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Jim Glidewell, CDT receives Lifetime Accomplishment
Award from Cal-Lab

Closing out the 2024 meeting, the Cal-Lab Association featured a man, a legend, and an icon in the Dental Laboratory world…Mr. James R. Glidewell - or “Jim” as most of us know him. Jim is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist best known as the founder, owner, and former CEO of Glidewell, the world’s most innovative dental laboratory. Spurred by a desire to make rehabilitative dentistry affordable for all, Jim applied a unique blend of technical knowledge, business principles and marketing philosophies to expand his one-man, kitchen-table operation into a multifaceted technology company with more than 5,000 employees and is recognized among those at the forefront of the oral health industry today.

This industry almost lost Jim due to COVID, but he survived, where many did not. Just like our industry, he comes out on top where many simply don’t make it. Jim has given so much to this industry. Many of us were in awe of him before reading his book. After reading it, we are still in awe that we even know him and can call him our friend. James R. Glidewell, CDT – a true legend, we were so honored to present you with Cal-Lab’s first LIFETIME ACCOMPLISHMENT AWARD.


2024-2025 Cal-Lab Board of Directors

2020-2021 Cal-Lab Board of Directors

Front row officers: (L to R) James J. Gorgol, CDT-Immediate Past Chair; Barbara Warner, CDT-Vice Chair; Jeff Stronk-Chair; Jerry Ragle, CDT-Treasurer

Back row directors: (L to R) Anton Woolf; Chris Waldrop, CDT; Sean Siegel; Jim Caruso; Daniele Bonafiglia Wirth; B.J. Kowalski; Reed Nunnally; Laura Gilbert

Director not pictured: Casey Conroy