Meet the

Benco Leadership
Team

Larry Cohen -  Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen -  Chief Customer Advocate

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Larry Cohen

Chief Customer Advocate

Bio

Larry's special someone

My wife of 54 years –Sally Cohen. Sally works at Benco. She’s also a schoolteacher – she taught for years until we had children at home. But I would say, she never gave me a hard time about all the hours I put in – and that was very helpful.

Larry's favorite song

Runaround Sue by Dion.

Last event Larry attended

Johnny Mathis Concert. I met him at the F.M. Kirby Center.

Larry's piece of dental advice

(For everyone:) Floss!
(For dentists: ) Work late nights.

Chuck Cohen - Managing Director Chuck Cohen - Managing Director

Chuck Cohen

Managing Director

Bio

Chuck Cohen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 with a degree in English, and joined Benco as a territory representative soon after graduation. He’s taken on increasing responsibilities in the sales and marketing areas, becoming Managing Director in 1996. He serves on a variety of industry and community boards, including Wilkes University, the Dental Lifeline Network, and Jewish Community Alliance of Wilkes-Barre.

Chuck's mentor

My father Larry, he taught me that a person can be a mensch and still succeed.

Chuck's favorite song

U2, Beautiful Day. If I was on a desert island, and could only take one song, that would be my pick.

Dental advice

Floss daily – – – even though there’s no scientific study that says it works, we know it does!

Special talents

Known far and wide for making people crazy with my OCD editing skills, proud to be the master of the Oxford comma, and make my kids crazy ‘helping’ edit their papers for schools.

Chuck's favorite food

My wife Rebecca makes a mean vodka sauce, delicious!

Richard Cohen - Managing Director Richard Cohen - Managing Director

Rick Cohen

Managing Director

Bio

Rick Cohen is Managing Director and third-generation owner of Benco Dental Company, the nation’s largest independently owned dental supply and equipment distributor, and its sister company Clarion Financial, one of the largest dental financing companies in America. He is Co-Chair of the Benco Family Foundation, a trustee of WVIA public television and public radio, and a Director of the Dental Trade Alliance and Dental Trade Alliance Foundation.

Favorite book

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

Rick's mentor

Easiest question in the world – my dad, Larry Cohen!

Rick's favorite song

Almost anything performed by James Brown.

Last event Rick attended

I always try to get to the U.S. Open (tennis) on the first day – nobody’s been eliminated yet, and it’s easy to sit up close…

Special achievements

This year, I won the red ribbon (second prize) in the annual Bloomsburg Fair pear competition. This is a bigger deal than it sounds, trust me!


Terry Barrett - Vice President of Marketing Terry Barrett - Vice President of Marketing

Terry Barrett

Vice President of
Marketing and Supply Chain

Bio

Terry Barrett joined Benco Dental in 2008 as VP of Information Technology and moved into his current role mid-2017. As VP of Marketing and Supply Chain he is responsible for creating and communicating value for customers, vendors and associates.Terry leads the Merchandising, Supply Chain, Branding & Communications, and Marketing Operations & Analytics teams.

Who's Terry's mentor?

I always admired Steve Jobs on a professional level and learned many lessons from him over the years. It is amazing that he took Apple from near bankruptcy to a leader in so many areas, including mobile phones, entertainment streaming, and retail.

Some very special people

Recently married, Rich, my partner of 20 years. Very proud of my children, both who are out of college and working/living in San Francisco. Liz is a mobile app developer and Justin is a freelance commercial photographer.

Last event Terry attended

My daughter Liz and I went to a Justin Bieber concert about a year ago and it was awesome!

Terry's special skill

I love to dance and had a ton of fun participating in a local Dancing with the Stars charity event several years ago.

Mike Burns - Vice President of Information Technology Mike Burns - Vice President of Information Technology

Mike Burns

Vice President of
Information Technology

Bio

Mike joined Benco Dental in 2011 and as Vice President of Information Technology is responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations, including application development, infrastructure, data integrity and technical support. During his tenure at Benco, Mike has served as the Director of Application Development, and Director of Sales Operations.

Mike's mentor

My grandfather, who started his own excavation and construction business in Western, PA and grew it to be a significant local company. I spent my summers as a young man working for him and learned the meaning of hard work, the value of honesty, and the importance of always putting the customer first.

Mike's favorite people in the world

I’m grateful to share my life with my loving wife Alicia, son Ethan, and troublemaking dog named Loki.

Special skill you may not have known about Mike

I love playing board games with friends and family and have a collection of over 100 games. My favorite one… probably Cosmic Encounter.

Memorable adventures

My son and I really want to take scuba lessons together.

Karen Friar - Chief Financial Officer Karen Friar - Chief Financial Officer

Karen Friar

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Karen Friar joined the family-owned organization as a staff accountant in 1999, shortly after her graduation from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. While at Benco Dental, Karen earned her MBA from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2011, and the Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Management Accountants.

Karen's favorite books from this year

Me, Inc. Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business. GREAT book by Gene Simmons.

Karen's mentor

Larry Cohen! He stands for good values and always doing the right thing.

Karen's impressive skillz

I can say all 50 states in alphabetical order in 60 seconds or less!

Crazy adventure with Karen

Taking two kids under the age of 3 to Hawaii.

Lou Mangino - Vice President of Operations Lou Mangino - Vice President of Operations

Lou Mangino

Vice President of
Operations

Bio

Lou earned his B.S. degree from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre PA. Prior to joining Benco, Lou was the Director of Distribution for Aventis-Pasteur, a division of Sanofi-Aventis – the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines (formerly Connaught Laboratories) in Swiftwater PA and worked for that organization over 13 years. He is a member of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Health and Personal Care Distribution Conference.

Special someone

My dog – Poochini

Last awesome concert Lou attended

Frankie Valli (unbelievable concert!)

Word of dental advice from Lou

Floss all the teeth you want to keep.

Great adventure

River cruise, Venice to Amsterdam.

George Rable - Vice President, Culture & People George Rable - Vice President, Culture & People

George Rable

Vice President of
Culture & People

Bio

George earned BS/BA Degrees in Social Work/Criminal Justice at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA in 1982. He earned a Master of Public Administration (concentration in Health Services) degree from Marywood University, Scranton, PA in 1984. He attained Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) status in 1996 and Senior Certified Professional status (SHRM-SCP) in 2015 from the Society for Human Resource Management.

George's recent favorites

Two, both by Simon Sinek: Leaders Eat Last and Start With Why.

Special people in the world of George

My wife (Mary) and I have three children. Jeff is in the physics doctoral program at Penn State, Sarah is in the Interior Design Program at Drexel University, and Thomas is in high school.

Awesome concert George attended

My last concert was John Mellencamp at Bethel Woods, on the site of Woodstock.

George's last big adventure

On many of our vacations, we look for the opportunity to zipline and swim in cenotes. Some of these experiences have been more adventurous than others!

Julie Radzyminski - Vice President of Business Development Julie Radzyminski - Vice President of Business Development

Julie Radzyminski

Vice President of
Business Development

Bio

Julie Radzyminski spent 19 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles before coming to Benco Dental as its first Director of Business Innovation in 2012. While in the Professional Oral Health division at Procter & Gamble, she had responsibility for over $350 million in sales.

Julie's favorite JAM (song)

Can’t go wrong with anything Maroon 5.

Julie's team at the games

Red Sox….can’t get enough!

Recent adventure with Julie

An endurance race! There, it’s in the books, so everyone can hold me accountable.

Memorable meal

A ginormous hamburger, after getting lost with my husband for 6-plus hrs in the ‘Grand Vanyons’ of Kauai.

Kari Taylor - Vice President of Sales and Branch Operations Kari Taylor - Vice President of Sales and Branch Operations

Kari Taylor

Vice President of
Sales and Branch Operations

Bio

Kari Taylor joined Benco in January 2016 as Vice President of Sales and Branch Operations, responsible for executing Benco’s growth strategies and delivering a best-in-class customer experience through the company’s branch network of sales and service associates.

Special someone to Kari

Rolf, husband and best friend.

Kari's dental advice

Find the best electric toothbrush and always be flossing. Also, listen and learn from Paul Jackson’s dental wisdom.

Awesome bragging rights

2001 driving adventure from Oregon to Tierra del Fuego (most southern tip of South America).

Kari's favorite food

Golden Delice; a family recipe – a foodie fare of veal, prosciutto, gruyere and curry (yes, I did say curry).