Chief Executive Officer
Derek Diasti the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Dental Labs, which he founded in 2004. Derek was a co-founder of DDS Lab LLC in 2006, which he then sold to a private equity fund in July 2014. He was also a co-founder of Coast Dental Services, Inc. and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of Coast from 1992-2005. While there, he built the company from a single dental practice into one that now has offices throughout California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas. In 1997, Derek guided Coast Dental through its successful initial public offering and NASDAQ listing. Under his leadership, Coast Dental was recognized by Business Week as one of the Fastest Growing 100 Companies in America in 1997-1998, and by the Wall Street Journal for Best Stock in the South East USA in 1997. Derek himself was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year and received the Grant Thornton Blue Chip Award both in 1998.
Chief Operating Officer
Chuck Stapleton started his career in his family business, Pacific Dental Arts of California, where he worked his way up from dental technician to Vice President. Chuck then moved into the software industry and was a key member of the team at Geomagic Software. After Geomagic Software, Chuck served as Chief Technology Officer for Reliable Dental Labs, where he gained knowledge in international manufacturing, working with their operations in Taiwan, China and Japan. Prior to joining Sun Dental Labs in June 2012, Chuck served as Senior Director of R&D for Den-Mat Holdings, LLC. Chuck received a Masters in Business Administration degree from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics & Computer Science, and Economics from University of California, San Diego. Chuck brings an exceptional mix of industry knowledge and technological know-how to the Sun Dental Labs team.
Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth ("Liz") Szeltner, a Certified Public Accountant, has served as Sun Dental's Financial Officer since October 2014. From January 2013 to March 2014, Liz served as a Financial Consultant for Intelident Solutions, a dental practice management company. Prior to that, she served as Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Superior Services, an accounting consulting firm. Liz worked with Derek at Coast Dental as a Controller and played a key role in the Company's successful initial IPO in 1997. She also managed due diligence on potential acquisitions and played a leadership role in successfully integrating acquisitions into existing accounting systems. Liz received her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso. Liz specializes in accounting and financial system conversions and has been recognized for her ability to bring conversion projects in on time and under budget.
Chief Sales & Marketing
Mike Brown began serving as our Chief Sales & Marketing Officer in August 2015. Mike is an experienced sales and business development professional with extensive history of devising and executing sales, account management and marketing strategies. From November 2012 to August 2015, Mike served as Vice President of Sales, U.S. and Canada, for Carestream Healthcare, Inc., a company that provides integrated IT solutions to healthcare providers to streamline workflow and efficiently manage medical images. Prior to serving as Vice President of Sales, Mike served as Carestream Healthcare, Inc.'s Vice President of Corporate Sales, U.S. and Canada, for more than nine years. From January 1998 to September 2003, Mike served as Director of Corporate Sales for Eastman Kodak-Health Group.
A graduate of Mechanical Engineering at Gansu Industrial University in China, Sara Yuan is a native Chinese speaker with a superior command of the English language. A proven business coach and linguistics consultant for American executives with business interests in China, Sara joined Sun Dental in 2004 when the company began exploring opportunities in China. Since then, she has been part of the international team involved with the growth of Sun Dental Labs presence in China, including the building and staffing of our 40,000 Sq. ft. state-of-the-art modern lab in Shenzhen. Sara is responsible for quality training and manufacturing, and for the operations of the production and distribution cycle.
With a technical background in the production of custom dental devices, Joost Jorna has a history of innovation and success in the dental industry. Known as a dynamic leader with an understanding of both the sales & marketing and technical & manufacturing sides of the business, Joost was the Chairman of Fries Tandtechnisch Laboaratorium in the Netherlands, and later was Chief Technology Officer of Excent Dental Laboratory Group, which at the time was one of the largest dental labs in Europe. Joost has served as President of European Operations for Sun Dental Labs since January 2015. In his role at Sun Dental, Joost is responsible for sales and marketing and operations activities throughout the EU.