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It's Christmas with Gendex!

Posted by Gendex News on Dec 25, 2013 6:50:00 AM

The song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” has lilted over the airwaves for about 60 years. The sights and sounds of the season vary—from sleigh bells in the snow in the more northern states to a bright red Hawaiian shirt peeking out of Santa’s fur-trimmed coat in the balmy south. The look of Christmas in the US is very different than other countries across the world. Here are some traditions that may not be familiar, but reflect the reason for the season.

While American children hang their stockings on the mantel, in France, children leave their shoes in front of the fireplace, in anticipation of a visit and gifts from Pere Noel, or Father Christmas. A very popular decoration is the nativity scene, called a creche that, depending on the region, contains figures of the Holy Family, the Three Kings, shepherds, animals, and other more familiar village people, such as the mayor. In Spain on Christmas Eve, every house twinkles with light from tiny oil lamps. Midnight Mass is called La Misa Del Gallo (The Mass of the Rooster) because the rooster is supposed to have crowed the night that Jesus was born.  After Midnight Mass and Christmas Dinner, the music for a lively song and dance called the “Jota” fills the streets. Three Wise Men bring the gifts instead of Santa. In Denmark, legend has it that an elf called Nisse, dressed in gray woolen clothes, a red bonnet, red stockings and white clogs will visit to play some pranks, especially on farms. So that he doesn’t get too mischievous, families leave him a bowl of rice pudding or porridge.

Traditions are fun to learn about and share.  At Gendex, we are always interested to learn about the special office cultures and aspirations of our customers, and we are happy to provide the gift of innovative technology all year round.  Even if you are too old to believe in Santa, our message is the same: May your Christmas be filled with joy, hope, and the warmth of family and friends—and don’t forget to leave out some cookies and milk…just in case.

 

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With Gendex, "Thanks" is the Real Tradition

Posted by Gendex News on Nov 28, 2013 8:16:00 AM

At Thanksgiving celebrations, people get together to eat, drink, and be thankful for all of the good things in life. Turkey is usually the fare of the day; according to the National Turkey Foundation, almost 88 percent of holiday revelers include a turkey in their feast. After all, they are just trying to re-create the first Thanksgiving soiree in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans, right? Not quite. Historians note that the Wampanoag tribe’s hunters actually brought five deer to the feast, which lasted for three days. They also shared corn, shellfish, and roasted meat. If they did have turkey, it was of the wild variety, not really resembling the domestic-types of today. And, since forks weren’t invented yet, everyone used big, cloth napkins, 3 feet wide by 3 feet long. This feast started a connection with the tribe that lasted for 50 years.

In schools, Thanksgiving plays often feature Pilgrims wearing black and white clothing, embellished with big silver buckles. Accounts of that time report that buckles were expensive back in England, so the Pilgrims chose to keep their pants and skirts tightened with leather laces. And, although they probably chose to wear black and white or grey on Sunday, colorful fashions were in vogue, tinted with natural dyes. The Native Americans probably wore clothing made of deerskin to keep warm during the chilly New England autumn days.

One fact that we are sure of, is that people have gotten together to give thanks in many places in history.  In 1565, in St. Augustine, Florida (famed for the Fountain of Youth), the Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilé shared a dinner with the Timucua tribe. In Elizario, Texas, near El Paso, in 1598, Spanish explorer Juan de Onate had a grand (Rio Grande, that is) Thanksgiving festival after a 350-mile long journey across the Mexican desert.

Whether you are traveling or have roots firmly planted, the fourth Thursday in November is a day to watch some parades on television, loosen those belts, and get ready to share with old friends, new acquaintances, and family. Gendex is always thankful for our owners, who use our products every day, and our wonderful team members who consistently show us the value of hard work, commitment, and knowledge of the needs of the dental community. At Gendex, no matter what we are eating or wearing on Thanksgiving, we are so thankful to be a part of your world!

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Gendex's Latest Digital Imaging Solutions at the Midwinter Meeting

Posted by Gendex News on Feb 23, 2013 6:28:00 PM

Gendex was a must-visit booth this year at the 2013 Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting for doctors and staff eager to incorporate the digital imaging technology into their practices.

 

 

“It’s been fantastic!” said Peter Thomson, Gendex Territory Sales Manager, about the Midwinter Meeting. “It’s been a great turnout. We’ve had a lot of great questions from doctors; they’re so interested in imaging technology, coming by with their staff to see what’s new from Gendex.” The technology most doctors and staffs were particularly interested in exploring this year can be found in panoramic and cone beam 3D (CBCT) systems like the GXDP-700™ and digital intraoral sensors like the GXS-700™.

Dentists and staffs were particularly interested in digital panorex systems, says Erik Beard, Territory Sales Manager for Gendex. “They look at it as a new solution to expand the range of services and treatments provided to patients," Beard said. "They know it’s so much faster to take a panoramic than a full mouth series, so they are interest to see how digital panoramic images can complement intraoral x-rays.” Throughout the conference, Gendex representatives demonstrated the features of Gendex solutions and explained the ultimate benefits they bring to patients, doctors and staffs.

They’re also ready to answer attendee questions like, “How adding panoramic imaging increase productivity in my practice?” They can even explain how Gendex systems compare to the competition: “Very well,” answers Justin Dickinson, Gendex Territory Sales Manager. “We’ve got award-winning products that exemplify our commitment to continuing innovation and provide dependable performace” he says, explaining that patient comfort and workflow efficienciew are a major focus.

To learn more about the GXDP-700™ pan/ceph/3D and the GXS-700™ digital intraoral sensors, contact Gendex today.

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Tonight's The Night For Light

Posted by Gendex News on Dec 8, 2012 2:27:00 PM

On December 8 2012, the holiday of Hanukkah starts. On the Hebrew calendar, the date is the 25th day of the month of Kislev. Here are some interesting Hanukkah facts! The holiday is also called the Festival of Lights, referring to the lights of the menorah, which has 8 candles (one for each night of the holiday), plus a candle called the shamash, which is used to light the other candles. The word Hanukkah means “dedication,” to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple. The traditional food of the holiday is the potato latke, a grated potato pancake fried in oil. Another Hanukkah favorite is the donut because this delectable dessert is also fried in oil. Why all the oil? The story of Hanukkah revolves around a small band of fighters called the Maccabees, who triumphed over a very large army.  They found the Temple desecrated and the menorah unlit. After cleaning up, they found a one-night’s supply of oil, and lit the menorah, which miraculously stayed lit for 8 days, enough time for them to prepare a fresh supply of pure oil. A popular children’s game for the holiday is dreidel, a four-sided top. Each side has a letter corresponding to the words—“(A) great miracle happened there.” In modern days, it has become a tradition to give gifts each night after lighting the menorah or Hanukkah gelt, which is gold coins, or even better, gold-wrapped chocolate coins.

At Gendex, dedication is a meaningful concept, and while we can’t promise miracles, we do try our best to develop modern-day wonders—products that give dentists brighter prospects for better patient care and more effective diagnosis. We wish all of our owners, colleagues, family, and friends who celebrate Hanukkah a bright and inspiring holiday!

 

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Experience Gendex - It's Like Music To Your Ears

Posted by Gendex News on Aug 15, 2012 11:03:00 AM

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The Experience Gendex Tour kicked off on August 8, 2011. The innovation aboard the bus and creativity surrounding the tour itself created a ton of hype over the past year. From dental schools, to tradeshows, to flash mobs, Experience Gendex has been marching to the beat of its own drum. And while the 46 ft diesel engine bus has a nice purr of it's own, we couldn't help but create a tune to match its already ground-breaking steps. With a simple jingle, we wanted to express what the tour is all about and give those who had participated a catchy lyric to remind them of their "Experience". You may have already heard the tune at one of our many events, but if you haven't had a pleasure of seeing the bus in person, hopefully this tune will put you in the "Experience" first hand.

Listen, but be careful it's called a jingle for a reason, you may catch yourself singing the lyrics on your ride home later.

EXPERIENCE GENDEX - LYRICS

It’s all about the Experience

We're bringing Gendex blue to you

Driving innovation like never before

Come connect with our nation-wide tour

 

Come on and follow the Experience

It’s a sight that you don’t want to miss

Every single stop holds a brand new twist

We’re coming to your city so get ready for this

 

Jump on board interact with our team

Tell us where to stop, yeah you’ll just have to scream


Cause it’s all about the Experience

We’re bringing Gendex blue to you

Driving innovation like never before

come connect with your nation wide tour!


Experience Gendex Theme Song - LISTEN HERE

 

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Renewed Dedication to Service in Dental Imaging

Posted by Gendex News on Jan 25, 2012 2:25:00 PM

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As more dentists chose Gendex digital sensors, panoramic units, and 3D cone beam systems, dialogues like those shared at our National Sales Meeting become more important than ever before. This year’s meeting was filled with good news and great inspiration to help the Gendex team continue to serve our customers and provide unmatched customer service and products that positively impact dentists’ clinical lives every day.

This year, the meeting was held in Charlotte, NC. It was attended by representatives from Gendex, Pelton & Crane, KaVo and Marus. Creating a network of “togetherness,” the experienced representatives from these diverse companies were able to discuss common goals and a broad range of insights on customer service. In breakout sessions, reps learned more about the products, and how to cultivate stronger relationships with dentists and dealer partners.

Gendex Dental Imaging Sales Team

After working hard all day discovering new ways to spread the good word about Gendex products and services, the reps got a taste of different cuisines at restaurants throughout Charlotte. Also, at the dinner on Tuesday night, some of the Gendex reps were recognized with awards as recognition for their penchant for participation in the Experience Gendex campaign. See all the details on the Experience Gendex blog. Congratulations to these individuals and to all of Gendex Team! 

Bringing together some of the hardest-working sales forces in the nation resulted in a valuable exchange of ideas and possibilities for the future. Everyone was infused with enthusiasm and eager to get back on the road, striving for peak performance to bring dentists the technology that can change their practices and their patients’ lives.

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Meet Jonathan Young from our Gendex Imaging Team

Posted by Gendex News on Dec 14, 2011 2:28:00 PM

Jonathan Young enjoys the excitement of a new season, whether it is the cool, crisp winter snows of New England or the warm wind wafting off of a mountain lake. As a coach, he welcomes the opportunity to teach kids about teamwork and be involved in his children’s sports events. As a Gendex Rep, he continues his talent for mentoring, teaching customers about the digital world and radiography equipment that suits the specific needs of each practice. To a seasoned Rep like Jon, bringing world-class products to growing dental practices is a commitment that continues all year round.

Tell us about your family.

My wife and two children reside in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. My family appreciates all that New England has to offer. We are surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean just a few miles away. We spend our summer months enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee and the Mountains that surround our special summer home. We enjoy skiing in the winter months; boating, hiking and water sports in the summer. We welcome the seasons with great excitement. We are kept busy with our children’s activities—we enjoy quality family time the most!

What are your hobbies?

Boating, golfing, coaching kids’ sports, and preparing my son to be a loyal Boston sports fan.

How did you reach your current position at Gendex?

My college degree is in computer science. While I sold dental film and chemicals for 7 years, it was Gendex that offered me the ability to combine my knowledge of radiography and computers.

What is your “on-the-job” philosophy?

Always deliver more than you promise and work harder than my competition to earn the business.  

Tell us about the response of your “Experience Gendex” bus events.

Two words come to mind—unique and impressive. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Professionally, it’s being a mentor and a respected member of a world-class sales organization.

What do you want Gendex customers to know about you?

I will make sure that they are happy with their Gendex investment.

What is your definition of success?

In my work, I know I have success when I have happy customers that are eager to recommend Gendex to the dental community.

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Meet Sean O'Hara Gendex Territory Manager from the Gendex Team.

Posted by Gendex News on Nov 7, 2011 2:30:00 PM

 

Sean O’Hara’s hobby of playing guitar and his job as Gendex rep are similar. He builds harmonious relationships with his customers by staying in tune with their radiographic needs, and he strives to strike a positive chord with everyone he meets. While he may not have much spare time for strumming on his guitar collection, Sean travels around the Centennial State feeling the rhythm of the road and a song in his heart, and responding to each office’s individual tempo with Gendex products that lead to great dental care.  

Tell us about your family.

My wife and I have been married for nearly 2 decades. She is my support system. My teenage daughter rides horses, plays tennis, and runs cross country for her high school. My older son goes to school which emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. He also plays Pop Warner football and lacrosse. My younger son plays some bass guitar and has just started boxing.

What are your hobbies?

I have a collection of guitars and basses that I wish I had more time to play. I blow off my steam in the gym and belong to a boxing club.

How did you reach your current position at Gendex?

After 7 years in the implant dentistry realm, I became intrigued by digital imaging, especially 3D technology. I learned that the Denver Gendex territory was available and went for it!

What is your “on-the-job” philosophy?

It is all about the customer. We have two: the dentist and the dealer. I can only succeed if I am contributing to their success.   

Tell us about the response of your “Experience Gendex” bus events.

Doctors seem to get a real kick out of the WOW-factor combined with the educational experience.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is a work in progress, and that’s my family. I am very proud of my kids’ strong characters.

What do you want Gendex customers to know about you?

I am invested in their success.

What is your definition of success?

Continually growing and helping others achieve their goals.

 

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Meet Gendex Rep Todd Starker

Posted by Gendex News on Oct 25, 2011 2:32:00 PM

 

Todd Starker is a man of many talents. Sports, singing, raising his son, and selling Gendex products keep him satisfied and fulfilled. Todd prides himself on reaching for worthy goals--using his time wisely, treating customers fairly, and selling the best dental products around. When he’s relaxing with golfing buddies, the fresh air and sunshine keeps his experience above par, no matter what the score. On the road for Gendex, he always is at the top of his game, giving it his best shot and helping his customers to take the right course of action with the best products available.

Tell us about your family.

 I have a beautiful wife and am the father of a well-behaved son. My wife is the best-dressed stay-at-home mom ever! My son loves to play football, the position of quarterback, so that means I do most of the running. He also likes to play tackle, so we are always tackling each other. He also likes to play baseball and sing country music, like me. I sing in the shower, around the house, in the car, so he gets that from me.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy golf, physical fitness and political conversations. When I have time, I jog and lift weights; I try to stay in shape. I have a regular foursome for golf. It’s a great game because it allows me to be outdoors. Even if the game goes awry and I don’t get a good score, I can still appreciate my surroundings.

 

How did you reach your current position at Gendex?

I was working for KaVo when Gendex merged for a time with KaVo. I then moved over to the Gendex team. It was a move that worked well for me.

What is your “on-the-job” philosophy?

Do it now, get it done, and fulfill the promises you make. I don’t delay when I have a responsibility because waiting means that the consequences of not getting the job done are still continuing. Why not get something done sooner, and get the satisfaction? I fulfill my promises because I expect people to do what they say they will do. I am amazed at how many people I encounter who have been disappointed by salespeople who do not fulfill their promises. That is not healthy, and it breeds animosity—definitely not my style.

Tell us about the response of your “Experience Gendex” bus events.

The people are in awe of what we have done. They are taken aback by the fact that a manufacturer would go to that extreme to show their products. They all want to get into the bus and spend some time learning about the products.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

Professionally, obtaining rep of the year in 2004. Personally, our son. Also, I felt very accomplished when I was acquiring real estate. At one time, I owned five houses. I kept them for a few years and then sold them.

What do you want Gendex customers to know about you?

I am genuinely concerned helping doctors and staff members solve their problems. I like working for Gendex because the product line allows me to solve any of the doctors’ imaging quandaries—pans, 3D cone beam, digital sensors, software, cameras, intraorals—they are all great products for me to tell them about and to help them implement.

What is your definition of success?

Obtaining worthy goals, healthy relationships, and financial independence.

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Meet Gendex Rep, Larry Gioffre from the San Francisco, Bay Area

Posted by Gendex News on Oct 4, 2011 2:33:00 PM

Larry Gioffre has a way of finding creative solutions to complicated problems. His work ethic entails giving customers more service than they expect, a pleasant surprise. Five years ago, he got a pleasant surprise of his own—his twin daughters, who as they grow, add a new meaning to the term “multi-tasking.” Whether he is with a client, on the Experience Gendex bus, or home with the family, all of his customers and colleagues find him ready to innovate, explore and be undaunted by challenges. He says, “Where others throw up their hands, I roll up my sleeves and get busy.”

Gendex Rep - Larry's kids

Tell us about your family:

My family consists of my wife and our identical twin girls. I met my wife at the Oregon Dental Conference 10 years ago (Who says we’re only there to sell?) We were set up by a mutual friend that worked in a dental office that had a Denoptix system. She was an RDA there before she relocated to our current home in the Bay Area.

What are your hobbies?

I like gadgets, and anything to do with technology. I also enjoy customizing the technology and adding features to it. I enjoy playing golf, working out, home improvement, vacationing, and spending time with my family. 

How did you reach your current position at Gendex? 

Well, that’s kind of a long story that involved quite a few mergers. I started with a small start-up company called Insight Imaging Systems back in 1994 selling intraoral cameras, software ,and digital x-ray over the phone.  We were then acquired by New Image Industries in 1996. I then made the transition to outside sales. New Image was then acquired by Dentsply in 1997.  Dentsply then acquired Gendex in 1999,  and I have worked with Gendex ever since. 

What is your “on-the-job” philosophy? 

I have two: Go the extra mile for your doctors and your dealers, and one day, they will return the favor.  I have a way of finding creative solutions to complicated problems. Second, I have always believed in treating the customer as I would like to be treated.   

Tell us about the response of your “Experience Gendex” bus events.

The event we held at Dr. Khandaqji’s office is San Ramon was inspiring. Dr. K invited a few colleagues, including two from the Seattle Study club.  They were very interested in the GXDP-700 (the dental cone beam system that Dr. K has), and there was lots of time for them to see the system in action—on the bus and in Dr. K’s office. Other doctors said they were going to send patients over to Dr. K to get scanned. That put a big smile on Dr. K’s face. Everyone was amazed by the bus and couldn’t believe that Gendex did this. One person wanted it to tailgate at a football game. I also met a financial planner that invited me to an event where 40 doctors will be present.  Overall, it’s a great experience and wonderful for networking.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

 I would have to say, by far, experiencing the birth of my twin daughters that were born prematurely— 26 weeks, 5 days to be exact. Leading up to this, I had to take care of my wife for 10 weeks while she was on strict bed rest. During this time, I had to do all the daily shopping, cooking, cleaning, household activities, look after my wife, and—oh, by the way, sell Gendex imaging solutions. It caused me to miss the first day of the CDA meeting that year. But I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

What do you want Gendex customers to know about you?  

I would like them to know that I truly appreciate their patronage and am proud to have them as part of the Gendex family.  Also, I will be there to support them and be there in the future when their practices need change.

What is your definition of success? 

I really struggle with the word success—I don’t feel that I have attained it. That is what motivates me to keep pushing. I feel that once you feel like you are successful, you tend to slow down, and I have no intention of doing that.  Ask me that question again in 23 years!

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