Live Conference

Business Planning Conference

Co-Presented by MHEDA and MHI

September 12-13, 2018 at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O'Hare

Registration Fees:

$  699 pp Early Bird Member Rate (before August 10)
$  799 pp Member Rate Member Rate (after August 10)
$1,299 pp Non-Member Rate

Registration includes: Admittance to the Conference, all handout material, two breakfasts, one lunch, and refreshment breaks. Does not include travel or lodging.

Optional Activity (Pre-Registration Required)

$100 pp Group Dinner at Gibsons Steakhouse on September 12




What’s next for your material handling organization? Are you planning for the future, or waiting for it to show up on your doorstep….because the future is here.

MHEDA & MHI are proud to present the 2018 Business Planning Conference. This is your opportunity to participate in a facilitated strategic planning session where you will roll-up your sleeves and work on your organization’s business plan; gain management tools and define your short and long-term goals.

You will also stretch your minds with round table discussions on industry trends, hear advice on how to improve your culture, uncover a process for succession planning, enhance your leadership skills and so much more! Plan for a successful future by registering TODAY for this interactive and powerful industry conference. View Brochure



Who Should Attend

Designed for material handling owners, leaders, managers and executives who want to move their organization forward through thoughtful business decisions developed with a strategic planning process, economic outlook and employee management insights. You are encouraged to bring one or more key members of your management team!

Topics and Presenters

Examine Economic Trends - Wednesday from 9:15am - 10:45am
Keynote Presentation: Economic Forecast, The Future is Here
Presented by Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics

Where is the economy heading? Is there a recession on the horizon? How are you to manage inflation and labor pricing? What should you be doing to prepare your organization? This keynote session will reveal both opportunities and challenges.

  • Review short-term and long-term economic forecasts and how the forecasts will directly impact you.
  • Identify Business Cycle Phases and what this means to your organization.  
  • Uncover leading economic indicators of utmost importance to watch.
  • Following the keynote, there will be time for audience Q & A with the presenter.

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Create a Business Plan - Wednesday from 11:00am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Business Planning: From Vision to Action

Presented by Steve Riege, Owner, Ovation Leadership

Have your business planning efforts fallen victim to insignificance, on the shelf with no accountability?  Upgrade your ability to set direction and priorities, to simplify decision-making, and to drive team alignment towards success.

  • Discover a proven business planning model that works.
  • Learn the process - How to assess your environment, define critical impact factors, establish strategic initiatives, develop goals and strategies, involve your team, budget, measure results.
  • Where and how to get started.


Cultivate Your Culture - Thursday from 8:00am - 8:50am
How to Drive Culture Intentionally

Presented by Bill Kaiser, Senior Consultant, High Performing Culture

Culture plays an enormous role in organizational performance and as leaders, we should be both intentional and systematic in defining, documenting, driving, and leveraging the culture we want, rather than living with the culture that happens by chance.

  • Learn why Culture is your one sustainable differentiator.
  • Uncover how Culture drives performance and impacts the bottom line.
  • Discuss techniques to gain interest and inclusion from your team to drive your culture.


Prepare Future Leaders - Thursday from 9:00am - 9:50am
Leadership Development: Establishing Your Succession Plan

Presented by MHEDA Member John Davlantes, SPHR/SHRM-SCP, VP, HR, Associated Integrated Supply Chain Solutions

Creating a Succession Plan is critical for your business. This presentation is a “300-level” course for organizations facing leadership transition issues, management development concerns, or fast growth/high turnover.

  • Identify key competencies of succession and leadership.
  • Learn how to assess performance and potential.
  • Create a format and process for succession planning.


Set the Pace - Thursday from 11:00am - 12:00pm
Strategies for Maximizing Your Personal Potential

Presented by Brian Blasko, Speaker, Author and Fun Guy!  

Life is a journey…enjoy the ride!  You are invited to discover and maximize your own personal potential. Do not let life’s road blocks keep you stuck on the side of the road.  Come have some fun and learn how to push your pedal to the metal.


  • Learn how create trust, rapport and credibility with others.   
  • Take more initiative and set the pace as a leader.
  • Learn how to stay motivated and positive in your working environment.


Structured Networking Opportunities

Wednesday from 3:45pm - 5:00pm - Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions are interactive and engaging, giving you the opportunity to discuss what you have learned and share your own knowledge, opinions and experience. You will have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion to learn how your material handling peers are planning for the future and to discuss the “2019 Material Handling Business Trends.”  


Wednesday from 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Networking Dinner at Gibsons Steakhouse in Rosemont (Optional)

Enhance your Conference experience with a first-class dinner at the famous Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. Enjoy mouthwatering steaks, huge portions and memorable desserts all in a classy environment, designed for your peer-to-peer networking. You do not want to miss this event! Note, registration is $100 per person. Includes full steak dinner, beer, wine, tax and gratuity. Other entrée choices available


Thursday from 10:00am-10:50am - Member Panel: Distributors and Suppliers Planning & Partnerships

Hear from a panel of your fellow material handling peers on their experience with business planning, lessons learned and working together with important stakeholders.


Conference Location

Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare
5550 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Special Group Rate $209 before August 10, 2018. Call 1-800-774-1500 for reservations or Online Reservations

The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare is located just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare airport.  Within walking distance, The Park at Rosemont offers dining, entertainment and a seasonal courtyard. Enjoy newly renovated guest rooms flooded with natural light. Start your day with an invigorating workout in the fully equipped 24-hour Life Fitness© fitness center. Unwind in the heated indoor swimming pool, which showcases panoramic views of the downtown Chicago skyline. Relax with a refreshing beverage in the Liberty Tavern Lounge or pick up your favorite hot drink and a snack to-go in our full-service Starbucks cafe. Hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service from O’Hare airport.