March 2018
Networking > Regional Summits

Midwest Regional Networking Summit

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Hosted & Sponsored by MHEDA Member - Atlas Toyota Material Handling



Summit Location
Atlas Toyota Material Handling
1815 Landmeier Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


Space is Limited - RSVP by March 1

Only $99 per person




Network and Learn with others who live
and work in the same area of the country.


You're invited to attend a one-day networking and learning event hosted by MHEDA Member, Atlas Toyota Material Handling on Thursday, March 8 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. This is a unique opportunity to network with others who live and work in the same area of the country.

The Summit includes roundtable discussions with your industry peers, expert presentations on recruitment and retention, workplace harassment, continental breakfast, lunch, guided tour of Atlas, raffle prizes and endless networking.


Who Should Attend?

  • Business Owners
  • Material Handling Executives
  • Sales & Marketing Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Department Heads, Managers or Supervisors


Presentation Descriptions

Recruitment and Retention: Strategies and Tactics, Presented by: Debra Zabloudil, President, CEO and founder of the Learning Studio

One of the most significant challenges to the growth and survival of any business is finding and retaining qualified employees.  A company’s people are the new competitive advantage. Those responsible for staffing organizations are not only challenged with finding potential employees, but then retaining them through effective management, compensation, benefits, recognition and an engaging culture. This program will offer a variety of proven ways to ensure that your organization has what it takes to compete for talent in today’s competitive environment.

What you will learn:

  • Leverage your employer brand to distinguish your organization
  • Develop a recruitment strategy that aligns with today’s marketplace
  • Sharpen your recruiting techniques
  • Build a culture of engagement through rewards and recognition

About the Speaker

Debra Zabloudil serves as the President, CEO and founder of the Learning Studio, which serves the association and corporate communities in a variety of consulting, thought leadership and training needs. On a day to day basis, Debra and her team can be found traveling the globe, producing educational content for leaders in hundreds of different industries or professions, running consulting projects for professional and trade associations and speaking, facilitating and designing workshops and learning labs for customers, members and staffs of organizations worldwide.


Workplace Harassment: What Should Employers Do Now?, Presented by Todd Hayden, Partner at Robbins Schwartz

With all of the recent high profile cases, the “MeToo” hashtag on social media and the rise in claims before administrative agencies, now more than ever, employers need to make sure that they are training their employees in the prevention of sexual harassment and what to do if a claim is brought against another employee. What can an employer do to make sure its policy for anti-harassment is followed and understood? How can a training program be put in place to convey this message to their employees?  What topics should be covered in this training? How can employers create an environment that is conducive to avoiding harassment, yet, encouraging employees to come forward in the event something happens?

What you will learn:

  • Receive a sample policy with regard to anti-harassment
  • Learn how to present an effective anti-harassment program
  • Discuss bystander intervention and how to incorporate it into their programs
  • Meet the goal of creating an atmosphere of respect and civility in their workplace

About the speaker

Todd Hayden has practiced since 1992, in the areas of school and municipal law.  He provides governmental employers with guidance and counseling regarding labor and employment, including employee discipline and termination, board governance, collective bargaining, contract, public finance and transactional matters. Todd has represented employers in various employer-employee disputes including federal and state litigation, EEOC/Department of Human Rights charges, State Labor Board Proceedings and grievance and arbitration proceedings.


Roundtable Discussions and Networking

Discuss the challenges and opportunities that matter most to you and learn how others in the industry are managing the same issues. Attendees will be provided with 2018 Material Business Trends developed by MHEDA’s Board of Directors. These trends are observations and insights that industry leaders have noted as critical material handling business trends.



Tour of Atlas Toyota Material Handling (Optional)

Join your peers for a guided tour of MHEDA Member Atlas Toyota Material Handling in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. This is your opportunity to see what another member's location looks like.

MHEDA's Regional Networking Summit brings together MHEDA Members from around the country. Don't miss this interactive learning and networking event.




MHEDA Members Give Back


In honor of hosting a Regional Networking Summit at Atlas Toyota Material Handling, MHEDA is asking members to consider a pledge to the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund.

Howard was the founder of Atlas Toyota Material Handling in 1946. In 2012 when Howard sold Atlas and retired he founded the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund targeted to help students focus on a career in material handling and seeded the Fund personally with $150,000. 

Howard passed away in 2015 and his scholarship is still supporting numerous students per year with close to $200K awarded outside of Howard’s original investment.

MHEDA and Atlas Toyota Material Handling will be honoring Howard during the Regional Networking Summit hosted in the Howard Bernstein Training Room.

Download the pledge card here and bring with you to the event or mail to:

Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc.
8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201
Charlotte, NC  28217

Click Here to learn more about the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund



Bonus Event - Free Networking Reception (optional):

Attendees of MHEDA’s Midwest Regional Networking Summit are also invited to join us on March 7 for a complimentary networking event. Meet MHEDA Members for an after dinner drink at Shelby Campbell’s Almost Famous in Elk Grove Village (located in the Holiday Inn 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove, IL 60007) from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Elk Grove
1000 Busse Road
Elk Grove, IL 60007
(847) 434-1144

MHEDA has negotiated a Group Rate of $109 per night based on availability for those who need overnight accommodations.

Click here for reservations





Thank You Event Sponsor