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Rarely will you find a value as great as an OWL membership! By becoming a member you establish yourself as committed to "Advancing Diversity in Leadership" and in standing as a leader for today's world. You'll also be affiliated with the best and brightest in Ophthalmology. Take a look here at some of our Champion members!



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Owl Awards

The OWL Awards are given annually at OWL's Signature Event during AAO.  The finalists are distinguished and respected - always an impressive group!

Nominations for the OWL Awards open in the Summer.  A Nominations Committee selects the finalists and then OWL members cast their votes in the Fall.

Contact Us for information on nominating a colleague as a ‘Rising Star’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Visionary’ in Ophthalmology.


Upcoming Programs

10.12.23 | 5.30 PM CDT
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
(Churchill Room)
Two Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
OWL Signature Event & Awards Ceremony @ AAO
11.5.23 | 5.30 PM PT
The Intercontinental
(Intercontinental Ballroom)
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Member Mixer
11.30.23 | 12 PM ET

Featured Champion Members

Wes Strickling

Founder and CEO

Wes Strickling is the Founder and CEO of CodexIT, a premiere Healthcare Technology service within the Ophthalmology and Optometry community. With over 18 years of experience in Managed Service, Equipment and Technology efforts, Wes ensures profitability by enhancing revenue growth, and successfully generating new business relationships through strategic partnership development, driving multi-million-dollar growth and expansions within CodexIT. He has a proven career record of building credibility and long-term relationships within the medical community, throughout the United States, thus leading to the success of CodexIT and his team of 50 employees.

Over the last 18 years, Wes has independently led the design, build and execution of CodexIT, a United States based Healthcare Technology company that specializes in complete Managed Technology Services for multi-office and PE platform Eye Care Groups. His team consists of healthcare sales managers, marketing managers, accounting representatives, client care managers, and highly trained technicians.

Year over year, under Wes’s leadership, CodexIT has achieved an attainment above expectations for volume and market growth leading to opportunities to hire more employees and acquire other businesses to add to the CodexIT Umbrella.

Wes consistently sets up and leads complex negotiations with viable business partnerships in order to continue growing and developing new ideas to help his clientele with the issues they face within the office each day.

Wes was recently asked to co-write On Thin Ice in 2020, based on his expertise in healthcare technology and cyber security. He received no royalties form the book but instead donated them to the St. Jude Foundation.

Philanthropy is important to Wes, as he is an active member within the Central Ohio Community, acting as a Mentor for Rev1 Ventures. He also provides initiatives to expand STEM education in Central Ohio

Wes attended Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio and received his Bachelors in Information Technology.

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AnnMarie Hipsley, DPT, PhD

Founder and CEO
Ace Vision Group

AnnMarie Hipsley DPT, PhD; Founder and CEO of Ace Vision Group (AVG), is  a vision scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author and speaker on Ocular Biomechanics and the Biomechanical rejuvenation of the Aging Eye. Dr. Hipsley is the inventor of the VisioLite(R) Ophthalmic Laser system the world's first Er:Yag Microporation Therapeutics Device. Dr. Hipsley pioneered  an innovative therapeutic solution for the aging eye known as Laser Scleral Microporation (LSM) which is a therapeutic, in-office solution that restores the eye's natural Dynamic Range of Focus (DRoF) ability through scleral uncrosslinking. Over the past 25+ years, she has trained over 100 ophthalmic surgeons worldwide in the use of near-infrared lasers for biological tissue microporation. 

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