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SCHEDULE at a glance


This is a general schedule. Please see complete program schedule for details.

Wednesday, April 11

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

(buses will leave lobby promptly at 8:15)

Mitsubishi Power Systems Tour


9:00 – 11:30 am

(buses will leave lobby promptly at 8:15)

Gulfstream Aerospace Tour 


2:00 – 5:00 pm

Technical Track Pre-Conference Workshop


THURsday, April 12

7:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:45 am

Education Tracks


9:00 am

Exhibit Set-Up


9:45 – 10:00 am

Morning Coffee Break (all attendees)


10 – 11:30 am

Education Tracks


11:30 – 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors (all attendees)


1:00 – 2:30 pm

Education Tracks


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break with Exhibits Open


3:15 – 5:30 pm

Education Tracks


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


FRIday, April 13

 7:30 - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 9:30 am

Education Tracks


9:30 – 9:45 am

Morning Break


9:45 – 12:30 pm

Education Tracks


12:30 pm

Forum Adjourns



Registration Open - early-bird rates through FEB. 28!


APRIL 11-13, 2018

THE DESOTO hotel, Savannah, GA

Valve Industry Knowledge Forum

Conference, Exhibits & Tours

Technical | Manufacturing | HUman Resources


About the Program

The new Valve Industry Knowledge Forum combines the best of three different VMA meetings to create one education-packed event with three distinct educational tracks:

A joint event means more meaningful dialogue between different segments of our industry, an expansion of the attendee base and the ability for individuals to learn about various areas of the valve business. Attendance is open to both VMA members and non-members!


The Valve Industry Knowledge Forum offers:

  • An optional tour day (April 11) – choose one of 2 tours
  • Tabletop exhibits (afternoon of April 12 only)
  • A day-and-a-half of educational sessions on April 12 and 13
  • Flexibility for attendees who may attend sessions all on one topic, or mix-and-match between different tracks
  • Shared networking events and meals 

Who Should Attend?

End users, engineering and consulting firm personnel, distributors, various personnel within manufacturing and supplier firms, and other related industry groups and professionals.


Professional Development Hours

Attendees to the 2018 VMA Valve Industry Knowledge Forum will receive a certificate for twelve (12) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending the Knowledge Forum.


ATTENDEE Registration

ATTENDEE EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH FEB. 28. Registration fees for VMA/VRC members will be $545 (early bird), $595 after Feb. 28. Non-member registrations fees will be $595 (early-bird) and $645 after Feb. 28.


ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES – EARLY-BIRD / MULTIPLE ATTENDEE DISCOUNTS APPLY. Discounts apply when registering more than one person from a member or non-member company. The registration fee for additional registrants for VMA/VRC members is $445 (early bird) and $495 after Feb. 28. The non-member fee for additional registrants is $495 (early bird) and $545 after Feb. 28.


EXHIBITOR Registration

EXHIBIT EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH FEB. 28. Early-bird exhibit registration is $445 for VMA/VRC members and $495 after Feb. 28. Early-bird non-member exhibit registration is $495 and $545 after Feb. 28. One additional exhibit personnel is included in your exhibit fee. Your exhibit registration does NOT include entrance to the Knowledge Forum. If you wish to register your exhibit representatives to attend the Knowledge Forum an additional registration fee of $545 member or $595 non-member, per person would apply.


Exhibit registration fee includes two people from your company, sign, attendee list, table with two chairs and participation in all food events that take place in the exhibit area (lunch, afternoon break and welcome reception).


Optional TOurs - April 11

VMA has organized two tours in conjunction with the 2018 Valve Industry Knowledge Forum. Both tours are open to all attendees, and registration is on a first-come, first served basis. A separate tour ticket ($75) must be purchased, which will be in addition to your registration. As the tour times overlap, please choose one tour only. Both tours include transportation and Mitsubishi Hatachi tour includes lunch.


GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE. Participants will visit Gulfstream’s headquarters and tour the Gulfstream G650 manufacturing facility. Gulfstream’s Research and Development campus in Savannah is a shared base for more than 1,500 employees who develop and test next-generation aviation concepts.


MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS/SAVANNAH MACHINERY WORKS. Attendees will explore Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ Savannah Machinery Works, where the world’s most advanced gas turbines are manufactured. During this tour of over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space, participants will see component manufacturing of combustion systems, advance machining of gas turbine rotors, high speed balance and testing, and final assembly of gas turbines.


A ticket fee of $75 is required in addition to your registration fee. Your ticket includes lunch and transportation to-and-from the tour sites.

Hotel ReservationS

Accommodations for the Valve Industry Knowledge Forum have been arranged with The DeSoto Hotel, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA. The discounted rate is $189 per night and is available April 10-13, 2018. The last day to make reservations at this special rate is March 12, 2018.


Attendees can call 844-257-3520 to make reservations by phone or CLICK HERE. Rooms are available from April 10-13 ONLY. Rooms on April 13 are limited.


The DeSoto Hotel is close to everything! Stroll three blocks in any direction and you'll have experienced Savannah's entire Historic Landmark District. From cobblestoned River Street to the galleries of the Savannah College of Art & Design, this city is packed with things to do, see and experience.


Registration Cancellation Policies

  • 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 will be accepted for cancelled reservations.


Email Malena Malone-Blevins at or call 202-331-8105 ext. 310.


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