MHI Announces 2017 Young Professionals Network Awards Finalists

Friday, March 17, 2017

MHI is pleased to announce the 2017 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Award finalists. 
The Mentor Award is awarded to an MHI member who offers professional guidance, is a positive and inspiring role model, instills and nurtures talent, advocates for employees and supports their professional development and possesses a commitment to the company and its people.
Mentor Award:
Tony Barr, President
BEUMER Corporation
Tracy Niehaus, Marketing Manager
Pete Saladis, Assembly Operations Manager
The Raymond Corporation
Brandon Taylor, Chief Hardware Designer
The Outstanding Young Professional is awarded to an MHI member under the age of 40 who has displayed professional accomplishments and affiliations, effective leadership skills and contributions to their company and innovation at work or in the industry.
Outstanding Young Professional Award:
Mitch Hayes, Vice President, Sales & Consulting
Swisslog Logistics, Inc.
Justin Norman, Product Support Engineer
Michael Roe, Account Executive
Tyler Schmakel, Director of Production
Rasco Industries, Inc.
Justin Sturek, Toyota Production System Supervisor
The Raymond Corporation
Joel Thomas, Industry Manager - Intralogistics
Lenze Americas
Chris Youngs, Account Executive
The winners will be recognized during the MHI Industry Night at ProMat 2017 on April 5.
About the YPN 
The MHI Young Professionals Network’s mission is to provide resources and programming to a diverse group of professionals looking to advance their careers in material handling, logistics and supply chain industries. The goal of YPN is to increase industry retention, education and networking as well as to offer career support. You do not have to be an MHI member to participate. Learn more at
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product- and solution- specific groups. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.   
About ProMat
ProMat 2017 will be held April 3-6 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Over 900 exhibitors will showcase their solutions on ProMat’s two show floors totaling over 360,000 square feet of manufacturing and supply chain solutions. ProMat exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems. ProMat 2017 will also feature a comprehensive educational conference including keynotes and show floor educational seminars led by industry experts and leading authorities. 
ProMat is the largest international material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference held in North America and South America. For more information on exhibiting or attending ProMat, visit   
Contact: Carol Miller, MHI VP of Marketing and Communications/704-676-1190.