Hello and welcome to the first edition of “Making Green on the Green” by Al Boston

Let me begin with a little bit about myself.

Starting with a degree in business and graduate work in distribution, I served at an internship with Kraft Foods and went on to work in distribution management in Chicago IL, and Minneapolis MN. Using my training and background in distribution, I applied my knowledge in the layout and design of warehouse and distribution centers with one distributor in the 1980’s and then founded A&K Equipment Company in 1988 (now known as AK Material Handling Systems). The company has now grown to include additional divisions: WPRP Wholesale Pallet Rack Products, Pallet Rack Now, and Shelf-Clips.com.

I’m also an author, speaker, and MHEDA board member. I have helped the material handling industry meet the demands of the industry to be safer and more effective at storage and handling a wide range of products. Over the past 20 + years, I have trained and mentored many industry professionals to reach a high level of professionalism in the Material Handling Equipment Industry. If you are interested in learning more about me visit my Linkedin profile here.

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Making Green on The Green reads above where Al Smiles in front of a golf course

Making Green on the Green

I have been asked to say a few words about how I would relate to playing the game of golf to running a business. The first comparison to being successful is to have a plan. Whether playing golf or running a material handling distributor, your results will depend on how well you have spent your time studying “the game” and developing a detailed plan on how to proceed. Every successful golfer knows all of the rules of golf and has studied the game by reading books and publications. The successful golfer gets lessons from a PGA pro and studies videos of their swing and compares it to great golf swings that produce top results. If you study golf and have a professional as a mentor for your recreation, I have one question…

Making Green on The Green reads above where Al Smiles in front of a golf course

How are you planning your business?

In Summary, the first part of this series is establishing a plan. Coming up next we will discuss how to execute that plan.

On a side note… I am excited to announce that AK Material Handling Systems has just been named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work for the third year in a row, More information to follow.

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We deliver value to our customers by providing the absolute best combination of quality products, helpful customer service and competitive pricing. We specialize in warehouse layout & design, pallet rack systems, engineered sales, mezzaninesmodular offices and completed turn-key warehouse systems. For more information email us or call (800) 722-5908