The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016 - (Page 11)

ChaIrmaN'S RECOgnITIOn pErSpECTIvE sCott lee 2016 MHEDA CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD @ScottLeeCSI Feeling Energized for Summer "I t's nine o'clock on a Saturday and the regular crowd shuffles in, there's an old man sitting next to me making love to his tonic and gin. He says, 'Son, can you play me a memory? I'm not really sure how it goes, but it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete, when I wore a younger man's clothes...'" There is nothing like a great Billy Joel song to explain exactly how many of us felt returning to what can only be described as the "Best Convention Ever!" Both men and women, young and old, new to the industry along with many alumni returned to Convention once again. Everyone coming together to network, rekindle friendships, and, best of all, learn from one another. While the weather tried to dampen our spirits, the positive attitudes outshined the gloom. The keynote speakers were energizing, the networking lively, and the educational workshops were flowing with great information. While there are always a few things to tweak after each event, the reviews were incredible and everyone is looking forward to reuniting again in Salt Lake next year. Returning home, the trees are in full bloom, everything smells like fresh cut grass, and everyone is enjoying the "summer dress code." With Convention in our rearview mirror, most of us turn our focus to applying the things we learned into our businesses over the summer months. Like many of the companies included in the journal this quarter, Conveyor Solutions is also busy getting ready to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We are not only planning a party with our vendors and key customers but we are also going to parlay it with a National Sales meeting and opening our new Solutions Center. As I write this, everyone on our team has a part in getting ready for this week-long event. This quarter, many of the manufacturers are also publishing their Dealer Recognition Award winners. So many times we continue to push forward and forget to celebrate our success and recognize those responsible for taking the team to the next level. I applaud all of the manufacturers who take the time to recognize the folks in the distribution channel making a difference in our industry and leading the way. Furthermore, I also want to applaud and recognize each and every supplier and dealer who achieved the MVP and MVS awards this year! This group of companies is choosing to distinguish themselves by challenging the people in their organizations to raise the bar and bring their companies to an even higher level. Congratulations to each and every one of you! One of most popular networking and educational subjects over the last few years has been onboarding and infusing younger talent into our organizations. We've run programs focused on understanding this group, educating and helping them understand where we came from. Looking back, I'm starting to see a culture shift and a higher level of engagement by the next generation. In just a few years, you can hear and see the impact they are making in many of our organizations. Having an updated website (of course, mobile friendly) is no longer something on our "to do" list. Being involved one way or another in social media isn't just a fad. Converting "summer hours" into permanent "flex hours" are now part of many of our cultures. Watching MHEDA's younger team members rise to the top and become leaders promoting and helping us implement many of these new concepts is no longer a one-time event. Change is happening and MHEDA was on the forefront of this movement. If you haven't already, I highly suggest you get one or more of your future leaders involved in MHEDA's Emerging Leaders Conference. This energetic, motivated, curious group of people is our future. The Emerging Leaders Conference is providing a great path, helping them transition further into our industry, learn from people who come before them, and allowing them to network with other future leaders. Please don't let this opportunity pass you up! I think I'll wrap up the article the same way we opened. "Sing us a song you're the piano man, sing us a song tonight. Well, we're all in the mood for a melody, and MHEDA's got us feeling alright!" Take care!!  The MHEDA Journal | Third Quar ter 2 016 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
MHEDA University Calendar
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
Women @Work
Industry Pulse
Best of the Best
MHEDA Member's Populate Dealer Recognition Lists
MHEDA's MVP Program Turns Five
MHEDA MVP and MVS Award Recipients
Happy Anniversary!
Enhancing Safety in the Warehouse
A Look at Ergonomics in the Distribution Center
How to Keep Pallet Rack Safer
Is Your Warehouse Really Safe?
2016 Emerging Leaders Conference
Building and Protecting Your Personal Brand in an Online World
MHEDA Convention Recap
Forklift Dealership Management Conference
Memo to Material Handling Millenials
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016