Christopher D. Shyer

Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Zyloware Corp.

Christopher D. Shyer

Christopher D. Shyer

Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Zyloware Corp.

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Zyloware Corp.

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Executive Director at Historic House Trust

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Founder at VisionSpring, Inc.

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Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer at Pratt Institute

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Provost at Pratt Institute

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Dean, Center for Continuing & Professional Studies at Pratt Institute

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Executive Director of Development at Pratt Institute

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Executive Director/Chief Facilities Officer at Pratt Institute

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Executive Director of Student Financial Services & Compliance at Pratt Institute

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Assistant Provost for Academic Administration at Pratt Institute

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Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Pratt Institute

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Christopher D. Shyer
Co-Chief Executive Officer & President at Zyloware Corp.
Education
BA in Economics & Political Science

Founded in 1791, University of Vermont is the fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown). UVM is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Called UVM for Universitas Viridis Montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains."

M.B.A. in Marketing & Finance

Columbia Business School (CBS) is the business school of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1916 to provide business training and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate Columbia University students. It is one of six Ivy League business schools and its admission process is among the most selective of top business schools.

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Member
Current

YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects people with successful young chief executives in a global network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange. A great deal has changed since YPO’s founding but certain things have remained the same: the value of a peer network and trusted mentors, the importance of ongoing education, and the need for a “safe haven” where issues can be aired in an environment of confidentiality. Over the past six decades, YPO has maintained its core commitment to these ideals while embracing change with each successive generation of young business leaders.

Career History
Co-Chief Executive Officer & President
Current

Founded in 1923 by Joseph Shyer, Zyloware first made its home in Long Island City, New York, when the area was surrounded by potato fields. For 87 years, through several expansions and its evolution into the global supplier it is today, Zyloware remained on the same block, just across the East River from the Manhattan skyline. In August 2010, Zyloware moved to its new corporate headquarters in Port Chester, New York. "Due to our strong portfolio and customer base growth, we have increased our square footage by 50% in a new state-of-the-art facility. Operational improvements throughout each department will allow us to continue providing the eyewear industry with the finest in product and customer service, and provide for continued growth," said Christopher Shyer, President of Zyloware Eyewear. Citing Zyloware's move to Port Chester - "This is an enormous change, signaling the company's rapid growth in its third generation of family management. We're very excited about this expansion and how it will improve our operations and its positive effect on our customers," said James Shyer, Zyloware Chief Operating Officer. Known as an optical innovator, Zyloware leads the industry in original product development and branding initiatives. Perhaps Zyloware's most widely recognized innovation was the development of the Invincible in 1964. The first frame made out of Nylon and the industry's most successful ever Nylon frame sold in the United States, the Invincible has sold over 20 million frames. Zyloware is also credited with several industry "firsts". They launched the first American designer eyewear brand — Gloria Vanderbilt Eyewear — in 1976. Zyloware launched the first eyewear collection named for a celebrity — Sophia Loren Eyewear — in 1980. In 1982, Zyloware launched its award-winning Stetson Eyewear collection and the line became widely recognized as the first American eyewear brand for men. Since then, Zyloware has successfully expanded its brand portfolio to include the stylish Randy Jackson Collection, the prestigious Via Spiga Collection, the elegant Natori Collection, the fashionable Daisy Fuentes Collection and its own Zyloware and Invincilites house brands, thereby offering eyewear for nearly every consumer. Today Zyloware is over 20 years into its third generation of family stewardship, and remains an independent, privately held company. It is the oldest family-owned optical frame supplier in the United States. By carefully adding well-known brands and exciting products, Zyloware continues to grow. The company has increased the scope and size of its sales force in conjunction with its in-house marketing and product development teams. Zyloware continually receives awards for frame quality and design, marketing and our customer service. Zyloware is aggressively adapting to the ever-changing needs of the eyewear industry; however, the core values of the company will always remain the same. Zyloware will always develop the highest quality products, provide superior customer service and remain dedicated to the needs of eyecare professionals and consumers. For over 88 years, Zyloware has developed warm, lasting relationships with its customers. The Zyloware family looks forward to continuing those special relationships as it continues to innovate and introduce desirable eyewear products.

Brand Manager
Prior

Lever Brothers was a British manufacturer founded in 1885 by William Hesketh Lever (1851–1925) and his brother, James Darcy Lever (1854–1910). The brothers had invested in and promoted a new soap making process invented by chemist William Hough Watson. It was a huge success. In 1930, Lever Brothers merged with Margarine Unie to form Unilever. Starting with a small grocery business begun by his father, William Lever and his brother James entered the soap business in 1885 by buying a small soap works in Warrington. The brothers teamed up with a Bolton chemist, William Hough Watson, who became an early business partner. Watson invented the process which resulted in a new soap, using glycerin and vegetable oils such as palm oil, rather than tallow. The resulting soap was a good, free-lathering soap, at first named Honey Soap then later named "Sunlight Soap". Production reached 450 tons per week by 1888. Larger premises were built on marshes at Bromborough Pool on the Wirral Peninsula at what became Port Sunlight. Though the company was named Lever Brothers, William Lever's brother and co-director James never took a major part in running the business. He fell ill in 1895, probably as a result of diabetes, and resigned his directorship two years later. Lever Brothers was one of several British companies that took an interest in the welfare of its employees. The model village of Port Sunlight was developed between 1888 and 1914 adjoining the soap factory to accommodate the company's staff in good quality housing, with high architectural standards and many community facilities.

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Member, Board of Directors
Current

Acting Co. provides threatre arts entertainment. It organizes fundraising campaigns to support the theatre operations and sponsors several community events by providing free entertainment, free use of costumes and props, and assistance in constructing sets and facility decorations. The company was foudned on July 18, 1984 and is headquartered inYuba City, CA.

Member, Board of Directors
Current
Director
Prior - 2018

GLSEN, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides research and educational services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students. It offers Ally Week, ThinkB4YouSpeak, Day of Silence, Safe Space Kit, Changing the Game, and No Name-Calling Week programs. The organization was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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$5,000 - $10K
2007

GLSEN, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides research and educational services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students. It offers Ally Week, ThinkB4YouSpeak, Day of Silence, Safe Space Kit, Changing the Game, and No Name-Calling Week programs. The organization was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$1,000 - $4,999
2006

GLSEN, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides research and educational services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students. It offers Ally Week, ThinkB4YouSpeak, Day of Silence, Safe Space Kit, Changing the Game, and No Name-Calling Week programs. The organization was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$1,000 - $4,999
2003

GLSEN, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides research and educational services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students. It offers Ally Week, ThinkB4YouSpeak, Day of Silence, Safe Space Kit, Changing the Game, and No Name-Calling Week programs. The organization was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Founded in 1923 by Joseph Shyer, Zyloware first made its home in Long Island City, New York, when the area was surrounded by potato fields. For 87 years, through several expansions and its evolution into the global supplier it is today, Zyloware remained on the same block, just across the East River from the Manhattan skyline. In August 2010, Zyloware moved to its new corporate headquarters in Port Chester, New York. "Due to our strong portfolio and customer base growth, we have increased our square footage by 50% in a new state-of-the-art facility. Operational improvements throughout each department will allow us to continue providing the eyewear industry with the finest in product and customer service, and provide for continued growth," said Christopher Shyer, President of Zyloware Eyewear. Citing Zyloware's move to Port Chester - "This is an enormous change, signaling the company's rapid growth in its third generation of family management. We're very excited about this expansion and how it will improve our operations and its positive effect on our customers," said James Shyer, Zyloware Chief Operating Officer. Known as an optical innovator, Zyloware leads the industry in original product development and branding initiatives. Perhaps Zyloware's most widely recognized innovation was the development of the Invincible in 1964. The first frame made out of Nylon and the industry's most successful ever Nylon frame sold in the United States, the Invincible has sold over 20 million frames. Zyloware is also credited with several industry "firsts". They launched the first American designer eyewear brand — Gloria Vanderbilt Eyewear — in 1976. Zyloware launched the first eyewear collection named for a celebrity — Sophia Loren Eyewear — in 1980. In 1982, Zyloware launched its award-winning Stetson Eyewear collection and the line became widely recognized as the first American eyewear brand for men. Since then, Zyloware has successfully expanded its brand portfolio to include the stylish Randy Jackson Collection, the prestigious Via Spiga Collection, the elegant Natori Collection, the fashionable Daisy Fuentes Collection and its own Zyloware and Invincilites house brands, thereby offering eyewear for nearly every consumer. Today Zyloware is over 20 years into its third generation of family stewardship, and remains an independent, privately held company. It is the oldest family-owned optical frame supplier in the United States. By carefully adding well-known brands and exciting products, Zyloware continues to grow. The company has increased the scope and size of its sales force in conjunction with its in-house marketing and product development teams. Zyloware continually receives awards for frame quality and design, marketing and our customer service. Zyloware is aggressively adapting to the ever-changing needs of the eyewear industry; however, the core values of the company will always remain the same. Zyloware will always develop the highest quality products, provide superior customer service and remain dedicated to the needs of eyecare professionals and consumers. For over 88 years, Zyloware has developed warm, lasting relationships with its customers. The Zyloware family looks forward to continuing those special relationships as it continues to innovate and introduce desirable eyewear products.

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