Featured business person: Brad Majher

Brad Majher

Optometrist and partner, TMS Eyecare

Going on a bike ride after getting his first pair of glasses as a 13-year-old helped persuade Majher to go into optometry.

“I was like, ‘This is really cool. I can see the leaves on the trees.’ I thought this is a pretty cool profession, helping people see.”

Well, there was another ambition – to become a professional golfer.

Majher was good enough to earn all-Missouri Valley Conference honors during his sophomore and junior seasons on the Wichita State golf team.

“I thought about (going pro), but my wife was kind of like, ‘You can try that but I may not be around,’ ” Majher said with a laugh.

Majher, 40, grew up in Arkansas City. He graduated from WSU with a biology degree and spent “a couple days” as a coroner’s assistant before deciding that wasn’t for him.

He earned his degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 2001.

He first job out of optometry school was working for Shea Vision Associates, which he bought with two partners – optometrists Anh Tran and Jacob Shaw – when founding optometrist Daniel Shea retired in 2007.

Majher also worked for a time for Arkansas City optometrist Rod Stoy, whose practice Majher and his partners bought in 2009.

The practices were renamed TMS Eyecare.

Majher said he enjoys the business aspect of the practice as well as helping people.

“Handling the staff, training and implementing some of the new technologies, buying the equipment,” he said. “I get along with my partners.”

Last month, Majher was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the Kansas Optometric Association for work in his community and profession.

Majher lives in Wichita with his wife, Gretchen, and daughters Gillian, 10, and Olivia, 6.

“I still play golf and we’re big Shocker fans,” he said.

Joe Stumpe