Nautic Partners LLC has created Healthy Eyes Advantage, an alliance to provide purchasing services and management support to more than 10,000 independent U.S. eye care professionals.
Healthy Eyes announced in a press release that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Block Buying Group, C&E Vision Services, Vision West and HMI, including Red Tray and Club Zero.
The newly formed Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) alliance will offer access, purchasing services, education and networking to independent optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians, according to the release.
Jeff Rinkus, CEO of HEA, said in the release that the company is able to partner with leading industry suppliers to develop innovative purchasing programs that will further reduce members’ largest expense, the cost of goods. HEA is building a peer network of independent practitioners to help with marketing, managed care, staffing, accounting and other practice management challenges.
In addition to Rinkus, who is the former chief operating officer of ABB Optical, the HEA team includes: Andrew Alcorn, former CEO of Block Vision and chair of Superior Vision, and Joe Mallinger, OD, former CEO of Vision West, past president of the California Optometric Association and president-elect of Optometry Cares, the American Optometric Association’s charitable foundation.
Michael Block, founder and CEO of BBG, and Brad Shapiro, principal of C&E and Vision West, have joined the board and are serving as senior advisors.
The company is based in Boca Raton, Fla., with offices in San Clemente, Calif.; San Diego; and Vicksburg, Miss.