Howie Retires from MHIA, Leaves Mark on Education

MHIA announced the retirement of Allan Howie, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development of Material Handling Industry of America and champion of MHIA's Technical Career Education Program (TCEP) initiative. Howie's career spans over 30 years in the material handling equipment industry with the past twelve in association with MHIA.

He has worked tirelessly with public schools, community colleges, governmental agencies and charitable institutions to educate individuals seeking to enter the warehousing, distribution, supply chain and logistics industry at the entry level.

To this goal, Howie authored Fundamentals of Warehousing and Distribution, Volume 1: An Introductory Course in Material Handling, which has been called the most relevant instructional text for the entry level student available today. Allan was also responsible for the recently released Fundamentals of Warehousing & Distribution, Volume 2: Warehouse Operations.

“Allan's 30 years of service to the industry and his 12 years of service to MHIA have been marked by his devotion and commitment to the education and training of entry level students in the area of material handling, supply chain and logistics," says MHIA CEO George W. Prest. "Without Allan's tireless commitment to the development of the Technical Career Education Program, there simply would not be one. Thanks to Allan for generations to come there will be opportunities for young people and the industry that will be in alignment.”

In honor of Howie’s contribution to education, MHIA recently donated $6,700 to the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI). The funds were collected from the participants in its first-ever Industry Night, held during MODEX 2012 at the Georgia Aquarium. Over 1,400 industry professionals attended this networking event. The donation will go toward the establishment of the Allan Howie Fund which will provide grants to students from educational institutions supported by MHIA's TCEP. The grants will pay travel expenses for selected students and teachers to MHIA trade events ProMat and MODEX.

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