Winning the War on Talent Networking Summit

You’re invited to attend a NEW one-day Networking Summit. This interactive event is designed to help material handling professionals connect, improve their recruiting efforts and retention plans in their organization. Enjoy round-table discussions with industry peers, dynamic presentations, continental breakfast, catered lunch, facility tour of Gregory Poole Equipment Company (Charleston, SC branch), win raffle prizes, participate in a Give Back Event and enjoy endless networking opportunities.

Date / Location

Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
1002 Bankton Circle
Hanahan, SC 29410 (about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston and 10 minutes from the Charleston Airport)
Click here for directions


$99 per person

$25 per person (Optional Networking Reception)

What Do Members Say about Past Summits?
“Loved the involvement, more than I expected.”
“Great experience today overall.”
“The networking and programming are always great.”
“Great meeting, very informative.”
“Truly like the one-day format-short and to the point.”
“Enough time to network, content was excellent.”
“Very well executed event with relevant information.”

Who Should Attend

  • Material Handling Professionals
  • Business Owners and Managers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Anyone interested in networking with fellow Material Handling Professionals


    Wednesday February 05

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Give Back Event and Networking Reception
    Location: Aloft Charleston Airport Hotel
    4875 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418

    6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Give Back Event
    We will be assembling care and activity packs for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. This event is included with your Summit registration but an RSVP is required. Can’t make the Give Back Event? Bring a new toy or game to the Summit and we’ll donate it to the Children’s Hospital.

    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Networking Reception
    Join your MHEDA friends and material handling peers in a networking reception. Includes appetizers, beer, wine and soda. Registration Fee of $25 per person.

  • Thursday February 06

  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am

    Registration & Continental Breakfast
    Location: Gregory Poole Equipment Company
    1002 Bankton Circle
    Hanahan, SC 29410

  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am

    Welcome & Meet the Host – Gregory Poole Equipment Company

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Winning the War on Talent – Member Panel Presentation Presented by Associates from Gregory Poole Equipment

    For today’s organizations sustainable talent requires internal actionable data, consistent external and internal feedback, and collaboration of the two to change or enforce company culture. Employee engagement plays a significant role in creating an employer brand and company culture that attracts and retains talent. What are we hearing from today’s candidates and how do we target the correct audience?

    Hear from three of your peers on the following:

    • The power of people data
    • How employee engagement is a differentiator
    • The importance of listening to today’s candidates
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

    Round-table Discussions

    Discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Material Handling professionals and learn how others are managing the same issues.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Networking Luncheon

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Maximize Your MHEDA Membership

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Dealing with the Drought in the Labor Pool – Presented by Eric Pezzo

    Labor market challenges have defined the last few years — retiring Baby Boomers, the increase in part-time employees and a skills mismatch between jobs and workers. As the workforce contracts, companies want to know where their future employees will come from and how best to recruit them.

    Takeaways include:

    • Understand the factors impacting the current war for talent
    • Discover how technology’s role in recruiting is evolving
    • Learn strategies to retain your top talent
  • 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

    Round-table Discussions

    Discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Material Handling professionals and learn how others are managing the same issues.

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Raffle Drawings & Optional Facility Tour


Jeremiah Kappler, Regional Sales Manager

Jeremiah handles a large portion of North Carolina and South Carolina territory. Before stepping into his management role in 2017, Jeremiah was an account manager in the forklift division. His solution and value-based approach to customers has provided sustainable results. This approach has allowed for a smooth transition into his management role. In his new role coaching, development, and retaining top talent to sustain and grow Gregory Poole’s customer base will be vital years to come.

Mark Wallace, Corporate Recruiter

Recruiting and sourcing since 1994 Mark uses various skills from Information Systems, Networking, Manufacturing, Property Managers, Maintenance, and Technicians. Mark has spent the last four years with Gregory Poole Equipment Company and prior to that two years with Caterpillar. In addition, 14 years of Management experience. Mark earnd his Bachelor of Business with a concentration in HR from East Carolina University.

Paul Winston, Director of Human Resources

Paul recognized early in his career that Human Resources, done well, plays a vital role in enabling an organization to achieve the strategy. For over two decades, Paul’s relationship, communication, planning and execution skills have allowed him to establish credibility with the organization’s top leaders and translate business strategy into talent management practices. He has helped small and large organizations navigate complex employee issues while meeting the business needs and maintaining the dignity of those impacted.

Eric Pezzo, Director of Strategic Sales for Consumer and Industrial Products at Aerotek

Eric is responsible for developing client partnerships and generating customized workforce solutions and resources for Aerotek’s national clients. Eric joined Aerotek in 1994 as a Recruiter and soon moved into an account management role. Over the course of 9 years, Eric managed 11 different markets. Eric has been recognized by Aerotek with several awards including the MVP and Significant Impact Award for his performance and outstanding achievements.


  • Aloft Charleston SC Airport Hotel

    4875 Tanger Outlet Boulevard
    North Charleston, SC 29418
    Phone: 843-566-7300
    MHEDA Negotiated Room Rate: $119 if booked by January 15

    Breeze into a blend of southern hospitality and bold loft-inspired design at Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center. Surrounded by booming business, 5 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to historic downtown Charleston & Gregory Poole Equipment Company.

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