Allen began his optical career while he was in high school. He shadowed his father as an Optician Apprentice quickly learning the industry and acquiring the “knack of the trade.”
In 1986, he left his homeland of Montana and relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for a major optical company that serviced the wholesale and retail optical communities nationwide. In 1990, he obtained his Arizona State Board License. He continued to explore other avenues in the optical field, working for a large corporate chain and several high-end boutiques. He also worked as a sales representative for a wholesale frame and lens company with a territory spanning Arizona, New Mexico, and Western Texas markets.
In 1993, he moved to San Diego to further his optical career working primarily in smaller boutique Optometry practices. He also obtained his license from the American Board of Opticianry.
In his free time, Allen can be found exploring the outdoors. He especially enjoys hiking, snorkeling, and mountain biking, as well as traveling to new and exciting locations all over the world.