MHEDA’s 55th Annual Convention on May 1-5, 2010, included workshops, informative speakers and the Exhibitors’ Showcase, all hosted at a spectacular venue in Florida’s sunny Marco Island. The theme for this year’s Convention centered on a proactive approach to an ever-changing economy. The Convention focus, “The Rules Have Changed,” offered positive and refreshing concepts, designed to revamp our industry with the understanding that “business as usual” no longer applies in today’s world.
The response from attendees could not have been more positive. Comments like, “Wow, what a fantastic Convention! A real home run,” reported on the feedback surveys, revealed overwhelming insight into the valuable message the workshops provided for those in attendance. Keynote speaker, economist Dr. Lowell Catlett, captivated Convention attendees with his personal and entertaining message about the current economic status and tomorrow’s new future. Past MHEDA Presidents Duncan Murphy, John Maybury and Tim Hilton also contributed great firsthand industry experience during their respective workshops. Another speaker, Sam Richter, unveiled valuable online secrets and created an immense buzz in his general sessions. Some attendees claimed that what they learned from Sam “paid for their entire Convention trip.” Many other accomplished speakers presented, and all had a compelling message. The bottom line is, MHEDA provided valuable takeaway messages for those in attendance.
For those unable to attend, our friends at The MHEDA Journal broadcasted daily online video interviews, articles and highlights. This MHEDA Convention “first” was a resounding success.
The Exhibitors’ Showcase is always a highlight. It’s a time to respond to the interests and needs of virtually everyone. Reviewing new products, making new acquaintances and renewing old connections is something I look forward to every year. Did I mention fun? Convention is a joyous amount of fun! The closing party included dinner, a wonderful comedy improvisation group (what an insight they had on material handling) and a great band to dance to.
Putting on a successful Convention requires a tremendous amount of teamwork. The coordination between the MHEDA Board and staff, speakers, exhibitors, entertainers and hotel management is an enormous undertaking. A successful Convention is a challenge in good economic times and even more so in down times. I want to thank 2010 Convention Chairman Chuck Frank and MHEDA Executive Vice President Liz Richards for organizing this year’s very successful event. I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the MHEDA staff for their continuous hard work.
Following the MHEDA Convention, the Executive Committee (EC) holds its summer meeting, at which Critical Impact Factors (CIFs) are developed. The CIFs are the final recommendations for the upcoming year, based on market conditions, environment and the specific status of the current year’s plans. The CIFs are incorporated and structured into the goals and action steps of each committee—Membership, Education, Networking and Industry Advocacy. Serving on the EC are myself, Liz, President-Elect Chuck Frank, Treasurer Richard Donnelly, Vice President Jerry Weidmann, Immediate Past President Duncan Murphy and Past Presidents Jack Phelan and John Cosgrove.
|2010 MHEDA President Greg Morrison can be reached at 616-361-2673 and by e-mail at email@example.com.|
During the recent Convention, Board members Steve Strifler and Duncan Murphy challenged the membership to become more involved with MHEDA, recruit new members and connect current members with our great team. If you have a desire to serve your association, I encourage you to let Liz, a Director or a staff member know. I can assure you the experience of being part of a winning team is very rewarding. It provides the opportunity to meet and learn from many wonderful individuals in our industry. As an anonymous author once conveyed, “A winning team is focused on the group, not the individual” and within that team is the very essence of “reward.”
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Greg Morrison, 2010 MHEDA President