American Academy of Optometry Announces Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA, as New Executive Director

Published March 19, 2019

American Academy of Optometry Announces Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA, as New Executive Director

ORLANDO – March 19, 2019 – The American Academy of Optometry, an international professional association for optometrists, vision scientists and optometry students and residents, has announced that Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA will assume the position of executive director in mid-April 2019. The Academy’s outgoing Executive Director, Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO, will retire from her position at the end of April. Ms. Schoenbrun has been executive director of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation since 1996.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to introduce Peter Scott as our new executive director. Peter brings with him a wealth of ideas for our meeting, fundraising and strategic relationships. He is a delightful person who has boundless energy and a very creative mind,” stated Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO. “We are deeply appreciative of all that Lois Schoenbrun has done during her time with the Academy, and we wish her all the best as she heads off to her much-deserved retirement.”

Mr. Scott most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the North American Veterinary Community in Orlando, Florida, where he led the planning and implementation of one of the world’s top 15 global medical conferences with over 17,800 attendees. He has extensive association experience in the areas of business development, program/certification development, strategic partnerships and revenue diversification. Mr. Scott holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and has earned both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) distinctions.

“I am excited to join this accomplished group of professionals, and I look forward to building upon the Academy’s past successes and working closely with the board of directors, staff and volunteers to positively impact this next chapter of the organization’s growth,” said Peter Scott, incoming executive director.

“I am grateful to have had the pleasure of working with so many talented and dedicated members and staff during my tenure, and I have full confidence that the Academy will continue to thrive under Mr. Scott’s leadership,” said Lois Schoenbrun, outgoing executive director.

Peter Scott will officially begin his new role on April 11, 2019.

About the American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.

The next annual meeting of the Academy will be held in conjunction with the 3rd World Congress of Optometry on October 23-27, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit