MDNA’s 76th Annual Convention & Business Meetings were held on May 4-7, 2017 at Disney World’s BoardWalk Inn in Orlando, FL. No matter how old or young, attendees of this year’s convention felt the magic in the air around them. The attendees were treated to educational seminars, exciting activities and popular social and networking events. All of which would not be possible without the strong support of the Convention Sponsors (see below.)
Being at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn gave attendees a plethora of options with the surrounding parks and activities but, for those interested in learning, there were four educational seminars with numerous takeaways.
AMEA conducted an entertaining valuation program that spoofed Hollywood Squares. Participants matched wits and appraisal knowledge with members of the AMEA Board of Directors hosted by Don Bentley, CEA and Doris Toronyi, CEA.
MDNA presented the following three educational seminars:
Seminar #1 – John Taucher, CEA, of MDNA Member Firm, Portage Packaging and Neal J. Novak, Regional Vice President of Alex N. Sill Company (North America’s Leading Firm of Loss Consultants & Appraisers), presented a seminar entitled “Are You Prepared For A Disaster?”. This presentation included a firsthand account by Mr. Taucher of the many hurtles and pitfalls that follow a catastrophic loss to your business and how a firm like the Sill Company can help you navigate the process of rebuilding. Log into to the Member’s Only Back Office to view the PowerPoint that accompanied this presentation and go to >Resources> Presentation Slides
Seminar #2 – Joint Venture Standards & Procedures Panel Discussion was led by Joe Lundvick, CEA, of Perfection Global LLC, Jack Boecher, AEA, of Raco Industrial Corp., Paul Lashin, of Prestige Equipment, and Troy Clark, of Clark Machinery Sales. Topics included: When should a joint venture machine be paid for? What are acceptable expenses? What rate should be used for cleaning versus repairing? Is a salesperson’s commission a shared expense? Should overhead be part of the expenses? Should the partner know who the machine was sold to?
Seminar #3 – Exporting and U.S. Government Help was presented by Kenneth R. Mouradian, Director, Orlando U.S. Export Assistance Center U.S. Commercial Service Orlando U.S. Department of Commerce. He explained many of the services and assistance opportunities available to U.S. businesses doing business abroad. Log into to the Member’s Only Back Office to view the PowerPoint that accompanied this presentation and go to >Resources> Presentation Slides
Networking and Social Event Coverage:
Our widely popular social and networking events kicked off with an entertaining Disney tunes sing-along. Thursday night’s welcome party was in an ideal location at Disney’s Atlantic Dance Hall and included all of the keys to success: a talented band, superb food and beverages, business networking and reacquainting with old friends from overseas as far as England and Germany. To top the night, Micky and Minnie Mouse surprised all with a special appearance!
Friday morning’s rain let up just in time to allow our spouse contingent to take advantage of a private outdoor patio inside of Epcot for their own form of networking, at a special champagne brunch. Friday night all attendees gathered at this private island for a sumptuous reception and spectacular view of Disney’s Illuminations, fireworks and lasers show.
Saturday commenced with the Awards Breakfast and Annual meeting. Newly Elected AMEA President Randy Koster, CEA, presented the MDNA Leadership Award to Robert Yeoman, CEA. The Leadership award is presented to recognize exemplary and extraordinary leadership qualities demonstrated by a current member of the MDNA Board of Directors, MIS Executive Committee or AMEA Board of Directors who has made significant contributions to the association or one of its subsidiaries. Traditionally, this award has been given to individuals who have already made significant contributions to the association or its subsidiaries in a leadership role, and are poised to go on to even greater service to MDNA. In presenting this award Randy said “I could not think of a more deserving person.” Bob currently sits on both the MDNA and AMEA Boards as a Director and his contributions have been felt throughout the entire organization. In addition to his service on the two Boards and his stellar performance as Chicago Chapter Chairman, Bob was the chief architect and fund raiser behind the MDNA Chicago Chapter/IMTS Meeting and Dinner, without question the largest Chapter Meeting in the Country.
The Annual Meeting is also the time when the association elects its new officers. This year the National Nominating Chairman Paul Lashin, CEA, of Prestige Equipment presided over the introduction of the slate of officers. And after unanimous consent from the members in attendance Joe Lundvick, CEA, of Perfection Global LLC, was elected MDNA President. The slate of national officers presented and approved also included First Vice President John Greene, CEA, F L Sales Inc., Second Vice President Craig Ward, CEA, F. P. Miller Co., Treasurer Ed Krause, FH Machinery. Five Directors at Large were elected; John Butz, ReSell CNC, Troy Clark, Clark Machinery Sales LLC, Dan Wheeler, CEA, Wheeler Machinery Inc., Charlie Winternitz, CEA, Loeb Winternitz Industrial Auctioneers and Robert Yeoman, CEA, Yeoman Machinery Corporation.
The celebration continued through to the President’s Banquet where all attendees danced the night away after a program that included a wonderful introductory speech by the newly elected president, who thanked and honored his predecessor, now Past President, Kim Khoury and all who helped mold him into the man and MDNA Member he is today.
On Saturday President of the ADLSF Kristine Conroy and the trustees conducted the annual scholarship raffle drawing and the big winner was sitting at the head table (MDNA First Vice President John Greene of FL Sales, Inc.) This was John’s second time as the big winner. Other winning amounts included: $2,000 – John Becker of Heat Treat Equipment Co.; $1,500 – Nate Arnold of Arnold Equipment Co., and winner of $1,000 – John Butz of ReSell CNC.
The program portion of the evening also included presenting the MDNA Randolph K. Vinson Award to, now retired MDNA Member, Richard Levy. This award is named in honor of MDNA’s long-time professional staff director (who retired in 1965) and is presented to individuals in recognition of and in appreciation for outstanding and continuous contributions to the advancement of MDNA and the used machinery industry. After climbing the ranks of the AMEA to become President Mr. Levy turned around and served in all of the MDNA officer positions culminating in his service as MDNA President in 2007 to 2009 and remained on the Board until 2015. In accepting the award, he commented that he was deeply touched and was honored that he had been involved with the MDNA for literally his entire machinery career.
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