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WEDNESday March 22


11:00 am - 1:00 pm  

VRC Board Meeting (Closed)


1:00 - 4:00 pm  

VMA Board Meeting (Closed)

THURsday March 23


8:30 am  

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 10:30 am

Leaderships Role in Accomplishing More With Less

 Marc Lesser, Author, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less


9:00 - 1:00 pm

Spouse Program

Philadelphia's Public Art Tour


10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break


11:00 am - Noon

Environmental Regulations Across All Industries

Greg Johnson, President, United Valve, Houston, TX

Noon - 1:30 pm



1:30 - 2:30 pm 

End-User Industry Panel


2:30 - 3:00 pm  

Refreshment Break


3:00 - 4:00 pm 

End-User Industry Panel (continued)

Tom Decker, Principal, Thomas E. Decker Consulting

John Spears, President, Spears and Associates

Lyle White, Vice President and Global Director of Business Development of Power Generation Services, Black and Veatch


6:00 - 9:00 pm  

VMA Host Reception and Dinner

(Spouses/Guests invited)


FRIday, march 24


8:00 - 9:00 am  

Continental Breakfast

(Spouses/Guests invited)


9:30 - 10:30 am

Valve Industry Outlook

Alan Beaulieu, Principal, ITR Economics, Manchester, NH


10:30 - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break


11:00 am - Noon

The Manufacturers’ Representatives Role in The Valve Industry

Cliff McLaughlin, President, Eastern Controls, Inc.




the next leadership forum is march 22-23 in arlington, va.


mARCH 23-24, 2017

Valve Industry Leadership Forum

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia


About the Program

The program committee for the 2017 VMA Leadership Forum have established program topics for the Forum scheduled for March 23-24, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. Members of the program committee are Mike Davenport, Bray; Kent Fowler, ASCO; James Lowery, Weir and Matt Thiel, AUMA.


Among the topics to be included are the state of the economy, leadership’s role in accomplishing more with less, manufacturers’ reps role in the valve industry, environmental regulations, as well as, a panel of end-users and their outlook on their industries.

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 and 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 23rd that is included in the spouse/guest registration fee.


Spouse Program

Registered spouse and guests are welcome to participate in a "Tour of Philadelphia's Public Art" on March 23rd. Learn why Philadelphia has been called the "mural capital of the world." Philadelphia is known for history, but also for its public art ranging from fountains, murals, mobiles, gardens and sculpture. There is no additional ticket fee, but you must be registered as a spouse/guest to attend..

Hotel Reservations

A special discounted rate of $229 has been arranged for attendees of the Leadership Forum at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. To make online reservations CLICK HERE. Use the group code VALVALJ when making your online reservations to activate the discounted rate.


If you wish to make your arrangements by phone, please call the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia reservations department at 800-241-3333 and reference the Valve Manufacturers Association Leadership Forum. Discounted rate is only valid from March 22-24 ONLY. Rooms on Friday, March 24 are limited and group rate is not guaranteed over weekend. Last day to make reservations for the discounted rate is February 28th.


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 17th After that, attendees must register onsite


Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager,

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