Jerry M. Godwin, MBA
President/CEO, Board Member
Jerry graduated in 2003 from UTSA with an MBA; he also holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration-Finance. His diverse work experience in leadership roles with P&L responsibility, directly managing sales, account management and operations in Health Care, Records & Information Management and the Energy business have provided Jerry with a deep experience in many forms of marketing, customer relations management and matrix management.
In addition to this tactical experience, he has been responsible for the strategic leadership essential of executive management. This leadership required business plan development involving capital planning and cash forecasting, leading acquisition teams for due diligence and subsequent assimilation into current business operations, employee training and development, human resource planning, benefit analysis and project management.
Jerry is an active member of his church and is the co-founder of MEN OF LIGHT MEN’S MINISTRY. He, his wife Diane and their two children reside in San Antonio.
Sidney A. Hodges
Retired executive from the Coca-Cola system after 36 years, retired in late 2007. Key positions were as follows:
Vice President and General Manager of a billion dollar business unit, successfully merged three acquisitions with existing geography, employee compliment was over 2500. Managed this unit for 6 years.
International responsibilities for segment development at the corporate level of a segment responsible for 15% of unit volume but 25% of corporate net income.
Vice President and General Manager of a business unit around the Atlanta area subject to the daily scrutiny of The Coca-Cola company for brand and package execution according to company standards.
Prior to all the above, his positions were in Texas where Sidney held board seats and chaired several statewide industry and company organizations. While working for an independent franchisee in Texas, he rose to the position of Vice President and General Manager and was named to the board of directors.
The experience within the Coca-Cola system exposed me to business in general with an emphasis on operational marketing and P&L management. Strategic planning and managing gaps of performance to that plan was an every day activity.
Sidney is married for 45 years with 3 daughters who are very successful in their own right. One is an RN nurse managing a clinic for prenatal care, one is the principal scientist for Procter and Gamble cor the Pantene brand world wide, and one is an account executive for Coca-Coca Refreshment.
Paul Karpecki, OD FAAO
National Clinic Director
Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO, received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery in Kansas City in affiliation with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University. He currently works in corneal services, heads the ocular surface disease clinic and is director of clinical research at the Koffler Vision Group in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Karpecki was one of two optometrists appointed to the Delphi International Society at Wilmer-Johns Hopkins, which included the top 25 dry eye experts in the world and the National Eye institute’s Dry Eye Committee to provide insights around dry eye and women.
A noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki has provided over 1000 lectures at various meetings domestically and covering 4 continents. He has also authored over 1000 papers in optometry journals, book chapters, eblasts and newsletters.
He has previously served the following roles: President of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, Chairman of the AOA Topical Interest Group in Refractive Surgery, Co-Chair of the Integrated Eyecare delivery task force for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Chair of the Kentucky Education Committee, Chair of the American Optometric Association Continuing Education Committee and Vice President of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry.
He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, the most read journal in the profession. He is also on the board for the charitable organization Optometry Giving Sight.
He is most proud of his faith and his family; his wife Chandria and being father of three: 3-year old twin girls and a 1 year old baby boy.
Arthur A. Medina, Jr. OD
Founder, Board President
Dr. Medina entered the practice of optometry in 1972 and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Houston School of Optometry. He began working with the noted Houston ophthalmologist, Louis Girard, M.D., who chaired the department of ophthalmology at Baylor University.
Dr. Medina started a solo private practice in 1983 that specialized in contact lens fitting. He was a guest lecture at the International Congress of Contactology in Caracas, Venezuela and the American Academy of Optometry. He also participated as a clinical investigator for the FDA and numerous contact lens manufacturers and contact lens solution companies.
His experience with pre and post operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients led to referral relationships with leading ophthalmic surgeons throughout Texas and the western United States. From these associations he has built one of the largest post refractive surgery optometric practices in the country. He has authored several articles relating to the optometric care and treatment of pre and post operative refractive surgery patients.
In addition to operating his optometric practice Dr. Medina has been a refractive surgery consultant since 1991. He has provided educational courses throughout the United States for hundreds of optometrists. He has assisted scores of ophthalmologists in developing refractive surgery referral networks of optometrists that emphasize quality of care and patient education.
Walter L. Choate, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Walter L. Choate holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He is currently owns a private group practice in Goodlettsville, TN which specializes in the treatment and management of ocular disease, refractive surgery, and consultative contact lenses. Dr. Choate is an F.D.A. investigator and consultant for numerous contact lens, contact lens solution, and equipment manufacturers. Dr. Choate is a frequent lecturer at both national and international eye care conferences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Charter Member of the American Optometric Association Cornea and Contact Lens Section, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Practice. Dr. Choate serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Primary Care Optometry News and Review of Optometry. He also serves an Adjunct Professor at Southern College of Optometry, the University of Houston College of Optometry, the University of Alabama Birmingham College of Optometry, and the University of Missouri St. Louis School of Optometry. Dr. Choate also serves actively on the advisory boards of several ophthalmic industry companies. Dr. Choate is Past President of the Madison Goodlettsville Rotary Club and is active with his church in international medical mission work, as well as local mission work with The Next Door, a ministry for formerly incarcerated women.
Royce Vickery, CPA
Royce graduated from the University of Texas in 1978 with his Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Royce has been a CPA since 1980 and has 4 years of Public Accounting experience. He has 26 years of financial management and leadership roles in the sales and distribution industry. Twenty three of these years were with Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. Coca-Cola is the world’s largest bottler & distributor of Coca-Cola products.
Royce recently retired as Southwest Region Vice-President of Finance for Coca-Cola Enterprises, a business unit with revenues of 2 billion dollars, and 50 branches in 5 states.