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MHEDA's 2014 BOArD OF DirECtOrs
MHEDA's 2014 Board of Directors and
Manufacturers Board of Advisors (MBOA)
2014 is a banner year for MHEDA as the association is celebrating its 60th anniversary! In these pages, you can read about how
the industry has changed and evolved in the past 60 years. We asked MHEDA's Board of Directors and MBOA members to picture themselves in the material handling business 60 years ago. What would they have most liked to know then that they know
now - 60 years later? The answers we got were very interesting and spanned a wide variety of topics. See their responses and
get to know this year's board and MBOA below as they prepare to help you in 2014!
President, Elite Supply
My perception is that 60 years ago,
distributors and dealers built their businesses around the brands and products
they represented. Today, I believe it is much more important
to build your business around your customers' and prospects'
business challenges. In the current business environment, a
successful distributor is one who can pull together the right
team, internally and externally, with the best manufacturer
partners, to help the end-user/customer reach his goals and
President, Lift Atlanta, Inc.
The rise of the Internet and the ability to access information quickly, as
well as tools like search engines, social
media, email, etc., have changed the
way and continue to change the way products are marketed
and sold. I would have also liked to know how the growing amount of government regulation would have such an
impact on small business and how overseas competitors
would change the industry.
If I were in the business 60 years ago
and could know just one thing about
the 2014 material handling world, I
would want to know about the INTERNET! The Internet
has had a direct impact on the way we go to market, the
tools and information available to our clients, our bottom
lines, the commoditization of many of our products, and
has educated the world about our industry. I would break
it into two categories: products and services that could be
provided over the Internet without client intervention and
then "value added" products and services.
MHEDA Vice President
If I was in business in 1954 but
I could be privy to certain "future"
knowledge I would concentrate on lasting trends in technology. I would make sure that I was an
early implementer of technologies that would be "tried and
true" in 2014. I think this would cross all areas of business;
material handling technologies to marketing technologies. I
would focus on offering my customers the potential for highdensity storage and automated material handling systems,
knowing this technology would be on its way in several years
down the road. Sixty years ago most people couldn't conceive a fax machine much less the Internet or smartphones.
To think that someone could "shop" for equipment across
the world and live on a hand-held device would have been
something from science fiction.
Lift Truck Corp.
The greatest success we can have is
attained by enabling our customers'
successes in the direction of the future. The evolution of
material handling runs parallel to the evolution of the industries it serves, the technological innovations of the times and
the economic development of the world. Over the 60 years
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014
From the Desk of Liz Richards
MHEDA’s 2014 Board of Directors and MBOA
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
Material Handling Forecast
Industrial Trucks Forecast
MHEDA: 60 Years of Moving Members Forward
Don Chance Retires From NMHG
The New and Improved 2014 MHEDA Disc Report
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA University Calendar
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The MHEDA Journal - First Quarter, 2014