Mississippi Association of Dispensing OPticians

16383 South Swan Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

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MADO Educational Conference 2022

Dear MADO Members and Friends:

Seems like yesterday we were preparing for the year of optical, 2020! So let’s try this again, I would like to welcome everyone to join me at this year’s MADO Educational Conference at the Golden Nugget! The MADO 2022 Educational Conference is an informative platform to learn about new technology and an incredible resource to receive outstanding educational credits where you, together with your colleagues, can learn about new products in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This year there will be 8 ABO and/or 8 NCLE credits available including technical hours. We will have 7 hours approved for JCAHPO. We will also be having an ABO review by Barry Ousley with Essilor to help prepare you to become ABO certified. Please contact Julie either by email (jmw1825@aol.com) or phone (228-860-1825) if you plan to take the review so we can plan for review books. We are also looking forward to a great trade show after classes on Saturday where you will get the chance to order new products and see the latest lens technology all while getting a chance to win some really nice prizes!

Special Thanks to Shannon Toler with IOT and Chris Gallagher with Younger Optics for sponsoring our Friday night welcome reception for all attendees, exhibitors and their families. It will be held at the Maritime & Seafood Museum across the street from the Golden Nugget at 115 E. 1st Street. The museum offers an array of exhibits on seafood, boats, fishing, net making and other numerous historic memorabilia and photographs. It is very important to mark your registration form if you plan to attend & how many so we will have an accurate count for food. Thanks to Dr. Patricia O’Kelley of eyedok in Ocean Springs, she is sponsoring the DJ, Eugene Eash and Stewart Cage with Eye Save Optical Lab is sponsoring all the beverages at the reception. We look forward to seeing you at this fun networking event.

We have a block of rooms at the Golden Nugget, next door at Margaritaville Resort and Hilton Garden Inn 1.4 miles west on Beach Blvd. There is an elevator that takes you from the parking garage to the meeting area at Golden Nugget without going through the casino, park on the west side.

  • • Golden Nugget reservations can be made at (800) 777-7568, mention Ms Optician group code S220307. The Golden Nugget is offering a room rate of $79.99 on Thursday and $149.99 on Friday and Saturday for a luxury king and $99.99 on Thursday, $169.99 on Friday and Saturday for luxury queen. Reservations must be made before March 29, to receive group rate.
  • • Margaritaville reservations can be made at (228) 271-6377 ext 3055 and ask for Mado group to receive rate of $219 by March 22.
  • • Hilton Garden Inn (1.4 miles west) reservations can be made at (228) 325-2900 ask for Msado group rate of $179 for a king and $199 for a queen before March 22.

MADO members, please make plans to attend our business meeting on Sunday morning. We will be voting on new board members, let me or any officer know if you are interested in serving. We value your opinion & encourage everyone to get involved in your association. Let’s keep our association active with new ideas and suggestions from you! We appreciate all your support and commitment to MADO!

I look forward to seeing you there.


Storm Floyd
President, MADO