am3DTA recognizes the importance of providing timely and informative programming as well as opportunities to network with industry peers to ensure our members are on top of trends and issues that are relevant to their businesses.  We also understand that as a unified voice we can have a greater impact on the issues that affect our industry.  Throughout the year and around the country, DTA offers a range of programs and events to address these objectives.  From our Annual Meeting to the Washington Conference to Mini Dental Schools and Emerging Leader events, DTA is always striving to provide our member companies with programming that will position them and their employees for success.  Check back often to see what DTA has planned for you during the coming year.

oakanadcharDate: Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM CST
Location: Oak + Char, Chicago, IL
Cost: $70 per person*

*Food, wine, beer, soft drinks and gratuities included

Join us in the River North section of Chicago for mingling and modern Midwestern fare at Oak + Char.  Known for their bold flavors and OC Boards, you will be enticed by the food, but will stay for the new connections you’ll make and the camaraderie of DTA members.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Homey meets hip at Oak + Char, a River North spot that boasts a laid-back, neighborhood feel,making it the perfect place for members to relax and decompress after their first day of Midwinter Meeting.  


Spending for Dental Care: Who Pays and Why It Matters

VujicicDate: Feb. 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Pullman Room, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Cost: $129 (includes boxed lunch)

Identifying and implementing programs to encourage and fund oral healthcare should be a major focus for policy makers, employers, the dental profession and the dental trade.  To provide focus on this critical topic, DTA is hosting the 2016 Future Trends Forum Spending for Dental Care: Who Pays and Why It Matters on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place prior to the start of the Chicago Midwinter Meeting.

Three hundred DTA members representing more than 100 companies gathered from Oct. 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., for the 2015 DTA Annual Meeting where they learned what it takes to achieve growth no matter what. More than 30 first-time attendees participated in this annual networking and educational event for dental manufacturing and distribution professionals. New members in attendance included Anterior Quest, Avalon Biomed, Darkstar Consulting, Doxa Dental, Kaya Dental Supplies, Paige Mead Recruiting, PSA, Inc., Vatech, Verasoni and Wala Enterprises.

You can check out more photos from the annual meeting on our Facebook page.

ELdegustibusDate: Monday, November 30, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: De Gustibus Cooking School, New York, NY
Cost: $100 (includes demonstration, meal, wine, recipe booklets & 1 year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine)

Get ready to cook up some fun and a fabulous four course meal at the De Gustibus Cooking School in midtown New York.  A “mystery” world-class chef and cookbook author will be on-hand to demonstrate techniques and serve the meal along with a wine representative to pair and offer tastings of complementing wines.  Prepare to be inspired by the innovative techniques that will be taught during this interactive session.  No reason to be intimidated as the planned menu is designed to represent a simple yet delicious, home-cooked meal that any busy executive can prepare.  Network as you enjoy the demonstration and the delicious results of the chef’s efforts.  The school is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan on 34th Street (between 7th Avenue and Broadway) within easy walking distance of Penn Station, Times Square and the Javits Center.  Due to the interactive nature of this event, space is limited, so register today! 

harborDTA’s Emerging Leaders gathered for a Pacific Harbor Cruise during the recent California Dental Association Spring Sessions in Anaheim. The event provided them with the opportunity to enjoy great networking. DTA Chairman of the Board, Michael Augins (pictured here with DTA Emerging Leader Co–Chairman, Nicolle Campion) joined in the event to share his experiences in the dental industry and encourage greater involvement in the DTA.


DammeyerThe Emerging Leaders’ wine tasting event was well attended and offered a relaxed networking opportunity after a long day on the show floor at McCormick Place.   Attendees learned about wine pairings from Midmark Corporation‘s Director of Guest Services and trained sommelier, Todd Dammeyer, followed by mingling with fellow colleagues in the dental trade.  The DTA’s Emerging Leaders have become one of the most popular and growing groups with events planned throughout the year in conjunction with other dental meetings around the country. 

“Loved the EL gathering – It gave me an opportunity to meet with DTA members who I have been wanting to get to know better and reacquainted with some old friends,” said Kelly Beauregard of SolmeteX

Be sure to register for the Harbor Cruise out of Newport Beach Harbor on April 30 during the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim.

DTA’s Emerging Leaders were the toast of Manhattan when they gathered for an evening of fun, food, bowling and networking at the Bowlmor Lanes in the heart of Times Square on Monday, December 1st during the Greater New York Meeting. After an hour plus of enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking, the entire group hit the lanes to bowl into the wee hours of the evening. Though competitive by nature, a lot of team building exercises ensued as various teams competed with each other in the true spirit of the holiday season.

image1 4The Emerging Leaders reached “new heights” when they traveled up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience amazing vistas above Palm Desert and Chino Canyon during the 2014 DTA Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, CA.

GCS 8902Fifty Emerging Leaders rode the world’s largest rotating tramcar to the mountaintop station. From there attendees walked along trails through the forest and caught spectacular views of the desert below and the various cliffs, canyons and waterfalls. There were trails for every type of hiker. The excursion provided an extra networking opportunity in a relaxed setting and an organized activity during Annual Meeting.  Read more about the history of the tramway.

Dental Trade Alliance Members Discuss Medical Device Tax and Other Issues with Members of Congress at Fourth Annual Washington Conference


On April 15th, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) spoke to Dental Trade Alliance members to help kick off their day of visiting members of Congress to discuss the Medical Device Tax, Sunshine Act, the extension of Section 179, and the growing evidence showing the impact Americans’ oral health has on their overall health.  Rep. Simpson, one of three dentists serving in Congress, is a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. 

Nearly 30 DTA members representing 20 companies in 10 states participated in the DTA Washington Conference. “DTA members can make a significant contribution to our efforts in Washington,” said DTA President and CEO Gary Price. “The impact of local voters on elected representatives is very strong. Bringing the message from back home really gets their attention.”

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