Meeting review: 2019 AAID Annual Conference
LAS VEGAS, Nev., USA: The AAID 68th Annual Conference, presented by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, was held Oct 23 to 26 in Las Vegas. The meeting offered attendees the opportunity to learn, network and socialize. More than 1,000 implant dentistry professionals traveled from around the world to learn from the top experts in implant dentistry, as well as from each other.
The AAID annual conferences are known for the broadcast of live surgery with simultaneous commentary from the surgeon, as well the opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the procedure. This year was no exception, as there were live surgeries, two from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine and another from Moscow.
A full-day implant placement and bone-grafting course on cadavers was offered, with world-renowned speakers and leaders in implant dentistry.
At the AAID booth in the exhibit hall, attendees could find out more about the academy, which more than 5,000 implant dentists belong to. Programs offered at the event included a vast array of hands-on workshops and seminars, supplementing 20 hours of Main Podium sessions.
The 2019 conference theme, “Synergy and Success,” was on full display as sessions featured speakers sharing their individual perspectives and insights. Back this year was a dedicated program for the entire dental team, the Dental Implant TEAM Network, which featured two days of specifically tailored sessions just for your office team members.
“Practical education for the practicing implant dentist” is not just a catchy slogan. It is the brand promise of AAID educational offerings. Meeting attendees learn through didactic and hands-on sessions and, just as valuable, through the interaction with peers in the halls, visiting more than 100 exhibitors at the Implant World Expo, and at the social events during the conference.
Keynote by Kevin Brown
The keynote speaker was Kevin Brown. whose program “The Hero Effect: Being Your Best When It Matters the Most!” is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life. Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking.
Brow grew up in Muskegon, Mich., where his blue-collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. His resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that ultimately led him to the purchase of a franchise at the age of 17.
Brown is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child, he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.
Brown is a marketing executive for an international franchisor that is ranked No. 1 in its industry and in the top 10 of all franchise companies, according to the Annual Franchise 500. He has had the privilege of speaking to a wide variety of organizations, including Siemens, State Farm, Country Financial, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Northwestern Mutual, Delta Airlines and The Boy Scouts of America.
Brown entertains, inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!
The AAID 69th Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, from Nov. 11 to 14, 2020, with the theme of “Looking at Success: A Consensus Conference.”