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S c h e d u l e

WednesDay, March 1

7:30 am - 4:00 pm  

Tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and Museum 



7:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:00 am



8:10 - 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Angelina LaRose, Director of the Office of Integrated and International Energy Analysis, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Global Natural Gas Outlook


9:00 am

Exhibitor Setup


9:00 - 9:45 am

Speaker: Brad Livingston, Professional Safety Speaker, Just a Second Ago…


9:45 - 10:00 am

Morning Break


10:00 - 10:45 am

Brandon Bounds, Senior Piping Material Engineer at Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemical & Jim Tesch, Senior Piping Materials Specialist, Bechtel Oil and Gas, Design, Specifications and Future Challenges for Cryogenic Valves


10:45 - 11:30 am

John Shingledecker, Program Manager, Fossil Materials and Repair, Electric Power Research Institute, Flexible Operation and Future Options for the Fossil Power Generation Fleet


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors


1:00 - 1:45 pm

Ryan McCall, Product Manager, Technetics Group, Design Considerations for High Temperature Sealing


1:45 - 2:30 pm

Elaine Motyka, Principal Materials Engineer, Technetics Group, Thermal Spray Coatings in Severe Service


2:30 - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


3:15 - 4:00 pm

Charles Henley, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Black & Veatch, Material Requirements and Specifications for Supercritical Power Plants


4:00 - 4:45 pm

Cliff Welborn, Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Lean Product Development


4:45 - 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion


5:30 - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception


6:30 - 8:00 pm

Exhibitor Breakdown


FRIDAY, March 3


8:00 - 8:45 am

Mike Devrell, Senior Systems Design Engineer, Rotork Controls, Smart Technology


8:45 - 9:30 am

Kurt Larson, Process Control Engineer, Air Products, Design for Oxygen Service


9:30 - 9:45 am

Morning Break


9:45 - 10:30 am

Alberto Daglio, Principal Application Engineer, Cameron Valves and Measurements, Valve Qualification Standards


10:30 - 11:15 am

Carlos Davila, Product Manager, Crane ChemParma and Energy, Standards Update


11:15 - Noon

Panel Discussion



Meeting Adjourns



March 1-3, 2017



Engineering Valves in the extreme


Nashville, TN

The Hilton Nashville DOwntown



About the Program

The 2017 Technical Seminar, Exhibits and Tour will be held March 1-3 in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting is open to members and non-member of VMA and VRC as well as suppliers to the industry.


The VMA Technical Seminar attendees are senior engineers, product and business development managers, and directors of application engineering who help shape API’s and control language that operate valves and controls. Those who attend come to learn about topics such as Safety and Environment, Compliance with Emission Standards, and Advances in Valve Design, Tools and Technology.


The theme for this year is Engineering Valves in the Extreme.


Members of the VMA Technical Committee are as follows: Arie Bregman, DFT Inc.; Jim Barker, DeZurik APCO; David Escobar, Chairman, Metso Flow Control USA, Inc.; Dale Friemoth, Crane Fluid Handling; Jeff Hager, Weir Valves and Controls, Inc; Ken Juncewicz, GE Oil & Gas; Nicolas Lourdel, Velan Valve Corporation; Ryan McCall, Technetics Group; Ron Manson, Cameron Valve and Measurement; Stephane Meunier, Cowan Dynamics.

Who Should Attend?

Mid-to-senior level management, engineering and technical personnel in valve manufacturing companies, suppliers to the industry, distributors, valve repair facilities and end-users. This meeting is open to members of VMA/VRC, as well as non-members.




Starting in 2017, VMA will be providing attendees a certificate for twelve (12) Professional Development Hours for attending the Technical Seminar. Certificates will be given to attendees at the conclusion of the program on March 3rd.

Who Should Exhibit?

Companies that sell or provide services to valve manufacturers and end-users. This exhibit program is open to VMA members as well as non-member companies.


corvette assembly plant and museum TOUR


VMA has secured a private tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and Museum in Bowling Green Ky. You must be registered for the Technical Seminar to take the tour. There is a fee of $75 to attend in addition to your registration fees. Upon arrival, attendees will embark on a one hour, one mile walking tour of the assembly area of the plant. Watch the fascinating assembly process of America's favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Witness an engineering marvel as the chassis and body come together in "marriage" and brand new Corvettes roll off the assembly line.


Once the tour is completed attendees will then get back on the bus for a short drive to the Corvette Museum where we will have lunch. After lunch attendees will take a guided tour of the Corvette Museum..


hotel Reservations

Unfortunately, the block of rooms VMA arranged for the Technical Seminar at discounted rate of $259 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown is sold out. However, there are many choices for hotels in the Nashville area. For a map showing additional hotel choice both in downtown Nashville and closer to Vanderbilt University CLICK HERE. VMA does not have any pre-arranged rates at any other hotels.

ATTENDEE Registration

Early bird registration fees of $595 for the first registrant, and $495 for additional registrants from the same company will be in effect until January 27, 2017 . After that date registration fees are $645 for the first registrant and $545 for any additional registrants from the same company. Your registration fee covers the VMA Technical Seminar, speaker handouts' manual, and all food functions to include continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception as well as access to the exhibit area. Registration is open to all VMA/VRC members and industry non-members.





Registration fees are $495 for VMA/VRC members and $550 for non-members. All exhibits are tabletops. The exhibit fee includes registration for two from your company, your table, a sign, wastebasket, seminar attendees list, lunch, afternoon breaks and Welcome Reception. Exhibitors are more than welcome to attend the March 1st tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and Museum, but a tour ticket must be purchased.


Seminar admittance is not part of your exhibit registration. Exhibitors are extended the discounted price of $495 to attend the seminar if you register before the early bird deadline of January 27th or $545 after Tickets to attend the seminar are available for purchase when you register.


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% administration 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 and 14 days prior to the day of the event are non-refundable. Substitutions may be made until February 24th.



Contact Malena Malone-Blevins at or by phone at 202-331-8105 ext. 310.

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