Tallahassee, FL - The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), and The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology recently inducted their 2015 leaders at the Vision 21 meeting in Las Vegas. Below are the incoming board presidents/chairs.
Harold A. Burdette, Jr., CDT
2015 NADL President
Harold A. Burdette, Jr., CDT, is the CEO of Burdette Dental Lab, Inc., a Certified Dental Laboratory (CDL) in Birmingham, AL. He has served as Fiscal Officer of the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) and he has served on several of NADL’s Committees including the Audit Committee, the Communications Advisory Board, the Budget & Finance Committee, and the Business Management Committee. Burdette is a current board member with the CAL-LAB Group and an Advisor with the Southeastern Conference of Dental Laboratories. He holds a CDT specialty in every discipline except the Orthodontics and the Implants specialties.
Most recently, he has held the position of Treasurer and served as President-Elect in 2014 on the NADL Board of Directors.
Thomas “Buddy” Wester, CDT, TE
2015 NBC Chair
Thomas “Buddy” Wester, CDT, TE, is the Dental Center Manager with Modern Dental USA in Savannah, GA. He graduated from the Atlanta Area Technical School and has been certified in the Crown & Bridge specialty for 32 years. In 2007, he became a certified LVI Master Technician. Wester previously served on the board for the Florida Dental Laboratory Association (FDLA), serving on several committees as well as President. In 2008, he was awarded the FACD Smile Gallery Gold Medal for his entry at the annual meeting. He was also awarded the 2008 FACD Smile Gallery Members’ Choice Award, the competition’s highest honor.
Wester has served on the Board of Trustees for NBC since 2009, and in his time has held the role of Secretary/Fiscal Officer, Vice Chair, and Chair. This is his second year as Chair.
Leon Hermanides, CDT
2015 Foundation Chair
Leon Hermanides, CDT, graduated from a college in South Africa with a National Higher Diploma in Dental Technology, a four-year diploma equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in the USA. He has worked in South Africa, London and Seattle laboratories, specializing in all stages of advanced reconstructions and anterior esthetics. In 1998, he established Protea Dental Studio, Inc., DAMAS, in Redmond, WA, which specializes in providing comprehensive, implant and anterior restorative cases.
Hermanides currently serves on the National Association of Dental Laboratories board and has previously served as Chair on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association during his nine years on the board. He has served on the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology’s board since the beginning of 2011, serving in many roles, including Vice Chair and Fiscal Officer. This is his second year as Chair.