April 2-4, 2020  –  Asheville, NC

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ILMA Engage 2020

Omni Grove Park Inn

290 Macon Avenue

Asheville, NC 28804


ILMA Engage is going to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina! The Omni Grove Park Inn will host our meeting with rustic, craftsman style. Expect stunning views with classic comfort and modern convenience. This unique resort hotel has been catering to special guests like you for over 100 years.

Why our members love ILMA meetings:

Terrific place to meet and

strengthen relationships. Overall excellent.

Great content, great property, and the quality of the presentations was top notch!

All sessions were professional and the topics were interesting, relevant and varied.

The quality of attendees was very high; the social activities and the environment were very friendly.

Great meeting with a lot of engagement and many areas around the facility to meet with key business partners. Well done!

You've got to be there!


Meet the ILMA Engage Speakers

Dennis Bachelder

Ben Scharff

Dave Dragon

Kaustav Sinha

Jeffrey Leiter

Rajendra Sisodia

Afshin Molavi

Kevin Yttre

Speaker Sessions

Dennis Bachelder – Senior Engineer, American Petroleum Institute
ILMA Town Hall

Get the latest updates on GF–6, THFs, Dexos 3, and Obsolete Oils.

Dave Dragon – President, Dragon Management Consulting
ILMA Talks: Artificial Intelligence (AI): History, Definitions, Opportunities and Strategy

There has been a significant buzz around artificial intelligence over the past few years. The question is: why are we hearing about it now? Dragon's interactive presentation will review a brief history of AI, provide the definitions for the major elements of AI and highlight the AI opportunities and challenges facing ILMA member companies. Dragon will conclude with a discussion concerning the importance of developing a well thought out strategy for AI.

Afshin Molavi – Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University SAIS; Co-Director, emerge86 Lab
The Five Disruption-Proof Trends Disrupting Our World and Their Impact on Politics, Business, and Technology

From rapid urbanization and growing middle classes to unprecedented connectivity and technology acceleration, Molavi will highlight five key demographic and universal growth trends that are reshaping our world. He describes these shifts as “disruption-proof” in that they transcend our day-to-day political, economic and trade developments. Understanding their importance will help you navigate the competitive global landscape for the next twenty-five years.

Rajendra Sisodia – FW Olin, Distinguished Professor of Global Business; Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism

Capitalism: The Engine that Moves Humanity

Despite the role of capitalism being regularly called into question in our society, Raj Sisodia offers a fresh take on free enterprise and how it has actually lifted humanity all over the world. How can businesses do better to affect the lives of their employees and what does that mean for the bottom line? Don't miss this moving, thought-provoking, and perhaps controversial look at how businesses of all sizes have the power to achieve greater heights.

Ben Scharff – Managing Director, Grace Matthews

Kevin Yttre – President & Managing Director, Grace Matthews

ILMA Conversations: Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Keys to Successful Dealmaking
Business owners often balance a desire for growth and opportunities for their company with personal financial and lifestyle goals. By clearly defining the end game, it is possible to engineer a transaction combining the right partner, structure and economics. Scharff & Yttre's presentation will include discussion about how "working backwards" from your goals is the key to successful dealmaking, as well as how to successfully design and navigate the M&A process.

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