Education Sessions


Education Session 1
Monday, May 16, 2011   |   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The MHIA Business Planning Community Presents an Economic and Activity Update

Hal Vandiver, Gregg Meyer & Steve Buccella

Industry leaders will review current market trends for key economic segments and the economic outlook for the material handling and logistics industry for 2011 and 2012. An overview of the current and future programming of the MHIA Business Planning Community will also be discussed.


Education Session 2
Tuesday, May 17, 2011   |    11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Cutting Edge Developments in New Media

Brandon Uttley, Social Media Strategist, Wray Ward Creative Marketing Communications

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Learn the latest statistics and trends in social media and new media for the industrial B2B marketplace. Brandon will also provide details on how to take advantage of the hottest emerging trends in mobile, mobile applications including Quick Register (QR) Codes and Short Message Service (SMS), geolocation and more.

About the speaker: Brandon Uttley is a consultant specializing in social media marketing, web marketing and public relations. He is currently the social media strategist at Wray Ward. Uttley has worked with organizations and brands including Charlotte Bobcats Arena (now Time Warner Cable Arena), Bank of America, Visit Charlotte (Convention & Visitors Bureau), UNC Charlotte and Womble Carlyle.

President of the Charlotte chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Uttley earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Education Session 3
Tuesday, May 17, 2011   |    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Key Supply Chain Issues Impacting the Food Industry Today

Blake Thompson, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Snyder’s– Lance, Inc.

About the speaker: Blake W. Thompson serves as Senior Vice President — Supply Chain of Snyder’s - Lance, Inc., since February 2007. He was Vice President – Supply Chain of Lance, Inc. from 2005 to 2006; Senior Vice President, Supply Chain of Tasty Baking, a snack food manufacturer and distributor, from 2004 to 2005.