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:

Incisal Edge helps you celebrate the first spring weekend.

Say olá to spring with a caipirinha made of cachaça, rum’s well-pedigreed older cousin.

Incisal Edge  spirits columnist Lauren Mowery, offers a toast to simplicity in the spring edition of the dental lifestyle mag. Mowery, who has covered the world through the lens of drink for publications including Wine Enthusiast, Forbes and Saveur shares insight on cachaça:

“As winter fades, the tendrils of spring signify renewal. It’s a time for purging closets, cleansing minds and bodies — and brightening up cocktails, swapping heavier tipples for brisk ones. Traditionally, Americans mix margaritas for mojitos for the vernal transition. This year, though, take a page from the playbook of Brazil — a land that embodies verdant life — and try cachaça.

Distilled in Brazil from (by law) fresh sugarcane juice, cachaça, first developed in the 1500s, is rum’s older cousin. If you’re unfamiliar with the spirit by name, you’ve likely sampled it in Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha. The beauty of that South American cocktail lies in its simplicity: Muddle lime with sugar, then shake with your favorite cachaça.”

Read four standouts she recommends:

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



How did sit-down dentistry get its start?

The Weber P-64 played a key role in enabling dentists at long last, to take a load off and get comfortable.

Ready for a dental history lesson from Larry Cohen?

Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate has over the past half-century collected hundreds of unique dental artifacts which reside at Benco’s home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

In the spring edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, this expert shares the secret weapon of the P-64 and explains how it enabled dentists to sit and deliver.

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