PITTSTON, PA: An accomplished financial analyst, a specialist in business innovation and a sales leader on the international level will add their expertise to the senior management team at the nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor.
Benco Dental announces the elevation of Karen Kuklewicz and Julie Radzyminski to vice president status, and welcomes Kari Taylor, who joins the company as Vice President of Sales & Branch Operations.
Karen Kuklewicz, Benco Dental CFO, joined the family-owned organization as a staff accountant in 1999, shortly after her graduation from Bloomsburg University. She has since served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, and Director of Finance. During her time with Benco Dental, she earned her MBA from Wilkes University (2011), and the prestigious Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Management Accountants. In January 2015, Karen assumed the Interim CFO role and has helped steer the company through a most successful year, including the completion of several key projects.
Karen and her husband Ned reside in Mountain Top with their daughter.
Julie Radzyminski, Vice President of Business Innovation, spent 19 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles before coming to Benco Dental as its first Director of Business Innovation in 2012. While in the Professional Oral Health division at Procter & Gamble, she had responsibility for over $350 million in sales, and spearheaded the company's return to distribution. At Benco Dental, Julie has helped shape key initiatives, like The Lucy Hobbs Project™, which empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back, OneVisit™ -- the company’s same-day dentistry solution, as well as office supplies, and implants, and she oversees alliances with key organizations like Cain Watters, Seattle Study Club, and Transitions Group NA.
A graduate of Boston College with a BS in Marketing, Julie and her husband Dave live in Albany, New York, with their two high school-age daughters. She travels weekly to CenterPoint East, Benco Dental’s Home Office in Pittston, Pennsylvania.
Kari Taylor has held a variety of leadership positions at WW Grainger and Office Depot, including Vice President of Territory Sales (Grainger) and Vice President of Sales Operations (Home Depot). In her most recent role, she led a team of more than 900 sales professionals who called on medium-sized businesses across the United States. Early in her career, she spent nearly a decade at Sun Microsystems in a variety of international positions.
Kari graduated from California State University, Hayward, and earned her MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She and her husband Rolf, who leads a sales team, calling on business customers for Office Depot, will be relocating to Pennsylvania in January.
“As part of the Benco difference, we strive to deliver insightful solutions and an innovative experience to our customers, and focus on the career advancement of those with that same commitment,” said Chuck Cohen, managing director of Benco Dental. “Our goal is to empower great people to do great work in a caring family culture. Karen, Julie and Kari bring industry expertise and a passion for excellence to Benco Dental.”