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Meet the team – introducing Katie Kral

Please welcome the fabulous Katie Kral who will be representing Kirk & Kirk on the West Coast of America.inline_302_//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0614/7625/files/IMG_1164_2_grande.jpg?v=1490961139

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Katie is wearing Hana in Violet

1) How did you get into optics?
I’ve long been a lover of great glasses, in both style and quality. I was offered a role with Luxottica and even though I knew that was not where I wanted to stay, it was certainly a great start in the industry.

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2) What have you done within the profession?
I started out as an eyewear consultant, then moved into a management position with Luxottica, from there I quickly moved to private practice where I managed two large offices. I used to oversee frame buying and all things optical, before getting the chance to be a rep, and I’m just thrilled!

My favourite part of private practice was being much more hands on with patients and important causes.  We did a lot of work and support with Retinoblastoma in children and even though sometimes those were challenging cases to see, the reward far outweighed the negatives.

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3) What have you done outside of the profession?
I was a civilian contractor of the US Navy for years and was fortunate enough to travel to many places during that time…Hawaii, Germany, Florida, and Italy.  I was in charge of programming for youth and teen camps as well as the MWR division of the military.  

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4) What do you love outside of optics?
I love anything outdoors, I love being with my family, I love to travel (which is a good thing being in the rep business!), and I LOVE my fur kids!

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5) An unusual interest/hobby?
My husband and I love antiques, and love to junk hunt!

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