Audax Exits Great Expressions Dental Centers

The Audax Group has exited its investment in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Great Expressions Dental Centers, selling the company to OMERS Private Equity. Terms of the deal were not released. Audax acquired a majority interest in the company in May 2008.

Audax Group and Dr. Walter Knysz announced they have completed the sale of Great Expressions Dental Centers (“GEDC”) to OMERS Private Equity. Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, GEDC is a leading dental practice management company providing general and specialty dental services through 152 affiliated practices in Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut. GEDC was founded in 1982 by Dr. Knysz, who served as Chairman. Audax acquired a majority interest from Dr. Knysz in May 2008 and, along with management, subsequently sourced and integrated ten add-on acquisitions.

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-CEO of Audax Group, said “Rich Beckman and his management team did a terrific job working with us to build the company through add-on acquisitions and by establishing best practices across the company. We implemented financial controls and reporting systems to improve operating efficiencies, enabling affiliated dental providers to remain focused on patient care and clinical excellence. We wish Rich and his team continued success.”

Dr. Walter Knysz, Jr., Chairman of GEDC said, “Audax Group has been a terrific partner. I am so proud to see how far Great Expressions has come since that first day in 1982 when I launched this company with the vision to provide exceptional dental service management. I wish GEDC great success in continuing to fulfill this vision, and I remain dedicated to identifying new ways to expand our dental profession.”

Rich Beckman, Chief Executive Officer of GEDC said, “Audax Group was a great partner for us. Their experience sourcing and integrating add-on acquisitions along with their operational expertise were key assets as we solidified GEDC’s position as a leader within its core markets.”

William Blair & Company, LLC represented GEDC. Ropes & Gray LLP advised Audax Group.

GEDC, founded in 1982 by Dr. Walter Knysz, is a leading provider of comprehensive dental services, including general and preventative care, cosmetic, endodontic, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pedodontics and periodontics. Through a network of 152 dental offices in seven states, GEDC is committed to providing affordable dental care while maintaining clinical excellence and convenience for its patients. For further information, visit

Audax Group, founded in 1999, is a leading investor in lower-middle market companies. With offices in Boston and New York, Audax manages in excess of $4.8 billion of equity, mezzanine debt, and senior loan capital.