Who We Are

The Presenters

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Chuck Blakeman

Entrepreneur, Founder of Crankset Group and Acclaimed Author & Speaker

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Chuck is a successful entrepreneur, an internationally acclaimed speaker, weekly Inc. Magazine contributor, best-selling author and world-renowned business advisor who has built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents.

His first book, Making Money is Killing Your Business was rated “#1 Business Book of the Year” and his second  book, Why Employees are ALWAYS a Bad Idea has been named one of the “Top Ten Business Books of the Year.” Both are textbooks in undergraduate and MBA college courses.

Chuck is a regular contributor to the Progressive Dentist, The Profitable Dentist and has written for Oral Health Office, ACGImpact and Dental Entrepreneur. His company Crankset Group provides business advisory for dentists and practice owners worldwide with significant results.

Read his blog at chuckblakeman.com.

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Erika Pusillo

Practice Optimizer, Spodak Dental Group

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Practice optimizer, master implementer, strategic planner and leadership developer. Erika has worked with Dr. Craig Spodak at The Spodak Dental Group for 9 years. She's the practice leader for their $10M+/year single location, multi-specialty, LEED certified facility.

Along with Dr. Craig Spodak, she has helped to create a Participation Age practice that is an INC 5000 fastest growing small business and a Sun-Sentinel Top Place to work. Erika has worked with Dr.Craig to build a rock star team that is based on self-management and distributed decision making principles. Erika has a passion for leadership and specializes in turning goals into results!

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Mike Buckner

Business Development Executive, Weave

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Mike Buckner has been working in the Dental Technology Field for 7 years.  He was a Business Development Executive for Solutionreach for several years where he oversaw the strategic relationships and partnerships for the Dental market.  After that, he spent some time as a Director of Business Development for Dental Intel where he spoke at various study clubs and major meetings teaching the importance of, and explaining how to understand certain Key Performance Indicators within a dental practice.  He is currently overseeing the Dental Market as a Business Development Executive for Weave.  He continues to speak at various dental meetings, teaching about the latest technology to improve overall Practice Management.  He just doubled his family size in December with the addition of twin boys that keep him on his toes.