Annual Convention

Convention & Exhibitor Showcase
May 4 – 8, 2019
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
Phoenix, Arizona

Complete Convention details and registration – Available December 7, 2018

If “All the world’s a stage” does your material handling organization have the right people in the right roles to generate memorable performances? Do your customers have a distinct reason to do business with you? What are the defining trends that will impact you both professionally and personally?

Business is changing faster than ever before. New generations are a bigger part of your teams and customer base. Recruiting and retaining quality talent is crucial to moving forward. Digital marketing, automation and new technology continue to dominate the conversation. Effectively managing taxes and vendor relationships gives you that extra edge. Make plans now to attend MHEDA’s 2019 Annual Convention this spring at the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ve designed an exciting agenda filled with programs and presenters to help your business succeed.

Keynote and General Session Highlights

Mike Abrashoff

It’s Your Ship: Achieving Breakthrough Performance presented by Mike Abrashoff, Keynote Speaker and Former Commander, USS Benfold. Mike will inspire every individual and organization looking for practical and usable ways to take organizational performance to new heights. Mike worked to create a culture of trust and empower his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Hear Mike’s presentation on Monday, May 6 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

Ryan Avery


Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders presented by Ryan Avery, Keynote speaker will share with attendees the top strategies on how to recruit and retain the next generation of leaders during his presentation titled, Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders on Tuesday, May 7 from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. Ryan will teach you a super-efficient way to expertly identify the next generation of leaders who will grow your legacy and take your company to the next level in sales and significance.


Brian Beaulieu

The 2020-2023 Business Cycle presented by Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics. Brian will present a clear vision of the future. We are in a period of prosperity but that doesn’t mean it is without bouts of cyclical decline. Planning and timing the cycle will increase profitability through the rising trends. Don’t miss this presentation on Monday, May 6th from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm.


Jenny Evans

Stress-Proof Your Brain presented by Jenny Evans, CEO, PowerHouse Performance. Jenny will help you understand what happens to your brain and cognitive function during and after stress. This comprehension will help you hone in on how it’s affecting your performance, both professionally as well as personally. More importantly, you will learn how to counteract the negative effects as well as boost your brainpower and positive mood states. Attend Jenny Evans presentation on Tuesday, May 7th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Program Highlights

MHEDA’s 2019 Convention program will be jam packed with something for everyone. The eye opening workshops, special events and optional tours  that are planned during this Convention are sure to Set the Stage for What’s Next.

Workshop Topics Include Special Events and Optional Tours Include
Leadership Strategies to persuade, engage and retain top talent Exhibitor Showcase
Reducing Taxes for your Corporate and Individual Tax Expenses Improving Manufacturer-Distributor Relationships Panel
Digital Marketing hacks to grow your business Scenic ride down the cool water of the Salt River
Technology and its impact on how we do business Golf Tournament on the Faldo Championship Course
Become CUSTOMER OBSESSED Desert Hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Maximizing the Value of Your Business Women in Industry Breakfast and Presentation
Automation Solutions Give Back to the kids at Phoenix’s Children’s Hospital
And More! And More!

Convention Location

When you are not busy learning and networking, plan on taking some time to enjoy Phoenix’s perpetual sunshine, serene desert gardens, one-of-a-kind museums and award-winning dining. Make sure these can’t-miss spots are on your Phoenix to-do list: Camelback Mountain, Musical Instrument Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Heard Museum and Old Town Scottsdale.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort – Phoenix, Arizona
Group Rate: $259 Single/Double
Rate available until April 1, 2019 or when block fills up
Reservations Center: 1-800-835-6206



JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel