Elite Dental Partners' Management Philosophy
Elite Dental Partners' management team is led by experienced dental professionals including dentists. The senior leadership team had over 100 years of collective dental experience prior to joining Elite Dental Partners. This prior experience includes owning, affiliating with, supporting, and working with numerous dental practices. Elite Dental Partners' management philosophy centers around establishing true collaborative relationships with all affiliated dental practices, dentists, and team members in order to provide industry leading non-clinical support services. Below is a select list of senior leadership team members.
Dr. Scott B. Kalniz
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Kalniz has over 20 years of dental industry experience. He started his career with a single location practice and purchased a number of other dental practices and eventually sold his large dental group to a dental service organization. He joined the dental service organization as director of development sourcing a number of dental practice affiliations helping build the dental service organization to over 50 locations. Dr. Kalniz holds a DDS and a BS in Business Administration, Economics from The Ohio State University.
Bob L. Scholl
Mr. Scholl has over 30 years of multi-site senior operating experience. His prior experience includes leading and growing a multi-site organization to over 1,000 locations and $2 billion in annual revenue. Mr. Scholl also worked with numerous eye care clinics in the Midwest helping to grow and provide support services to clinicians. Mr. Scholl holds a BA from Xavier University.
Scott A. Judy
Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Judy has over 20 years of accounting, finance, and operational experience. His prior experience includes Chief Financial Officer and VP of Operations at mid-sized companies, including over 5 years at dental service organizations, and over 13 years at public accounting firms including Plante & Moran. Mr. Judy is a CPA and graduated with honors from Youngstown State University.
Mike S. McDermott
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. McDermott has over 15 years of accounting and finance experience. His prior experience includes Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at a number of mid-sized companies in the Midwest. Mr. McDermott also spent 6 years in public accounting at Grant Thornton leading audits for companies with yearly revenues ranging from $20 million to $1 billion. Mr. McDermott is a CPA and graduated from University of Illinois.
Brad D. Starkweather
Chief Development Officer
Mr. Starkweather has over 15 years of experience investing in middle market companies and partnering with small business owners. He has worked at four different private equity investment firms where he purchased, grew, and sold a variety of different businesses. Prior to that he worked at a global investment bank where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions. Mr. Starkweather holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics and Engineering Science from Vanderbilt University.
Brian W. Mans
Managing Director of Business Development
Mr. Mans has over 10 years of development, sales, and marketing experience. Most recently he was with a large dental service organization helping grow the number of dental practices to over 570 by leading almost one affiliation per month. Mr. Mans prior experience includes working directly with almost 60 dental offices developing successful local marketing strategies, and other sales management roles at various firms. He also has experience at other firms in sales management roles. Mr. Mans holds a BS from Eastern Illinois University.
Brandon J. Ziemann
Director of Business Development
Mr. Ziemann has almost 10 years of business development and investing experience. Most recently he worked as Vice President of Business Development at a Midwest financial services company. Prior to that he worked in business development and investing positions at multiple private equity and investment firms that managed smaller million dollar investments up to billion dollar investments. At these companies he led a number of partnerships and managed relationships with hundreds of potential partners. Mr. Ziemann holds a BS in business from Boston College, Wallace E Carroll School of Management, where he also played Division I Baseball.
Kevin J. Pukala
Director of Business Development
Mr. Pukala has over 5 years of consulting and investing experience. Most recently he held investing positions at multiple private equity and investment firms that managed committed capital funds and family office capital investing across multiple industries. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture. Mr. Pukala holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS from Northwestern University.
Jack T. Lowey
Director of Business Development
Mr. Lowey has almost 10 years of investment banking, corporate development and private equity experience. His prior experience includes corporate development and M&A roles at multiple mid-sized companies in the Midwest. Prior to that he worked at a global investment bank where he advised clients on a wide array of M&A transactions. Mr. Lowey holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors, and a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tanya L. Depew
Managing Director of Practice Development
Ms. Depew has almost 20 years of experience in healthcare management, with the last 8 years focused on dental practice affiliation, dental practice integration, dental practice de novo integration, and dental practice operations management. Most recently, Ms. Depew was part of a team within a large dental service organization that successfully integrated 70 de novo dental practices over an 18 month period. Her prior experience includes the development of a successful Telemedicine Program with the University of Kansas Medical Center offering a variety of healthcare services. Ms. Depew holds a master's degree from the University of Kansas and a BA from Southwestern College.
Cristina R. King
Managing Director of Dentist Recruiting and Human Resources
Ms. King has more than 20 years of human resources and recruiting experience, including experience with two large dental service organizations with combined locations of over 700. Most recently, Ms. King led a team at a dental service organization that hired over 100 dentists in a twelve month time period across the country. Ms. King earned her BA from University of Madrid, Colegio de San Juan Evangelista, and speaks Spanish fluently.
Chad S. Hallett
Managing Director of Marketing
Mr. Hallett has over 17 years of marketing, sales, and customer service experience. Mr. Hallett has extensive knowledge and experience in direct response, lead generation, sales conversion, and customer retention marketing and advertising strategies. Most recently he was with a large dental service organization where he oversaw all of the marketing and advertising needs for more than 200 locations. Mr. Hallett holds a BS in Marketing from Eastern Illinois University.
Board of Directors
Elite Dental Partners' board of directors includes leading dentists, former dental support organization executives and investors, fortune 100 healthcare executives, and private company investors.