Cheryl Hunter celebrates 20 years at Luxottica
What was your first job at Luxottica or EyeMed?
Back when the LensCrafters’ headquarters were located off of Fields-Ertel Rd. in Symmes Township, I came on board as a developer on the supply chain team supporting special orders and the Central Lab. I focused on technology solutions to help facilitate the normal flow of lens orders through 1 central lab, as well as frame and lens orders that were out of the scope of a normal order. To frame it up, I entered the LensCrafters world at a time when IT professionals used a programming language called RPG, which is just about obsolete today. We were also using Groupwise for email, which had really only come about a few years earlier.
What do you do at EyeMed now?
About 10 years ago, I came to EyeMed IT as a developer to help support the CSI project (considered the precursor to the Faceets migration), but today I’m sr. manager of the data feed team. I’m also responsible for the development of all claims, billing, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and other data feeds.
What advice would you give to a new member of the EyeMed team?
I would tell anyone joining EyeMed or Luxottica to be ready to make an impact right out of the gate. Our organization is fast-paced so you have to learn flexibility, but also how to think on your feet. It can be a whirlwind!
In my role at Luxottica/EyeMed, I’m most proud of…
Thinking back on my many years here and the many roles I’ve played, I can say that I’m most proud of the work I did to migrate data feeds to the new Facets platform, as well as the work I did early on as part of the LensCrafters’ supply chain team. I enjoyed being the special orders guru who everyone relied on to troubleshoot and push orders through.
I’m also happy to have been part of some of Luxottica’s biggest transformations to date. I helped Luxottica transition to SAP and helped EyeMed through the CSI project.
What are you known for outside of work?
You can say that my life outside of work revolves around the raising of my 4 kids. My youngest is a high school freshman and my oldest just entered graduate school. I have enjoyed spending my time cheering all of my kids on at band concerts, marching band performances, soccer games, piano recitals and everything in between. Raising my kids to be independent, free thinkers has been a priority for me. And in just a few years I’ll get to enjoy the fruits of all of my labor when my husband and I finally get to be empty nesters! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss my children like crazy, but I sure am ready for the next chapter.
What was one job that helped shape your work ethic today?
I don’t think I can say my work ethic was the direct result of one particular job, rather it was the collection of jobs I’ve had over the years. I was 1 of 11 children, so working was always an expectation. I’ve been working since I was 11 years old, taking on paper routes, babysitting, working as a server in local restaurants, shoveling snow and cutting grass. This taught me how to multi-task, how to be independent and has made me who I am today.