Mike Daley began his optical career as an instructor with Ferris State University in 1975. He joined Essilor in 1976. With consolidated skills in sales, marketing, technical services, laboratory operations, he served as the President of Varilux Corporation (1989-1995). After 32 years with Essilor, he retired in 2008 as the President and CEO of the Lens Division of Essilor of America. Throughout his career, he has been recognized by his peers and has served in a leadership position for an impressive number of optical organizations including National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Hall of Fame; Prevent Blindness America, Board of Directors; AOA Optometric Charity Board; SoloHealth Board of Directors; The Vision Council of America, Board of Directors, and past Vice Chairman. He holds Ferris State University Honorary Doctorate (2006).