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PORTRAIT
Vicky Villena-Denton
Editor-in-Chief and CEO, F&L Asia Ltd.
Founding Director, Asian Lubricant
Manufacturers Association

"Life is a journey.
There are new
things to discover
every day."
very kind woman. My boss at the Oil Daily, John Moore, was an
influential figure in my career later in life. He introduced me to
lubricants, and he, Judy Grill and I started Lubricants World."

SHAPED BY MOM AND SIMPLICITY
A CAREER ACROSS WORLDS
"My career started at the Oil Daily in Washington, D.C., in 1984.
I am a journalist turned entrepreneur not by choice, but by
circumstance. Returning to Asia in 1992 didn't offer much
of an opportunity for me with my background covering the
downstream oil industry, so I had to create one. I started F&L
Asia in 1995, and the rest is history. Having been involved in the
lubricants industry for more than 30 years, I've learned how to
deal with all kinds of people. The lubricants industry is small
and everyone knows everyone. Reputation in this industry is
extremely important, and my professional relationships in the
U.S. back then helped me start my business in Asia."

KEEPING AN EYE OUT
"Travelling from Cairo to Alexandria, Egypt, by train with my son,
Glenn, when he was tiny was a really neat experience. I saw the
countryside of Egypt from the eyes of a 2-year-old who loved
trains! Egypt is a fascinating country, and Alexandria has a special place in my heart. I also took the train from Calcutta to New
Delhi, India, which was not a very comfortable experience, but I
am glad I did it. Calcutta was a real eye-opener for me. I hope I
can go back to these places someday."

GUIDING LIGHT
"My faith is what holds me together as a person. It's what keeps
me going every day, through trials and failures. It's what keeps
me grounded and purpose-driven. It's my guiding light."

LOOKING UP
"My first-grade teacher had a big impact on me as a young
person. My family had just moved to the big city, Manila, and
my mom and I used to go to her house for tutorials. She was a

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"My mom helped me to become the person I am today. She was
a very down-to-earth and hardworking person, a multi-tasker
before the word became popular. She had a pharmacy in our
home while she was raising nine children as well as managing
our coconut farms. In the summer, she would take her children
to visit our farms, swim in the river with us, put us on a cart
drawn by a carabao, play baseball with us. She taught me
how to slaughter chickens for dinner. When we were 7, all of
us girls had to do chores all summer, including fetching water
from a hand-pumped well because the town had no running
water - pressing clothes using one of those old-fashioned
irons because there was no electricity in our town at that time.
We loved listening to the radio at night because there was no
television then. We had a very simple life back then."

CHILDHOOD SHENANIGANS
"As a child, when it was a full moon, the children played
hide- and-seek while my mom would spend the evening
talking to my grandmother and her siblings. My siblings and
cousins would always be getting into scrapes that could have
been disastrous. Once, my uncle's Jeep fell off a cliff when his
driver forgot to put the brake on. We managed to jump off
the jeep before it fell. Nowadays we recall it as a truly funny
experience. It wasn't back then!"


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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings - April 2019

Letter From the President
Letter From the Ceo
Inside Ilma
What’s Coming Up
New Members
Industry Rundown
International Insight
Tackling 303 Thfs
Labeling Conundrum
Business Hub
Counsel Compound
Washington Landscape
In Network
Portrait
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Cover1
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 1
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 2
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Letter From the President
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 4
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Letter From the Ceo
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Inside Ilma
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 8
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 9
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 11
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - What’s Coming Up
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 14
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - New Members
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Industry Rundown
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - 19
ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - International Insight
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Tackling 303 Thfs
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Labeling Conundrum
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Business Hub
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Counsel Compound
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - Washington Landscape
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ILMA Compoundings - April 2019 - In Network
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