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May 7, 2020

Executive Compensation at the American Dental Association

by Anne Paddock

The American Dental Association (ADA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) – a professional association representing more than 163,000 dentists (members) in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the ADA has 53 state and 545 local dental societies.

Membership dues are $554 a year although recent dental school graduates, graduate students, internationals, active life and retired members pay a reduced rate.

In 2017, the ADA reported total revenue of $133 million, expenses of $130 million and had $113 million in net fund assets (or what is often referred to as the endowment).

$62 million (or 48% of total expenses) was used for compensation for the 510 employees, which equates to an average compensation of $122,000.  150 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 15 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $644,257:  Kathleen T O’Loughlin, Executive Director/COO
  • $389,007:  Mark Vujicic, VP HPRC
  • $372,400:  Michael A Graham, SVP Gov’t and Public Affairs
  • $368,400:  Michael D Springer, SVP Business and Publishing
  • $364,208:  Anthony J Ziebert, SVP Education
  • $347,060:  Paul S Sholty, CFO
  • $333,454:  John Craig Busey, General Counsel
  • $332,691:  Toni L Mark, Chief Technology Officer
  • $331,254:  William Robinson, VP Member and Client
  • $319,953:  Marcello W Araujo, VP Science Institute
  • $311,764:  Stephanie Moritz, VP Communications
  • $310,332:  James S Goodman, VP DCCE
  • $304,074:  Gary Roberts (President 11/16-10/17)
  • $294,714:  Sabrina A King, Chief of People Management
  • $280,044:  Joseph P Crowley (President 11/17-10/18)

The 15 most highly compensated employees listed above were compensated $5.3 million, which equates to an average compensation of $353,300.

11 of the 15 (73%) most highly compensated employees are male while 4 of the 15 (27%) are female. The most highly compensated employee is a female.

The ADA paid for travel for companions, provided tax indemnification and gross up payments and paid for health or social club dues or initiation fees. See Schedule J of the Form 990 (link below) for more detail.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017), click here.

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