Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


IWLA appoints DeHaan as new president and CEO

DeHaan brings a long history of association leadership focused on the residential retail, home building and real estate industries.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
November 13, 2013

The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) Board of Directors has announced that Steve W. DeHaan, CAE, is the organization’s new president & CEO.

DeHaan brings a long history of successful advocacy campaigns and association leadership focused on the residential retail, home building and real estate industries. DeHaan replaces retiring IWLA president and CEO Joel Anderson who led the association for more than seven years.

“We were seeking someone who had unique qualities and attributes; extensive industry or association experience; a strong passion for advocacy; a proven track record of success running other organizations; a strategic thinker; and excellent leadership skills. Steve meets all those requirements,” says IWLA chairman Paul Verst, CWLP, president and CEO of Verst Group Logistics and chairman of the IWLA Search Committee.

Most recently DeHaan served as CEO of the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA), based in High Point, N.C. Over the course of more than 14 years at NHFA, he drove two major advocacy initiatives, strengthened NHFA membership, grew attendance at the association convention, and successfully led the board and staff through three strategic plans.

Prior to NHFA, DeHaan spent 10 years as executive vice president and lobbyist of the Michigan Association of Home Builders, and four years as vice president of member services for the Michigan Association of Realtors.

DeHaan says he is eager to meet members and learn about their warehouse-based third-party logistics businesses over the next few months. “It’s important that I talk to members about their businesses to understand what type of education is needed to match the intended goals and to accurately represent/answer questions about our membership to congressional leaders and staff,” he says.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

This one-day WERC educational and networking event will be held at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine outside Dallas on Tuesday, October 13.

HyPulsion was founded by Plug Power and Air Liquide in 2012 to build the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells in Europe. Plug Power is now poised to convert the $20 billion European material handling lift truck market to hydrogen fuel cell power.

Widely known as the “father of robotics,” Engelberger launched the world’s first robotics company, Unimation, in 1956.

Volume was up 34 percent from $7.1 billion in May. Year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 9 percent compared to 2014.

U.S. industrial manufacturers push pause on spending plans, according to PwC’s Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer.

About the Author

Josh Bond, Associate Editor
Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce. Contact Josh Bond


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA