Considered the best informational and networking event of the year, Dykema’s award-winning Annual Definitive Conference for Dental Service Organizations brings hundreds of the greatest thought leaders in the industry, all in the same place, for three action-packed days. Our topics are meticulously selected to appeal to all facets of the DSO industry, including sellers, buyers, investors, dental entrepreneurs, group practices of all sizes, and DSOs and special markets of all sizes.

Kevin Cumbus, Co-Founder of TUSK Partners, shares his excitement on what to expect at this year's conference.
Check out the agenda for full details.


10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Registration Table is Open

10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

TUSK Partners Workshop ($295, Signup Upon Conference Registration, Discounts Not Applicable)

Dykema is proud to partner with TUSK to offer a one-day workshop with two distinct tracks to aid entrepreneurs in scaling and exiting their business. TUSK Partners has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them START, GROW and SELL their group practice or DSO and will bring that experience to you in Dallas. Whether you are in the formative stages of building a group, working on scalability and infrastructure as you look to add your sixth location or are thinking about an exit in the next three to five years, there is something here for you. To view full workshop details, click here.

10:30 AM — 11:00 AM  Registration/Check In
11:00 AM — 5:00 PM  Workshop (Choose from Two Tracks, Includes Lunch)

Track 1 — “Growth Strategies through Human Capital & Market Expansion”

Speakers: Perrin DesPortes and Diwakar Sinha

Track 2 — “Scale & Exit through M&A”

Speakers: Kevin Cumbus, Dykema Representative, Ryan Mingus, Kevin Arnold

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Women’s Networking Event

A special networking event geared specifically for the professional women in the DSO industry to connect, exchange, and inspire.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kickoff Party
Proudly Sponsored by Ally Lending

Ally Lending


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

All Across the DSO Industry – This is Dykema

  • Brian Colao, Director of the Dykema DSO Industry Group
  • Eric White, Member, Dykema
  • Zachary Hoard, Member, Dykema
  • Craig Woods, Member, Dykema
  • Virgil Ochoa, Member, Dykema

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

Introduction to Dykema/Message to Sponsors – Jeff Civilico

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Power of Best in Class Culture – A Rodeo Story

  • Dr. Saam Zarabi, Rodeo Dental
  • Klaus Klonningham, Bain Capital
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Brian Colao, Director of the Dykema DSO Industry Group

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Lessons From Best in Class Organizations – A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Suylman Ahmed, Deca Dental
  • Jeff Adams, Risas Dental Management
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Brian Colao, Director of the Dykema DSO Industry Group

11:30 AM – NOON

A Live Podcast Interview with Stanley Bergman

Hosted by Dr. Mark Costes

NOON – 12:30 PM

Lessons in Leadership from Fast Growth DSOs – A Panel Discussion

  • Josh Gwin, Hero Dental
  • Rich Beckman, Benevis
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Zachary Hoard, Member, Dykema

12:30 PM – 12:40 PM

Presentation of the Second Annual Dykema DSO Dental Titan Award

12:40 PM – 12:50 PM

Message From Our Lunch Sponsor – Dental Care Alliance

12:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Proudly Sponsored by Dental Care Alliance

Dental Care Alliance logo

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions (2 Rotations)


Breakout A: TBD

Breakout B: TBD

Breakout C: TBD

Breakout D: TBD

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Power of Women in Dentistry – A Panel Discussion

  • Rhondi Michaux, Dental Care Alliance
  • Melissa Marquez, Jarvis Analytics
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Kathleen Titus

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Stories From Minority Investors in DSOs – A Panel Discussion

  • Jeffery Stevenson, VSS
  • Daryl Dudum, Endo 1
  • Matthew Haddad, Endo 1

Moderator: Eric White, Member, Dykema

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

DSO M&A Update – A Panel Discussion

  • David Pegg, Dental Care Alliance
  • Ken Cooper, North American Dental Partners
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Craig Woods, Member, Dykema

5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Celebrity Keynote Speaker

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

The Power of Joint Ventures – A Panel Discussion

  • Steve Bilt, Smile Brands, Inc.
  • AJ Acierno, DecisionOne

Moderator: Brian Colao, Director of the Dykema DSO Industry Group

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Marketing in the DSO Space

Grace Rizza, Identity Dental Marketing

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Stories From First-Time DSO Investors – A Panel Discussion

  • Heidi Arndt, Strive
  • Maggie Jarrett, Cedar Investors
  • Special Guests

Moderator: Virgil Ochoa, Member, Dykema

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

DEO Panel

  • Special Guests

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM


11:30 AM – NOON

Alternative DSO Structures Update

  • Special Guests

NOON – 12:30 PM

Dental Students and DSOs – A Panel Discussion

  • Special Guests

Moderator: Brian Colao, Director of the Dykema DSO Industry Group

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM