2019 Convention Recap and Member Reviews

98% Very Satisfied

99% Would Recommend
to an Industry Peer

4.5/5 Keynote Speaker Rating

More than 600 distributors and manufacturers joined MHEDA for the 64th Annual MHEDA Convention in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, for four days of networking, education and inspiration. This year’s Convention theme was “Setting the Stage for What’s Next” and featured speakers and education designed to show where the business climate and our industry is heading. Share your Convention experience.

The keynote speaker for the event was Commander Mike Abrashoff, a Naval Commander who was able to turn around one of the worst performing ships in the U.S. Navy into the number one ship with the same crew in one year. Other highlights of the event included presentations by Brian Beaulieu from ITR Economics, who discussed where the economy is heading in both the short-and long-term (see video presentation below). Ryan Avery hosted a General Session on how to recruit and retain the next generation of leaders, Gene Marks gave two presentations, one on strategies for reducing your corporate and individual tax expenses and another on the latest technologies, trends, services and tools every business needs to know.

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Member Reviews

“I have been in the industry for 18 years. This was my first conference, it should have been my 18th.” – Todd Cartwright, Teilhaber Mfg

“I really appreciate the myriad of opportunities structured into the Convention to connect 1-on-1 with other attendees. It allows you to build relationships that often prove valuable in the future.” – David Cranston Jr., Cranston Material Handling Equipment Corp.

“Excellent speakers and breakout sessions; I also enjoyed the networking discussions during Showcase.” – Dick Davidson, Thombert

“The quality of the speakers and their content was excellent.” – Michelle Nichter, TMHU

“Best part? The opportunity to gain other peoples’ perspective on challenges we are facing, along with the Exhibitor Showcase where we could meet with multiple vendors with the same product/service at once.” – Jeff Darling, Washington Liftruck

“Networking and education, can’t pick just one.” – Linda Anlauf, WPRP

“The keynote speakers were amazing.” – Mindy Day, Reno Forklift

“Good attendance and discussions during Exhibitor Showcase, and the opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere.” – Louis Coleman, Autoquip

“Appreciated leadership speakers and being with other dealers and suppliers, plus the giving back opportunity.” – Don Carlson, Reliable Forklift Sales

“The Keynotes were some of the best we have had!” – Brad Baker, Cardinal Carryor, Inc.

“Excellent event!” – Pat Franks, USSI


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Economic Outlook: The 2020-2023 Business Cycle

presented by Brian Beaulieu
We are in a period of prosperity but that doesn’t mean it is without bouts of cyclical decline. Brian Beaulieu’s presentation at the 2019 convention helped attendees understand what to expect, and how to time strategic moves to increase profitability and mitigate loss. MHEDA members can watch the full length video presentation, listen to the podcast or download the presentation slides on MHEDA-TV. Click here to login for access.