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The Board of Governors of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has announced that John B. Nofsinger, chief executive officer of MHIA since 1999, will retire on December 31, 2011. Starting on January 1, 2012, a new executive will replace him.

George W. Prest, the current chief operating officer of MHIA, will succeed Nofsinger as chief executive officer.

Nofsinger has more than 45 years of experience in the material handling and logistics industry. He is recognized as a national and international authority on material handling and logistics. Before joining MHIA in 1986, Nofsinger was employed for 20 years by Republic Storage Systems. During that time as a volunteer leader within MHIA, Nofsinger served as vice president-Board of Directors and chairman of the Shelving Manufacturers Association.

“John’s 45 years of service to the industry and his 25 years of service to MHIA have been marked by major changes and improvements to the value that MHIA offers its members,” said Colin Wilson, material handling industry executive. “He has also greatly added to the value MHIA events and programming offered to end users. The Association is extremely grateful to John for his leadership and numerous contributions to the material handling and logistics industry.”

Other service includes the Board of the Charlotte Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. In addition, Nofsinger was integral to MHIA’s current and ongoing participation as a founding member of the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). Nofsinger is a former recipient of the Norman L. Cahners award.

“John’s leadership in the development of MHIA as a national and international standard for industrial associations is renowned,” said George Prest. “In addition, the growth and success of ProMat and the development of the newly launched MODEX expo are in large part due to John’s strategic vision. The development of the R-Mark rack certification, globalization of membership and MHIA’s role with ALAN all came about under John’s leadership. MHIA and the industry owe John, and his wife Patti, a huge debt of gratitude for his service.”

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