About Access Media Group
The company was formed in 1997 by Tom Meinert, Ron Walker and Bill Capuzzi, former principals of Viscom Publications. Established in 1985, Viscom published trade and professional magazines Eyecare Business, Optometric Management and Contact Lens Spectrum. Those publications are now part of PentaVision.
Access Media's first project was a partnership with Forbes magazine to create awareness of the growth potential of vision care stocks. This led to annual print publication targeting institutional and retail investors, as well as OptiStock, a popular weekly e-newsletter. OptiStock was purchased by Jobson Healthcare Information in 2005 and folded in Vision Monday.
A Change of Direction: Consumer Education
In 1999, Access Media established what would become its primary business unit All About Vision®, a website providing eye health and vision correction information to consumers.
All About Vision has become the leading source of consumer-directed vision information on the Internet, providing more than 500 pages of content and serving tens of millions of visitors each year.
Ceatus Media: Diversification Beyond Vision
In 2004, Access Media co-founded Ceatus Media Group, an electronic media company focused on development of consumer health information portals and doctor directories. During the next four years, Ceatus launched portals and directories in plastic surgery, bariatric surgery and dentistry. Access Media divested its 50 percent ownership of Ceatus in 2015.
Access Media Group Timeline
|April 1997||Access Media incorporates in Connecticut.|
|October 1997||Company's first work, a special section about vision stocks, appears in Forbes.|
|November 1997||OptiStock weekly e-newsletter debuts to serve individual and institutional investors.|
|September 1999||Company announces startup of All About Vision and relocates to Fort Washington, Pa.|
|January 2000||All About Vision launches.|
|August 2001||Jobson Publishing purchases minority equity stake in Access Media; company relocates to Jobson offices in Newtown Square, Pa.|
|June 2004||All About Vision serves 10,000,000th visitor.|
|August 2004||Company co-founds Ceatus Media to develop health content portals.|
|May 2005||Access Media sells OptiStock to Jobson and repurchases Jobson's equity interest.|
|January 2006||Company moves to San Diego. Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery launches.|
|April 2007||Consumer Guide to Dentistry launches.|
|May 2007||Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery spun off from plastic surgery portal.|
|September 2007||Company assumes operation of RefractiveSource.com.|
|June 2008||EyeMDLink.com acquired and folded into AllAboutVision.com.|
|July 2008||All About Vision serves 40,000,000th visitor.|
|January 2009||Cataract Surgeon Directory launches.|
|January 2010||Ceatus acquires the web assets of My Choice Medical Holdings from Vertrue, Inc.|
|November 2011||All About Vision serves 75,000,000th visitor.|
|May 2012||Mobile version of All About Vision launches; AAV-branded waiting area magazine debuts in partnership with First Vision Media.|
|February 2013||All About Vision serves 100 millionth visitor.|
|January 2015||Think About Your Eyes partners with All About Vision.|
|February 2015||All About Vision begins serving 900,000 visitors per week.|
|September 2015||Company divests 50% equity interest in Ceatus Media to co-founder David Evans.|
|January 2016||First time one million visitors are served in a single week.|
|June 2016||All About Vision acquired by AAV Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Essilor.|
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