DTI Inc. adds two to its board of directors

May 17, 2012

Issue 5

Today Dublin, Calif.-based lab chain Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI) named Les Cross and Andras Hites to its Board of Directors. The two men bring vastly different professional backgrounds with Cross spending the majority of his career in the medical device industry and Hites spending his professional life in the dental lab industry as part of the second generation of the Hites family to run MicroDental Laboratories.

Today Dublin, Calif.-based lab chain Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI) named Les Cross and Andras Hites to its Board of Directors. The two men bring vastly different professional backgrounds with Cross spending the majority of his career in the medical device industry and Hites spending his professional life in the dental lab industry as part of the second generation of the Hites family to run MicroDental Laboratories.

The DTI family of labs has put a focus on using technology to advance the business along with hiring top talent in the dental lab industry to spearhead operations. In the past 2 years the company has brought the likes of Lee Culp, CDT, Robert Kreyer, CDT and most recently Laura Sheppard, CDT TE, into the fold.

Read the full press release about the new board of directors appointments below:

DUBLIN, Calif.-Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Les Cross and Andras Hites to its Board of Directors.

“Les brings a wealth of experience in growing companies in the medical device industries while Andy is intimately familiar with the dental lab industry, having created and grown one of the preeminent labs in the country. Both individuals will play a significant role in setting the strategic direction of DTI.”

Leslie (Les) Cross also currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Alphatec Spine, where he’s been on the Board since March 2011. Previously, Mr. Cross served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc., where he held several principal executive roles since 1995. From 1990 and 1994, Les held the position of Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development of the Bracing and Support Systems division of Smith & Nephew. He was Managing Director of two different divisions of Smith & Nephew from 1982 to 1990. Mr. Cross earned a diploma in medical technology from Sydney Technical College in Sydney, Australia and studied business at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

Andras (Andy) Hites has over 40 years of experience in the dental lab industry and together with his brother George Hites, grew MicroDental Laboratories from nearly $3 million in revenue to approximately $50 million in 2002. During his tenure with MicroDental, the Company designed a number of innovative restorative techniques and products that fostered a very loyal client base and helped MicroDental grow to be one of the largest dental labs in North America. Andy has been a national speaker for Quest where he has shared his expertise on lab management and client relations, has produced nine educational videos for dentists and patients and has published several articles in business and dental journals.

“We are very excited to have two highly accomplished and very experienced executives join our Board,” said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. “Les brings a wealth of experience in growing companies in the medical device industries while Andy is intimately familiar with the dental lab industry, having created and grown one of the preeminent labs in the country. Both individuals will play a significant role in setting the strategic direction of DTI.”

In making the announcement, Les Cross stated, “I am extremely honored and excited to join the board of directors at Dental Technologies, Inc. DTI has distinguished itself by providing unparalleled customer service to their clientele through a personalized approach that benefits dental practices and their patients. I look forward to working with the team to develop strategies to achieve the next phase of growth for the Company.”

“Technology is revolutionizing this industry the way that it changed the auto industry and DTI is leading the charge,” said Andy Hites. “I have always believed technology would improve both the quality of products and service to the client and I am very excited to help the Company continue to differentiate itself as the technology leader.”

About DTI

Headquartered in Dublin, California, DTI is a full-service laboratory network with 19 sites throughout North America. DTI's labs are service-oriented, with dedicated teams providing product, technical and case support, all of which are staffed with highly-trained and experienced technicians. DTI's restorations are fabricated from the best materials and provide a highly aesthetic and reliable fit. The company is leading the way for digital dentistry by adopting innovative processes and championing the use of the latest and most reliable automation systems which are designed to provide our clients with a world-class product and service levels unmatched in the industry.