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National Dental Association Honors Steve W. Kess Of Henry Schein With Its 2014 President's Corporate Award

Honor Recognizes Exemplary Support for the Dental Profession and Longstanding Partnership with the Association

MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today that Steve W. Kess, the Company's Vice President of Global Professional Relations, is the recipient of the National Dental Association's (NDA) 2014 President's Corporate Award.  

Recognized for support of the dental profession and longstanding partnership with the Association, Mr. Kess was presented with the President's Corporate Award during the opening session of the NDA's 101st Annual Convention in New Orleans. Founded in 1913, the NDA is the largest and oldest dental association for Black dentists in the United States. 

During the awards ceremony, NDA Acting President and President-Elect Carrie Brown, D.M.D. read a passage written by Allison Riddle-Fletcher, D.D.D., the NDA's President who recently passed away:  "We are grateful for all the lessons we have learned from Mr. Kess and the unwavering support we have received from Henry Schein for nearly two decades. Through Steve's tireless efforts and guidance, the NDA has reached new heights in garnering support from corporate, foundation and key government leaders.  We thank Steve and Henry Schein for helping us to cultivate and grow not only a model professional partnership, but also an enduring and endearing friendship." 

Mr. Kess is a Founding Partner of the NDA Corporate Roundtable, established in 1996 as an advisory committee to strengthen the organization's growth and development through corporate giving, fundraising, administrative contributions, and active participation in programs at the national and local levels.

"It is truly an honor to receive the NDA President's Corporate award on behalf of Team Schein," said Mr. Kess. "Henry Schein is proud to support the NDA's continuous hard work to elevate the stature of the dental profession by increasing minority representation, enhancing oral care equity, and promoting academic excellence.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future."

About the National Dental Association

Founded in 1913, the NDA is the largest and oldest dental association for Black dentists in the United States.  The NDA promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 17,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services. 

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 27 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.

SOURCE Henry Schein, Inc.

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