Sulman Ahmed, DECA Dental

Dr. Sulman Ahmed
Founder, Chairman, and
Chief Executive Officer
DECA Dental Group


The New De Novo Frontier
Thursday, July 14, 2022
4:55 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.



Dr. Sulman Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of DECA Dental. He is instrumental in shaping and overseeing DECA Dental’s growth, strategy, and culture. In 2008, Dr. Ahmed opened his first dental office and set out to create a truly patient-centered model. His belief in putting patients first is the fundamental backbone of DECA Dental’s core values and patient care delivery model. Ensuring adequate training for doctors, the very best materials being placed in the patient’s mouth, weekend hours and multiple specialists working under one roof are just the beginning of his vision.


Having a natural talent for finding and cultivating leadership and growth within people, he has built a first-class organization of leaders from the top down. Additionally, under Dr. Ahmed’s leadership, DECA Dental has grown rapidly to become one of the industry’s fastest-growing and most respected organizations. It has received several honors and awards. Some of the more notable ones are being recognized as Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 fastest growing companies in the nation, several years in a row. The Dallas Business Journal recognized DECA Dental as one of the top 100 companies in the region and the 21st fastest-growing company in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.


On a more personal note, Dr. Ahmed has achieved many honors and awards, two of the more notable ones include being named 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Glassdoor’s Top CEOs list for 2021 with a 98% approval rating. He is a sought-after speaker at several leadership, entrepreneurial and motivational conferences.


Dr. Ahmed is just as dedicated to the community as to its patients. Over time, Dr. Ahmed has built strong partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as becoming the exclusive provider of free dental services to thousands of kids with the Kidd’s Kids Organization and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.


Dr. Ahmed obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and currently serves on their Board of Advisors. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee at the ADSO (American Dental Support Organization).