From the Publisher: A Season of Growth

In late April, I was fortunate enough to attend the Dental Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. It may be unfamiliar to many of you. It’s a meeting mostly for solo practitioners, small groups, and emerging groups that are looking for innovative ways to grow their business. Some of the 200 attendees were there to find out about private equity funding, some to figure out how to increase their number of practices, and others to learn how to better compete with established groups that had moved into their territory.

There were many impressive presenters. Dr. Marc Cooper, who has a unique, charismatic approach, asked the audience tough questions and helped them evaluate the best approach to becoming a leader in their practice or group. Heidi Arndt, RDH, Dr. Andrew Matta, and Vince Cardillo handled quality assurance Q&A, and used their real-life experiences to educate the attendees. Dr. Joseph Errante gave the audience a dose of reality with his keynote presentation: “So you want to be a CEO?” There were also a variety of breakout sessions.

I learned quite a bit from attending the Dental Summit and enjoyed the original content from speakers and panelists. Being a veteran of the dental meeting circuit, the single most beneficial part to any meeting (at least for me) is the ability to network and grow industry connections. This meeting did not disappoint. It was an interesting mix of people; from dental manufacturers to the Executive Director of the ADSO, Dr. Quinn Dufurrena.

After reflecting on my time at the Summit meeting, it is clear that there are many solo practitioners and smaller groups who are looking to grow. Some will be able to do it on their own, while others will need larger DSO/MSO assistance. There is so much opportunity for growth in the dental industry and now is the time that dentists are evaluating their tolerance for the business side of dentistry. Some will want to take on this dimension and grow without outside help, while others will realize they have grown as much as they can on their own and will look for outside management to take it to the next level.
Wishing you a summer of growth,

Bill Neumann
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