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Women in Industry: Janelle Anderson

COMPANY: McGee Storage & Handling TITLE: Co-Owner, CEO and CFO YEARS ON JOB: 19 years As a small business owner, no two days are the same. Many days, I’m steered down a new, unplanned path. As the CFO, I’m accountable for the company’s financial well-being. I manage our monthly operating budget and help determine when and how to invest in our strategic growth ...

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@Work: Brian Rhoads

COMPANY: Carolina Industrial Trucks TITLE: Vice President of Sales and Operations YEARS ON JOB: 4.5 Years I started at Carolina Industrial Trucks about 4.5 years ago as a Sales Manager. But I have been working in the industry since I was old enough to walk. My parents started a forklift dealership called Aurora Lift Truck in 1972, so I was essentially born into the ...

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A Service Company That Sells Equipment

How Liftech Equipment Companies, Inc. creates differentiation based on the quality of the dealership On January 1, 2019, Liftech Equipment CFO Mike Vaughan will assume the position of Chairman of the Board of the MHEDA Board of Directors. Liftech Equipment has a long and storied relationship with the association and Mike will not be the first Liftech employee to serve in a ...

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Women in Industry: Debora Smeeding

Company: MH Equipment Title: Territory Manager Years on Job: 2 As a territory manager, I regularly connect with customers to stay aware of any needs or changes in their business. To do this, I must be knowledgeable about my customers’ business in order to propose solutions that will be more productive and/or provide a safe environment. That includes keeping customers ...

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@ Work: Sean Phillips

Company: Yosemite Software Solutions Title: VP of Business Development Years on Job: 6 Years I began work at Yosemite Software Solutions six years ago. I was originally hired with the key responsibility of marketing and sales. Since then, my role has evolved to include five primary responsibilities: marketing, sales, account management, software implementation and user training. I work from my ...

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A Family Business in the Motor City

Integrity Lift provides material handling solutions through communication, execution and Integrity. By Steve Guglielmo The summer of 2009 in Detroit, Michigan, was hardly the ideal economic climate for a startup company, especially a startup in the material handling industry. Detroit was one of the most heavily impacted cities by the Great Recession. However, for Jeff and Susan Carnahan, it proved ...

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Moving Mountains: The growth and evolution of Welch Equipment Company

Welch Equipment Company (Denver, Colorado) was founded in 1983 by Duane Welch. Welch had been the Vice President of Sales at Murray Equipment, which at the time represented both the Crown and Raymond forklift lines. Both manufacturers approached Murray and asked the dealership to become exclusive. The company was faced with a choice. Duane, however, treated this as an opportunity. ...

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Women Who Inspire Us

One of MHEDA’s most important undertakings in the last several years has been to increase the diversity of our industry and our membership. Material handling has a reputation as a “boy’s club” but increasingly, women are joining the industry and moving up the ladder and into positions of authority. MHEDA has been a tireless advocate of women joining the industry, ...

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@ WORK: Eddie Murphy

COMPANY: SpaceGuard Products, Inc. TITLE: Owner/President YEARS ON JOB: 10 years I began my career with SpaceGuard Products as the Vice President of Sales in 2008, right before the bottom dropped out of the market. I had to make some very difficult staffing decisions to allow us to survive during those years. I saw drastic changes forthcoming in our distributor ...

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Greg Brown of W.W. Cannon Named Chairman of NFIB Texas Leadership Council

Greg Brown, President of W.W. Cannon, Inc. (Dallas, TX), was named Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB Texas. The NFIB (The National Federation of Independent Business) is America’s leading small business association, promoting and protecting the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses. The association is “The Voice of Small Business,” and Brown’s ascension to ...

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