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February Message from President Joel Berg, DDS, MS

Friday, April 5, 2019  
A Message from your President
AAED Members,
Though we are only six weeks into the new year, I’m enthusiastic about the potential and promise the Academy has in store for 2019 and beyond.
I’m looking forward to our 44th Annual Meeting, August 8-10, as it’s shaping up to be the highlight of the year. Our scientific program chair, Dr. Steve Chu, has knocked it out of the park by putting together our world-class educational program. Dr. Jeff Brucia, our local arrangements chair, is developing our exciting social events and evening receptions using the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies as his inspiration. You won’t want to miss all that we have planned for you! More on the meeting later, but I have a handful of important updates I want you to be informed about regarding the Fairmont room block, upcoming membership deadlines and a call for nominations for AAED’s Executive Council.


Fairmont Room Block is Now Fully Booked 
The 44th Annual Meeting is anticipated to be one of our most popular events to date! Because of this, the Fairmont AAED room block has sold out nearly six months in advance. However, the Fairmont is still accepting reservations at the best available rate from August 6-9 but is fully committed on August 10. Please visit our Hotel & Travel Page for a list of nearby hotels, noting that we have not established a room block at these sitesAdditionally, searching Expedia (or a similar travel site) can provide the best available rates for the area.


Member Applications Due March 1
With outstanding opportunities like the Annual Meeting for our members to connect and learn from one another, we are always interested in enriching our organization by bringing in new, knowledgeable, and experienced professionals. If the names of any colleagues come to mind, contact our Executive Director Joe Jackson ( or 312.981.6772) as soon as possible. He will then forward the application and instructions to the candidate and copy you so you’re in the communication loop. The submission deadline for applications is March 1.
For your reference, I have attached a detailed outline of the Associate Member qualifications, obligations and application process.


Associate to Fellow Elevation Requests
Associate members, if you are looking to elevate your membership status to Fellow, one of the prerequisites is to speak at one of our scientific sessions. To fulfill this requirement please complete the online speaker application, which will be provided to future annual meeting program chairs for consideration. If you’re interested in achieving Fellow status and believe that you’ve already met the minimum requirements as outlined in Article III, Section 2 of the Academy Bylaws, please submit your official letter of request and current CV to Joe Jackson at AAED headquarters by May 1, 2019.


Call for Nominations for AAED’s Executive Council
AAED is seeking candidates who are interested in serving on the Executive Council. To be considered, you must be a voting member of the Academy (Fellows and dues-paying Life Fellows) and committed to working to advance the mission of the Academy. In addition, you must commit to serving the Executive Council in various positions over a nine-year period beginning with your election, as follows:


Year 1, 2, 3: Director-at-Large
Year 4, 5: Secretary or Treasurer
Year 6: Vice President
Year 7: President-Elect
Year 8: President
Year 9: First Past President


If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please complete and return the nomination application to AAED headquarters by Friday, May 31. The Nominating Committee will consider the qualifications of all candidates and will create a slate of candidates for presentation to the Executive Council. Once approved by the Council, final candidate(s) will be presented for approval to the voting General Assembly at the Annual Meeting this August 8-10 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.



Join us at the 44th Annual Meeting in Alberta, Canada!
Last but certainly not least, if you have yet to register for the 44th Annual Meeting, please be sure to do so now! The meeting's theme, "Disruptive Dentistry: The Challenges Opportunities Ahead” sets the framework for three days of educational sessions, expert speakers, and networking and social events designed with every esthetic dentist, technician, and guest in mind. Find all session and event details in the Annual Meeting Program and be sure to check back periodically for updates.

The Academy is thrilled that many of you have sent us the contact information of guests you'd like invited to Banff. Please continue to submit the names of respected colleagues; I look forward to seeing new faces and hearing new voices at this year's conference.


As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have. I’m honored to be serving as the president of such an exceptional organization, and we have a great year ahead of us.


All the best,
Joel Berg, DDS, MS
AAED President

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