2021 Convention

The 2021 Convention is Sold Out! But you don’t need to miss out on presentations and networking! Sign-Up to participate in 2021 Virtual Convention Week! It’s a great way for all Members to easily and economically access many of the programs originally presented at the live event in Austin. Convention speakers will present their convention session, with time allotted for audience Q&A. And mark your calendar for the 2022 MHEDA Convention, April 23-27 in Orlando, FL.


NOTE: Several companies are emailing MHEDA Members claiming to have a list of contacts from MHEDA 2021 Convention for purchase. This is a SCAM and they are not in any way affiliated with MHEDA. We would never sell our member’s contact information. Please do not respond to this email.

Does your organization have agility? Do YOU? Are you able to move fast, think big and carefully maneuver the roadblocks that come your way?

After over a year of difficult circumstances, undoubtably you have had to be become more efficient, creative and strong. You have had to bend, sway, twist and sometimes even go up-side-down to get back on the right path. The world no longer looks the same and will continue to change at an unprecedented speed. Are you prepared for what’s ahead?

MHEDA invites you to join us August 11-14, 2021 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel, in vibrant and growing downtown Austin, Texas. We are planning a memorable event designed to give you the opportunity to meet in person with your Material Handling business colleagues. We take your health and safety very seriously and will follow the CDC guidelines and Marriott policy

New this year for the Convention is the combination of the Exhibitor Showcase with the “main stage” ballroom where we will gather for our keynote presentations, meals and mini-workshops we are calling MHEDA Talks. Having many of the convention programs all in one room captures the human energy we have all missed from being apart for so long. We promise to do our best to keep the event energizing, engaging and entertaining.

Keynote Presentations

Round Tables / MHEDA Talks

Convention Schedule

Exhibitor Showcase

Your participation in MHEDA programming is a testament to the strength and passion MHEDA Members have for this Industry. Thank you for all of your support in 2020. Because of YOU MHEDA has survived a trying year and we are READY to see you again in person.

2021 MHEDA Chairman of the Board
Ted Springer, President
Springer Equipment Company
Photo: Ted and Annette Springer


2021 Convention Chairman
Tom Albero, President/CEO
Alliance Material Handling Inc.
Photo: Tom and Laura Albero

New in 2021:

Extend your networking and learning goals this summer by attending BOTH the Emerging Leaders Conference AND the Convention, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. This is a great way to connect with even more of your industry peers.

The Emerging Leaders Conference will take place during the day on Wednesday, August 11th. The Convention begins the evening of August 11th with the Opening Party.

Click here for more details about the Emerging Leaders Conference. 

Host Hotel: JW Marriott Austin Downtown Hotel

110 E 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Room Rate: $199 per night

Reservations by Phone: Call 844-473-3959 to make reservations. Reference the group block, MHEDA’s Annual Convention 2021.

Voted as a top hotel in Texas by Condé Nast readers in 2020, JW Marriott Austin is situated in the heart of downtown Austin and brings luxury comforts with sophisticated amenities. The urban resort features an on-site spa, room service, several bars and restaurants, Starbucks® and the largest guest rooms in the city with floor-to-ceiling windows. Grab a bite at the ever-popular Burger Bar, a food truck concept without the wheels, or lounge on the rooftop at Edge Rooftop + Bar, with cocktails and picturesque views of the Texas State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake. The hotel is located just steps from the best attractions and entertainment options Austin has to offer.

Overflow Hotel: Austin Marriott Downtown

304 E Cesar Chavez Street
Austin TX 78701

Room Rate: $179 per night

Austin Marriott Downtown is 3 blocks from the JW Marriott (about a 5-6 minute walk).

The new Austin Marriott Downtown opened in 2021 and is just steps away from the most popular downtown tourist attractions. The hotel represents the newest design vision for Marriott Hotels.

The 31-story stylishly-designed tower fits seamlessly into the Austin skyline and speaks to the needs of today’s modern traveler. Guests will feel a sense of place the moment they walk in the door, whether they’re in town for a staycation, weekend getaway, business trip, meeting or convention. The hotel’s design is inspired by its home city, with limestone and Texas Cedar native to central Texas used throughout the hotel.

Masks/Safety Protocol

We take your health and safety very seriously and will follow the CDC guidelines and Marriott policy. Per current CDC guidelines, attendees who are vaccinated do not need to wear a face mask. We respectfully ask those who are NOT vaccinated to wear a mask. If CDC guidelines change, MHEDA will adjust accordingly and have the most up-to-date info on our website.

Make Hotel Reservation Online

Marriott Policy

MHEDA Gives Back

MHEDA will make a donation to Cannonball Kids Cancer. Cannonball Kids Cancer’s mission is to fund innovative, accessible research for children fighting cancer to provide better treatments and quality of life, and to educate for change. Convention attendees may also opt to also make a donation on the registration form.

Given current safety restrictions, MHEDA may be limiting overall attendance based on today’s guidelines. If restrictions become more relaxed as we get closer to the Convention we may expand attendance. Note: Exhibitors are limited to a maximum of two individuals manning their Tabletop Booth and, due to space limitations, MHEDA reserves the right to limit the total number of people attending per company. Please contact MHEDA if you have any questions.