The Freedom Day USA National Committee is comprised of elite business professionals who have a strong desire to showcase America's appreciation towards members of our Armed Forces and their families. Founded by Dr. Robert Martino, a dentist and business owner from West Virginia, these individuals have given countless hours to ensure a successful, well-planned National Thank You Event. To contact a member of our Freedom Day USA National Committee, please click on their email address.
Dr. Robert Martino, Founder of Freedom Day USA
Dr. Robert "Bob" Martino is a native of the Clarksburg area. He is a 1983 graduate of Washington Irving High School, where he was active in sports and named Mr. Washington Irving. Dr. Martino attended WVU for his undergraduate studies and received early entry to the WVU School of Dentistry. While in dental school, he was elected President of the Psi Omega dental fraternity. In his junior year, he received the Fred E. Boyers Memorial Achievement Award and in his senior year was awarded the Psi Omega Fraternal Award. Following graduation, Dr. Martino practiced dentistry in the Bridgeport and Buckhannon areas and currently presides as CEO over Wilmar Management Company. Dr. Martino is also a founder and partner of EASW, a national organization focused on repairing airplanes and their engines. This business has a long list of exclusive clients including NetJets.
He is a member of the Platinum Circle and Fortune Practice Management. In addition, Dr. Martino founded Dentist Select, along with several other elite dentists from around the country. In 2012 the group launched OraCure, a new dental product designed to fight bacteria and infection within the mouth and help cure bad breath.
Aside from professional interests, Dr. Martino is an avid tennis player, basketball player and sports fan. He coaches youth sports including: Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball. He is heavily involved in the Harrison County Humane Society and St. Mary's Elementary School. Dr. Martino resides in the Bridgeport, West Virginia, area with his wife Lori, their two daughters, twin boys and 11 dogs (all adopted from the Martino House for Cats and Dogs). You can contact Dr. Martino via email at: email@example.com
Dr. Ralph Berk, DDS, FAAPD
Dr. Ralph Berk is a 1976 graduate from Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He continued his studies at Columbia where he completed his specialist training in pediatric dentistry and dentistry for people with special needs. He went on to become board certified, which is the highest level of achievement in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Berk has been the Director of Dentistry at Nyack Hospital for over twenty years. He has owned and managed several pediatric dental and orthodontic practices over the past thirty-five years. Although Dr. B no longer practices clinical dentistry, he continues to mentor pediatric dentists and orthodontists in successful business practices in the Greater New York area. He and his wife, Cherie, were executive coaches and owners of Fortune Practice Management of New York.
Dr. B is an active member of many dental associations. He is also a member of Fortune Platinum Circle. Through this organization, he has organized and led several national dental missions to Ecuador to provide dental health care for needy children. Dr. B can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ragan Hartman has been working with Fortune Management since 1997, and currently serves as President to the Tennessee and Alabama divisions. She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University, with an emphasis in marketing and behavioral psychology.
For the past fifteen years, Ms. Hartman has dedicated herself to studying the distinctions in outstanding practice management and leadership, and sharing with doctors how to specifically transform their practices into team oriented, low-stress, highly profitable businesses. She has read over 300 books in the areas of leadership, management, team building, influence, health, motivation, human behavior, marketing, and proactive selling, and is always looking for the freshest, cutting-edge information to enhance the results of the practices with whom she works. She has delivered hundreds of seminars, workshops, and training programs spanning a period of 15 years. She has lectured at Meharry Dental School in Nashville, TN, the University of Kentucky Dental School in Lexington, KY, as well as countless others. Her youthful zest and unique insight into human behavior have made her one of the most sought after coaches in the industry today. Ms. Hartman lives in Tullahoma, TN with her husband, Chris, and their son, Chase. To inquire about Ms. Hartman’s coaching and management services, or to have her deliver a program at your next meeting, please call (931) 808-8820 or email email@example.com.
Introducing you to National Committee member, Mark B. Murphy, CLU®,ChFC®
Mr. Murphy is the CEO of a national financial planning and wealth management firm headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey. Mark feels that true financial wealth is developed by a high level of emotional fitness driven by wealth creation strategies and a plan that will work under all circumstances.
Mark and his team provide strategic planning and financial engineering to closely held businesses, mid-size companies, celebrities, athletes, hedge fund managers, physicians, dentists and other high net worth individuals. He has also spoken frequently to dental organizations throughout the country. He has vast experience in speaking to and working with dentists to help them maximize their wealth and the value of their practice.
Mr. Murphy holds a B.S. in finance from Indiana University. He holds the The Chartered Life Underwriter ® (CLU ®) and Chartered Financial Consultant ® (ChFC ®) designations and is also an NFLPA Registered Player Financial Advisor.
Mr. Murphy serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting based in Washington, D.C. as well as several corporate boards including the Board of Directors of Edulence Corporation and OraCare. He is a frequent guest speaker on topics ranging from practice merger/acquisition strategies, estate planning, charitable giving and strategies to create multi-generational wealth.
Mr. Murphy has served as the President of the American Lung Association of New Jersey, as the Vice-President of the Indiana University Alumni Association, as the Finance Chairman for Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., and was a member of New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie’s Election Transition Team. Mark_Murphy@glic.com
Shannon Richkowski, RDH, Hygiene Mastery
Shannon Richkowski is a hygiene educator who has been in dental practices for 16 years, while practicing dental hygiene for over a decade. She is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Educators Association, American Dental Hygiene Association, and Directory of Dental Speakers. As the director of Hygiene Mastery and by virtue of her training with Fortune Management of Colorado, Pac-Live, and Genr8tnext, Shannon brings an unbridled passion to educate dental teams and to raise the bar on professional standards leading to unsurpassed levels of clinical excellence. Shannon’s commitment to quality creates a context in which cutting edge technology in dental care can be most effectively provided.
While in pursuit of a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, she provides state-of-the-art knowledge of the business requirements of the modern dental hygiene practice. She exemplifies the fact that quality care and profitability go hand in hand. Her career experiences effectively demonstrate the numerous opportunities and positive impacts that dental hygiene departments can have on the dental office as a whole by creating growth and financial rewards. Shannon’s philosophy, “support at a whatever it takes level,” is changing dental hygiene departments nationally across all socioeconomic communities. This mind-set starts with the patient and always focuses on taking the very best care of them.
Shannon is a proud military wife of over a decade. This has provided her the experiences and knowledge of practicing dental hygiene in several states. In her career, she strives to raise the standard of professional care. Shannon’s passions include mastering the art of being a wife, mother, educator, and providing dental care in Nicaragua through Bridges of Hope. Some of her personal activities include traveling the U.S. and abroad, organic gardening, winter sports and a wide array of crafts.
Bob Leonard has a passion for creating successful business and leadership transformations. As a Managing Partner for Fortune Management, he brings 35 years of leadership, creative problem solving, team building and coaching experience to dental practices in the San Francisco Bay Area north of the Golden Gate in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.
Prior to joining Fortune Management, Bob mastered the art of executive coaching while working as a Group Chairman with Vistage International (the world's leading chief executive membership organization). In this role, he helped numerous CEOs and key executives in various industries achieve positive, lasting growth both personally and professionally.
Before becoming an executive coach, Bob spent 25 years as an advertising executive helping Fortune 500 companies achieve their strategic business objectives. He is a former Vice President with the J. Walter Thompson Company - one of the largest and most respected advertising agencies in the world. His corporate business experience also included working as a marketing executive for Mercedes-Benz USA, where he managed all regional dealership advertising, direct marketing, database marketing and telemarketing in the United States.
Immediately after graduating from college, Bob served in the armed forces as a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry officer and achieved the rank of Captain. His academic credentials include earning a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education & Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at Morehead State University. Coincidentally, Bob has several close family members who are medical doctors in private practices. Therefore, he literally grew up observing their best business practices.
Bob and his wife Kathy live in the Sonoma Valley where they play with their Australian Shepherd dog Clio. In his free time, he is very active in Rotary and various non-profit organizations. For most of the past decade, he has managed the Toys for Tots Drive in the Sonoma Valley and chaired the annual Sonoma Valley Joint Memorial Day Observance. He also served on the Board of Directors for Hospice By The Bay (Formerly Hospice of Marin).
Dr. Craig Spodak
Dr. Craig Spodak is a third generation dentist who joined his father in his practice in Delray Beach, Fla. after graduating from Tufts University in 1998. His dream was to change the way patients experience dental care and he developed a new vision for the modern dental practice with a goal to deliver comprehensive dental care in a singular, all inclusive, 13,000 square foot, internally managed group dental practice. He created one of the world’s only LEED Gold Certified dental facilities, which boasts not only a team of the finest dental and medical professionals from all disciples of the field, but also a holistic environment that comforts patients, inspires the team and creates an open and transparent facility.
Dr. Craig is an expert lecturer for Invisalign and Spodak Dental Group is one of the few Top 1 Percent providers of Invisalign in the world. He is dedicated to giving back to the community and is a former chairman of the Delray Beach planning and zoning department, in addition to currently serving as an Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) board of director. He lives in Delray Beach with his wife Zaicha and their two children, Sage and Gavin.
Dr. Amanda Canto
Dr. Amanda Canto has been sharing her passion for healthy, beautiful smiles for the past 28 years. She is dedicated to exceptional relationships with her patients as well as the community in order to educate and enrich those she reaches.
The child of immigrant parents from Panama and Peru, Amanda Canto grew up fluent in both Spanish and English. Her hard working parents instilled a serious work ethic and a strong sense of morals in all of their children. At an early age, her parents gave her the choice to become “a Doctor, or a Doctor or… a Doctor,” and she is eternally grateful for a wonderful direction. (As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Canto manages to be both a doctor and an artist.) Her parents insisted on great education for herself and her 7 siblings, all of whom are successful in their chosen paths.
Dr. Canto received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in 1985 and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1989 from The University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Upon graduation Dr. Canto was chosen to participate in a full year private fellowship in cosmetic dentistry and served as Assistant Editor of Reality Publishing Company for dentistry. She is a graduate of multiple prestigious dental programs including The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, Las Vegas Institute and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in all areas of dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Canto is a founding member of the World Clinical Laser Institute, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Dr. Canto continues her growth by surrounding herself with doctors from around the globe by being part of The Fortune Practice Platinum Circle. This group is “committed to progressive, socially responsible ideals for the betterment of evolving professionals, as well as humanity.” With a very strong sense of gratitude for our Military veterans, active duty and their families Dr. Canto takes part in Freedom Day USA which provides much needed services to those who help keep us free.
Wendy Boyce, National Marketing Director / Participant Liaison to National Committee
Wendy Boyce is the National Marketing Director for Freedom Day USA and works as the liaison between our Freedom Day USA dental and business participants and our National Committee Members.
The daughter of a former Marine and a part of the Wilmar Management Team (which includes Wilson Martino Dental, TLC Dental, Tots and Teens Dentistry, iSmile Ortho, OraCare, Cloudland Dental, EASW and more); Wendy is honored to be involved with Freedom Day USA because of the great impact it can have on our Military and Veterans.
Wendy was born and raised in West Virginia, where she currently resides with her husband, Duane, and two daughters Megan and Hailey. She has an MBA in marketing and is SEO Certified. She is also heavily involved in community outreach, builds & donates websites for and volunteers with many local groups, including: Shinnston Spartans Youth Football and Cheer, Shinnston All Kids Sports 5K Fundraisers, Lincoln High School Golf Team, Lincoln High School Marching Cougars, Lincoln Middle School Wildcat Cheer, Ross Medical Education Centers Advisory Board, and more.
You can reach Wendy for all of your Freedom Day USA support/informational needs by calling her directly at 304-677-0152 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.