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MHEDA Plans 2013 Annual Convention in Palm Desert, California

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) will present its
58th Annual Convention, May 4-8, 2013 at the JW Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California. The Convention provides material handling equipment professionals the opportunity to spend four days learning, networking and discovering resources for their company. This year’s theme is “Get Your Game On!”

Convention highlights include sixteen education sessions, three-hour Exhibitors’ Showcase, networking roundtable discussion facilitated by industry leaders, organized tours of local attractions and more.

The presentations will address critical issues impacting the material handling community, including: recruiting the next generation, energizing leadership, understanding changing customer expectations, social media, and maximizing technology and more.

“I am looking forward to the MHEDA convention for motivation, education, and collaboration. I am also looking forward to reconnecting with my fellow dealers and suppliers. Convention is such a great time that my wife and I both attend every year,” said Jerry Weidmann, President, Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp and 2013 MHEDA President.

During the Convention, MHEDA is hosting an Exhibitors’ Showcase. This event is a tabletop tradeshow featuring over 80 companies that provide material handling goods and services to meet customers’ needs. The Showcase will take place on Monday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Showcase exhibitors and attendees will have the opportunity to re-connect at the end of the day with a happy hour reception, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Networking Roundtable Session will take place on Monday, May 6 from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This session will give convention attendees the opportunity to discuss a variety of timely issues in a structured, facilitated format.

Organized local activities will include a golf tournament, tour of the San Andreas Fault, celebrity home tour, Palm Springs Air Museum and more.

Convention registration for MHEDA Members is $1,295; $1,695 for Non-Members. This includes admittance to 16 education sessions, roundtable discussions, three-hour Exhibitors’ Showcase, three breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and a Happy Hour Networking Reception. For complete convention details, visit

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor. For more information on this program and other MHEDA programs, visit

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