Just like you each of you, we enjoy learning about new trends, advancements and the overall health of the orthodontic industry at the AAO Annual Session. As a company, we use events such as these to increase our knowledge and, in turn, pass along this wisdom to the orthodontic community in articles, lectures or during our client transactions.
This year’s annual session was packed with lectures and events that we were honored to take part in. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth in the exhibit hall, attended one of Chris Bentson’s lectures, visited with our team at the Orthodontic Career Fair or participated in the New Orthodontist/Resident Conference.
One of the highlights of this year’s meeting was attending the Excellence in Orthodontics Awards Ceremony. Our great friend Dr. Jerry Clark, whose name has been associated with us since our company was formed in 2004, received the 2017 Humanitarian Award at this year’s event. He has had an impressive orthodontic career and remained focused throughout on his many philanthropic efforts in the Greensboro, North Carolina community.
He founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Carolina in 1985 and his many years devoted to the organization saw the wishes of more than 5,000 children fulfilled. He is active in the Kiwanis Club and youth soccer coaching. For many years, he has helped feed the homeless at Grace Community Church and has tutored at-risk, inner-city children. He helped found and served more than 10 years as chairman of the board of directors of Journey Resources, a non-profit organization providing spiritual direction to individuals, businesses and churches. In addition, Dr. Clark has participated in many dental and construction oriented mission trips.
We are very proud of Dr. Jerry Clark and congratulate him on his contributions to the specialty and our community.