Washington State Dental Association Executive Director Mr. Stephen Hardymon Announces Retirement
WSDA Executive Director Mr. Stephen Hardymon announced his intent to retire from his position with the Association effective January 1, 2015. The search process for his replacement is underway.
Hardymon has helmed the organization for more than 20 years. Working closely with visionary Boards of Directors, Officers, and professional staff of the WSDA, he has helped the Association to become one of the most well-respected, cutting edge dental associations in the country.
“Without Steve Hardymon,” said WSDA President, Dr. David Minahan, “We might never have taken the steps needed to secure the future of the WSDA. He’s passionate about organized dentistry and his work is reflective of that passion.” Under Hardymon’s watchful eye, the Association moved from a primarily dues-reliant operation to one where key investments provide non-dues revenue, which has helped to secure the future for the 4,000-member Association. Those key investments included the WSDA headquarters building, ownership in NORDIC (Northwest Dentists Insurance Company), and continued expansion of the business portfolio of WDIA (Washington Dentists’ Insurance Agency, the wholly-owned insurance division of the WSDA). During Hardymon’s tenure, the WSDA developed The Source, WSDA’s business resource website, added numerous benefits of membership, and most recently began a systematic overhaul of the organization’s tech resources.
Hardymon also helped secure the organization’s influence in Olympia by fostering a culture of strong grassroots advocacy within the organization. Additionally, he helped the Association develop a consistent voice with legislators by retaining two of the State’s most highly regarded lobbyists. Because of that influence, the WSDA has been able to prevent injurious proposed legislation for more than two decades.
Under Hardymon’s guidance, the WSDA’s Pacific Northwest Dental Conference has continued to exceed expectations. “Because of Steve’s influence,” said Amanda Tran, Senior Vice President/Assistant Executive Director of the WSDA, “We’re able to consistently attract driven, curious members to the Committee on PNDC, and with an active participating committee, we’ve been able to deliver a stellar product year after year.”
Hardymon is just as passionate about giving back to the community as he is to organized dentistry. More than a decade ago he helped to shape the direction of the Washington Oral Health Foundation. Today, the Foundation delivers oral health education to thousands of school children a year, serves as a liaison between children in pain without insurance or a dental home and dentists willing to donate free care, and distributes thousands of oral health kits and educational materials around the state.
During Hardymon’s decades with the organization, the WSDA won more than 12 Golden Apple Awards from the ADA, numerous membership recruitment and retention awards, as well as 11 awards from the International College of Dentists for the WSDA News, the official publication of the Washington State Dental Association.
Hardymon, who will retire to Hood Canal, has said he will use the time to continue giving back to the community, live life at a slower pace, relax with his wife Sandy, and fish and golf as often as the weather allows.
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