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ODMA and SAA Merge

The Sunglass Association of Australia (SAA) has merged with the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association of Australia (ODMA).

Following a review of the current Associations guiding sunglasses industry matters within Australia, a vote was passed unanimously to bring the Sunglass Association of Australia under the auspices of ODMA.

The main reason, according to ODMA, was to consolidate both associations’ energies on sunglass issues. The SAA would benefit from using ODMA’s infrastructure and resources to more effectively address key sunglass issues, grow the industry and provide compliance education through better consumer awareness.

According to an ODMA media release: “Within the new structure, Tim McCann relinquishes the Presidency of the former Sunglass Association and moves to a position ex-officio ODMA Board to address specific Sunglass matters. John Toouli (Bolle) and Jonathon Lewis (General Optical) are elected ODMA Board members and manage sunglass operations in their own right.

Whilst ODMA campaigns strongly on sunglass industry matters, Tim, John and Jonathon with Ms. Finola Carey (ODMA Executive Director) will provide an increased focus on sunglass issues

“Whilst ODMA campaigns strongly on sunglass industry matters, Tim, John and Jonathon with Ms. Finola Carey (ODMA Executive Director) will provide an increased focus on sunglass issues.”

They believe the new structure introduces about 40 ODMA members into the ongoing discussions on sunglass standard compliance and other industry matters.

The name Sunglass Association of Australia has been retained and all correspondence will continue to be directed through Tim McCann, General Manager Gibson Importing, at timm@gibimp.com.au

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