From the Publisher: An Association on the Move

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) at their corporate office in scenic downtown Parker, Colo. I spent an afternoon with Dr. Dufurrena and his team working on some collaborative projects, as well as learning about a few changes within ADSO. There was plenty to discuss, and I’d like to take this opportunity to convey the pertinent information to you.

The ADSO is evolving due to its rapid growth. The first step in their evolution was their name change, formerly known as the DGPA (Dental Group Practice Association). ADSO better explains the purpose of their member organizations.

The ADSO’s industry partner membership has grown to more than 90 different dental manufactures, distributors and service providers. The second step in their evolution, and the biggest news, is that a second tier of DSOs will now have the opportunity to align with the ADSO. These smaller DSOs will have revenues in the $10-20 million range.

The third step in their evolution is a location and date change for their annual summit. It will no longer be held on the front end of the ADA annual meeting. Next year, the ADSO will host their meeting in March at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

It is good to see the ADSO responding to the current environment so proactively. This is surely a sign they have their finger on the pulse of DSOs. I am looking forward to working closely with the ADSO in order to best serve this up-and-coming sector of the dental industry. We will have an exclusive editorial on their October, 2014 annual summit in San Antonio, Texas in the next issue of Efficiency, and you will see frequent contributions from the association in future editions of Efficiency.

As for this issue, you will be enlightened on the important, exciting, and growing role of office managers in a group setting. We have contributions from the American Association of Dental Office Managers and our friends at Heartland Dental. We also have some great content in regards to dental practice acquisitions with input from Great Expressions as well as from a veteran transitions consultant.

Change is in the air. Happy fall.

Bill Neumann

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