‘The evolution continues’ — AGD meeting gets underway in Detroit

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‘The evolution continues’ — AGD meeting gets underway in Detroit


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From left: Dental team members Mona Wilson, Courtney Cardew, Heather Cupit, Wendy McCarty and Sarah Franco stop for a second before heading off to explore the AGD Annual Session & Exhibits. (Photo: Anna Kataoka, DTA)
Dental Tribune USA

By Dental Tribune USA

Wed. 25 June 2014


DETROIT, Mich., USA: Dentistry as a profession is always changing, adapting and thriving, and there is no better place to celebrate that nature than here in Detroit — a city that has met a few challenges of its own. “Detroit is the perfect setting for our annual meeting,” said Academy of General Dentistry President Linda J. Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD. “Just like this amazing city, dentistry is always evolving.”

And so, dentists, staff, dental students and more have come together here at the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibits to discuss those challenges dentistry has faced — and will continue to face — and the ways those challenges can be overcome.

During the meeting, attendees have the opportunity to participate in more than 50 continuing education courses and networking events. In addition, more than 150 companies are showcasing their products and services in the exhibit hall.

The opening session on Thursday featured keynote speakers Dave Bing, basketball Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, and former Detroit mayor; and Ralph Gilles, senior vice president, product design, and president/CEO, Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

Bing joined the NBA in 1966 as the Detroit Pistons’ first-round draft pick and the second draft pick overall. A seven-time NBA All-Star, he played nine seasons with the Pistons and later played for the Washington Bullets and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 1978. Named one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History,” he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

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After retiring from basketball, he founded The Bing Group, an automotive supply corporation, in 1980, and served as president and chair until April 2009. The Bing Group was named one of the nation’s top minority-owned companies by Black Enterprise, and Bing was named the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 1984.

In 2008, Bing successfully ran for mayor of Detroit. During his time in office, which ended in 2013, he instituted the toughest ethics ordinance in the city’s history. Bing also analyzed ways to restructure operations to improve efficiency and to tackle the city’s systemic issues.

Gilles has led Chrysler LLC’s product design office as senior vice president since June 2009. Additionally, he was 
appointed president and CEO, SRT Brand and Motorsports, in June 2011. Among his more recent accomplishments is leading the design team that created the 2014 SRT Viper.

Gilles has received many academic and industry awards, including the Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management Young Alumni Achievement Award, Automotive Hall of Fame Young Leadership & Excellence Award, NV Magazine Innovation Award, Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award, and N’Digo Foundation N’Design Award.

Other highlights of the meeting include:

  • A variety of lecture and participation courses from some of the foremost speakers in dentistry, including John C. Kois, DMD, MSD; Carl E. Misch, DDS, MDS, PhD (hc); and Ronald D. Jackson, DDS, FAGD.
  • Oral Cancer Screenings for both attendees and the public from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • The President’s Celebration, to honor fellows and masters, taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
  • A Welcome Reception
from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
today in Exhibit Hall C to celebrate the opening of the exhibit hall. This event, which will feature cash bars and hors d’oeuvres, offers a first look at the newest technologies and products available to general dentists.
  • A Networking Reception
from 5 to 6 p.m.
 Friday in 
Exhibit Hall C, where you can enjoy a complimentary beverage while showing your support for the AGD exhibitors who support your profession.

(Source: AGD)


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