SECO International, the world’s largest meeting providing optometrists and ophthalmic professionals outstanding educational opportunities since 1924, is pleased to announce Emilio H. Balius, O.D. will become the next SECO International President and will be formally introduced to the industry during the House of Delegates meeting, during SECO 2018, Friday, March 2, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Amphitheater A3, from 3:45-5:30 PM.
Balius becomes the first Hispanic president to lead the organization. Born in Cuba, his family migrated to Madrid, Spain, before moving to Miami, Florida. Balius began his optometry journey at Florida State University, before entering optometry school at the University of Houston College of Optometry and completing his residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Balius has enjoyed managing his own practice in Florida for the past 25 years. As a result, he is well versed in the needs and concerns of optometrists in today’s business climate.
“SECO International has a storied history of engaging the best and the brightest in the industry to help lead and drive the industry forward,” Dr. Lynn Hammonds, O.D., President of SECO International, LLC. “We are delighted to recognize Dr. Balius as the next President and look forward to drawing from his years of experience, esteemed background and enthusiasm to build upon SECO’s success in engaging and supporting the industry.”
Balius enters the role with a strong commitment to maintaining the tradition of providing the industry with engaging and cutting-edge content and education to keep doctors up-to-date in all aspects of the optometry business, from treatments and new protocols to technologies, business best practices in marketing and office management.
He looks to empower SECO attendees with the knowledge and tools they need to meet varying business challenges. MedPRO60, is one such program that he is highly supportive of, as it offers high-level business management programs with topics that cater not only to optometrists but to any healthcare practitioner. MedPRO360 offers sessions that provide support to assess the financial health of a practice, provide tools for benchmarking, and lends guidance with legal and human resources related issues. These topics are important to all professionals looking to remaining competitive in the industry.