The AAO is thrilled to announce the appointment of Trey Lawrence as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2024. Mr. Lawrence, a proven executive at the AAO, has successfully led the association’s Advocacy and Legal efforts and is poised to lead 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 he is the perfect leader to guide the AAO into the future,” continued Dr. Guymon. “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.” 

Mr. Lawrence has a distinguished career spanning nearly 25 years in law practice and advocacy. Most recently, he has served as Vice President, General Counsel for the AAO, where he has led the AAO’s advocacy program to successes unprecedented in the AAO’s history, in addition to leading the AAO’s legal team. For the past five years, Mr. 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.  Throughout his career, Mr. 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 Mr. 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.”