"The Best Little Optical Convention in Texas"

was held on
Sunday, March 4, 2007
University of Houston Campus Reacreation and Wellness Center



The University of Houston's Campus Recreation and Wellness
Center provided the perfect venue for the 2007 COAT Showdown. The facility offered ample space for several classrooms, exhibit
hall, registration, and dining space.  


COAT President Mark Rice was the driving force behind the 2007 COAT Showdown. Mark spent countless hours planning and organizing this educational event for Texas eye care professionals. 


A Texas sized exhibit hall big enough for 35 fantastic vendors!


Nancy Schuetzle (l) and COAT
Treasurer Bonnie Clapham used
a lot of creativity to decorate the registration and classroom areas.

COAT Charity Director, Suzanne Murdock, hauled in bales of hay
to add a real country charm to
the event.

COAT Secretary Lisa Harmon and
President Mark Rice muster up
tired but happy grins for a
successful Showdown.


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sponsored a delicious Carl's barbeque lunch
with all the fixings for Showdown attendees.
The buffet-style lunch was served in the beautiful
and spacious CRWC rotunda, where convention goers could relax and visit with fellow eyecare professionals.

San Jacinto volunteers take
a well-deserved rest.

Bruce Tetreault

Burnie Howarth 

Jimmy Walker of Morel (l) visits
with Gary Carrera of Carrera
Optical from Universal City.

Deborah McCullough
Kenmark Optical

Jody Johnson awards a happy attendee with a Kodak camera!


Nicole Thompson of Carrera
Optical wins snappy luggage.

Jon Carpenter of Viva entertains
a booth full of people!

Sarah Phillips





Simone Vanderwarker

Burnie Howarth of Clearvision
visits with Barbara Quibiteaux.

Nidal Bouchedid of TSO gives
Jeanine Solomon a squeeze!

Natalie Johnson
ProDesign: Denmark

Vice President Suzanne Murdock
 with winner Jeanie Kirk

A happy Carl Zeiss winner!

Holly Gershbein & David Rothschild

President Mark Rice welcomes and
assists Showdown attendees.

Andy Shoman & Roz LaBarbera

Ray Bouchard (l) of California Accessories has a booth full of interested onlookers.

David Denton

Ready, willing, and able to WIN some of the fabulous prizes!

Luxottica Group

Jon Carpenter
Viva International

Two attendees want to be sure
not to miss anything.

King Loo of Classic Care
Optical is a winner!

Essilor sponsored Greg Rodriguez speaks to a full house.

San Jacinto helpers got into the Showdown theme!

Sam Odom
Legends 4.0 Lab

Kim Clayborn

Henry Jenkins & Maricruz Garza

Debra Straney

D.J. Joel Byrd delivered great music all day
 long, as well as keen audio capabilities.

The COAT booth corralled a pooped-out posse.