MHEDA’s 62nd Annual Convention & Exhibitor Showcase

“The Engagement Experience”
April 29 – May 3, 2017
The Grand America Hotel – Salt Lake City, Utah

Are you 100% engaged with the customer, your peers and your organization’s mission? Living in the digital age means we are bombarded with a steady stream of data, changing technology and ever present social media. But having access to information is not the same as being actively engaged. It’s time to take a step back and look at the world in which we are living.

It’s time to re-engage with our business, so we can better serve our most important stake holders: our customers, our employees and our families. MHEDA’s 2017 Convention will give you the tools and inspiration to live in the present, with an eye on the future.  We invite you to spend a few days in the majestic mountains of Salt Lake City, breathe in the air of change and be part of the conversation.

If you are curious about economic fluctuation, want to better understand the next generation, seek new technologies information and want to enjoy a number of local celebrations, then it’s time to submit your registration! Make plans today to be part of this powerful industry event….we promise you will leave feeing inspired and refreshed! 

Outlined below is a list of convention presentations, special events and fun networking opportunities. For more details and see who is already registered visit or call 847-680-3500.

Inspiring general sessions

Keynote presentation: Powerful portraits, an intimate look at humanity and leadership

MHEDA invites famous photographer Platon to share his experience photographing an eclectic mix of world leaders, celebrities, military heroes and human rights champions. He takes his audience on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears—with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos.

Economic outlook: A new world?

Changes have occurred in Washington, and changes are occurring in Europe, the UK, China, commodity prices, oil prices and in other key sectors of the global economy.  We will look at these changes with an eye to what they will mean to the US economy and to your business. There are good days coming – the key will be to ready for them.  Presented by Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics

Everything has changed and nothing is different

We live in the age of disruption. Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a game-changer. What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that at the core of business while everything has changed, nothing is different.  Presented by Scott Stratten, President of Un-Marketing

The Promise: Three commitments of the engagement experience 

The engagement experience is what keeping promises is all about, while answering the following questions:
How present are we in every engagement? As team members, do we trust one another?   Finally, do we keep promises to ourselves and to the most important people in our lives?  Using humorous stories and musical impressions, Jason will change the language in your company, your home life, and within yourself. Presented by Jason Hewlett, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame

Discuss the challenges and opportunities that matter most to you and learn how others in the industry are handling the same issues.

Exhibitor showcase
The Exhibitor Showcase is a tabletop showcase featuring many of the material handling industry’s top companies. This event provides attendees with an intimate venue designed for peer-to-peer networking and relationship building. It is also a great way to learn about the latest products and services available to help you better serve your customers. Over 80 companies are exhibiting at MHEDA’s 2017 Convention.

MHEDA gives back
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. MHEDA Convention attendees are invited to be part of this Give Back event and help assemble back packs which will be donated to local children in need.

Women in industry
10 Secrets to a Healthier You – A Special Event for Women Attendees

This high-energy program is filled with practical tips for a balanced, positive lifestyle that will change the way you think about growing older and enhance your appreciation for life’s small joys. Presented by Dr. Elaine Dembe, Chiropractor and Longevity Specialist

Dynamic workshops

Material handling industry trends: 2017 critical impact factors

Members of MHEDA’s Board of Directors will lead the discussion centered on the 2017 Critical Impact Factors. This casual conversation will give you the opportunity to engage with your industry peers, share ideas and gain a new perspective.

Preparing for 2020:  Recruiting and retaining top talent

Hiring and retaining good talent has never been easy, but the rapid pace of change is going to make this task even more challenging. Is your organization ready?  Presented by Kathryne A. Newton, Ph. D., Professor, Supply Chain Management Technology, Purdue University.

What’s my company worth? How to value your company

Do you know what your business is worth?  How can you plan for the future of your company, your family, and yourself, if you don’t know the answer to that question? Presented by Roman Basi, President of The Center for Financial, Legal & Tax Planning, Inc.

So, what else is new? Modifying your sales approach to reflect changes in business & technology

Examine some of the fundamental changes in business and technology and what you need to do about it. Presented by Joe Ellers, Sales Trainer, Consulting Associates

Leaders are not born. They are built.

Participants will leave empowered to develop the leader within and to create the high-performance culture. Presented by Randy Disharoon, Speaker, Author, Trainer

Money on the table: Using data to boost sales & margins

We will look at ways to enhance several key sales processes: prospecting; identifying decision-makers; account penetration; and more. Presented by Joe Ellers, Sales Expert, Consulting Associates

Workforce development initiative for supply chain technicians

Learn about steps the National Center for Supply Chain Automation is doing to work with industry and local community colleges to address the shortage of supply chain technicians. Presented by Steve Harrington, Industry Liaison, National Center for Supply Chain Automation

Member idea exchange: Customer & employee engagement

Hear how fellow MHEDA Members are engaging with customers and employees. This interactive session will give you the opportunity to network, brainstorm and generate new ideas.  Presented by the MHEDA-NET group, The Pace Setters.

Fun networking opportunities and local attractions

Opening party at top golf

MHEDA’s Opening Party will be a private event at this premier golf entertainment complex! Top Golf has over 100 golf bays, 3 high tech floors, a rooftop terrace as well as 200+ HDTV’s. Enjoy dinner, games and re-connecting with your MHEDA friends.

Utah Olympic Park

Located in beautiful Park City, Utah and cradled by the Wasatch Mountains, the 389-acre Utah Olympic Park venue is a must see!

Golf tournament at the Eaglewood Golf Course

Enjoy networking with your peers during a golf tournament at Eaglewood Golf Course.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance & Salt Lake City tour

Enjoy a performance by the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. After the performance, a local expert will guide you through Salt Lake City showing all of the must-see sights.

Mountain biking

Enjoy a scenic ride through the Wasatch Back on a mountain bike.

Lunch & libations at the Leonardo Museum (spouse program)

Spend an inspiring morning exploring the many science, technology and art exhibits. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in a private dining room then attend a libations class led by a master bartender.

Park City shopping & lunch at Nelsons Cottage (spouse program)

This tour will drop guests at the top of Main Street, (home to the world renown Sundance Film Festival) for some shopping fun. Guests will then make their way to a fantastic lunch at Nelsons Cottage.

Closing party: MHEDA after dark

End your MHEDA Convention experience with a fun evening of fine dining and a live band performance.

Beautiful location: The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah

Framed by the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges, The Grand America Hotel is on ten landscaped acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, light rail, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events. All of Utah’s major ski resorts and Salt Lake City’s excellent golf courses are less than an hour’s drive from the hotel. Recreational opportunities abound nearby in the magnificent national forests and state parks, several of which can be accessed from the hotel in 40 minutes or less. Historic Temple Square, the world-famous Great Salt Lake, major sporting events and several national monuments are also nearby. Salt Lake International Airport is only 7 miles from the Grand America Hotel.

To learn more about MHEDA’s convention, visit or call 847-680-3500.