James M. Grootegoed
, Optical Technology Consultant-Mr.
Grootegoed provides market research and analysis on new product and technologies for Magnum's
Optical Technologies Division.
is a 30-year industry veteran in wholesale lab, sales, marketing, administration and corporate management.
He retired in 2001 and is a consultant to The Magnum Group, Inc. as well as other ophthalmic companies.
From 1982 until December 2001, Mr. Grootegoed served in a variety of positions with Walman Optical Company, most recently as Executive Vice President, and Board Member.
is the second largest wholesale laboratory in the USA with 21 branches in 19 states.
tenure, annual sales grew from $56 million to $138 million.
Prior to Walman, Mr. Grootegoed worked for Bausch & Lomb from 1979 to 1982 in product management and then as Director of Marketing for the Optical Laboratory Division.
Mr. Grootegoed entered the ophthalmic industry in 1974 as a sales representative with Titmus Optical and was promoted to Manager of Distribution, Customer Service and Product Manager.
Mr. Grootegoed is a founder and former board member of the Polycarbonate Council and the AR (Anti Reflective) Council.
He is currently the Technology Editor for a publication that focuses on lens processing, and has written many articles and spoken at numerous industry meetings and conferences.
Mr. Grootegoed is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, CA.