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Meet the movers and shakers, power brokers and thought leaders accelerating change across dentistry, healthcare, business and media. Hosted by Benco Dental’s senior executives and experts from our company, each episode delves deep into how the brightest minds are shaping dentistry’s future through remarkable innovation—and how you can position yourself for personal and professional success in this fast-changing world.

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January 14, 2021 Episode 9
An Interview with Michael Graham, Senior Vice President, ADA Government & Public Affairs
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

Mike Graham has fought on Capitol Hill for issues important to organized dentistry for 25 years – serving in various positions in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Washington Office. Currently, he is the ADA’s Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, representing over 163,000 ADA dentist members.

In total he has 40 years of government affairs experience in the Federal and state legislative arenas. He has represented two other Associations; served as a gubernatorial appointee for two Maryland governors; worked for a U.S. Senator from Maryland; a Maryland Congressman; and a Maryland state representative.

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December 31, 2020 Episode 8
Rick Cohen interviews ADA Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute Marko Vujicic
Hosted by Rick Cohen

The American Dental Association has always been an important advocate and sounding board for dentists nationwide, but it took on an urgent new role this spring: as a trusted adviser helping its legions of members navigate the extraordinary uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis’ early weeks.

The ADA’s Health Policy Institute, a data factory spearheaded by Marko Vujicic, PhD, who serves as its Vice President, was quick to develop a system that tracked the impact of the virus to dental practices state by state.

“We realized that our data and market analytics were in huge demand in the industry,” he said.

 

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December 17, 2020 Episode 7
Chuck Cohen interviews Amir Aghdaei – President & CEO of Envista Holdings Corporation
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

As Envista’s founding President and CEO, Amir Aghdaei drives the company’s overall vision, drawing on more than a decade of leadership experience at Danaher.

Amir originally joined Danaher in October 2008 as Multi-Brand GM and VP of Fluke. He was named President of Tektronix in 2009, Group Executive in 2011, President of the Danaher Communications Platform and Danaher Russia in 2014, President of Dental Technologies in 2015, and President of Danaher’s Dental Platform in 2018.

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December 3, 2020 Episode 6
An Interview with Michael Apa, named one of the 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry
Hosted by Rick Cohen

Dr. Michael Apa has been named one of Incisal Edge’s Magazine “32 Most Influential People in Dentistry”.

With offices in New York, Dubai, and Los Angeles, and a line of luxury oral care cosmetics, Dr. Apa is fulfilling his vision to bring the very best in aesthetic dentistry to a global clientele.

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November 19, 2020 Episode 5
An Interview with the Founder and President of Seattle Study Club, Michael Cohen
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

For the second time in as many years, Dr. Michael Cohen, founder and president of Seattle Study Club, has been named one of the 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry by Incisal Edge magazine. Upon receiving the news, Michael stated,

“Although it is flattering to be recognized, it is really a testament to the strength of the Seattle Study Club network, especially our directors. For over 25 years, together, we have been creating unique experiences and educational opportunities for more than 7,400 members.”

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November 5, 2020 Episode 4
Interviewing Michelle Lee, Executive Director of OSAP and one of 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry
Hosted by Rick Cohen

In this episode, Rick talks with Michelle Lee about why a plane ride convinced two pioneers in the infection control industry that the world needed OSAP, which excuse you should never use if you have to skip a job interview, and why you should not miss the January’s virtual Infection Control Bootcamp.

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October 22, 2020 Episode 3
Get to Know Mike Cataldo, CEO of Convergent Dental and Why He’s One of Dentistry’s Most Influential People
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

In this episode, Chuck talks with Mike Cataldo about the lessons he’s learned from his favorite “never-give-up” sport, what it feels like when people love your innovation, how skepticism from a “big deal in dentistry” fueled his work with the Solea laser, and what he suggests to help people stop snoring.

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October 8, 2020 Episode 2
Get to Know Gordon Christensen, Practical Clinical Courses Founder and CEO, and Why He’s Been Named One of Dentistry’s Most Influential People
Hosted by Rick Cohen

In this episode, Rick talks with Gordon Christensen about how he is adapting to the new COVID realities, how his early childhood led him to dentistry and his secrets to a long, healthy life.

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September 24, 2020 Episode 1
Get to Know Kathy O’Loughlin, ADA Executive Director, and Why She’s Been Named One of Dentistry’s Most Influential People
Hosted by Chuck Cohen

In this episode, Chuck talks with Kathy O’Loughlin about her unintentional start to a successful dental career and how she and the ADA have been advocates for dentists during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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MEET OUR HOSTS

Chuck Cohen: Managing Director

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.

Rick Cohen: Managing Director

After three years as an IT consultant at Accenture, Rick Cohen joined Benco in 1994 to create Painless, the industry’s first windows-based e-commerce software. Since then, he’s taken on increasing responsibilities within Benco, focusing on Information Technology, Logistics, Clarion Financial, and our private brand. 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 Foundation.

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