Steve Bilt is the Chief Executive Officer at Smile Brands Inc. (SBI) and OneSmile, LLC. He co-founded Smile Brands in 1998 and OneSmile in 2015 and in 2016 combined the two businesses. Steve was integral in SBI’s three initial platform acquisitions and led the acquisitions of Monarch Dental Corporation [NASDAQ: MDDS] in 2003 and Castle Dental Centers Inc. [NASDAQ: CASL] in 2004. In addition to these transactions, Steve oversaw the development and operationalization 180 de novo practices at Smile Brands and each of the OneSmile platform acquisitions. Smile Brands and OneSmile have 5,500 employees and affiliated providers in approximately 400 locations across the United States.
Steve also serves as Chairman of the Smiles for Everyone Foundation. The Smiles for Everyone Foundation has established international outposts serving six countries in South America, Asia and Africa and conducts ongoing events throughout the United States.
Steve was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and the Kauffman Foundation and is a member of the Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame and Academy. Steve was also honored with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from the Orange County Business Journal for his role in founding and developing Smile Brands Inc. and led the Smiles for Everyone Foundation to two American Red Cross Humanitarian Awards and numerous other international awards related to its ongoing services, including recognition by the governments and/or monarchies of Paraguay, Thailand and Ghana.
Additionally, Steve led Smile Brands to be honored with Inc. Magazine’s Inaugural Hire Power Award for creating and sustaining job growth, numerous inclusions on Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies in America list and in 2013 was honored by CEO Connection and the Wharton School as Mid-Market CEO of the Year for Social Impact. Smile Brands was further recognized in 2017 with the Best in Business Awards, including Most Customer Friendly Large Company and with a 2018 Employee Choice Award as one of the Top 50 Large Employers in the United States by Glassdoor.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a Master of Business Administration degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University; and completed the Harvard Business School Presidents’ Program. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
Steve was a founding member, former President, and Executive Board Member of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and has been a member of the Pepperdine University Board of Visitors. Steve serves on the Board, Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for THINK Together, the largest non-profit after-school education program in the United States. In addition, Steve is a long-time board member of the Young Presidents Organization, an international association for chief executives. Outside of his community and professional activities, Steve enjoys scuba diving, mountain climbing, travel and spending time with his family.