Yesterday, Stanley M. Bergman joined the ranks of Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Anne Mulcahy.

Each have been named  “CEO of the Year” as outstanding corporate leaders, nominated and selected by peer CEOs, according to Chief Executive magazine.

Bergman, “2017 CEO of the Year,” leads a team of 19,000 as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health-care products and services for office-based dentists, doctors and veterinarians.  The Long Island-based company logged $10.6 billion in sales in 2015, a company record.

Bergman told Chief Executive

“Being named CEO of the Year is a tremendous honor for Team Schein. This award is a recognition of the exceptional work of our more than 21,000 Team Schein Members. The success of any organization hinges on its people. At Henry Schein, our team is our most important asset. On behalf of Team Schein, I humbly accept this award from Chief Executive magazine.”‎

Joining the Ranks of Incisal Edge’s 32 Most Influential

Earlier this year, Bergman earned the No. 4 designation in an Incisal Edge

ranking of “The 32 Screenshot 2017-05-10 09.17.10Most Influential People in Dentistry”

.  The nation’s only dental lifestyle magazine employed key metrics in its selections including: company size, or size of budget controlled, and  “size of voice,” or how much influence an individual has through his or her speaking, writing or research activities.

The Bergman Story

Bergman himself has quite a story: His parents fled Germany before World War II, settling in South Africa, where he and his sister were born; Bergman and his wife later left apartheid South Africa for the U.S.

Henry Schein has donated millions of dollars’ worth of supplies to dentists serving refugees of conflicts around the world. It was No. 268 on Fortune’s ranking of the largest American companies last year; for the last five years the magazine has named it one of the world’s most admired companies.

Bergman’s peers laud his efforts in Chief Executive. Read the full story:

Bergman’s selection as 2017 CEO of the Year will be celebrated at an invitation-only event hosted by NYSE and the Chief Executive Group at the New York Stock Exchange in July.