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Joe McNeal

Director of Product Development

Smith Optics Inc

Direct Phone: (208) ***-****       

Email: j***@***.com

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Smith Optics Inc

280 Northwood Way Box 2999

Ketchum, Idaho 83340

United States

Company Description

Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 and has gone on to set the standard for high performance eyewear and goggles. Today, Smith Optics has become synonymous with innovative, durable, top-quality products in the eyewear and go ... more

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Joe McNeal takes the abuse in ... [cached]

Joe McNeal takes the abuse in stride. He doesn't mind 22 teenagers, and their parents, reminding him how old, blind and stupid he is as many as eight times a week.

McNeal is a high-school soccer referee - a rapidly vanishing breed.
There used to be a handful of qualified head referees - ones that can work the center of the field - in the Wood River Valley. This year, due to retirements, vacations and other matters, McNeal ended up as the man in the middle for most of the big matches.
"It's like I had a second career all of a sudden," said McNeal, the research and development director for Ketchum-based Smith Sport Optics.

"We looked around, noticed a lot ... [cached]

"We looked around, noticed a lot of patrollers weren't wearing helmets, so we made them available," said Joe McNeal, director of research and development for Smith. "Some took us up on it and some didn't."

McNeal said that helmet sales have become an important piece of the company's business over the past few years, due in large part to the advances that have been made in helmet construction and design.
"They've become quite fashionable and the reasons not to wear them are becoming less and less," McNeal said.

Idaho Mountain Express: Major expansion for Smith Sport Optics [cached]

Ken Frederick and Joe McNeal are two of Smith's informal historians.

Frederick is the company's vice president of sunglass operations and McNeal is the director of product development.

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