Ed joined Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in May 1986 as an Associate Polymer Scientist to help develop the original ACUVUE product and process in addition to starting work on expanding the product offering by working on new optical designs and new materials. Over the next 11 years, he progressed through various levels of responsibility and management in the R&D organization all the while focusing on new product development.
In 1997, Ed moved into the Marketing arena at Vistakon as the product director of New Products for the purpose of launching the newly approved Acuvue Bifocal globally. He then managed the product in the US region as the Product Director, Acuvue Bifocal for a year before transitioning back to the Product Director of New Products and Technology for the US region. In this role, he focused on introducing new products, such as Acuvue 2 Colours, and new technology, such as the first comprehensive consumer and professional web page and digital media program for the Acuvue brand.
Ed transitioned into a business development role in 2003 for JJVCI. Ed worked on helping JJVCI develop a strategy for moving from vision correction to vision care by helping identify technologies and segments beyond contact lenses that made strategic sense for the franchise to meet its growth objectives and redefined corporate vision. He worked on projects for ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, ophthalmic drug delivery, and contact lens care while also supporting the base contact lens business with projects in new optical designs and lens materials.
Ed received his bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida in 1986, and his MBA from the University of North Florida in 1990.
Ed lives in Atlantic Beach, just outside of Jacksonville, with his wife Brenna, their 13-year-old daughter Bella, and their yellow Lab Cello. Ed is a golfer and classic car enthusiast who generally loves to do anything outdoors.