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Future Annual Session sites announced

Meeting dates, locations for 2014-2018 set

April 23, 2012

Continuing a tradition that has spanned more than 150 years, the ADA announced the dates and locations for its Annual Sessions in 2014 through 2018. The national event, which combines the ADA House of Delegates meetings, hundreds of continuing education courses, the World Marketplace exhibition and other special events and concurrent meetings, has rotated its location since 1859.

“ADA members are more likely to come to an Annual Session when it is in closer proximity to their homes and practices,” said Dr. Kent Percy, 2012 chair, Council on ADA Sessions. “The Council on ADA Sessions developed criteria to ensure that we’re bringing this remarkable member benefit as close as possible to as many of our members as we can over a period of years.”

The Council on ADA Sessions, comprised of ADA member dentists, review a variety of criteria in selecting Annual Session locations. The Council then submits its recommendations to the ADA Board of Trustees for approval.

In 2010, the council developed and approved a site selection policy that prioritizes criteria for site selection. The criteria includes attendee appeal, geographic diversity, location variety, profit potential and availablility of volunteers.

Future locations and dates include:

  • 2014—San Antonio, Oct. 9-14;
  • 2015—Washington, D.C., Nov. 5-10;
  • 2016—Denver, Oct. 20-25;
  • 2017—Atlanta, Oct. 19-24;
  • 2018—San Francisco, Sept. 27-Oct. 2.
The site selection process also provides benefits to the 600 or more exhibitors who showcase their products and services in the World Marketplace Exhibition. These companies are able to highlight their offerings to a diverse geographic group.

“The mobility of the ADA Annual Session is one of the reasons we focus considerable resources to attending the meeting each year,” said Allison Farey, president, Wells Fargo Practice Finance. “We consider the Annual Session to be the premier dental meeting because it allows us to reach our customers and potential customers all across the U.S.”

The ADA also welcomes the participation of constituent and component dental society members who volunteer for the Annual Session when it is held in their region. Volunteers receive benefits such as complimentary registration and the ability to network with speakers and other member dentists at unique events.

“We would not be able to organize such successful events each year without the great support of members in the hosting cities. I wish to thank the thousands of individuals who have played an important role in the ADA’s premier event,” said Dr. William R. Calnon, ADA president.

Recently, the ADA Annual Session was held in Las Vegas (2011), Orlando (2010), Honolulu (2009), San Antonio (2008) and San Francisco (2007).

For more information on the ADA Annual Session, please For more information on the locations and dates for the scientific program, World Marketplace Exhibition and House of Delegates meetings for future ADA Annual Sessions, visit the Annual Session website.