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Great Expressions and Executives Honored for Award-Winning Leadership

January 25, 2017

(Jan. 25, 2017) – Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a leading dental support organization, has been recognized along with its executives for award-winning leadership and as a best place to work. Richard Beckman, GEDC CEO, was named a Bronze winner for Executive of the Year by Best in Biz, while Kristy Loomis, Vice President of Human Resources, and Wendy Flanagan, Vice President of Operations Georgia North, were honored with the Bronze award for Female Executives of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. GEDC as a company was recognized as an award winner for The Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

As CEO of GEDC, Beckman was among the first to create a network of dental providers with a common brand and unified mission. Beckman also recognized a need to provide cost effective solutions for the uninsured, creating the Smile Protection Plan, an all-in-one dental discount plan that offers significant savings on dental care for those who can’t afford traditional dental insurance.

“Our mission as a company is to provide the highest quality care possible at an affordable cost to our patients,” said Beckman. “In order to achieve that quality, it is important to hire and train not only the best doctors, but the best professionals throughout the company. I’m honored to be recognized as Executive of the Year, but I’m even more proud of Kristy and Wendy for earning their recognition.”

In harmony with Beckman, Loomis’ leadership style focuses on setting a plan for her team. In her role, she has helped streamline the company’s internal processes to improve efficiency and the overall experience in onboarding doctors and other professional staff members.

As the Vice President of Operations Georgia North, Flanagan prides herself on her ability to lead a team of more than 200 people to drive, solve, build and develop processes to improve the company’s overall business and operations strategies.

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s preeminent business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. This award category is one of seven programs within The Stevie Awards, the world’s premier business awards created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are international business awards for organizations worldwide. The awards recognize the world’s best companies to work for, and the HR teams, professionals, achievements, new products and suppliers that help to create and drive great places to work. The Best in Biz Awards is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. The awards honors are conferred in two separate programs during the calendar year: North America and International.

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About Great Expressions Dental Centers

For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers has been a leader in preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Great Expressions is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. Great Expressions Dental Centers branded practices are independently-owned and operated in specific states by licensed dentists and their professional entities who employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. ADG, LLC provides administrative and business support services and licenses the Great Expressions Dental Centers brand name to independently-owned and operated dental practices. ADG does not own or operate dental practices, or employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. For more information, please visit


Megan McCarl, on behalf of Great Expressions Dental Centers
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

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