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S c h e d u l e

WednesDay, March 1

9:00 am 

Bus leaves for Corvette Assembly Plant Museum & Tour



7:30 - 8:00 am 

Continental Breakfast


9:00 am  

Exhibitor Set-up


9:45 - 10:00 am  

Morning Break


10:00 - 11:30 am  



11:30 am - 1:00 pm  

Lunch with Exhibitors


1:00 - 3:15 pm  



3:15 - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


3:45 - 4:30 pm  

Seminar Resumes


4:30 - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion with Speakers 


5:00 - 6:00 pm   

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibitor Breakdown



FRIDAY, March 3


7:30 - 8:00 am    

Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 8:30 am  

Student Paper Presentation


8:30 - 9:45 am     



9:45 - 10:00 am  

Morning Break


10:00 - 11:30 am  



11:30 am - Noon  

Panel Discussion with Speakers



Meeting Adjourns

March 1-3, 2017



Engineering Valves in the extreme


Nashville, TN

The Hilton Nashville DOwntown


registration will be OPEN NOVember 2016


About the Program

The 2017 Technical Seminar and tour will be held March 1-3, in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting is open to members and non-member of VMA and VRC as well as suppliers to the industry.


The VMA Technical Seminar attendees are senior engineers, product and business development managers, and directors of application engineering who help shape API’s and control language that operate valves and controls. Those who attend come to learn about topics such as Safety and Environment, Compliance with Emission Standards, and Advances in Valve Design, Tools and Technology.


The theme for this year is Engineering Valves in the Extreme.


Members of the committee are as follows: Arie Bregman, DFT Inc.; Jim Barker, DeZurik APCO; David Escobar, Chairman, Metso Automation USA, Inc.; Dale Friemoth, Crane Fluid Handling; Ken Juncewicz, GE Oil and Gas; Kevin Lamb, Technetics; Ron Manson, Cameron Valve and Measurement; Stephane Meunier, Cowan Dynamics.

Who Should Attend?

Mid-to-senior level management, engineering and technical personal in valve manufacturing companies. This meeting is open to members of VMA, as well as non-members.

Who Should Exhibit?

Companies that sell or provide services to valve manufacturers and end-users. This exhibit program is open to VMA members as well as non-member companies.


corvette assembly plant and museum TOUR


VMA has secured a private tour for attendees of the Corvette Assembly Plan and Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Ky. You must be registered for the Technical Workshop to take the tour and there is an additional fee of $75 to attend. Attendees will then embark on a one hour, one mile walking tour of the assembly area of the assembly plant. Watch the fascinating assembly process of America's favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Witness an engineering marvel as the chassis and body come together in "marriage" and brand new Corvettes roll off the assembly line.


Once the tour is completed attendees will then get back on the bus for a short drive to the Corvette Museum where we will have lunch. After lunch attendees will take a guided tour of the Corvette Museum..



Student Paper Presentation

The VMA Technical Committee is organizing the VMA 2017 Student Paper Competition as part of the VMA Technical Seminar on “Engineering Valves in the Extreme” that will be presented on Friday morning, March 3rd. Five (5) finalists will have their papers published in the seminar proceedings and receive a copy from the VMA. The author of the top paper will be required to present their paper at VMA Technical Seminar in Nashville, TN. The student presenter will be recognized with a monetary reward and a commerative plaque.


In order to be eligible for the contest:

  • Author must be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student pursuing a degree in a technical field (Engineering, Computer Science, Materials, Applied Math, etc.)
  • A full-length paper must be officially accepted and submitted electronically via email.
  • E-mail your paper and proof of eligibility as PDF files to David Escobar at by the deadline listed below. Use "VMA Student Paper Competition" in the subject line. You will receive a tracking number and confirmation of receipt from the VMA.
  • Finalists must commit to attending the conference and presenting his or her paper at the 30 minute special session, if selected as the Top Paper.
  • While other authors may be listed on the paper, the student must have contributed the majority of the effort presented and in the writing of the paper.

If you are a student and wish to submit a paper, please contact Deadline for submission is October 15th.


Accommodations for the 2017 Technical Seminar have been arranged at the Hilton Nashville Downtown at the discounted rate of $279 per night. The hotel is right in the heart of “music city” and attendees will be able to walk to all the attractions and incredible music venues that only Nashville has to offer. Room block will open in November of 2016.

ATTENDEE Registration

Open to all VMA/VRC members and industry non-members. Registration fees are $645 for the first registrant and $545 for any additional registrants from the same company. Your registration fee covers the VMA Technical Seminar, speaker handouts' manual, and all food functions to include continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to the exhibit area.



EXHIBIT REGISTRATION FEES (Exhibit Program is one day ONLY)


Registration fees are $495 for VMA/VRC members and $550 for non-members. All exhibits are tabletops. The exhibit fee includes registration for two from your company, your table, a sign, wastebasket, seminar attendees list, lunch, afternoon breaks and Welcome Reception.


Exhibit registration does not include entrance to the Technical Seminar.


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% administration 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 and 14 days prior to the day of the event are non-refundable. Substitutions may be made until March 4th.



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

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