About Us

Executive Team

 

 

 

     

Brent Williams - President & CEO

Brent Williams is the President/CEO and founder of Dental Select. His extensive actuarial and financial background groomed the path to the incorporation of Dental Select in 1989. Educated as an accountant, he has a detailed understanding and background of financial management coupled with extensive experience in computer technology and dental benefit risk management.    

Mr. Williams’ influence on the direction of Dental Select is evident in the flexible dental care plans offered for groups and individuals in more than 20 states. His involvement in and analysis of how legislative action affects the dental industry has become his passion and positively contributes to the success of Dental Select. Brent is the driver of change within Dental Select and is responsible for articulating and developing the vision and strategic direction, effectively organizing and inspiring the executive leadership, and promoting objectives that create revenue, profitability, growth and viability of the company. Mr. Williams is an active and deeply involved member of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) and has served on its Board of Directors for multiple years.

Fulfilling a commitment to the community, Mr. Williams is Chairman of the Board for the Sealants for Smiles™ program in which Dental Select is the sole administrator covering 100% of the administration costs of this 501c3 charity. Under a conservative estimate, the Sealants for Smiles™ preventive services have saved the families and the state of Utah more than $200,000,000 of additional care that these children would have needed had they not been treated.

As President and CEO of Dental Select, Mr. Williams is currently on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber, has been a finalist as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for multiple years, and is member of the National Dental Electronic Data Interchange Council (NDEDIC), as well as a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

 

 

Suzette Musgrove - Chief Operations & Customer Relations Officer

Suzette plays a key role in the execution and implementation of strategic initiatives at Dental Select. She is responsible for communicating and sustaining long-term goals while managing daily operations of the company. Other responsibilities include, identifying and sustaining business development needs, company objectives and interpreting trends within the dental industry while actively seeking new partnerships and growth opportunities. With more than 29 years of experience in the dental industry, including 17 years working within several dental offices, Suzette has a detailed understanding of the providers’ perspective.  Suzette has lectured for the Utah Dental Association conference and she is currently a member of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), serving on their Professional Relations committee who work directly with the ADA.  Suzette is also on the Board of Directors for Donated Dental and is a member of the National Dental Electronic Data Interchange Council (NDEDIC).  In 2004, Utah Business Magazine named Suzette as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch, a prestigious award given to only the top business women in Utah. Suzette was also recently featured in the Salt Lake Chamber's blog as an honoree for Women's History Month.

 

 

Chip Huffman - Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Chip Huffman is an integral part of Dental Select. He is responsible for the direction and management of sales and marketing, developing competitive product portfolios to position the company for growth and profitability. His overall understanding of the insurance market and business experience uniquely position him for success in expanding Dental Select’s market share.

Mr. Huffman brings more than 24 years of insurance industry experience to Dental Select with previous sales and leadership positions held at such firms as Dental Network of America, WellPoint, ING, and Jefferson Pilot. He also remains informed as an active member of the NADP. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mr. Huffman received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

 

 

Mike Nelson - Chief Underwriting Officer

Mike has 20 years of experience in the health industry including 10 at Dental Select. Mike is a graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Social Science, a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.  After graduation, he continued his education and training in insurance by passing examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries. His positions of tenure include Actuarial Analyst for an international actuarial firm, Senior and Lead Underwriter for a large medical insurance carrier and Senior Account Analyst for a large Insurance Agency in Utah. Mr. Nelson’s experience includes health, dental and vision plan valuation as well as underwriting and resolving client’s business challenges.

 

 

James Gilbride - Chief Technology Officer

James brings more than 15 years of Information Technology experience to Dental Select. He's held several leadership positions in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and the non-profit sector both in Utah and in Washington, D.C. where he served as the Network Manager for a successful dot-com company. James also serves as the Director of Information Technology for Sealants for Smiles, an oral health program sponsored by Dental Select. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he received his degree in both Psychology and Philosophy. James brings a solid background and crucial understanding of how to best facilitate successful internal and external communications, as well as an innovative knowledge of how to deliver our clients a better, easier, and more consistent way of doing business through expanding technology.

 

 

Mark Coyne - Vice President of Business Development

Mark is responsible for business development activities at Dental Select. His work includes planning and implementing business strategies, launching new products and technologies, and national network expansion. Mark comes to Dental Select with more than 16 years of experience in dental, medical and vision insurance. His previous roles include Vice President of Sales, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, national accounts and operations for dental, vision and hearing provider networks. He also served as Senior Manager for business development and strategy for a national federal dental plan.

Mark is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Dental Plans, serves on the Fair Health Dental Advisory Workgroup and is Chair of the Education Commission. Mark is an active member in the United Way Young Leaders Society and Leadership Circle.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

 

 

Amy Anholt - Vice President of Finance

Amy is responsible for all financial operations of Dental Select. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Weber State University with Magna Cum Laude Honors. She then went on to earn her Masters of Professional Accountancy Degree from the same university. Amy has 14 years of experience in accounting including 4 years as a senior auditor for two International Accounting firms. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a member of American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accounts and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

Dana M. Smith, Esq. - General Counsel

Dana M. Smith serves as General Counsel to Dental Select. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the company’s regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters. Ms. Smith is a member of the Government Relations Commission of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) and is a participant of workgroups and task force teams of the Utah Legislature Health Reform Task Force.

Prior to joining Dental Select’s Executive Team, she served as General Counsel to an international advisory and investment firm, a public company co-listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Prior to these general counsel positions, Ms. Smith practiced for several years at a boutique firm focused on corporate transactions and securities law, where she represented clients in many aspects of business law, including start ups, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, private placements, raising capital, and corporate governance, most notably serving as corporate counsel to a NYSE-listed closed-end fund with $100M NAV. Ms. Smith also co-founded Acadia Group IR, an investment relations firm providing strategic business consulting, corporate finance and investor relations services to publicly-listed emerging growth companies.

Ms. Smith received her Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah. Ms. Smith is a current member of the Utah State Bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel.  

 

 

Brian Phillips - Corporate Controller

Brian oversees the financial reporting and accounting functions of Dental Select. He is a graduate from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to his role as Director of Accounting, Brian served as Controller for Dental Select for 4 years. He also currently serves as Controller for Sealants for Smiles, an oral health program sponsored by Dental Select. Prior to joining Dental Select, he worked as the controller for a publicly traded software company for 7 years where he was responsible for all filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Brian has over 12 years of combined experience in accounting and financial reporting for both publicly and privately held companies.

 


 

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