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Ben Friberg

Ben Friberg

Owner of Thrive Family Dental

Owner/ Dentist

Personal Information

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School: SUNY Buffalo

Major: Doctorate of Dental Surgery

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Owner of Thrive Family Dental

Title: Owner/ Dentist

Industry: Medical

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I run a start up dental practice and work as a consultant teaching other dentists how to run the practice they have always wanted

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

2022 Wilmington NC entrepreneur of the year award!

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP is a foundational life experience that has helped me excel in all elements of my career.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

My ability to lead my team and communicate with my patients were learned from my experience with CWP

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Integrity and grit.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

20 years later!! I still keep in touch with fellow CWP alumni. I have been in several weddings and met the kids of my former CWP interns.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

The hardest best thing college can offer.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Finish what you started!

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

I’m a dentist. The skills I learned in CWP have helped me excel and grow my dental practice to a point where other practice owners or reaching out to me and asking for me to help them. I I am doing dental consulting now because of the skills I built with CWP.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Learn how to communicate well and to learn how to determine what someone really wants.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Always Cancun. But also the grind of making first calls as a DM with other DMs and taking shots for scheduled interviews.

Last words of wisdom

Commit and get everything out of the program. It will pay off for the rest of your life!!