Ken Kaufman

Ken Kaufman earned a B.S. in business from Brigham Young University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Georgia, where his peers selected him as the most outstanding student. Between his excellent academic record and his subsequent years of experience in executive roles for high-growth companies, Ken is a sought-after leader in all things dental finance.

Prior to Nuvia Dental Implant Centers, Ken was CFO of Community Dental Partners. He first joined CDP in 2016, at a time when the organization needed to upgrade its financial leadership having expanded from 7 supported practices to 20. He was an integral part in helping the organization grow to 80 locations.

Ken has received many accolades throughout his career, such as being awarded Utah Business Magazine’s CFO of the year and making their top 40 under 40. He will shortly be publishing a book on dental finance, and he regularly hosts podcasts on DSO Secrets. Despite his many achievements, he still gets an enormous kick out of his role in supporting clinicians as they build a new practice, welcome their first patients, and start making a real difference to their communities.

Ken has been happily married for almost 25 years and has 8 children. He loves spending time with family, serving in his church, and fitting in cycling, mountain biking, and an occasional triathlon to keep himself humble.

Innovator Insights

  • Embrace Change and Transition: Ken’s journey from a secure corporate job to a dynamic role in the dental industry demonstrates the importance of embracing change and seeking new opportunities. When faced with a chance to make a meaningful impact, consider stepping out of your comfort zone and venturing into unexplored territories. 
  • Prioritize Financial Leadership: For dental practitioners and business owners, recognizing the value of a finance leader is crucial. Investing in a capable finance professional who understands the intricacies of the industry can significantly impact decision-making, growth strategies, and overall financial health. Prioritize finding or developing financial expertise within your organization. 
  • Implement Financial Clarity Tools: Ken’s book emphasizes the significance of financial clarity tools such as accrual accounting and historical financial reporting. Applying these tools helps in understanding the financial health of your organization, making informed decisions, and setting a strategic direction. Explore these concepts and adopt them to drive sustainable growth. 
  • Collaborative Learning and Creative Partnerships: Ken’s collaboration with his daughter to simplify complex financial concepts demonstrates the power of creative partnerships. Engaging with others, especially those who bring different perspectives, can lead to innovative solutions and enjoyable shared experiences. Consider involving family members, colleagues, or mentors in collaborative projects to leverage their unique skills. 
  • Continuous Leadership Development: Ken’s vision for the next decade revolves around becoming an even more effective leader. This underscores the importance of ongoing leadership development. Invest in improving your leadership skills, understanding your team’s needs, and cultivating a culture of growth. Effective leadership drives organizational success and creates a positive work environment. 


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