Contact: LaurenHenderson, AcademyofGeneralDentistry, 312.440.4974, firstname.lastname@example.orgBaton Rouge Dentist Receives AcademyofGeneralDentistry Distinguished Service AwardCHICAGO (July 9, 2013)—The AcademyofGeneralDentistry (AGD) is pleased to announcethat John W. Portwood Jr., DDS, MS, MAGD, of Baton Rouge, La., received the association’sDistinguished Service Award during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held June 27 to30 in Nashville, Tenn.The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an AGD council, committee, or task force memberwho has exhibited outstanding leadership capabilities and whose contributions have resulted insignificant and fundamental advances toward fulfilling the AGD’s overall mission. Since theaward’s inception in 1986, only 30 of the AGD’s 38,000 members have received the honor.“I couldn’t be happier to present Dr. Portwood with this award,” says AGD President Linda J.Edgar, DDS, MEd, MAGD. “His tireless dedication to the AGD’s Investment Committee hasmade it possible for our organization to purchase its own building, which will be a positiveventure for the AGD and help us to better serve our members.”A member of the AGD since 1990, Dr. Portwood has served the organization in many capacities.He was a member of the Dental Education Council for six years and served as a delegate oralternate delegate to the AGD House of Delegates for 19 years. He also has utilized his expertiseas a certified financial planner and investment analyst by serving as Investment Committee chairsince 2004. Additionally, he is the co-author of the AGD book “You’ve Graduated, Now What?A Guide to Navigating Those First Years in the Dental Profession.” On a local level, Dr.Portwood has held every office of the Louisiana AGD, including president, and currently servesas secretary and treasurer.In 2004, Dr. Portwood earned his AGD Mastership Award, the organization’s highest availablehonor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To accomplish this goal,Dr. Portwood completed more than 1,100 hours of continuing dental education.After attending Louisiana State University as an undergraduate, he went on to receive his dentaldegree from the university’s school of dentistry in 1980 and a master’s degree in financial planningfrom the College of Financial Planning in 1998. He has been in private practice in Baton Rougesince 1980. Dr. Portwood is a member of the Louisiana Dental Association, the American DentalAssociation, and past-president of the East Baton Rouge Parish Dental Association. He is a Fellowof the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Pierre FauchardAcademy.He and his wife, Sherrie, have three children, Meredith, Sabrina, and John.About the AcademyofGeneralDentistryThe AcademyofGeneralDentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 38,000 generaldentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGDmembers stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education.