NAFE names Benco Dental among the 2017 ‘Top 60 Companies for Executive Women’

Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor,  has been named one of the 2017 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives, to recognize American corporations where women have significant clout to make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line. The NAFE Top 60 Companies, released March 9, is featured in the February/March issue of Working Mother. The full list of this year’s winners are listed on


33294112971_38d0a804d1_q“The NAFE Top 60 Companies for Executive Women are the leaders in the U.S. that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture where talented women are nurtured, promoted and thrive,” says Betty Spence, president of NAFE. “We are very proud to honor their contributions to the advancement of women in the workplace.”

Named after the nation’s first female dentist, the Lucy Hobbs Project, founded by Benco Dental, provides a wide range of development activities to its female professionals and aspiring executives, from formal mentoring sessions and networking events to seminars with inspiring speakers, career coaches and business consultants. Women represent 33% of the execs with profit-and-loss responsibility here. In January 2016, Karen Kuklewicz-Friar was named CFO; Julie Radzyminski became VP of business innovation; and Kari Taylor was hired as VP of sales—all of them the first women in these positions. Moms can access up to eight partially paid weeks of maternity leave.

“NAFE emphasizes women with bottom-line and top-line responsibility—the positions that lead to the corner office—and we’re pleased to report an eight percent increase in women running billion-dollar divisions at the NAFE Top Companies this year,” says Subha V. Barry, vice president and general manager of Working Mother Media (WMM). “In addition, now nearly a third of these companies have five or more women on the board, with many simply increasing the number of board seats to add a woman.”  NAFE is a division of WMM.



At the March 9 event hosted in NYC to celebrate the 2017 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, Benco Dental Board Member Marcy Syms (at left) accepts the dental distribution company’s NAFE award.

The 2017 NAFE Top Companies application includes some 200 questions on female representation at all levels, especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss ranks. The vetting process includes tracking access and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women as well as the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance. In order to be eligible for the NAFE Top Companies survey, entrants must have a minimum of 1,000 employees, two women on the Board of Directors and be a public or private company. NAFE also separately names the Top 10 companies in the nonprofit sector.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

How does one dental office in San Diego make ordering supplies Painless?

Dr. Jeffrey S. Keeny’s dental practice is situated north of Balboa Park in the heart of the Hillcrest community, not far from downtown San Diego.

Annamarie Baiza, RDA, (shown with Dr. Keeny and Dr. Paul J. Martin) said that the Painless Mobile web app allows accessibility for Screenshot 2017-03-27 15.40.05.pngordering dental supplies from any location.

“This app is my best friend for work, it’s my go-to. Even when I’m away from the office, I can just plug orders in,” says Annamarie, who has been part of Dr. Keeny’s dental team for 19 years.

Benco Dental customer since 2012, Annamarie made the switch to the distributor’s Painless Mobile app for ordering three years ago.

Not that everyone wants to think about dental supplies in their downtime, but when she needs to, this dedicated San Diego dental assistant makes the process, well, Painless.

“I use my personal phone, which helps when I’m on vacation.  It’s easy for the staff to text me from the office, and I can look up items quickly.”

Screenshot 2017-03-27 15.34.42At the office, Annamarie, who has little down time for administrative work, says she appreciates the App for its time-saving options and ease of use.

“I love the features that let you scan the barcodes, and display previously purchased items.” 

She refers to the feature created to assist in the search functionality: a barcode scanner available for compatible devices.

Learn more about the Painless Mobile app from Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor at:

Learn more about Jeffrey S. Keeny, DDS, 1807 Robinson Avenue, San Diego, CA:

A Tale of two Labs.

Marley (shown), a Labrador Retriever trained to detect narcotics, arrived at the veterinary office of Dr. Sean McPeck “in so much pain he was unable to eat or drink water.”

Oral Arts Dental Laboratories, a family owned business in Huntsville, Alabama, provided a solution that should last a lifetime.

Kaitlyn Roberts of, the social and information hub of the dental lab industry, shares their story.

Oral Arts Dental Laboratories developed Marley’s crowns with the strength of its proprietary Element-Z Zirconia, and the on-trend style that included tattoos of the American and Alaskan state flags (shown below).

Find out how dental lab Founder and CEO Thomas Winstead’s willingness to accomodate a customer 20 years ago led to more than six pain-free pups:


According to, Oral Arts Dental Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama, created two of Marley’s crowns with tattoos of the American and Alaskan state flags, in honor of his handler/owner who is a military veteran and a law enforcement officer in Alaska. (Photos courtesy Dr. Sean McPeck and



In Cologne for the IDS? Make time for a side trip to Berlin.

In Cologne for the International Dental Show this week? Make some time for a side trip to Berlin, home to an unequaled mix of Europe old and new.

Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal

Germany’s capital city points the way forward with the swooping Berliner Philharmonie, erected in 1963, according to Lea Lane.

From the modern landmark Berliner Philharmonie to the restored ancient structure of the Reichstag (shown below), Lea Lane explores the German capital in the Spring edition of dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge .


Says Lane:

“Think of Berlin as a mouth with a lifetime of dental work inside: age-old choppers still doing yeoman’s work despite their years; crowns and fillings crafted and updated over the years; all of it side-by-side in a pleasing ramble of old and new.

The German capital dates to the thirteenth century, after all, and its (shall we say) complex history is on offer everywhere: in the ’20s-style Weimar cabaret scene in a restored cafe; in the hush of the stark, chilling Jewish Museum; in the graffiti-tagged remnants of the wall that once demarcated the Cold War’s front line; and in the eighteenth-century Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of reunification.”


Round-trip boat ride? Gallery tour?  Let Lane’s suggestions guide you through your visit:


The glass dome that now sits atop the Reichstag is designed by famed architect Norman Foster.

Want to meet dentistry’s 2017 Edison Awards finalists? Incisal Edge did, and shares their stories.

For the third year running, lncisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine  has partnered with the Edison Awards™ to honor the top products and most impressive advances dentistry has seen in the last year. In truth, though, this sort of thing has been going on forever. We impassioned consumers of smartphone and wireless technology can sometimes be forgiven for thinking that innovation itself was invented only yesterday, but the sheer ingenuity that is the calling card of the Edison Awards goes back eons.

Such ingenuity got a decided lift during the lifetime of Thomas Alva Edison, the awards’ namesake, and it continues to loom large today in the sound instincts and impressive brains of dental innovators such as Dr. Paul Zhivago (shown above) whose Open Platform Workflow system uses filmmaking technology to vastly improve the quality of digital impressions of patients’ mouths.

No matter what the industry circumstance, though, dentistry will never -could never – stand still, remaining in place and making no progress. The thrum of medical advance is simply too strong. Yet the bright minds and beautiful prod­ucts in the magazine’s spring edition truly represent the pinnacle of our profession at the present moment. They carry on the spirit and legacy of Thomas Edison -and provide a useful benchmark for generations of dental innovators still to come.

Meet Edison Award finalists in dental categories in the Incisal Edge Spring edition:

Find out how you can attend the 30th annual Edison Awards in New York, NY on April 20, 2017 to experience some of the world’s most respected authorities on innovation offer insight and inspiration. Deadline is March 25:

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