Joe Santinelli Inducted Into OLA Pioneer Hall of Fame

Joe Santinelli AwardOctober, 2013 – Hauppauge, NY. Santinelli International Founder and Chairman, Joe Santinelli was among eight industry veterans who were recently inducted into the Optical Pioneer Hall of Fame by the Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council. The award is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant and long lasting industry contributions and has been recognized as one of the most prestigious honors in the industry for 27 years. In addition to the official recognition at the Optical Lab Division’s annual banquet held in Las Vegas last month, Mr. Santinelli was recognized with this honor at a special company event on Long Island, with all associates in attendance.

With over 60 years of optical experience in lens finishing technology development, sales and marketing, Mr. Santinelli has achieved an impressive career. At a young age, he began working at his uncle’s company, A. Lemay & Co., where he eventually contributed to the development and introduction of the industry’s first diamond bevel edger in 1955, the Diamaline Automatic Bevel Edger. The machine was revolutionary as it introduced the first diamond bevel wheel, which rapidly replaced the ceramic bevel wheel. This facilitated the industry’s conversion from glass to plastic lenses which ushered in a new era in lens finishing and fashionable eyewear.

Through the ensuing years, Mr. Santinelli launched his own company, which subsequently introduced other ground-breaking innovations to the U.S. optical market. Santinelli International quickly grew to become the leader in lens finishing with equipment manufactured by NIDEK Japan and has repeatedly received industry awards for both their products and service.


According to Gerard Santinelli, President & CEO, also the son of the company founder, “I am so proud to have my father honored alongside such a highly esteemed group of optical giants. Joe continues to come into the office each day, full of ideas and his trademark passion. He’s an inspiration to all of us!”


About Santinelli International

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Santinelli International is the leading distributor of lens edging equipment in the United States, representing NIDEK machinery. The family-owned company is the current and four-time recipient of the EyeVote Award “Reader’s Choice” for Best Optical Equipment Company and the VCPN Products of the Decade Award.


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