The AAO appointed its former VP and general counsel, Trey Lawrence, as the association’s new chief executive officer.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) announced the appointment of Trey Lawrence as its new chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2024. 

Lawrence successfully led the association’s advocacy and legal efforts as its vice president and general counsel and is now tasked with leading the organization into its next chapter of growth and innovation. 

“Trey Lawrence was a clear choice, and we are thrilled to have him take on the role as CEO,” said Myron Guymon, DDS, MS, AAO president. “We are confident that Lawrence is the perfect leader to guide the AAO into the future.His strategic vision, strong leadership skills, and a commitment to collaboration will play an instrumental role in advancing our strategic plan and ensuring the continued success of the orthodontic specialty.” 

Lawrence has had a nearly 25-year long career in law practice and advocacy. As AAO VP and general counsel, he has led the AAO’s advocacy program in addition to leading the AAO’s legal team. For the past 5 years, Lawrence has represented the AAO before members of Congress, federal regulatory agencies, state legislatures, state dental boards, state attorneys general, and other organizations throughout the fields of dentistry and healthcare. 

The AAO stated that Lawrence has demonstrated a strong commitment to zealous advocacy on behalf of clients and, for the last five years, on behalf of AAO members and their patients, making him a perfect fit for the AAO’s mission. 

“I am honored to be appointed as the new CEO of the AAO,” said Lawrence. “I am passionate about the field of orthodontics and firmly believe in the AAO’s mission to advance the art and science of orthodontics through education, advocacy, and research. The last five years have been the highlight of my career working closely with the AAO community, including our dedicated members, board of trustees, and staff, and I look forward to continuing this work to further strengthen the association and ensure its continued success in the role of CEO.”

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