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Women in Industry – Rose Suriano, Esq.

COMPANY: Brach Eichler TITLE: Partner YEARS ON JOB: 3 I have been providing legal services to businesses in the material handling industry for over 12 years, including the past three at Brach Eichler. To successfully represent these companies, it is imperative that I become an expert in this industry and understand my client’s business. Understanding the industry, and how it ...

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At Work – Dan Helms

COMPANY: Conveyors & Drives, Inc. TITLE: President YEARS ON JOB: 26 Years, 10 as President I did not expect to work in the material handling industry. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance. I spent the first several years of my career in sales and sale management selling payroll services. My father-in-law, Gary Ashley, approached ...

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People Matter, Passion Inspires and our Purpose Unites Us

How MH Equipment Company came back from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the industry’s most successful companies By Steve Guglielmo MH Equipment Company (Peoria, IL) is one of the largest and most successful distributors in the Material Handling industry today. With more than 900 employees, 500 technicians and 31 facilities, the company is one of the fastest growing distributors ...

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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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