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2:00 – 2:45 pm

VMA Business Meeting


3:00 – 4:30 pm

Keynote: Leadership in the New Normal

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Attendee’s Choice: Happy Hour Topical Discussions

thursday, SEPT. 10 


View Bonus Sessions on your schedule


2:00 – 3:00 pm

Political Analysis and Impacts for Manufacturing Companies


3:30 – 4:30 pm

Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection and Create High-Performing Teams

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Attendee’s Choice: Happy Hour Topical Discussions

friDAY, SEPT. 11 

10:30 – 11:30 am

Using Organizational Change Principals in a Remote Work Environment

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Impacts of a Wild and Unprecedented Economic Environment

12:45 – 1:00 pm

Concluding Remarks and Thank You




  • Registration and attendance at, or participation in, this event constitutes an agreement by the registrant to VMA/VRC’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant’s or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

  • All participants in any VMA/VRC meetings/events must adhere to the VMA anti-trust guidelines.

  • Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on any individual’s sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.

  • All participants agree not to “share” their registration credentials with others

  • Participants who do not follow VMA/VRC policies will have their event credentials revoked and will not be issued a refund. Additional actions may also be taken as deemed appropriate by VMA/VRC.

  • VMA/VRC does not accept responsibility for any “no-shows” or time spent viewing or participating in the online event. Individuals will be charged for the cost of their registration if they do not follow the cancellation policies.

  • Cancellations received on or before Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, will be refunded in full, minus a 5% admin fee.

  • Cancellations received after Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, will not receive a refund.

  • Substitutions are allowed until 24 hours before the event begins.

Please call Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager, at 202-331-8105 ext. 310 or by email at


Sept. 9-11, 2020




Whether it’s the pandemic, economic challenges and market volatility, societal unrest, political discourse – or an upcoming election – there is certainly no shortage of topics to discuss at VMA’s 2020 Annual Meeting. This is VMA’s premier event open to members only, which delivers unparalleled networking, discussion and analysis of the most important external and internal issues being faced, and how they affect the valve industry. 


And while this year will be different as we hold the event online, all attendees will still know why this is a not to be missed event! Because the event is virtual, it is the ideal opportunity for a group of individuals from your company to benefit from attending and hearing the same information together. A rate for up to 10 people from each member company is available, as well as an individual registration rate.The return you’ll receive from your investment is well worth it – and if you don’t think it is, we’ll refund your registration!



The Virtual Annual Meeting will take place for a few hours each day, over three days. VMA’s has created a program addressing the top concerns of the industry today. With presentations, discussions, Q&A, and on-demand presentations, you’ll leave with the information you need on the status of the industry today and knowledge you need to keep leading into 2021 and beyond. And if you miss a session, view it later as all content is available for attendees to access and watch for a month after the event.


Renowned Speakers and Live Q&A

The follow sessions will all be offered live with online and verbal Q&A with the presenters. Attendees have the opportunity to ask each speaker questions and hear their answers first-hand.


KEYNOTE: Leadership in the New Normal 
As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina. Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, USA (Ret.)
became known as the “Category 5 Gen.” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. He is a decorated 37-year army veteran and global authority on leadership. He will share his experience in managing natural and man-made conflicts to help VMA members build a culture of preparedness to manage through crisis and change in our country’s new normal. 


Political Analysis and Impacts for Manufacturing Companies
Nationally respected pollster, best-selling author and on-air election analyst John Zogby will aim to provide some context around the polarized politics of today and some analysis of the upcoming election this November. He'll also weave in some ideas on how the manufacturing industry can prepare for the coming wave of dynamic change, and be available to answer your burning questions.


Using Organizational Change Principals in a Remote Work Environment
Currently the Director, Organizational Transformation and Change Management at JLL and a former HR consultant, Danielle Zaft will share her insights and knowledge on organizational change principles to help you adjust to a changed world.


Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection and Create High-Performing Teams

Franklin Covey's Thought Leader on Inclusion and Bias, Pamela Fuller, will explore why our assumptions about each other and how we interact with one another has vast effects on both individual and organizational success. VMA leaders and managers will receive tools and tips to help identify and take action to overcome unconscious bias and create a workplace where everyone feels valued and volunteers their best efforts. 


Impacts of a Wild and Unprecedented Economic Environment

Michael Halloran, CFA, Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Analyst at Baird, will talk to VMA members about the economy, various scenarios and what this could – or could not – mean for the valve industry in the year to come. He’ll also address how Wall Street currently views the industry, and as a speaker last year will provide updates from what he shared then.


Bonus Sessions

Make the most your registration by also viewing the following presentations.  All attendees can access them at anytime during the event, or for a month after the event. 

  • Supply Chain, Covid-19, and Global Trade – Lessons Learned
  • Legal and Governmental Update for the Valve Industry
  • The Latest Updates on Standards
  • Cyber Securing Your Mined Bytes

Engaging Discussions and Networking

Make connections that continue after the event through individual online networking and facilitated topical discussions, as well as a Happy Hour! Topics include:

  • COVID-19 – Implications, managing the workplace, legal issues
  • Tariffs, Legal and Regulations
  • Advocacy for the Valve Industry
  • Selling in a Remote Environment
  • Being Mindful – From Leadership to Happy Hour
  • Open Discussion – Bring your Favorite Cocktail or Wine 

VMA Business Meeting

The Annual Meeting also hosts VMA’s annual business meeting, where plans for the coming year are reviewed with the membership, including the budget and key association activities, as well as accomplishments from the previous year.  Board representatives are voted on and other business is held as needed, so Official Reps are requested to attend. The Business Meeting is open to all members with no registration fee.Each company’s official representative to VMA should attend in order to provide their company’s vote.All attendees of the Annual Meeting will automatically be registered for the business meeting.



Attendees are typically C-suite or product and department heads, but this year in particular VMA is encouraging all who are interested to attend.  A rate for up to 10 people from each member company is available, as well as an individual registration rate.



Even though this event takes place with attendees and speakers spread all over North America, everyone will be meeting virtually through the same website.  This means attendees will hear and see speaker presentations and ask them questions in real-time, can engage in private one-one-conversations and chats,  participate in robust, small-group discussions on topics of interest, and  learn more about the event sponsors. 





Registration rates for VMA Members only are as follows:

  • Individual Registration: $425
  • Group of 10 people from one member company: $875 (Deadline for group reservations is Sept. 4. See more below.)

Registration includes access to all activities during the event, including the ability to view and listen to presentations, engage in a Q&A live chat with our renowned speakers, interact one on one with other attendees, and take part in small group discussions focusing on specific topics. Sponsor information and access to the presentations and the recordings for one month after the event is also included.


Group Registration: Within 3 days the person who purchased this option will receive a customized registration link for their company. Up to 10 individuals can then use this link to register themselves. Please note that each registrant must use their own unique email address. If additional registrations beyond the ten need to be purchased or for other questions, contact the registrar.





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