Biography

Richard E. Beckman

Great Expressions

ADSO Vice President and ADSO Ethics Committee Chair/Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) Chief Executive Officer

Richard E. Beckman received his BA from the University of Dayton and MBA from Michigan State University.  Rich was the audit partner in charge of Arthur Andersen & Co.’s  Closely Held and Entrepreneurial Business Group which included GEDC’s predecessors, MIDA Dental Plans and American Dental Group (collectively MIDA) as well as a number of Inc. Magazine’s fasting growing private and public companies. From MIDA’s inception in 1982, he provided accounting, business consulting, financial advice and tax advice. After leaving Arthur Andersen in 1991, Rich joined Credit Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ CACC), a subprime auto finance company, growing the company’s loan portfolio from $50 million to over $1 billion in assets and international operations. CACC became a public company in 1992 and currently has a market cap in excess of $4.5 billion dollars. In 1998, Rich became the Chief Executive Officer of Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), with the charge of growing GEDC into a national Dental Service Organization (DSO). Under his guidance and leadership, GEDC has grown from a Michigan based DSO with 21 dental centers, to an elite DSO with over 235 practices across ten states with revenue exceeding $300 million.  GEDC is one of the largest DSO’s in the United States and currently has over 125,000 unique patient visits a month and offers all facets of dental care to its valued patients. The Company provides full service dental care to blue collar and middle class patients who have some level of insurance coverage or who need dental care at an affordable price. As Great Expressions Dental Centers continues to expand, the organization has been a member of the Inc. 5000 for the past six years.  GEDC was number 25 on Inc’s 2012 Hire Power award. In addition, GEDC has been recognized By Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the top 100 companies in the Southwestern Michigan area. Rich received the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the Consumer Services category for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region and competed in the finals held in Palm Springs, California. Rich has guided GEDC in giving back to the community in which we serve.  GEDC provides donations to the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School and Nova Southeastern University.  In addition, GEDC participates in revenue sharing on Martin Luther King Day, and provides both monetary support and staffing assistance to St. Vincent DePaul located in the inner city of Detroit.  Our employees also participate in a number of Feeding Children Everywhere events to package meals for children in need throughout our local communities.