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MHEDA's 63rd Annual Convention & Exhibitor Showcase

Friday, April 6, 2018

MHEDA Convention & Exhibitor Showcase
May 5-9, 2018
Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida

Technology, Automation and e-Commerce are dramatically impacting the way material handling companies are planning for the future. Are you ready for what’s ahead? Maintaining a strong e-commerce platform, providing customers with quick solutions and hiring smart, capable employees are critical for survival. MHEDA’s 2018 Convention will provide the tools and insights you need to face tomorrow’s lightning speed world.

Our 2018 “Vision” is to provide you with a memorable event featuring dynamic speakers, action oriented presentations and numerous networking forums to help you prepare for tomorrow. Beyond the learning and networking, you will enjoy staying in the heart of Miami Beach at the beautiful Loews Miami Beach Hotel; steps from sizzling South Beach, highenergy night-life and world-class shopping. It’s the hottest material handling event of the year – don’t miss it!

Keynote presentation
Designing Your Business for the 21st Century
Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders make today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, keynote speaker Mike Walsh has organized
these decisions into seven strategic priorities. Learn the megatrends shaping the future and the lessons learned from successful companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation. Presented by futurist Mike Walsh, CEO of Tomorrow
Monday, May 7th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am

General Sessions
Economic Forecast: Winds of Change
Where is the economy heading? This session will reveal both opportunities and challenges. The material handling industry is well positioned for extended prosperity. Economist
Brian Beaulieu will take the stage and explain why he thinks it is important
to understand the difference between a potential slump in activity (2019) versus the extended upside potential wrought by e-commerce and ongoing labor shortage. Presented by economist Brian Beaulieu, CEO/Principal of ITR Economics
Monday, May 7th from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead
Explore the common sense, but very counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of  demography. Let Ken Gronbach bring you into his world of counting people. His understanding of worldwide demographics, migration, aging, and immigration have enabled him to forecast societal, political, economic, cultural and commercial phenomena with uncanny accuracy. How will the workforce change? What is the future of
communications? Will big data change marketing and branding forever? Learn this and more!
Presented by demographer Ken Gronbach, President of KGC Direct LLC
Tuesday, May 8th from 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Digital Solutions for the Material Handling Industry
Online marketing moves so quickly that it can feel overwhelming to prioritize efforts, set a path to serve your long-term business needs, or even know who to listen to. To help
your company cut through the noise, MHEDA has organized for you to hear from an expert from Google. Uncover where the market is going, what trends are driving the industry,
and how to best stand out from your competition.  Presented by Jay Majithia of Strategic Partnerships at Google and Aaron James, co-owner of Adpearance
Tuesday, May 8th from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

The Power of S.E.L.F.
The Global Soap Project is a multimillion-dollar venture which takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around
the world. Hear the inspirational story of Ugandan refugee turned entrepreneur Derreck Kayongo. Learn the four key factors that have led to his success: (S.E.L.F.) Service, Education, Leadership and Faith. Take an emotional journey filled with both tears and laughter; then learn how to create an environment in your organization where everyone is empowered to thrive.
Presented by Derreck Kayongo, Founder of the Global Soap Project
Tuesday, May 8th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Events
Women in Industry Breakfast & Presentation Leading in Heels
What qualities must the next generation of leaders possess and how might women candidates stand out? How might women communicate more effectively as they manage
up and down the career ladder? These are just a few of the important questions that professional speaker AmyK Hutchins will ask and answer as she shares insider secrets and
strategies on how to lead in heels. This program is available for all women attendees. Pre-registration required.
Presented on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:00 am - 8:45 am

Certified Forklift Technician Program Update & MHEDA Member Perspective
Learn the latest information about the development of a Certified Forklift Technician (CFT) designation and how you can benefit by promoting the certification to your local technical schools and high schools. During this session, you’ll hear from Leo Reddy, CEO of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, developer of the CFT. You will also hear from MHEDA Member Van Clarkson, President of Fairchild Equipment on how they have built
and strengthened their relationship with local schools. Pre-registration required.
Presented on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:30 am - 8:30 am.

New in 2018! Fishbowl Networking
Looking for a new and different way to network with your material handling peers?
Join us for “Fishbowl Networking!” You will have the opportunity to share your perspective and experience on a variety of current industry issues ranging from recruiting, to the customer experience, and so much more! Topics will be picked out of a fishbowl. Don’t like the topic you picked? Throw it back in and pick another! It’ll be a fun, unique way to learn from your peers. This event will take place on Monday, May 7th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

“As always MHEDA delivers a valuable experience rich in educational, motivational and networking opportunities.” - Jeff Du Bose, National Lift Truck Inc.