The laboratory looks to scale up with seasoned industry hire David Bird
Vancouver, BC, August 19, 2019 — Shanto Dental Ceramics Inc., a subsidiary of Smile Innovations Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Bird as General Manager, effective August 12, 2019. Mr. Bird, reporting to Smile CEO, Donald Park, joins Shanto from Frontier Dental Laboratories.
As part of the senior management team, David will play a key role in continuous improvements to maximize efficiencies, while identifying opportunities to support the ongoing growth of business and development of the team. As the company continues to evolve, they will rely heavily on his industry expertise, and strong leadership skills.
Bird, whose career has spanned four decades within the Dental Industry, has held a variety of Senior Management positions, in both the United Kingdom and Canada. A graduate of Newcastle University with City and Guilds of London Institute Certification and an Advanced Certificate in Dental Technology, he later owned and operated several laboratories prior to coming to Canada. Holding accreditation with several leading advanced dental education centers, he supports various occlusion philosophies. Prior to his appointment with Shanto Dental Ceramics, David was the General Manager of Frontier Dental Laboratory and co-founder of Bavo Laboratory, prior to its sale in 2015.
“The rapid evolution in our industry has been tremendous over the last decade, and while Shanto will continue to look towards new technology for efficiencies, the customer experience will remain the focal point of our brand,” states Bird. “I look forward to adding value where I can and couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity.”
In response to a growing operation, Shanto recently moved the laboratory to a new facility, offering three times their original footprint. “Due to a significant investment in technology, and a dedicated team that really understands the customer journey, Shanto has been able to expand,” notes Park. “To maximize this momentum, we brought a strong leader to the table; someone who could address the growing needs of our company. We look forward to continued success with David on board.”
Smile Innovations Group
is a private investment company, focusing on dental laboratory acquisitions, consolidation and the development of dental products and services. Established in 2018, the management of Smile Innovations Group offers extensive experience and success in the operational management of large-scale businesses and continually seeks out additional opportunities to add to their growing portfolio of companies. It was co-founded by Manny Padda, Executive Chairman and Donald Park, CEO.
Donald Park | CEO
Manny Padda | Executive Chairman