Over 20,000 people are one degree away from me....which means one or less degrees from you.
From Moosomin to New York City, Saskatoon to India
My thought has never been "what can you do for me"...whenever I meet people I want to learn from them. In return, I want to extend my hand and see what I can do for them!
This is where the story of getting the best jobs in dentistry begins....
I met Dr. Sokomony Sun because of our mutual network of friends. I helped him land some interviews locally with the owners of Northend Dental. Eventually, Dr. Sun formed a very successful partnership with Dr. Atul Dhir in Saskatoon. As many of you know, they eventually purchased my long time friend Dr. Bill and Fred Prokopishin clinic in Humboldt. This successful partnership also introduced Dr. Sean St. Marie to the mix - and 5 years ago the building of Legends Dental Clinic - a nice piece of real estate discovered by a mutal real estate friend in our networks!
I met Prashant Ohri, Vice President of Sales at Henry Schein Canada when he first came to Saskatoon as my Sybron Endo rep. Many of you today are still using the file systems taught by Dr. Carlos Ochoa - who I met through Prashant! Opportunities were discussed and eventually Dr. Ochoa landed in Saskatoon. Prashant may or may not remember the email recommendation I gave when he applied to be a manager in Vancouver....I gave him top marks! Hopefully it helped a little...
Many of your reading this will remember when we met, and how we connected for some of the best jobs in dentistry! It's my HONOUR to know recent upcoming grads like Dr Trevor Zlatnik, Dr. Sabrina Lamont, Dr Ken Tomchuk, and several others (who didn't get back to me in time before I published this blog). I am happy to know these incredible young people that understand the importance of networking!
Fast tracking the success of these people is what makes me happy! Selling dental supplies - pfft. I get paid for that, but nothing feels better than being able to help launch a career, then a business and ultimately watch as my friends succeed!
Like Dr. Aaron Bazylak! Like Dr. Brian Kilduff that own Fresh Dental. Like Dr. Barkman who decided to move to Kelowna area and met several of my friends in that area. It would be impossible to mention the several hundred dentists, reps, assistants, hygienists that I have had an opportunity to network with and help over the last 35 years!
Knowing the owners of dental corporations like Dr Sam Mezahreh (Dentalook), Alain Sabbah (Canadian Dental Services co-CEO), ex-ceo of Dental Corp Dr. Andrew Meikle (who are all on this email blog) helps me understand the business of dentistry and allows for connections to several hundred clinics across Canada. Can you spell endless opportunities?
One last mention is it's an honor to work for Henry Schein and the amazing people who allowed my crazy brain to keep pushing the limits. Thankyou to my Dad who got me in the business and started my career of networking with so many amazing people. Thanks to Carman Adair who helped me at a time in my life when the family business ended and he believed in me and my abilities. An entrepreneur who founded Arcona Dental, built a small empire that eventually led to the amazing opportunity to work with Henry Schein!
Every one of my successful friends deserves a chapter in a book I may write (or blog) some day! An endless resource as I continue to extend my network and meet incredibly smart and talented people just starting dental careers, but also opening businesses.
Thanks Mom for teaching me the value of what some reps that get paid to sell cotton rolls already knows....
The true value of a relationship isn't the cheap commodity you are selling - it's all those other things you can do that make relationships so valuable....
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It's not JUST ADDING people to your network - you can now "BUY" friends and followers....it's the QUALITY of your SINCERE friendship that matters.
Success in Dentistry and Life