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2016 VMA Annual Meeting

The VMA/VRC Annual Meeting Program Committee has put together a diverse educational program for the 2017 meeting in Rancho Mirage. Covering Topics such as "Micro Trends in Digital and Social Media" to "Conversations about the Relationships Between Manufacturers and Distributors, and "The Valve Industry Outlook for 2017" this annual meeting promises to be informative and timely. Social events, spouse/ guest events, golf and tennis will also be part of the activities scheduled.

9/21/2016 to 9/23/2016
When: September 21 - September 23, 2016
Where: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Drive
Rancho Mirage, California  92270
United States
Contact: Malena Malone-Blevins
202-331-8105 ext. 310

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 Who Should Attend?

VMA and VRC professionals from all company divisions. We encourage leadership to bring the company's "next generation."


Registration is open to VMA and VRC members. Golf, Tennis and other optional activities will be in addition to your registration fees.  


Early Bird Discount until August 21st. 

Early bird registration fees are $850,before August 21 and $900 thereafter.   You must be a member of VMA/VRC to attend and you must sign in to your membership account to receive the early bird registration fee.  If you have questions about your username and password, please call 202-331-8105 ext 310 or email Malena Malone-Blevins, Meeting Planner, at 


All registration fees include General Session Education Programs, Welcome Reception, Continental Breakfasts, Coffee Breaks, Informal Dinner and Reception, Friday Morning Breakfast Speaker, and Closing Reception and Dinner Gala.


Registration for Spouse/Guests 

A spouse/guest is defined as a spouse or significant other who is accompanying an attendee registrant to the meeting.  Spouse/Guest registration is not intended for additional colleagues from your company. Spouse/Guest registration does not include the General Sessions.


VMA spouse/guests early bird registration fees are $550, before August 21 and $600 thereafter.   

Spouse/Guests registration fees includes the Spouse/Guest Meet and Greet California Wine Tasting, Coffee Breaks, Welcome Reception, Continental Breakfasts, Celebrity Tour of Palm Springs, Informal Reception and Dinner, Friday Breakfast Speaker and Closing Reception and Dinner Gala.


Registering Multiple Attendees

You can register other attendees from the same member company, however, you must be able to choose their Optional Tickets and Complimentary RSVP tickets for them at time of registration. 



VMA holds two golf events during the meeting. The VMA Golf Tournament and the Twellman Skins Golf Game.  Everyone is welcome to play. Both events will be played on the Valley Course at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs. Transportation is provided to the course. Please purchase a ticket to participate when you register.



VMA also holds a Round Robin Tennis Tournament during the meeting. Everyone is welcome to play. This year's tournament will be held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs. Transportation will be provided. Please purchase a ticket to participate when you register. 



Registered attendees and Spouse/Guests are welcome to take advantage of the many Optional Activities and one-of-a -kind experiences the VMA Spouse Committee has carefully crafted  that highlight the Palm Spring area, it's history and the natural beauty of the Coachella Valley. Optional Activities are at the attendees own expense.  Please purchase tickets for optional events when you register.



 As part of your Spouse/Guest registration, you are welcome to take part in two special events. Join your fellow spouse/guests  beginning September 21st for a Meet and Greet California Wine Tasting event.  Likewise, on September 22nd, go off-site to experience a Celebrity Tour of Palm Springs.  Both of these events are complimentary and are part of the Spouse/Guest registration, however, please RSVP for these events when you register. 


 Accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage have been arranged at the discounted rate of $265 per night.  To book online,  CLICK HERE. Please use the booking code ADIADIA when making your reservations.  If you wish to book by phone, please call Marriott Center Reservations at 1-800-542-8680.  Mention the VMA Annual Meeting when you call.   Last day to receive discounted rate is September 2nd. 

This rate is good two days before and two days after the annual meeting, however, pre and post stay availability is not guaranteed.  Rates and availability are guaranteed September 20  - September 23rd ONLY.  Any upgrades or additional costs for suites are the responsibility of the attendees and may not be available at the group rate.



If you need to change or cancel  your optional activities for the VMA annual meeting, please submit changes in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at  Some changes may incur additional costs,   If so, VMA  will contact you to secure a credit card before we make the change.



  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable minus a 5% registration service charge.
  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days are 75% refundable.
  • Due to hotel and other event guarantees cancellations of registrations received between 0 – 14 days prior to the event are not refundable.
  • Deadline for cancellations or substitutions for Optional Events is September 1st.  
  • All cancellations must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at


*Off-site Optional Events, Golf and Tennis require purchase of a ticket and pre-payment this year.  All Cancellations for pre-paid events must be in writing by SEPTEMBER 1, 2016  or no refunds will be given.  Substitutions for golf will be accepted onsite.



Malena Malone-Blevins at 202-331-8105 ext 310 or email


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