About Us

Tropical CE has been dedicated to bringing cutting edge continuing education combined with exotic destinations since 1997. We always ensure that every hour of CE is COPE qualified, and all hours are submitted to ARBO electronically on the attendees behalf. All Tropical CE educational programs are administered under the auspices of the Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word. The University reviews and endorses all course materials, speakers, and presentations. For OD’s with Florida licenses, Tropical CE will also submit attendance hours to CE Broker.

We strive to have the nation’s top lecturers join us on our events, and provide a social atmosphere for attendees to get to know the lecturers on a personal level.

We work very hard to bring our groups to incredible destinations, to participate in adventurous activities, and to maximize their experience while at our event. Whether it’s zip-lining through tropical rain forests, snorkeling with tropical fish, four-wheeling around the island, or just relaxing on a white sandy beach… our most important goal for every trip is to make sure each attendee and their guest(s) has an incredible experience.

Both Stuart and Josh are at every event and make sure that all the logistics are taken care of. We assist with airport transfers, personally greeting each attendee upon arrival and escorting them to their private transfer to the resort. We also make sure to be on-site to assist with any issues that may arise during your stay, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the destination, and less time with any sort of hassle.

Stuart was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, attended NC State University, and moved to Houston almost 20 years ago. His wife Jill Autry, OD, RPh, is an optometrist at the Eye Center of Texas in Houston, and lectures nationally on ocular disease and pharmaceutical topics. They have two sons, Cooper and Bowman, who regularly attend the Tropical CE Family Events.

Josh was born in raised in Lexington, MA, attended Connecticut College for his undergrad and Suffolk University for his Masters in Business Administration, and moved to Houston in 2008. His wife, Mandy Ogden, is an 5th grade math/science teacher in the Houston area, and they have a 2 year old daughter named Brantley. Both Mandy and Brantley also attend the Tropical CE Family Events.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Tropical CE Welcome Reception at one of our amazing destinations. Our belief is that once you attend your first Tropical CE event, you will wonder why in the world you haven’t been going before, and you will begin to join us every year!

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