Clear Sight Partners is proud to announce that Tina Farrell, vice president of optical operations, was recently named one of Vision Monday’s list of ‘Most Influential Women in Optical’ for 2021.
Reposted from the VISIONMONDAY website:
CHOSEN BECAUSE… “Tina has over 33 years in the industry and started as an optician, working her way up to the VP level. She has built valuable relationships across all areas, from front-office staff and the executive suite to manufacturers, suppliers and other partners. She is kind, knowledgeable, diligent and a great role model for other women in the industry.”
Tina Farrell began her career in optical at age 20 while working as a tech for an optometrist in her hometown of Rockford, Ill. After college, she moved to a Pearle Vision Center and had her first exposure to the optical and lab side of the business. She subsequently had a leadership role at Sears Optical and began to learn the business side.
At Sears, she also was awarded Number One Club three times, earned the ABO and NCLE certifications, and moved into an area sales manager position. Her next move was into a role at Opti-Mart, which marked “the beginning of a 14-year journey with the Payne family to grow the Opti-Mart business.”
Currently, as VP of operations at Clear Sight Partners (CSP), she led the effort to integrate four recently acquired businesses into one cohesive group within the CSP portfolio. “I manage a total of 13 optical locations, where we have implemented operating strategies focused on sustaining profitable growth without losing the family-owned values that were central to their success to date,” she said.
Farrell has had several mentors during her career, including Kathy Hays and Rhonda Kratz from Sears Optical, and Ron Pierce, OD, of Pearle Vision.
SHE SAYS… “The largest impact on my career came from the entire Payne family, starting with Skip and Scott Payne who taught me that if you treat employees like family, they will treat patients like family which creates loyalty and trust, ultimately improving the business.”