MELVILLE, N.Y., May 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), delivered the commencement addresses to three graduating classes at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., speaking to the College of Dental Medicine and College of Pharmacy graduates on May 23, and to the College of Veterinary Medicine graduates on May 24.
Mr. Bergman shared "Quotes that Changed My Life" with the graduating dentists and pharmacists, urging them to maintain a concern for people and results; to set and regularly reevaluate priorities; to embrace new technology; to give back to others in society; to learn to overcome fear and demonstrate courage; and to continually ask "Why not?" Mr. Bergman illustrated these lessons with quotes from colleagues, mentors, and world leaders in business, sports, politics, and the arts.
"Senator Robert Kennedy reflected: 'Some [people] see things as they are, and ask "Why? I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?' Robert Frost's similar thought has always inspired me: 'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference,'" said Mr. Bergman. "You will discover, as I have, that 'Why not?' is the most important question that you can ask yourself throughout your career, and that the less traveled road is often the best path."
Noting the efforts of the veterinary community to encourage people to adopt pets, in his address to the graduating veterinarians Mr. Bergman urged the graduates to "adopt" as well: to adopt a commitment to "show up"; to adopt the perspective of a camp counselor; to adopt new technology and an open mindset; to adopt ways to give back to society and the right balance in life; and to adopt the courage to succeed and a "Why not?" attitude.
"As new veterinarians, Western University of Health Sciences' College of Veterinary Medicine is a great place to start, but this is just the beginning," said Mr. Bergman. "If you 'adopt' these ideas, you are taking important steps forward in building a long and successful veterinary career. And without a doubt, your best years are yet to come."
In addition to delivering the two commencement addresses, Mr. Bergman was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Western University of Health Sciences. The degree was conferred by Dr. Daniel R. Wilson, President of Western University of Health Sciences.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 22,000 Team Schein Members serving more than 1 million customers globally, the Company is the world's largest provider of Business, Clinical, and Technology solutions to enhance the efficiency of 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 S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein's network of trusted advisors provides health care professionals with the valued solutions they need to improve operational success and clinical outcomes. The Company offers customers exclusive, innovative products and solutions, including practice management software, e-commerce solutions, specialty and surgical products, as well as a broad range of financial services. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 34 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $12.5 billion in 2017, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.
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