ADSO Partnering for Growth Conference Recap

ADSO Partnering for Growth 2018 Conference

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The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) hosted their second Partnering for Growth conference this summer in Denver, Colorado.

Held at the Grand Hyatt, the conference provided education and networking opportunities specifically geared towards small and emerging groups seeking best practices to grow within the DSO space.

A popular event called “Future Trends” was headlined by Dr. Rick Workman, Founder of Heartland Dental Services, the largest DSO in the nation, as well as Steve Thorne, Founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services.

This year, the ADSO introduced a new event called “Round Table Discussions” that paired seasoned CEO’s with small and emerging group CEO’s.

Topics covered over the two day event were:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Social media
  • Marketing
  • Clinical systems
  • Compliance
  • Doctor recruiting and retention
  • Practice growth
  • Practice operations

The Partnering for Growth agenda included:

  • Keynote addresses from the nation’s top DSO leaders
  • Roundtable discussions with industry peers
  • Sessions on marketing that included social media, reputation management and patient recruitment
  • Next generation technology sessions
  • Information on the role of the clinical director and dentist mentorship

In addition to Dr. Workman and Mr. Thorne, featured speakers included:

“I attended the conference and like every ADSO event, it was a great networking opportunity” said Scott Clements, Group Publisher of DSO News and the Founder and Managing Director or DSO Market Watch, LLC. “I was particularly excited to attend this event because the ADSO has been using our DSO Directory for the past six months to identify small and emerging groups to invite to the event.”

The ADSO had planned another Partnering for Growth conference for November in New York City. After receiving feedback that the two events were too close together, the association decided to postpone the next installment until 2019. They are committed to continuing the Partnering for Growth conference and will announce dates and a location in the future

In the meantime, the ADSO Summit 2019 is happening March 28th to March 30th at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Registration is not yet open for this event.

Jesse Barron is the Executive Editor of DSO News. He is also a Managing Partner of Dental Allies, Inc. Dental Allies helps practices and dental businesses scale. They accomplish this by focusing their clients on culture, growth, automation and operational improvement. They are partnered with the processing affiliate of a bank to provide the lowest payment processing rates in dental. They’ll introduce you. They are big on making meaningful introductions. Dental Allies delivers results that are real, impactful and meaningful. He feels most challenged and content when automating a previously manual process.