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Shari Altergott

Shari Altergott |
"Accidental" entry into
supply chain career ignites
passion for industry

Shari Altergott, corporate director
of marketing and business development
at MHI member Associated has spent
her entire material handling and supply
chain career-all 17 years of it-at the
same company.
Yet, for someone who explains she
discovered the field "by total accident,"
Altergott has stayed because she's drawn
to the excitement and energy of the
industry, as well as the opportunities
for personal and career growth that
Associated has provided her.
While simultaneously working in
retail and toward a bachelor's degree
in marketing at Northeastern Illinois
University in 2000, Altergott signed
on with a temporary staffing agency
in hopes of gaining some professional
experience. "I was only a few semesters away from graduating and decided
I needed to find an office job, so that
when I graduated I would be in a better
position to find 'real' job," she recalls.
When the agency sent her to interview for an office assistant position at
Associated, she discovered that the firm
was a material handling equipment provider. "I remember thinking, 'What is
material handling and why would I want
to work in it?'" she laughs, noting that
she accepted the job offer and started
her career there in January 2001.
"In the beginning I enjoyed the office
environment and learning new skills-
but I also never thought Associated was
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where I would build my career," she
admits, explaining that she'd always
envisioned herself working in a more
"glamorous" industry. "However, that all
changed when Mike Romano, inaugural
recipient of MHI's Young Professional
Network's Mentor Award, came to
Associated in 2005 as our new president."
Romano took Altergott under his
wing, investing significant time in her
career development, she says.
"Under his mentorship I started to
understand what a substantial impact
Associated-and the material handling
industry as a whole-have on supply
chain. I could not believe how this field
that impacts our everyday lives was virtually unknown by the general population," she explains. "It wasn't until I
understood the industry's size, breadth,
and impact that I truly became passionate about what we do and how we help
improve the quality of life of people all
around the world."
Altergott credits Romano with not
only teaching her the ins and outs of the
industry, but also how to be a leader-
skills she further developed by first
completing her undergraduate studies
and later earning a Master's of Business
Administration from Northern Illinois
University while still working full-time
at Associated.
She says that while her degree work
provided a foundation upon which to
develop her marketing and leadership
skills, "the full understanding of our
industry and the pain points our customers experience cannot be found in
books alone. You must continue to learn,
engage and network with people both in
and outside of your industry. For example, I have done this by joining organizations such as the Council of Supply
Chain Management Professionals
(CSCMP), Loyola's Supply and Value

Chain Center (SVCC) and the Material
Handling Equipment Distributors
Association (MHEDA)."
Having risen through the ranks to
her current position three years ago,
Altergott's enthusiasm for the industry hasn't waned, and she's excited to
encourage other young women to consider it for their careers as well.
"It's an exciting, dynamic field and
there is so much opportunity. I don't
believe that being a woman in this
field is any different than in any other
industry. We face the same struggles as
they relate to gender discrimination,
sexual harassment, and equal pay for
equal work," she notes, adding that a
lack of women in leadership positions
across the industry has been the biggest
hindrance to her career development.
"I have found that many times my
male counterparts will automatically
be perceived as having credible experience, whereas I typically have to prove
that I belong in the room-whether it
be with a client or at a sales meeting,"
she says. "I truly believe that if there had
been more women in industry leadership roles ahead of me, I would not have
had to prove myself so frequently."
However, there are some advantages
to being a woman in a male-dominated
field, Altergott continues, noting that
people tend to remember her because
she's frequently one of the few women
at an industry conference or networking event.
Her advice to companies seeking to
add more women to their ranks? "Just
as it is important for men in leadership
positions to mentor more women in
this industry, it is equally important for
women in leadership positions to mentor men. Ultimately, it is good leaders
that will change the face of the industry,"
she concludes.

"It wasn't until I understood the industry's
size, breadth, and impact that I truly
became passionate about what we do and
how we help improve the quality of life of
people all around the world."
-Shari Altergott, Associated



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2

CEO Update
3-Step Checklist for Addressing the Supply Chain Skills Gap
Beyond Analytics
Women Rising
People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution
Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
Bridging the Skills Gap
Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
Identifying Talent
Attracting and Retaining Top Supply Chain Talent
Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
Industry Focus: Intermodal
Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
MODEX 2018
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Fulfillment Update
Product/Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
Inside MHI
Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - CEO Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Beyond Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - People Are at the Center of the Robotics Revolution
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Acing ‘The Basics’ of Business
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Millennials and GenZ: The Key to Future-Proofing Your Supply Chain Workforce
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Identifying Talent
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Consider Sustainability When Choosing Your Next Forklift Power System
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - CTE Program: Students, Instructors Benefit from Student Days Participation
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Industry Focus: Intermodal
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Education and Industry: An Ecosystem Mindset
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 2018 MHI Innovation Award Finalists
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MODEX 2018
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Product/Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Inside MHI
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - MHI News
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MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Calendar
MHI Solutions - Volume 6, Issue 2 - Index of Advertisers
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