The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) said today it has named George W. Prest to be its next CEO. Prest will succeed John Nofsinger, who will retire on Dec. 31.
Prest brings over 30 years of experience to Charlotte, N.C.-based MHIA, both in managing and owning material handling manufacturing companies, MHIA said in a statement announcing the decision. "Over the years, Mr. Prest has been recognized for his volunteer leadership of industry manufacturers and distributor associations, local government, and charitable foundations."
Prest has served as president of the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) and the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI), as executive chairman of Material Handling Industry (MHI), and as a member of the Manufacturers Board of Advisors (MBOA) of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA).
In the statement, Nofsinger said of Prest, "his strategic vision has been a key contributor to advancing MHIA's efforts to [increase] not only member value but awareness of the value of material handing and logistics solutions to the manufacturing and supply chain end user community."
Colin Wilson, MHIA's executive chairman, added, "George's previous experience as the CEO of a major material handling manufacturing enterprise gives him a unique perspective on the needs of both MHIA members and end users, and will serve him well in his new role."
Prest said, "I am honored to be given the opportunity to build on the solid foundation John is handing off. I want to thank the Board of Governors and John for the confidence they have in me."