Top Ten Heroes of the American Economy

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#4. Pacific Dental Services: 1,451 jobs created

Irvine, Calif.
CEO: Stephen Thorne

Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services provides administrative and HR services to nearly 300 dental practices. Founder and CEO, Stephen Thorne, learned the ins-and-outs of dental administration while working in his father’s dental practice after graduating college. After putting in a new computer system and modernizing his father’s practice, Thorne was inspired to strike out on his own and create his own company.