LIVE ON TAPE FROM CAL-LAB 2024 with Basil Callahan, Sean Siegel, Jim Thacker, and Jeff Stronk

Episode 311 · March 11th, 2024 · 1 hr 16 mins

About this Episode

Want to go on the ULTIMATE exocad vacation? Endless fun, epic weather, amazing food, exotic culture, and two days all about the greatest software in dental, exocad. Join Elvis and Barb on May 9 and 10 on the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. It's called exocad Insights 2024 and it's full of amazing speakers, great breakout sessions, evening events, and attendees from all over the world. Don't wait, register today at and use the code VFTB15 to save 15% off the fee. We will see you there!

One of Elvis and Barb's favorite meetings every year is Cal-Lab. Barb loves it so much she sits on the board and will be the Chair in 2026. This year the board asked if Voices From the Bench would record during their cocktail reception on Thursday night. We jumped at the chance to have an opportunity to talk to such amazing lab owners and managers. On this episode we talk to:

  • Basil Callahan, the VP of Derby Dental Laboratories who talks about his journey from janitor to VP, the importance of technology and data, and working with Elvis

  • Sean Siegel from Castable Ceramics and Jim Thacker from Utah Valley Dental Lab talk about what Cal-Lab means to them, what they get out of it every year, some of the speakers from the day, and how other labs can join this association.

  • Jeff Stronk, the current Chair of Cal-lab and owner of Treasure Dental Studio talks about what's it like being on stage among so many peers and friends, how Cal-Lab is reinventing themselves for a better meeting, how they choose the topics and speakers, getting Jim Glidewell to be the Keynote, and bring back epic evening parties.

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Exocad’s software experts will run hands-on sessions so you can get to know the latest releases…including DentalCAD 3.2 Elefsina…which was released recently.

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