2021 Convention Photos, Recap & Reviews


Tom Albero (L), Convention Chairman & Ted Springer (R), Chairman of Board

More than 450 distributors, manufacturers and spouses joined MHEDA at the 2021 Annual Convention and Exhibitor Showcase in Austin, Texas. It was a memorable event and gave attendees the opportunity to meet in person with business colleagues, enjoy unlimited networking opportunities and participate in many education  sessions. This year’s Convention theme was all about Agility. Attendees learned how to move fast, think big and carefully maneuver the roadblocks that come your way.

The keynote speaker, Brant Menswar, spoke on Building Adaptability: Bridging The Gap To High Performance. Participants learned how to build bridges between personal and organizational values through a specific framework for action. This presentation provided a clear path to better self-awareness, unique contribution, stronger adaptability and extraordinary performance.

Other highlights of the Convention included presentations by Brian Beaulieu from ITR Economics, who discussed the Economic Challenges and Changes Through 2022. He untangled the trends and examined a numbers-driven look at what’s ahead. Speed Networking Roundtable Discussions on Thursday covered the 2021 Material Handling Trends and gave attendees an opportunity to share their perspective and experience on a variety of current industry issues.

New this year was the 30 minute MHEDA Talks. A series of mini-sessions designed to help you think about how to better manage your material handling business and team.

A fun time was had by all at the Opening Party at Micheladas Café y Cantina, a fun Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Austin.

See More Convention Photos. Wednesday Events; Thursday Events; Friday Events

Member Reviews

“Very Positive and Encourages Networking & Interaction” – Mark McLain, Garlock Safety Systems

“You did a great job as usual and it was wonderful to see everyone again to make those connections! Thank you for pulling it all together during this unique, challenging time in our industry and country!” – Jim Farance, Cascade Corporation

“Love the app! Convenient and easy to use. Excellent addition to the convention!” – Lindsey Coffman, Southern States ToyotaLift

The most valuable component of the 2021 Convention was “making and developing connections with our distributors. Exploring joint opportunity with another manufacturer.” – Ralph Phillips, Morse Mfg.

“As a new comer to the Industry, this conference really gave me the foundation I have been needing to take my next steps in Material Handling.” – Brian Lee, Custom Equipment

“I really enjoyed being an exhibitor in the same ballroom as the sessions. I thought there was more engagement between attendees and the exhibitors.” – Dave Tinnerman, Tinnacity

The most valuable component of the 2021 Convention was “the keynote Economic Challenges and Changes Through 2022. Brain provides deep insight about our economy and how to plan for the future.” – Ken Shaw, MiTek

“I have been in the industry for 2 decades but had never had the opportunity to attend. Found the show and seminars to be invaluable to me and my job.” – Paul Shinn, Kalmar USA

“Agility 2021 was a much needed time for leaders in our industry to reconnect & focus on core values of their business, their people & themselves. I found so much value in attending & look forward to the next convention.” – Lauren Zak, Concept

“For a first time attendee, I thought the Newcomer’s Reception was unlike most. I found that the small group interaction and discussion at the table was an excellent avenue to start relationships and reconnect with those individuals during the remainder of the convention. Well done!” – Craig Hayward, Alliance Material Handling

“Open table discussions were great. Took home some great tips. Good conversation, we didn’t even switch tables!” –  Todd Maxwell, RMH Systems, Inc.