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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Wednesday, Feb. 26 (pre-event activities)

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Valve Repair Council Board meeting

(invitation only)


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Valve Manufacturers Association Board meeting

(invitation only)


6:00 pm

VMA Board Reception and Dinner

(invitation only)


Thursday, Feb. 27

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions


9:15 am - 10:45 am

Keynote: Lead Smart through High Performance Cultures


10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Congressional and Legal Issues from Tariffs to Marijuana: Impacts on the Valve Industry


12:15 - 1:30 pm



1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The National and Global Economic Outlook’s Effect on the Valve Industry


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Manufacturing Gets Digital: Capturing Value in the Smart Factory


4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Day One Wrap Up


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



6:30 pm

Networking Dinners - On Your Own


Friday, Feb. 28

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast


8:30 - 9:30 am

A Local Political View on National Politics


9:30 am - 10:15 am

Trends in Employee Benefits to Recruit and Retain a Strong Workforce


10:15 - 10:45 am

Student Straight-Talk


10:45 am - 11:30 am

Succession Planning and Knowledge Transfer


11:30 am - Noon

Concluding Remarks




Valve Industry Leadership Forum


feb. 27-28, 2020

new orleans


Gain valuable insights and network with flow control leaders at the only event featuring executive-level analysis on trends, management strategies, manufacturing innovations, politics and economics affecting the valve industry.  


Current and emerging leaders from VMA and VRC members will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of trends affecting business leaders
  • Build vital professional relationships
  • Leave with actionable ideas to implement now
  • Participate in engaging discussions
  • Hear case studies and share insights



“Truly enjoyed all subjects”       “Excellent speakers”         “Top-notch networking”




This event is designed for individuals with leadership roles in the valve industry. Executives, managers and emerging leaders from valve manufacturers, suppliers and distributors will benefit from attending. Registration is only open to members of the VMA/VRC. Join today! E-mail VMA President Heather Rhoderick or call 202-331-8105 x306 to begin your application process.


Bring your team and save money! Discounts are available for companies that send multiple current and emerging leaders.


CLICK HERE to see the list of companies planning to attend.




The Valve Industry Leadership Forum is produced by the Valve Manufacturers Association, the only trade association representing the North American flow control industry. Presentations are curated by industry experts from member companies who are committed to advancing the industry. 


Special thanks to our 2020 program committee members:

  • Kim Beise, Dowco
  • Kent Fowler, Emerson/ASCO
  • Stephane Meunier, Emerson/ASCO
  • Jim Walther, Kitz Corporation



Early-bird rates through Feb. 3:

  • $650 Early Bird
  • $699 Regular Rate

Discount for multiple attendees from the same company:

  • $550 Early Bird
  • $599 Regular Rate

Open to VMA/VRC Members only.


Spouse/Guest Registration: Spouses and attendee guests may attend all event networking functions for $150. An informal spouse program may be organized depending on interest.






All activities for the Leadership Forum will take place at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. The discounted rate block at the Ritz is closed, however, reservations at the Ritz can still be made at a variety of room types and price points. Please CLICK HERE to make reservations online. Reservations can also be made by phone via Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 800-826-8987.


Other hotels in the area include:


Hyatt Centric French Quarter

800 Iberville Street


2-minute walk to Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


Courtyard by Marriott

910 Iberville St


3-minute walk to Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


Renaissance New Orleans

817 Common St.


4-minute walk to Ritz-Carlton New Orleans


The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is located 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112. Phone 504-524-1331.




Louis Armstrong International Airport is located 14 miles, a 20-minute drive, from the hotel. An airport shuttle is approximately $13 per person, one way. Taxis and ride sharing also operate. Valet parking at the hotel is available for approximately $52 per night. 




If you are interested in reaching current and future industry leaders, contact us about event sponsorship opportunities to highlight your company and brand.




Email Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager, or call 202-331-8105 Ext. 310.




  • VMA/VRC does not accept responsibility for any “no-shows.” Regardless of their attendance, these individuals will be charged for the cost of their registration.
  • Registration and attendance at, or participation in, VMA/VRC meetings and other activities 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.
  • VMA/VRC events are not open to members of the general public. Only industry individuals/professionals are permitted to attend, based on their membership status.
  • All participants agree to wear their badge at all times during the event and may not “share” their badges with other attendees.
  • 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.
  • VMA/VRC attendees are not permitted to carry weapons of any kind, including concealed or displayed firearms, onto the premises of any VMA/VRC event. Each attendee agrees to comply with this policy, regardless of whether signs prohibiting weapons are posted at the premises of any official VMA/VRC event.
  • VMA/VRC will verify all registrations to confirm compliance with defined registration types and categories. If it is determined that a registrant has not selected the appropriate registration type, an VMA/VRC representative will follow up to confirm the correct registration category and rate. Any balance due will then be billed directly to the registrant and must be paid within 30 days, or prior to the start of the event, whichever comes first.
  • VMA/VRC reserves the right to require event participants who violate VMA/VRC event policies to immediately leave the event.


  • 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 February 25. After that, attendees must register onsite.



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