated in our recent Vendor Relations Survey. Due to your expressed interest to understand the progress of the Vendor Relations Committee and the areas we focus on through strategic partnerships, we are committed to provide you with increased communications thru periodic updates.

Through sub-committees, the Vendor Relations committee members focus on contact lenses, frames, equipment, lab and sponsors for the annual Vision Quest Conference. As chair of the contact lens sub-committee, I would like to take you through some of the items that we have accomplished through strategic partnerships over the past few years.

Key Accomplishments

Starting in 2012 and continuing to the present, the Vendor Relations Committee has secured several strategic partnerships with the leading contact lens vendors that have resulted in:

  1. Between 2012 and 2014, the Vendor Relations Committee has been able to double the amount of rebates that were given to TSO Network
  2. Between 2012 and 2014, the dollar volume that went back to TSO Network members exceeded $1.5 million.

Strategic Partnership Updates

ALCON

As of January 1, 2015, our new three-year agreement with Alcon is underway. This partnership is a continuation of the previous year’s agreements with additional benefits. Alcon will be distributing changes to each Doctor of TSO soon.

VISTAKON

Our current agreement ends June 2015 with hopes to make new agreement announcements before the end of June.

We are still working on agreements with several contact lens distributors with hopes to enhance benefits with one strategic distributor agreement in the near future. You are able to locate any of our current agreements by visiting the Vendors section on TSO Network Update doctor login side.

I encourage participation on the Vendor Relations Committee or on the sub-committees to all Doctors of TSO. We meet through conference call and email, so no travel is involved. Please feel free to email me at mareade@tso2020.com if you have questions or would like to join the committee.

2015 Vendor Relations CommitteeDr. Brian Blount Nidal BouChedid Dr. Doug Clark Finch Dunkin

Dr. Maxwell Olumba Craig Parker

Dr. Phong Pham 

Dr. Amit Shah