Aldo Leopardi, BDS, DDS, MS – Founder – Knowledge Factory
Dr. Leopardi received his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1984. He enjoyed private practice as a general dentist in Adelaide, Australia, for several years prior to receiving his specialist training and masters degree in combined fixed, removable and implant Prosthodontics, at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, in 1993.
At Chapel Hill, he also taught Fixed Prosthodontics as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Upon return to Australia, he began a successful Prosthodontic private practice in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia.
In 1996, he joined the Prosthodontic faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Michigan, where he also obtained his American DDS degree. Teaching responsibilities at UDM included Clinical Supervisor and:
- Co-Director of the Fixed Prosthodontic Program,
- Director of the Complete Dentures Program,
- Implant Residency program supervisor.
In 1999, after 15 years of combined academic and dental practice, Dr. Leopardi resumed private practice limited to implant, fixed and removable Prosthodontics in Denver, Colorado. Today he lectures nationally on subjects involving fixed, removable and implant dentistry, and is involved in clinical research. He is also the founder and President of the Denver Implant Study Club.
Michael Young, CEO of Perry & Young
Mike Young is the CEO and co-founder of Perry & Young dental laboratory. Founded 35 years ago, Perry & Young has grown under Mike’s leadership from a boutique lab to a nationally recognized industry leader. Mike has helped pioneer the successful advancements of high-end esthetic dentistry and implant dentistry throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. His vision and determination is most notable in his successful implementation of the principles of TQM (Total Quality Management) and Lean Thinking. In 1987 Mike began studying the philosophies of W. Edwards Deming and TQM resulting in better inventory management, more productive lab technicians, better quality control, and less remakes. To date, less than 1% of U.S. labs practice Lean Management. Perry & Young was awarded the prestigious “Deming Quality Plus Award” at the 18th annual Rocky Mountain Quality Conference (only the 16th recipient of this award). The company was also awarded “The Lean Management Award” in 2010 for Operational Excellence at the annual Lean Management Conference. Mike lectures around the country and also serves as President of the prestigious Technical Research Consortium (TEREC), a group of 14 elite, independently owned, regionally exclusive dental labs focused on advanced technologies. Through TEREC and it’s own initiatives, Perry & Young has partnered with leading companies from around the world to help pioneer new technologies and advance the dental profession.