MHI Announces the Retirement of Mike Laurent, Longtime Finance Lead, and the Appointment of Gray Murray as his Successor

After 36 years of dedicated service, MHI announces the retirement of Vice President of Finance, Mike Laurent. 
Throughout his tenure, Mike led the finance department at MHI. His work ethic and dedication to his colleagues have left a lasting impact on all those he has worked with. His financial acumen has been instrumental in the growth and success of MHI.
Under Mike's guidance, MHI has seen consistent financial growth and stability, even during challenging economic times. His expertise and guidance have been invaluable in navigating complex financial landscapes and ensuring the continued success of the association.
“As Mike transitions into retirement, we would like to express our gratitude for his many years of service and wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life,” said John Paxton, CEO of MHI. “We will miss his leadership, wisdom, and presence within the company, but are confident that the foundation he has helped to build will continue to thrive in the years to come.”
Gray Murray Joins MHI Team
MHI is excited to announce the appointment of Gray Murray as the association’s new Vice President of Finance. Gray brings a wealth of experience to MHI, with a strong financial background including experience in non-profit finance and auditing. He holds a CPA certification, an MS in Management from Wake Forest University, and an MS in Accounting from Appalachian State University.
"We are thrilled to welcome Gray to our team," said Paxton. “His expertise in non-profit finance and auditing will be invaluable as we continue to grow and serve our members."
Before joining MHI, Mr.  Murray held senior finance roles in various organizations, where he successfully managed budgets, financial reporting, and audits. “His strong financial acumen and strategic mindset will play a key role in guiding the association's financial strategy and ensuring its long-term financial stability,” added Paxton.
"I am honored to join MHI and look forward to contributing to its mission of creating member value every day,” said Murray. "I am excited to work with the MHI team and our members to help drive the organization's financial success."
Please join MHI in welcoming Gray to the MHI team and congratulating Mike on his well-deserved retirement.
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI’s over 1,000 members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking, and solution sourcing for their members, their members’ customers, and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX exhibitions to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals. The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is a division of MHI and provides education and research to the warehousing, distribution, and logistics community.

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