My first experience with retail optical was in high school working at my parent's store. While in college, I worked in the eyeglass safety program at IBM. After college, I managed an eyeglass manufacturing plant for almost 10 years, and then made the decision to get back into the optical retail business. My wife and I started Aspen Eyewear in 1986, did our own tenant finish, and even built the display stands. In 1990 we remodeled and doubled the size of our store. By 1996, our oldest daughter started working with us and now plays a key role in the operation of the business.