The Connection Between Success and Corporate Giving
A key function of the success of MHEDA’s events is education. Education about material handling, business and other areas can help member organizations improve their processes and refocus on their goals. At June’s MHEDA Summit, we were fortunate enough to hear from Dennis and Megan Doyle. Besides being the CEO of Matter, Dennis is an established real estate professional in the state of Minnesota, serving as Executive Chairman of Welsh Companies and CEO (and Founder) of Wildamere Capital Management. Dennis delivered an in-depth account of his experiences in real estate, as well as an analysis of the current real estate market in Minnesota. Megan spoke about the strong correlation between corporate giving and success in business, and explained to us how giving and charitable activity is more likely to help your bottom line than hurt it, as is sometimes the intuition. Both offered sincere advice, first-hand experience and a more candid, conversational delivery than can normally be found at speaking engagements. We felt all the more inspired after hearing them.
Forging New Relationships
One of the qualities that separated the MHEDA Regional Networking Summit from a lot of other events we’ve experienced was size of the group. Unlike some of the large-scale events that attract thousands of attendees, the smaller number of Summit attendees facilitated the beginning of new friendships and business relationships over the course of the event. Between the opening reception, roundtable discussions and casual conversation, attendees found themselves in situations in which getting to know those around them happened naturally, instead of feeling like work. When it comes to creating a rich networking experience, quality often trumps quantity. The Summit offered the perfect chance to connect with a smaller, yet dedicated and engaging group of material handling professionals.
Different types of industry and networking events afford different types of opportunities. Some offer widespread exposure; others a wide range of activities and events. For us, the MHEDA Regional Summit created a unique atmosphere in which we could help others, get to know people with whom we’d only talked in passing, and learn from people who had succeeded both in business and helping others — all of which would not have been possible without MHEDA and help from the Summit’s sponsors: UNEX Manufacturing, J&L Wire, Remis Power Systems and WPRP Wholesale Pallet Rack Products.