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thursday, august 3

7:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 am



8:15 am

Session 1 - Water/Wastewater

Gene Koontz, Senior Vice President, Gannett Fleming


9:00 am

Session 2 – Power

Britt Burt, Vice President of Research - Power, Industrial Information Resources





10:00 am

Session 3 – LNG

Kenneth Medlock III, Senior Director, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University


10:45 am

Session 4 - Wall Street Perspective

Michael Halloran, Managing Director, Robert W. Baird and Company


11:30 am

Session 5 – Commercial Construction

Richard Branch, Senior Economist, Dodge Data and Analytics


12:15 pm



1:30 pm

Session 6 - Oil and Gas

John Spears, President, Spears and Associates


2:15 pm

Session 7 – Petrochemical

Mark Eramo, Global Business Development, Chemicals, IHS Markit


3:00 - 3:15



3:15 pm

Session 8 – International Economic Outlook

Simona Mocuta, Senior Economist, State Street Global Advisors


5:30 - 6:30 pm



friDAY, august 4

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast


8:15 am

Session 9 – Domestic Economic Outlook

Maria Luengo-Prado, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


9:00 am

Session 10 – Mining

John Craynon, Senior Mining Engineer, Export-Import Bank of the United States


9:45 am

Session 11 – Cyber Risk in Manufacturing

Sean Peasley, Partner, Deloitte Advisory


10:30 am




august 3-4, 2017

vma market outlook workshop

OMNI Parker House, Boston, MA



About the Program

The Market Outlook Workshop - considered to be VMA’s premier meeting - is held in August of each year. This year’s workshop will take place August 3-4, 2017 at The Omni Parker House in Boston MA. Attendees will hear presentations from industry leaders on the outlook for various end user markets. Additionally, attendees will receive hard information about the domestic and international economic outlook. You will return to your office with notes and PowerPoint presentations to prepare your 2017 sales and marketing forecast.


Registration Fees

Attendee registration is open to all VMA/VRC Members. Registration fees are $625 for the first registrant from a dues paying member-company. Second and subsequent registrants from the same company can register at the reduced rate of $525 per registrant. Your registration fee includes all food events during the workshop which includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception.


Hotel Reservations

Accommodations for the 2017 Market Outlook Workshop have been arranged at The Omni Parker House at the discounted rate of $289 per night. To make reservations CLICK HERE.


If you prefer to make your reservations by phone, call the hotel directly at 1-800-THE OMNI (1-800-843-6664). Please reference the VMA Market Outlook Meeting to receive the discounted rate. The deadline to make hotel reservations is June 30, 2017. The discounted rate is good for the nights of August 1-4 ONLY. There is only a limited number of rooms on August 1st and August 4th. Any rooms booked by attendees outside those dates are not guaranteed the discounted rate.


registration cancellation policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge.
  • 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 events are non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at


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


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