Find your inner hero at MHEDA's 59th Annual Convention & Exhibitors’ Showcase

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- 17 Apr 2014 ( #663 )
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Exhibitor's Showcase
Exhibitor's Showcase
You're Invited!
Join hundreds of your material handling industry peers at the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) 2014 Annual Convention, May 3-7, 2014 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Florida. This year's theme, "Superhero Leadership" will give you the opportunity to uncover your own "Superhero Leadership" powers through excellence in people management skills. This four-day dynamic networking event will introduce you to industry superheroes and assemble a think tank of new leadership ideas. Learn more and register at www.mheda.org/convention2014, Send an email or call the MHEDA office at 847-680-3500.


This four-day dynamic networking event will introduce you to industry superheroes and assemble a think tank of new leadership ideas.
This four-day dynamic networking event will introduce you to industry superheroes and assemble a think tank of new leadership ideas.
This material handling industry event includes 16 presentations, numerous networking opportunities and a trade show featuring over 80 material handling suppliers from around the globe.

Recharge yourself by getting away from the office for a few days and you will unlock new ideas, make new alliances and walk away ready to conquer your world. We'll provide everything you need: a beautiful Italian inspired resort as a backdrop, sunshine compliments of Florida, hundreds of your peers under one roof, and even a private party at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.

Dynamic Speakers & Presentations
Attend business workshops on timely topics. MHEDA's Convention offers 16 inspiring sessions to help you unleash the superhero within! Presentations led by a variety of experts include an Economic Outlook, Engaging Your Employees, Exit Strategies, Revenue Drivers to Increase Profitability and more. See list of presentations below.

Happy Hour
Happy Hour
Round table discussion.
Round table discussion.

80+ Companies Exhibitors' Showcase
MHEDA's Exhibitors' Showcase is a tabletop showcase of some of the material handling industry's best companies. This event provides suppliers and business associates with an intimate venue designed for peer-to-peer networking and relationship building.

It's a great way to meet new people and learn about the latest products and services available to help you better serve your customers. We strongly encourage you to review the list of exhibiting companies then plan on making your way around the Showcase Floor. It's a great way to enhance your convention experience on a personal and professional level.

Sports
Sports
Business Fun
Recharge yourself with the many fun activities planned during MHEDA's Convention. Enjoy local attractions, golf tournament and a party at Universal's Islands of Adventure®.

Peer Reviews
MHEDA's convention is a great networking and learning event. But don't take our word for it - look at what just a few of the 2013 Convention attendees had to say...
  • "Very strong dealer Manufacturer ratio."
  • "Very well organized, great speakers, engaging opening night party."
  • "Very well run and a great time, really enjoyed the speakers!"
  • "The convention delivered beyond my expectations."
  • "You folks always do a top notch job with your events. Everything from the breakout sessions, the presenters, the entertainment, and the venue are first class!"
  • "Excellent event - fun, informative, and well planned."
  • "The best overall convention I have attended. Lots of good information and great speakers. As always the roundtables were very productive."
  • "Great location, everyone was very friendly."
  • "Very professionally done, well arranged, great content and networking opportunity."
  • "MHEDA Convention is always our best convention of the year and a great time."
  • "Great networking opportunity and single source for great product information."
  • "Relevant Industry topics and networking with customers."
  • "Presenters are awesome each year. Meeting new dealers is always a good avenue for us."
  • "Based on past experience, the convention is worthwhile for learning and contacting industry folks."
  • "Great Value."

Check Out the 16 Convention Presentations

Sal Giunta
Sal Giunta
The Importance of Teamwork
MHEDA is honored to present to you Sal Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, as our 2014 keynote speaker. He will share his amazing story of what it truly means to be a hero. While conducting a patrol as team leader, Sal Giunta and his team were navigating through the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan's Korengal Valley when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. Hear his amazing story and learn about the importance of teamwork.

Economic Presentation
The message is one of optimism. 2014 will be an off year, but that can work to the advantage of firms who are proactive to the economic expansion anticipated for 2015 and beyond. We will discuss the good and the bad and determine the best course of action for attendees based on an objective, verifiable reality. Presented by Alan Beaulieu, President, Institute for Trend Research

It's All About Family
Family skills give you a head start to success. During this presentation you will learn that if you treat each person in a work day with the same attention and focus you would a family member, you will be amazed how this simple change impacts your work day. Presented by comedian Buzz Sutherland

Lead by Example
What shapes a leader's outcomes, career and life? Their decisions. The criteria we all use for making decisions drive our performance and our effectiveness as leaders. Learn how to focus on results, regain critical personal time and dramatically increase work and life engagement. Presented by Steve McClatchy, President, Alleer Training & Consulting

Employee Engagement
"Reputation Recruits...Reality Retains" Creating a focused, engaged, and capably led workforce is one of the best things you can do for your bottom line. Learn about the powerful connection between people management and profit performance. Presented by Richard Hadden, CSP, author and speaker

Total Mental Makeover
Ready for some mind reading? You will be stunned at what you see! Interlaced throughout this fun performance is a high content message that will challenge you to push forward and accept no limitations. Presented by Michael C. Anthony, professional speaker

Get More Done In Less Time
Learn how to better manage your to-do list, calendar, contacts and once and for all get organized. Presented by Steve McClatchy, President, Aller Training and Consulting

Best-in-Class Contractor Management
ISNetworld will highlight 10 strategic elements for an effective contractor management process. MHEDA members Ted Springer and John Woodall from Springer Equipment will co-present this workshop and share real-world examples of how to achieve a best-in-class safety program.

Exit Strategies
Learn how to review your options when it comes time to sell your company. Learn what role the bank plays, when to engage an advisor and what to know about the selling process. Presented by Andy Limes, Principal, SDR Ventures, Inc.

Managing Growth During Acquisition
MHEDA Members Duncan Murphy, Riekes Equipment Company and Chris Wetle, Pape Material Handling will share their experiences and insight on how to manage growth and merge cultures when purchasing a company.

Managing Employees in the New Workplace
Flextime, new technology and employee perceptions continue to change the landscape of what a work day looks like. Learn how to resolve conflict between traditional and evolving workplace cultures, capitalizing on flexibility, speed, and innovation to retain and engage a multigenerational workforce. Presented by Richard Hadden, CSP, author and speaker

The Power of Email Marketing
Learn best practices for smart email marketing strategies. Topics include: target marketing, how to avoid being seen as a "spammer," and incorporating Social Media into your campaign. Presented by Ken Countess, Managing Director, Countess Group

Six Secrets to Increase Sales
Learn secrets top performers use that dramatically generate revenue and increase customer satisfaction. Presented by Jim Facente, President, Creative Sales Solutions

Revenue Drivers to Increase Your Profitability
Examine the results of the Distributor Statistical Comparison Report. Learn key benchmarks and areas for improvement. Presented by Bob Currie, Currie Management Consultants

All Stressed Out and No One to Choke
Take a humorous yet insightful look at how to handle and conquer stress. Learn techniques you can implement today.
Presented by Michael C. Anthony

Finding Your Path In (or Out) of the Family Business
Learn how to best prepare the current and next generation for transition. Review challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that each family member must face. Presented by Deborah Houden, PhD, The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. ®


MHEDA grows material handling distributors into industry leaders through exclusive networking, educational and business development opportunities. See how at www.mheda.org, Send an email or call 847-6803-3500 today!
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