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Turnkey solutions to help manage the evolution of your practice

Members of the AOA gain additional benefits through AOAExcel®, which provides select products and services to help doctors of optometry achieve business and career success.

One advantage includes practice transitions with the help of a recommended partner. The AOA pairs members with the Williams Group a strategic partner and trusted source. From opening a new practice to buying, selling or establishing a partnership, the Williams Group has the expertise that enables practice owners to achieve their goals.

Williams Group assists with exit and entry strategies and beyond

The Williams Group specializes in planning and executing the transition of your practice. From adding associates and partners to helping you plan your exit strategy, the Williams Group helps you create your desired business structure and has in-house counsel to draft the contracts.

In addition, it offers valuation and appraisal services. With over 30 years of experience and over 1,000 optometry practice appraisals completed, the Williams Group is there to help you understand the value of your practice. This experience can give you the confidence in its ability to assess the current and fair market value of your practice.

Other services include transition consulting and brokerage assistance in finding, buying or selling a practice.

If you’re ready to create your strategy, call the Williams Group hotline for AOA members at 866.595.1471. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) or use the AOAExcel Practice Transitions contact form.

Career Options


Doctors of optometry have countless career options, including group and independent practice as well as corporate and retail.



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