Grand Rapids Ophthalmology hires executive director


Zach Smith. Courtesy Grand Rapids Ophthalmology

Zach Smith has been named the executive director of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology by its management company, Blue Sky Vision.

Smith succeeds Bob Wolford, who served in the role for 33 years and will continue as a senior advisor during the transition.

Most recently, Smith was the COO of Evergreen Eye Center in the Seattle area, where he oversaw five locations, $17 million in revenue and over 100 employees.

Previously, he was an active duty medical service corps officer with the U.S. Navy for six years, having served in various military positions since 2004.

“We are fortunate to have an executive director of Zach’s caliber,” said Bill Hughson, CEO, Blue Sky Vision. “His discipline and foresight will be instrumental as we grow and support our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists.”

He is fluent in Spanish, having worked as a missionary in Paraguay for two years.

Smith completed a master of health services administration degree at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Latin American studies from Brigham Young University.

Blue Sky Vision

Blue Sky Vision, formerly Great Lakes Management Services Organization, was formed in 2017 by Chicago-based Sterling Partners, a private equity firm, as a practice management services organization.

It manages Grand Rapids Ophthalmology and its 15 related retail optical and surgical facility businesses, including Lakeshore Eye in East Grand Rapids and Walker Surgical Center in Walker. 

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