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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)


6:30 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 Speaker


10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break


11:15 am - 12:15 pm



12:15 - 1:30 pm



1:30 pm - 3:00 pm



3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm



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 - 9:00 am

Breakfast and Program


9:15 am - 10:15 am



10:15 am - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break


10:45 am - 11:45 am



11:45 pm - 12:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks




Valve Industry Leadership Forum


feb. 27-28, 2020

new orleans


Broaden your leadership insights and network with other executives and emerging leaders by attending the only event that provides trends on leadership, management, manufacturing, politics and the economy through the lens of the valve and flow control industry.  


Current and aspiring leaders from VMA and VRC members will:

  • Gain foresight and develop a deeper understanding of current and future trends that affect all aspects of leading and managing businesses—from leadership skills, production and manufacturing, a glimpse into the future workforce, political and economic trends, and more.
  • Form partnerships that last beyond the event through formal and informal networking.
  • Leave with actionable ideas to implement now.
  • Take part in informal, uncensored and engaging discussion with your peers.
  • Hear case studies and share information with others in the industry.



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




Anyone with leadership roles in the industry and those who aspire to leadership roles. The Forum is designed for C-suite, department heads and emerging leaders in the valve and flow control industry. General management, production, engineering, procurement, technology management, marketing and sales and services professionals from valve manufacturers, suppliers to the industry and distributors will benefit by attending. Open only to members of the VMA/VRC.


Save money and bring a team! Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company.


Not a VMA/VRC member?

Join now and then attend to come see why this is a not-to-miss event. Find out more here or email Heather Rhoderick, VMA president, or call 202.331.8105 x306.




The event is produced by VMA, the only industry trade association in North America whose mission is to advance and serve the valve and flow control industry. As such, content is chosen by a group of companies and individuals with unique insight into and knowledge of the industry.  Since the event is only open to VMA and VRC members, companies and individuals committed to advancing the industry with a collaborate approach are in attendance. 


Thank you to the members of the program committee: Kim Beise, Dowco; Kent Fowler, Emerson/ASCO; Stephane Meunier, Emerson/ASCO and Jim Walther, Kitz Corporation.




Early-bird registration through Feb. 3: Registration is $650 through Feb. 3 and $699 thereafter for the first registration. Open to VMA/VRC Members only. 


Additional registrants from the same company: $550 (Early bird) and $599 thereafter.


Spouse/Guest registration: The Spouse/Guest registration fee of $150 includes all the food functions during the Forum. 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. VMA has negotiated a reduced hotel room rate of $259, plus taxes and fees, for attendees of the Leadership Forum. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by Feb. 3. Please note the rate is based on availability, so make your reservations now!


To make online reservations, CLICK HERE. For phone reservations, call the Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 800.826.8987. Please mention you are with the Valve Manufacturers to obtain the discounted rate. 


The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is located 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112; phone 504.524.1331. 




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




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.




  • 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.
  • 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, a 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 Feb. 25. After that, attendees must register onsite.



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