Executive Idea Exchange

Detailed Schedule   Speaker Lineup     Hotel Location     Fees/Who Should Attend


Networking builds trust, closes deals and secures careers. Now more than ever, it is critical to cultivate strong industry relationships.

MHEDA is proud to present a NEW, one-day networking event designed for material handling executives, managers and decision makers, the “Executive Idea Exchange.” This live, in-person program provides you with the unique opportunity to expand your network and connect with fellow material handling industry peers who face similar professional challenges: managing people, running a business and serving customers in an ever changing Covid-era.

Networking does not need to be boring or awkward! MHEDA’s one day “Executive Idea Exchange” delivers networking in a fun, fast and informative format, making it easy for you to make those important connections when you need it most.

Join us in bustling and lively Nashville to gain insights on leadership, communications and business operations. Meet new people and hear new ideas from peers from across the country. This program features expert speakers as well as Member to Member “Lightening Round” sessions, giving insights on a variety of topics.

The event will end with a networking reception where you can continue the conversation with fellow attendees in a relaxed setting and also have the opportunity to meet with MHEDA’s Board of Directors and Manufacturer Board of Advisors.

Make plans now to surround yourself with your MHEDA peers on October 12th in Music City and reap the rewards of networking, big thinking, hot chicken, and maybe even some cool new friends.

One amazing Nashville destination, only steps from the vibrant local scene.
Two Dynamic and Interactive Expert Presentations.
Three Roundtable Discussions with your MHEDA peers.
Four Member to Member Lightning Rounds.
Networking Reception with MHEDA’s Board of Directors & Advisors.

Registration Fees

$695 Early Bird Member Rate – by September 12
$895 Regular Member Rate – after September 12
$1295 Non-Member Rate

Included in the registration fee is admittance to the event, all sessions, full hot breakfast, networking luncheon, coffee, soda, snack breaks, and networking reception with MHEDA’s Board and MBOA. Does not include travel or hotel accommodations.

Cancellation Policy: The full amount will be refunded if you cancel no later than September 21, 2022. Cancellations received after that date but before the start of the conference will be charged a $300 administration fee per person. No refunds given for “no shows.”

Who Should Attend

This event is designed for material handling executives, managers and decision makers who want to connect with their MHEDA peers. A great way to tap into the brainpower our industry has to offer!


Detailed Schedule

    Wednesday October 12

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 8:00 am - 8:15 am

    Welcome & Ice Breaker

  • 8:15 am - 9:30 am

    Keynote Presentation
    Leaders are not Born. They are Built.
    Presented by Randy Disharoon, President, Goal Stride, LLC

    This highly interactive keynote presentation introduces the four phases of leadership development – Build Within, Build Around, Build Up and Build Out. You will leave empowered with tools to develop the leader within; communicate a compelling vision and create a high-performance culture.

    Build Within – Assimilate the four keys to developing your capacity to lead.
    Build Around – Employ the five keys to recruiting, retaining, and developing top talent.
    Build Up – Create and foster a culture of change leadership, even in times of crisis.
    Build Out – Strategize how to influence your industry and mentor the next generation.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Chart a path to becoming a more effective leader.
    • Upgrade talent in key positions.
    • Transform your company culture to high-performance.
    • Implement the keys to leading through change and crises.


    About the Speaker

  • 9:45 am - 10:30 am

    Roundtable #1
    Business Scan – How’s It Going?

    This is an exercise MHEDA Board Members start each meeting with. You will have the opportunity to share your big picture perspective on what is happening in your business and discuss with fellow attendees at your table. At the end of the session, hear from each table leader about top trends fellow MHEDA Members are also facing.

  • 10:45 am - 11:30 am

    Member 2 Member Lightening Rounds

    Your fellow MHEDA Members are a great resource for learning new ideas! We will present two Member led sessions, then give you time to discuss what you learn and share your own perspective.

    Navigating Distribution Supply Chain Disruptions Across the Material Handling Industry
    Presented by: Tony Totta, Chief Sales Officer, eShipping

    In today’s volatile and unpredictable business environment, businesses and organizations are finding themselves in a constant state of change. In this session, learn about the supply chain disruptions facing the Material Handling Industry and how you can best position your team to react by maximizing margins in order to outlast the current economic environment.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Supply chain disruptions in the Material Handling industry
    • Current state of the logistics industry and how it will impact your bottom line over the next 12 months
    • Actionable steps you can take to improve upon and gain visibility into your transportation, distribution chain, and warehouse management programs


    About the Speaker


    Planning for the Future of Your Business
    Presented by: Jessman Smith, Assistant Director Advanced Solutions, Principal®

    Business growth is a key, measurable, and preferred means of evaluating a company’s well-being. Business protection – while perhaps less exciting – is just as vital to a company’s longevity. In times following unexpected tragedies or economic downturns, business protection ensures that a company can maintain its standards. In this session, we’ll learn about industry accepted valuation techniques, how it affects your business succession strategies for both planned and unplanned transitions and how to protect your business from lost revenue following emergency events.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Learn how their business might compare with the recent survey findings.
    • Find out what the industry accepted business valuation techniques are.
    • Different ways they can protect their business.


    About the Speaker

  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

    Roundtables #2

    Discuss what you learned during the morning presentation and M2M Lightening Rounds.


  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

    Science Based Persuasion & Communication Techniques
    Presented by Jamie Turner, CEO of SIXTY

    The world’s top executives understand the science behind effective persuasion and communication skills. If you’d like to become a more effective manager or leader, don’t miss this interactive, fast-paced workshop by internationally recognized author, professor, and TV news contributor Jamie Turner. Learn science-based techniques you can use to manage employees and work smarter, not harder.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Why what you’ve been taught about persuasion is wrong – and how to use new research to fix your approach.
    • How to use the Communications Matrix to improve the effectiveness of your conversations.
    • Why using MindMapping can make you more productive and help improve team morale.
    • How to use the But Eraser and the Because Technique to improve the impact of your conversations.
    • How to manage conversations so that you, your company, and your employees all end up rowing in the same direction.


    About the Speaker

  • 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

    Member 2 Member Lightening Rounds

    Your fellow MHEDA Members are a great resource for learning new ideas! We will present two more Member sessions, then give you time to discuss what you learn and share your own perspective.

    Top Three Trends in Robotic Automation
    Presented by Mandy Dwight, VP of Business Development at RIOS Corporation

    Customers face the ever-pressing challenges of needing to meet and exceed production numbers, and the material handling industry is turning to robotics to achieve distribution goals. Let’s discuss the Top Three Trends in Robotics Automation that can advance your customers’ operations into Industry 4.0 now.

    Key Takeaways:

    • From AMR to Autonomous Forklifts to Robotic Workcells, there is a robot for every process in the facility.
    • There is a hybrid automation model that is allowing enterprise level businesses to exceed production numbers that can be easily adopted by SMBs.
    • Lack of a large CapEx budget is no longer a limiting factor. New pricing offerings make robots available for businesses of all sizes.


    About the Speaker

  • 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    Session 4
    Details Coming soon!

  • 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

    Roundtables #3

    Discuss what you learned during the afternoon presentation and M2M Lightening Rounds.

  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Conversation & Coolers: Material Handling  Business Trends

    We’ll bring the beverages; you bring the brainpower. Discuss MHEDA’s Material Handling Business Trends.

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Nashville Networking Reception

    After a full day of idea exchanges, sit back, relax and enjoy a reception with your fellow attendees and MHEDA’s Board of Directors and Manufacturer Board of Advisors. Enjoy local food, drinks and music.


Randy Disharoon

Randy Disharoon is the President of Goal Stride, LLC. He has an extensive background in both distribution and manufacturing which makes him uniquely qualified to address the issues that most businesses face in today’s market environment. Randy holds a B.S. in Engineering, two master’s degrees, including an MBA, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. At age 23, he was certified as a nuclear engineer. At 25, he was leading training courses for officers in the nuclear Navy. He entered the private sector at age 27 and ever since has served in leadership capacities in operations and sales, where his teams have consistently exceeded their goals. Randy has become known as a “turnaround artist.” With over 30 years of leadership experience, Randy aims to offer a fun, interactive, and practical approach to leadership development so that you can make an immediate and lasting impact on your business.

Mandy Dwight

Mandy Dwight is the VP of Business Development at RIOS Corporation. She is an accomplished sales leader who specializes in bringing new, cutting-edge technologies to industries that have been often underserved by advances in automation. Most recently, Mandy led efforts to bring robotic order fulfillment and reverse logistics solutions to market at Soft Robotics, Inc. as Business Director of Supply Chain Solutions. At Rethink Robotics, Mandy introduced a new genre of robot, the collaborative robot, to R&D labs around the globe. It was in this role that she worked for the first time with clients who were solving very hard problems that would forever change work on the manufacturing floor. Mandy spent the beginning of her career in education, a contributing factor to her later success in sales at Softbank Robotics where she introduced the NAO Humanoid Robot to college and STEM labs. Mandy has earned a BA degree from Providence College, and MS degrees from Mercy College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Jessman Smith

Jessman Smith has spent several years as a general civil practiced attorney that provided him with a well-rounded knowledge of the interplay of various legal areas affecting our daily lives. Most of JD’s experience was focusing on estate planning, probate and particularly probate litigation. In 2015 JD joined Principal ®, attracted by the quality of the tools, resource, and services we have to offer. Working with family businesses and agribusinesses remains his passion and allows him to share experiences, as well as his legal and tax knowledge.

Tony Totta

Tony Totta is the Chief Sales Officer, eShipping. He joined eShipping in 2009, to help grow the company under a mission-focused culture. At eShipping, Tony has filled a variety of roles including oversight of the eShipping Client Services division, developing the suite of operational services offered to customers, and building an employee recruiting and development model that is employed across the organization today. In 2013, Tony assisted in the development and launch of eShipping Exchange, a sister company and partnership sales channel. As Chief Sales Officer, Tony is responsible for all new business development for eShipping, eShipping Distribution, and eShipping

Jamie Turner

Jamie Turner is an internationally recognized author, professor, consultant, and speaker who has helped employees at The Coca-Cola Company, Holiday Inn, Microsoft, Verizon and others do a better job leading, managing, and mentoring others. You may have seen Jamie in Inc., Entrepreneur, Business Insider, or Forbes. He’s also a regular guest on CNN and HLN, where he delivers segments on marketing, persuasion, and leadership. Jamie is the co-author of several essential business books and his YouTube channel was designated one of the “Top 10 Business YouTube Channels” in the nation by Wishpond.com.


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    118 8th Ave South
    Nashville, TN 37203

    MHEDA Discounted Group Rate: $239 + Taxes & fees

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