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Tuesday March 22


8:30 am  Continental Breakfast


9:00 am  Formal Opening


9:00 - 1:00 pm

Spouse/Guest Program, A Tour of Historic Denver 


9:05 - 10:30 am

SESSION I - Valve Industry Outlook, Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics


10:30 - 11:00 am Refreshment Break


11:00 am - Noon

SESSION II - Talent Driven Innovation, Benjamin Dollar, Deloitte Consulting

Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch


1:30 - 2:30 pm 

SESSION III - Living Mission, Vision and Values: Building a Strategy Capable Organization, Michael Couch, Michael Couch & Associates, Inc.


2:30 - 3:00 pm  Refreshment Break


3:00 - 4:00 pm 

SESSION III (continued)


6:00 - 9:00 pm  VMA Host Reception and Dinner


Wednesday, march 23


8:30 - 9:30 am  Continental Breakfast (Spouses/Guests invited)


9:30 - 10:30 am

SESSION IV - Wall Street Outlook, Michael Halloran, Robert W, Baird & Company


10:30 - 11:00 am Refreshment Break


11:00 am - Noon

SESSION V - A World Gone Social, ​Mike Babbitt, Switch & Shift


mARCH 22-23, 2016

Valve Industry Leadership Forum

The Ritz-Carlton Denver


About the Program

The program committee for the 2016 VMA Leadership Forum had their initial conference call and established program topics for the Forum scheduled for March 22-23, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Denver. Members of the program committee are Jim Gray, GE; Mark Nahorski, PBM and Matt Thiel, AUMA.


Among the topics to be included are the state of the economy, Wall Street outlook, talent driven innovation, building a strategy-capable organization and social media.

Who Should Attend?

Attendance is open to senior executives responsible for managing a VMA or VRC member company and/or division of such company. We encourage our industry leaders to bring with them their management teams and emerging leaders. There will be time devoted to networking with your peers at other companies.

Registration Fees

Registration is limited to VMA/VRC Members only is $625 for the first registration and $525 for any additional registrations from the same dues paying member. The Spouse/Guest fee is $295 for each person. The Spouse/Guest fee includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, and hosted reception and dinner. There is also a spouse/guest activity on March 22nd that is included in the registration fee


Hotel Reservations


A special discounted rate of $229 has been arranged for attendees of the Leadership Forum at the Ritz Carlton Denver. To make reservations online, please CLICK HERE


Discounted rate is valid from March 20 - 24 ONLY. If you wish to make your arrangements by phone, please call the Ritz Carlton Denver reservations department at 1-800-241-3333 and reference the Valve Manufacturers Association.


Last day to make reservations for the discounted rate is Friday, February 26, 2016.


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable minus a 5% administrative fee
  • Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 - 14 days prior to the event are non-refundable.
  • Substitutions and online registration accepted until March 18th. After that, attendees must register onsite.



Contact Malena Malone-Blevins at or by calling 202-331-8105 ext. 310.

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