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Wednesday, April 29 (Pre-Event Activities)

8:00 am - Noon

Local Tours


1:00 – 5:00 PM

Pre-conference Workshop(s)


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Committee and Speakers Reception (invitation only)


Thursday, April 30

8:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Session with Keynote


10:00 - 10:15 am

Networking Break


10:00 - 11:15 am

Exhibit Set-Up


10:15 - 11:15 am

Conference Program Tracks: Manufacturing; Technical; Management and Marketing


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch with Exhibits


12:30 - 2:30 pm

Conference Program Tracks: Manufacturing; Technical; Management and Marketing


2:30 - 3:15 pm

Networking Break with Exhibits


3:15 - 5:30 pm

Conference Program Tracks: Manufacturing; Technical; Management and Marketing


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Reception with Exhibits


6:30 – 8:00 pm

Exhibit Break-Down


Friday, May 1

8:00 - 10:00 am

Conference Program Tracks: Manufacturing, Technical; Management and Marketing


10:00 – 10:30 am

Networking Break


10:30 – Noon

Conference Program Tracks: Manufacturing; Technical; Management and Marketing


APRIL 29-May 1, 2020

Valve Forum

Conference & Exhibits


Phoenix, AZ


About the Valve Forum

Designed for all those in the valve industry and its supply chain, the Valve Forum is the only comprehensive conference with exhibits that is produced by industry’s largest valve association in the U.S. - VMA. You’ll find timely education topics delivered by thought leaders and exhibit displays that showcase products and services for the valve industry. Plus, plenty of networking opportunities to help you reinforce existing business relationships or create new ones, and local tours that provide an opportunity to see first-hand applicable innovations from outside of the flow control industry.


Conference program topics cover technical, manufacturing, management and marketing topics of interest to the valve industry – all delivered by industry experts.

  • TECHNICAL TRACK – Developed for experienced technical and engineering personnel working with valves and related products.
  • MANUFACTURING TRACK - Developed for those who work or supervise the production and assembly process in their companies.
  • MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING TRACK – Developed for those new to the industry as well as those in management and marketing roles who wish to understand the various components needed to operate a successful valve business.

Open to all in the flow control industry. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, end users, engineering and consultants will all find value in attending. You’ll also leave with a certificate for 10+ Professional Development Hours!


Presentations are curated by industry experts from member companies who are committed to advancing the industry.


Technical Committee: Chairman, Stephane Meunier, Emerson Automation Solutions; Vice Chair, Nicolas Lourdel, Velan Valve Corporation


Manufacturing Committee: Chairman, Mark Novak Check-All Valve Manufacturing Company; Vice Chair, Walter Amaya, BHGE


Communications Committee: Greg Johnson, Chairman, United Valve, Jeff Kelley, Vice Chair, Setpoint Integrated Solutions



Local Tours and Pre-Event Workshops

Arrive a day early to take part in local tours of interest to valve industry professionals and to attend pre-conference workshop(s). Additional rates may apply. More information will be announced in early 2020. Availability is on a first-come, first served basis.


Registration - Now Open Early Bird Registration through march 2

Registration is open to anyone in the valve industry, regardless of VMA membership status.


EARLY BIRD (through March 2, 2020)

VMA/VRC Member: $600

Non-Member: $725


REGULAR RATE (after March 2, 2020)

VMA/VRC Member: $650

Non-Member: $825


Additional Registrants

EARLY BIRD (through March 2, 2020)

VMA/VRC Member: $550

Non-Member: $675


REGULAR RATE (after March 2, 2020)

VMA/VRC Members: $600

Non-Members: $775



Reach attendees of the valve forum during dedicated networking events in the exhibit area. Tabletop exhibits are on display April 30, with plenty of time devoted to interaction between exhibitors and attendees. Multiple functions are held in the exhibit area that do not compete with the conference program. Exhibitors can also sponsor a variety of opportunities. Sponsors receive recognition on the event website and pre-event marketing materials which reach thousands as well as signage with your logo at the event. Sponsorships can be purchased at time of registration or by calling Malena Malone-Blevins at 202-331-8105 ext. 310.



VMA/VRC Member: $550

Non-Member: $715


ADDITIONAL EXHIBIT PERSONNEL (over the one included with your exhibit fee)

Additional VMA/VRC Exhibitor Personnel Member - $165.00

Additional Exhibit Personnel Non-Member - $195.00


Exhibit fees do not include admittance to the pre-conference workshop(s) or the conference component of the Valve Forum, however, tickets can be purchased for exhibit personnel to attend at substantial discounts. Tickets to attend can be purchased at time of registration. .


EXHIBITors and sponsors: REGISTER NOW


The Valve Forum takes place at the Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale, 4415 E Paradise Village Parkway Phoenix, AZ. Please note that there are multiple Embassy Suites in the area so be sure to be specific with address.


VMA has arranged for a special rate of $179 per night, excluding taxes and fees and based on availability, at The Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale for attendees of the Valve Forum. Reservations are based on availability and must be made by April 3, 2020 to receive this rate.


To make reservations, CLICK HERE or call the Embassy Suites directly at 602-765-5800 or toll free 1-800-EMBASSY. When calling, please reference the group rate of $179 for the Valve Manufacturers (VMA) Valve Forum.



The Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale is 15 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Taxi and ride shares are approximately $42. Super Shuttle service is also available from the airport (



Self-parking is available at the hotel at no charge.



Contact Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager at or 202-331-8105 ext. 310.


Registration Policies

  • 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.

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 will be accepted for cancelled registrations.
  • Substitutions will be accepted until April 27th. After that, substitutes and late arrival will need to register on site.




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