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Two Industry Leaders Retire

Two long-time leaders of the material handling industry, who each had a significant impact on the business of material handling and the work MHEDA members do every day, will be retiring at the end of this year.  

John B. Nofsinger

(L-R) MHIA CEO John B. Nofsinger, MHEDA Executive Vice President Liz Richards, MHIA COO George Prest, who will succeed Nofsinger as MHIA CEO on January 1, 2012.

John B. Nofsinger

John B. Nofsinger, chief executive officer of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) since 1999, is an international authority on material handling and logistics. The development of the R-Mark rack certification, American Logistics Aid Network, success of ProMat, launch of MODEX and the development of many educational and recruitment initiatives to bring new talent into the industry are just a sample of the many strategic achievements for which Nofsinger is responsible. A friend to MHEDA for many years, Executive Vice President Liz Richards says, “John has worked tirelessly to further the interests of the material handling industry and has brought recognition to the critical role it plays within the supply chain.”

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Bill Montwieler

(L-R) ITA Executive Director Bill Montwieler, MHEDA EVP Liz Richards, PERC Vice President Brian Feehan, MHEDA President Chuck Frank. Brian Feehan will succeed Montwieler on January 1, 2012.

Bill Montwieler

Bill Montwieler, executive director of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) since 1983, reformed international lift truck sales practices, enacted OSHA safety training regulations, established a worldwide statistics program, founded the Truck Standards Development Foundation, and developed many other programs to promote the forklift truck and its safe use. Richards says, “Bill has been a great source of knowledge and a friend to our distributor organization, always seeking collaborative opportunities to further our mutual interests and drive this industry forward.” 

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