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PE-backed Unifeye hires Pence as COO

Unifeye Vision Partners, which is backed by Waud Capital Partners, has appointed Rick Pence as chief operating officer. Previously, he was COO at Solis Mammography. UVP is a provider of management and support services for ophthalmology and optometry practices as well as eye surgery centers.


Dallas, TX, September 6, 2017 – Unifeye Vision Partners, formerly known as United Vision Partners (“Unifeye”, “UVP” or the “Company”), a leading network of comprehensive eye care providers and a portfolio company of Waud Capital Partners (“Waud Capital” or “WCP”), has announced that Rick Pence has joined as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Pence brings over thirty-five years of experience growing businesses in the physician practice and multi-site healthcare markets. Most recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Solis Mammography, a leading multi-site provider of breast care services. Prior to joining Solis, he was Co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of National Surgical Care, a nationwide owner and operator of ambulatory surgery centers. “I’m thrilled to join the UVP executive leadership team, our partners at Minnesota Eye Consultants and WCP in their quest to build the country’s leading community of integrated eye care providers. I’m also eager to work closely with each of UVP’s physician partners to add value and continue to uphold the highest clinical quality and patient satisfaction standards for which each of our partners is known,” said Mr. Pence.

“I worked closely with Rick at National Surgical Care, and I’m excited to have such an accomplished leader join the UVP leadership team,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Sami Abbasi. “Rick brings extensive experience working with physicians and other healthcare providers. He shares our values and partnership mindset, and will be instrumental in supporting each of UVP’s partner practices. UVP is continuing to add exceptional talent and resources at the national support center level to facilitate meaningful growth and expansion in each of our geographic markets.”

Waud Capital Partners formed Unifeye Vision Partners in connection with its initial partnership with Minnesota Eye Consultants (“MEC”) in January 2017. Chris Graber, a Principal with Waud Capital and a board member of UVP commented, “WCP is committed to supporting UVP’s robust growth strategy. We have significant opportunities in front of us and we’re building a team recognized for a strong track record of success with their physician partners.”

About Unifeye Vision Partners
Unifeye Vision Partners, formerly known as United Vision Partners, was formed to partner with leading eye care providers in targeted markets throughout the United States. The company provides management and support services to ophthalmology and optometry practices, as well as single-specialty eye surgery centers. UVP established its first partnership with Minnesota Eye Consultants in January 2017. MEC operates through a network of six offices in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, including four which operate ophthalmology-focused ambulatory surgery centers.

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About Waud Capital Partners
Based in Chicago, Waud Capital Partners is a leading growth-oriented private equity firm with total capital commitments of approximately $2.1 billion since its founding in 1993. Waud Capital partners with exceptional management teams to build market leading companies within two industries: healthcare services and business and technology services. Since its founding, Waud Capital has successfully completed more than 210 investments, including platform companies and follow-on opportunities.

For additional information on WCP, visit the firm’s website at