2015 DTA Annual Meeting Experiences a Record Attendance of Member Representatives
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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.
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The annual meeting kicked off with a two-day Women In Business Network event that started with a windy but beautiful sunset cruise. The next day, participants gathered for breakfast and to discuss Sticking Points by Hayden Shaw. After dividing into work groups, they discussed two scenarios with specific generational sticking points, how to navigate through them and how to create a positive outlook the four generations that exist in today’s workplace.
The educational programming during the annual meeting was exceptional. Attendees learned about the future of dentistry while unthinking to rediscover their creative genius. There was a presentation focused on promoting growth in dental companies, no matter what and a closing speaker that shared how he endeavored to succeed.
Dr. Mark Vujicic, managing vice president of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association, spoke about the future of dentistry, giving members a look back at dental spending, coverage and utilization. The look ahead included an emphasis on value, government programs, consumerism, collaboration and data. There was plenty to think about and take back home to discuss with their colleagues.
One of the all-time favorite annual meeting speakers, Michael Treacy, returned to the DTA meeting where he touched on the topics in his best-selling business book, Double-Digit Growth, and related those lessons to the dental market. He presented insights on the dental market that companies serve now and what the future may look like as care models begin to change the complex system of providing dental care.
Graffiti artist, author and entrepreneur Erik Wahl mesmerized everyone during his presentation when he created four paintings during his talk. He donated two of the paintings to the DTA Foundation auction and gave the remaining two paintings to Bill Berry with Preventech. Mr. Berry generously donated those paintings to the auction as well. The four paintings raised nearly $24,000 at auction for the DTA Foundation.
Our closing dinner featured Captain Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission. Capt. Kelly told stories of his time in the Navy, in space, and the trials and smiles of being former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford’s husband.
We are pleased to announce that the DTA Foundation auction was a success. Thanks to the generosity of member companies who either donated items for the annual auction, bid on donated items during the auction, or did both, the foundation was able to raise $127,873. All proceeds from the DTA Foundation auction support innovative programs designed to broaden awareness of and access to oral health care in America. Your donations and bids also fund scholarships for dental students committed to community service in addition to other worthy projects.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for the 2016 DTA Annual Meeting in Marana, Ariz.