The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2014 - (Page 38)

MEMBER 60 YEARS OF MHEDA ANNIVERSARIES MHEDA at 60 MHEDA EVP Liz Richards and President Scott Hennie reflect on MHEDA's watershed moments BY STEVE GUGLIELMO 60 th Anniversary "I Making Goods and Cash Flow since 1954 've heard members say, 'If you're in the material handling industry and you're not a MHEDA member, you're really missing a valuable opportunity,'" says MHEDA Executive Vice President Liz Richards. MHEDA was founded 60 years ago, on October 10, 1954, when a small group of distributors in an up-andcoming material handling industry met at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago to form what would become the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association. In the 60 years since that fateful meeting, the Association and industry have undergone radical transformations. And while the original founders may not have predicted every twist and turn the industry has taken since then, they did a masterful job of building a foundation for the Association that would allow it to grow and thrive. "They say that sound principles and sound values are timeless," says 2014 MHEDA President Scott Hennie. "If you look back at what these gentlemen put together as the principles and 38 MHEDA | values for MHEDA, they still hold true today and will probably still hold true as MHEDA continues to grow." Strong Leadership and Strategic Planning One of the hallmarks of MHEDA over the past 60 years has been the visionary I really believe that the biggest strength that MHEDA brings to the industry is the networking opportunities. Business is still based on relationships and the stronger the relationship, the stronger the trust between companies. and progressive ideas of its leadership. Today, the MHEDA Board of Directors is made up of 17 distributor executives who will each serve at least two years on the Board and can spend up to 11 years serving the Association. "A lot of associations sometimes really struggle to find board members to serve," says Richards. "We are so fortunate that we have more than we can possibly add to the board. When you have that kind of enthusiasm and excitement about serving on a board that is going to take up a lot of your time and requires you to spend not only your time but financial resources to get involved, I think that's a pretty good testament to the value that they see coming out of the Association." Hennie adds, "Every subsequent group of leaders that have come through, the Association is better off than when that person came on the board. It just keeps getting better and better because of the foresight of not only the MHEDA staff but of the board members that work through their years of service with MHEDA." An example of that foresight came in 1995, when former MHEDA President

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2014

President’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask Your Board
A Seat at the Table
Women in Business Trends
Happy Anniversary!
MHEDA at 60
A Powerful Marketing Advantage
MHEDA University Calendar
Best of the Best
An Untapped Resource
16 Tools to Build Your Service Labor Business
Personal/professional Relationships With Customers
Calling All Emerging Leaders
Omni-Channel Retailing
Design of the Mheda Disc Report
Convention 2014 Recap
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2014