Inside MHI: Q&A

By Daniel McKinnon and Chinét Bernier

The people who work at MHI are the gears that keep the association rolling. They ensure MHI continues to be a valuable association and resource for people involved in the industry, and do so with wit, competence and a smile on their face. The goal of this column in MHI Solutions magazine is to give readers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at MHI and “meet” the people who make it a successful hub for everyone involved in the material handling industry.

For this issue, Daniel McKinnon and Chinét Bernier give us a peek into what they do, how they do it, what drives them and what makes them happy after a long, productive day at MHI.

Daniel McKinnon, Executive Vice President, Exhibitions

Why were you attracted to MHI and to this industry as a career choice?

The people with whom I am working are incredibly courteous, professional and most importantly, smart. Industry forecasts indicate sustained growth. In addition, the proliferation of innovative technology demonstrates the forward-thinking philosophy of our members. Finally, ProMat and MODEX are very healthy trade shows and the MHI team is committed to scaling the scope and value for our members.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your position at MHI?

I bring 28 years of experience in producing successful trade shows, as well as a deep, sincere interest in creating amazing experiences for the MHI community at our face-to-face events.

What gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment (professionally) at the end of the day?

Securing exhibit space for our members is a legitimate thrill. I recognize the value of MODEX and ProMat; therefore, having an individual or organization understand and appreciate the amazing opportunities at this event is both personally and professionally gratifying. We just completed our ProMat 2021 Space Draw and the excitement and enthusiasm of our members and exhibitors was amazing.

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