KaVo Kerr Group is pleased to announce that Candy Ross, Director of Industry and Professional Relations for KaVo Kerr Group, NA Equipment, has been awarded with two significant honors. Candy’s journey with our company began when she joined DEXIS in 1999. Over the years, her responsibilities have grown to include acting liaison and facilitator between industry associations and Key Opinion Leaders and our entire portfolio of KaVo Kerr Group equipment brands.
On November 1, 2013, the American Dental Association (ADA) presented Candy with the first Steven W. Kess Give Kids a Smile Corporate Volunteer Award for her long-term dedication to growing the program. She was praised for her consistent representation of DEXIS, and now KaVo Kerr Group, at events nationwide, sharing their commitment to caring for underserved children in the U.S. GKAS was co-founded in 2001 by Dr. Jeffrey B. Dalin and brought to a national level in 2002 by the ADA. It is at this time that Candy became involved and was instrumental involving DEXIS. Since then, she has maintained the relationship with GKAS as well as orchestrated the delivery of systems for use in its outreach events held nationally each year. Today, DEXIS and its sole distributor, Henry Schein Dental, remain the only two founding sponsors of GKAS.
Additionally, on October 23, 2013, the Directors of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) unanimously voted Candy to be the third recipient of the Haskell Pitluck Award that is issued to a non-odontologist who has served the ABFO community in an exemplary fashion. She is heralded for her many years of dedicated work and support of the ABFO’s mission for national mass disaster dental identification. In 2001, when DEXIS became the system of choice for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), and the company was experiencing rapid growth in our nation’s medical examiners sector, Candy took the lead in developing the relationship with the forensic community at large. She aided these odontology groups in securing government funding for dental X-ray equipment and, again, organized the delivery of this equipment for use during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the tornado in Joplin, MO. She continues to collaborate with forensic leaders to offer assistance in disaster relief from the KaVo Kerr Group family of brands whenever possible.
“I am sincerely humbled by both these awards,” states Ross. “My mission has been to assist those with great vision, such as Jeff Dalin and Steve Kess, who have driven GKAS to new heights. And I cannot adequately describe the dedication our forensic first responders — the unsung heroes of this country. I am very fortunate to work with both of these groups and for a company that recognizes and supports its civic responsibility to give back to these entities and the dental community as a whole. Without the company’s support over the years, I would not have received these honors.”
Matt Garrett, Vice President of Marketing, KaVo Kerr Group, NA Equipment states, “We are thrilled beyond words for Candy as she is so deserving of these prestigious honors. Her tireless efforts and passion inspire us daily and remind us that we have a greater responsibility to give back to our neighbors, communities, and our profession.” He continues, “Candy is a true servant leader and we are thankful for how well she represents the KaVo Kerr Group and our portfolio of brands.”
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