Annual Convention

What to Expect from a MHEDA Convention

When you attend a MHEDA Convention, you will gather with hundreds of industry professionals under one roof for four days of outstanding high quality education and endless networking possibilities not to mention many exciting area tours. 

This is MHEDA’s premier industry event and offers thought-provoking and timely educational sessions as well as daily keynote presentations. We always include presentations with views about the global economy, business cycle pressures and predictions for what’s ahead. In addition, one of the most popular sessions at the convention is the Round Table session where you’ll learn and share best practices and ideas with your industry peers.

In 2019, more than 600 distributors and manufacturers joined MHEDA for the 64th Annual MHEDA Convention in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, for four days of networking, education and inspiration. This year’s Convention theme was “Setting the Stage for What’s Next” and featured speakers and education designed to show where the business climate and our industry is heading. View 2019 Convention Recap, Member Reviews and Convention Photos

Another well attended event at a MHEDA Convention is the ever popular Exhibitor Showcase. Members come together to display their products or services giving attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest products, technologies and services. This event brings networking to a whole new level. Booth Reservations for the 2020 Exhibitor Showcase begin on September 17, 2019.

As with any gathering, a MHEDA Convention will also strengthen and form new relationships.

Program at a Glance for the 2020 Annual Convention

MHEDA will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the 2020 Annual Convention and Exhibitor Showcase on May 2-6 and will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

  • Registration Desk Open – Pick up your meeting material and badge.
  • Optional Tours for Convention Attendees

Sunday, May 3, 2020

  • Registration Desk Open – Pick up your meeting material and badge.
  • Golf Tournament for Convention Attendees
  • Optional Tours for Convention Attendees
  • Exhibitor Move-In – Companies who are displaying in the 2020 Exhibitor Showcase will set up their individual booths.
  • New Members Orientation – Meet and greet orientation to help new members and first time attendees feel comfortable at your first convention.
  • Opening Dinner Party

Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Group Breakfast
  • Membership Business Meeting – Hear how the association is working to better serve you!
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Exhibitor Showcase – A showcase of the material handling industry’s best companies. The showcase provides suppliers with the opportunity to network with distributors across the globe. Click Here for Details on How to Reserve a Booth for 2020
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Spouses Optional Tour Available
  • Afternoon General Session
  • Roundtable Discussions – Share ideas on critical and best practices with other material handling executives. You will have an hour of uninterrupted time to discuss challenges and opportunities that matter most to you, and learn how others in the industry are handling these same issues.
  • Exhibitor Showcase Happy Hour

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • Group Breakfast
  • Women in Industry Breakfast
  • General Session
  • Educational Workshops throughout the Day – meet face to face with industry peers and learn from exceptional speakers.
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Spouses Optional Tour Available
  • Give Back Event
  • Closing Dinner/Dance Gala

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • Farewell Breakfast

Sponsorship Opportunities

A number of different sponsorship opportunities will be available in 2020 at various levels to fit a wide range of budgets. Sponsorship allows you to have a significant presence at the Convention and supports MHEDA’s programming on behalf of the material handling distributor. We hope you will take this opportunity to expand awareness of your brand and demonstrate your commitment to the growth & strengthening of the material handling industry. For more information, please contact: Kathy Cotter direct at 630-915-8405 or email at