2017 Annual Summit

The ADSO 2017 Annual Summit held March 7-10 at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., was the event for DSOs, with close to 900 attendees. The meeting attracted leadership from over 120 dental service organizations and group practices, as well as a dozen international groups from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand, and provided ample opportunity for networking with industry leaders, as well as education on important topics and issues.

The Summit agenda began with a half-day DSO and Industry Partner Pre-conference, during which time the DSO members and industry partners conducted prearranged, 15-minute, one-on-one roundtable meetings. There was a welcome reception for premium sponsors and DSO CEOs, as well as dinner for CEO leadership, sponsored by Henry Schein Special Markets. Other evening events throughout the week included two large networking receptions:

  • Opening night at Disney Pavilions, sponsored by Patterson Dental.
  • Epcot reception, sponsored by 3M, Carestream, CareCredit, DDS Lab and Align Technology.
  • Special viewing of the Epcot Illuminations Display, sponsored by Houlihan Lokey.

Experts, speakers and panelists
Over 60 industry experts – all representing leadership, C-level executives and successful professionals in the DSO community – served as speakers and panelists for the 35+ breakout sessions scheduled throughout the Summit. The keynote speakers featured included Chip Madera, sponsored by Dentsply Sirona, and George Blankenship, sponsored by Align Technology. Among the many speakers who captured attendees’ attention were:

  • Rick Workman, Heartland Dental
  • Steve Bilt, Smile Brands
  • Cari Callaway, PDS
  • Mitch Olan, Dental Care Alliance
  • Ken Cooper, North American Dental Group
  • Gregory Heintschel, My Community Dental Centers
  • Geoff Ligibel, Gentle Dental
  • Scotte Hudsmith, Smile Doctors
  • Scott Leune, Breakaway Practice
  • Sulman Ahmed, DECA Dental
  • Marc Cooper, Mastery Company
  • Mike White, MKW Advisors
  • Don Moody, Waller
  • Rich Agabs, Jefferies

The ADSO 2018 Annual Summit is scheduled to take place next April 17-20 in Austin, Texas. For more information contact Andrea Watkins, director of marketing & membership, ADSO, at awatkins@theadso.org.


Top sponsors

Leading sponsors of the ADSO 2017 Annual Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, included:

  • Dentsply Sirona
  • Henry Schein Special Markets
  • Patterson Dental
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Invisalign iTero

“Thank you to our generous sponsors!” says Andrea Watkins, director of marketing & membership, ADSO. “Without them, this great event would not be possible!”

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