The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016 - (Page 90)
FORkLIF T MAnAgEMEnT COnFEREnCE
BY STEVE GUGLIELMO AND BILL RYAN
or the first time this year, MHEDA is proud to announce the Forklift Dealership Management Conference. This one-and-a-half day event will take place September 21 and 22 at
the Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. As the next generation prepares
to transition into management roles within your dealership, they will need operational
training. This conference is designed to be an introduction on how to run a successful forklift
dealership. The impressive lineup of speakers and events will help provide industry-specific insight
into how to run a successful dealership.
The MHEDA Journal had the opportunity to speak with MHEDA Board
Member and President of LiftOne,
Bill Ryan about the upcoming conference. Bill was one of the driving
forces behind the event and was able to
give some background information into
how it came together, what attendees
should expect and where he'd like to
see the program go from here.
The MHEDA Journal: What was the
inspiration for this workshop?
Bill Ryan: The idea came out of a
MHEDA Education Committee planning session last fall. Every year, we
sort over all of the data we have from
our board meetings and our other
industry connections and we try to
offer programs to our members based
upon the feedback we get from our surveys etc. For the past four or five years,
the topics of "Succession planning"
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and "Preparing for the future" have
come up big in these surveys. This
year was no different, but this year
the "new thought" was: "Hey, how are
the forklift dealers of the future getting
ready to take on their new roles and
responsibilities? And what is that future
going to look like for them?" And we
thought: "There is our program."
TMJ: You have some industry icons
scheduled to take part in this project.
BR: That is correct, Steve. As this project started to take shape, we asked ourselves who would be the most credible
and highly respected voices to convey
these principles? We wanted leaders
who had a real passion for the business and who could speak with great
clarity and wisdom backed up by their
long-standing and terrific track records.
We called them up, told them what we
were thinking about doing and asked
them if they'd like to be involved and
to a person, after a few great questions
they all said "I'm in!"
TMJ: This is a really impressive list
of presenters. Tell us about them and
how you got them to sign on?
BR: Well, as I said when I went through
my V-Cards and contacted these leaders, there wasn't much I had to say or
do to convince them to want to be part
of this project. These guys are recognized leaders who care a lot about our
industry and I have known them and
their passion for helping our industry
grow and become better and stronger
for many years.
Greg Morrison is a legacy; his family
and Morrison Equipment has been recognized and acknowledged for decades
as one of the pioneers and innovative
leaders of our industry. Greg loves to
talk and teach about what they do in
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016
From the Desk of Liz Richards
MHEDA University Calendar
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
Best of the Best
MHEDA Member's Populate Dealer Recognition Lists
MHEDA's MVP Program Turns Five
MHEDA MVP and MVS Award Recipients
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
Spotlight on Association News
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016