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Rock Dental Brand Hires New Human Resources Chief

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2022

Rock Dental Brands, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., has expanded its executive leadership team for the second time in 2022, hiring Ryan Michalowski as chief people officer.

Michalowski has close to two decades of experience in human resources management, most recently as chief people officer at MJ Insurance in Carmel, Ind. At Rock Dental Brands, he is tasked with overseeing human capital strategy at a time when the organization is in growth-mode.

Rock Dental Brands acquired 18 clinics during the past year, and expansion is planned to continue. The dental and orthodontics practice management organization announced in September that it secured an additional $45 million credit commitment from existing lender, Chicago-based Twin Brook Capital, in order to help fund further expansion.

“I am energized by the growth trajectory at Rock Dental Brands and look forward to supporting that growth through a people services strategy that understands efficiency and change making, while creating an environment where staff feel supported and love their work,” Michalowski said. “It's been inspiring to watch Rock Dental Brands leadership in action during this process. It’s such a smart, dynamic team. I can't wait to be a part of it.”

CEO Kristi Crum said this new hire shows that Rock Dental Brands prioritizes investment in its people.

“It is vital as we continue to expand that Rock Dental Brands is intentional about taking care of our staff and attracting top-tier talent,” Crum said. “This is especially true on the senior leadership team, where each person plays an integral role in our plans to take the brand to the next level.”

Rock Dental Brands also strengthened its leadership teams in the areas of marketing and business development by adding new key roles in 2022.

Kelly Grappe, a telecom industry veteran with three decades of leadership experience, took on the role of vice president of marketing.

Rock Dental Brands also hired its first chief development officer, Todd Nickerson, tasked with overseeing all merger and acquisitions activity for the organization.

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