President, Ophthalmic Instruments
WHY: Top exec at family business, distributor of medical devices, equipment and other supplies for eye exam rooms, the largest business of its type on the West Coast. Took over from founder Lou Shone, who retired two years ago.
RECENT: 42-year-old Irvine-based company bought in summer by Norfolk, Va.-based Advancing Eyecare Holdings, a newly formed business backed by PE firm Atlantic Street Capital in Connecticut. Local staff staying on board.
QUOTABLE: Said of sale that “I felt that we needed to get bigger and stronger in order to compete at a high level.”