BCCT goes on “Holiday”

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Following an unexpected last minute hitch, resulting in a change of venue, the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) was very pleased to accept the kind offer of MD Craig Ryan’s Holiday Inn as the site for the networking evening, which was held around the pool last Friday.

The main sponsors were RSM Advisory (Thailand) Limited represented by the MD of RSM Thailand Gareth Hughes, and Graham Macdonald’s MBMG Group (present in addition to his other role as chairman of the BCCT).

Cees Cuijpers (Town at Country Property), Craig J. Ryan, General Manager Holiday lnn Pattaya, Alan S. Verstein (Siam Gazette).Cees Cuijpers (Town at Country Property), Craig J. Ryan, General Manager Holiday lnn Pattaya, Alan S. Verstein (Siam Gazette).

In an exclusive interview with PMTV, Gareth Hughes mentioned that RSM International has more than 730 offices across 72 countries, and they pride themselves on being a ‘one stop shop’ being able to offer advice to mid-sized companies in such diverse fields as accounting and taxation, audits, legal, corporate and recruitment, wealth management and insurance.  With so much happening on the Eastern Seaboard, this was the catalyst for RSM to increase their presence down here.  Mention was also made of the opening of the new RSM branch office on the Eastern Seaboard located at 63/14-15, M. 10, South Pattaya Road.

Gareth Hughes, MD of RSM Thailand.Gareth Hughes, MD of RSM Thailand.

During the networking, Cees Cuijpers from the Movers and Shakers group, in conjunction with Graham Macdonald of the BCCT, officially presented a cheque of over 200,000 baht to Tracey Cosgrove who received it on behalf of the Melissa Cosgrove Foundation.  This represented the proceeds from last year’s Movers and Shakers function with which the BCCT and AustCham had been involved.

This networking evening had the highest percentage of lovely ladies ever assembled under one roof, and it appeared that the majority were accountants from RSM in Bangkok.  That is certainly one way to assure yourself of getting accountancy queries!

Most of the usual faces were present including Chris Thatcher (Sutlet Group), BCCT Executive Director Greg Watkins, Simon Matthews (Manpower), Joe the dogman Cox, Mark Bowling (Colliers), Neil Maniquiz and Sergey (Bangkok Hospital Pattaya), Maurice Bromley (President of the South African Chamber of Commerce), Uli Kaiser (EMAG) and George Strampp (wearing loafers rather than sandals for a change), but there were also many new faces including the Russian entrepreneur Alexander Kudinov (currently into coffee), Shane van Vlerken (Bangkok Video productions, but now in Pattaya), David Bell (Crestcom Trainers) and the lovely Thitima Kongsomrith from the Amari Orchid Resort next door.

It was an excellent networking evening, and congratulations to the Holiday Inn for rising to the occasion, and at such short notice.  Well done!  Notice of the next BCCT networking will be made in the Pattaya Mail.

Kerry Matisin (Allied Pickfords), Brendan Richards, Alex Mavro, Peter Malhotra (MD Pattaya Mail Media Group).Kerry Matisin (Allied Pickfords), Brendan Richards, Alex Mavro, Peter Malhotra (MD Pattaya Mail Media Group).

Okko Sprey (Plus Consultant Co. Ltd), Araya Somjit and Fred de Brouwer (Triskelion Trading Company).Okko Sprey (Plus Consultant Co. Ltd), Araya Somjit and Fred de Brouwer (Triskelion Trading Company).

Roger Wilson (GKN Ariveline), George Strampp (Automotive Manufacturing Solutions), Chatchai Wiriyatammakul (TRW Automotive), Michael North (North Engineers & Design Associates).Roger Wilson (GKN Ariveline), George Strampp (Automotive Manufacturing Solutions), Chatchai Wiriyatammakul (TRW Automotive), Michael North (North Engineers & Design Associates).

Praveen Jaduvanshi (President Wendt Grinding Technologies), Geoffroy Bousselin (MD Inergy Automotive Svstems), Damien Kerneis (Geodis Wilson Thai Ltd).Praveen Jaduvanshi (President Wendt Grinding Technologies), Geoffroy Bousselin (MD Inergy Automotive Svstems), Damien Kerneis (Geodis Wilson Thai Ltd).

Anders Breindahl (MD Asiawise), John Clarke (CEO Forbears Freedom Wealth Management), Larry Jackson II (Arun Chaiseri Consulting Engineers).Anders Breindahl (MD Asiawise), John Clarke (CEO Forbears Freedom Wealth Management), Larry Jackson II (Arun Chaiseri Consulting Engineers).

Pardorn Suchiva (RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd), Mike Watkin, Joe Barken-Bennett, Dave Buckley (Real Estate Magazine), Mark Bowling (Colliers International).Pardorn Suchiva (RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd), Mike Watkin, Joe Barken-Bennett, Dave Buckley (Real Estate Magazine), Mark Bowling (Colliers International).

John Clarke (CEO Forbears Freedom Wealth Management), Paul Salisbury (TPME Group), Darrell Cutis (Bangkok Pools).John Clarke (CEO Forbears Freedom Wealth Management), Paul Salisbury (TPME Group), Darrell Cutis (Bangkok Pools).

Chris Thatcher (Vice Chairman BCCT), Annda, Gerg Watkins (Executuve Director BCCT), Louis J. Van den Bergh (CEO 4A Properties).Chris Thatcher (Vice Chairman BCCT), Annda, Gerg Watkins (Executuve Director BCCT), Louis J. Van den Bergh (CEO 4A Properties).

Armin Walter (EFTEV Thailand) and Anders Breindahl (MD Asiawise).Armin Walter (EFTEV Thailand) and Anders Breindahl (MD Asiawise).

Kuntima Chai Udom (Arise Asia), Tony Malhotra (Pattaya Mail), Thanyamai Totharong (MD Arise Asia).Kuntima Chai Udom (Arise Asia), Tony Malhotra (Pattaya Mail), Thanyamai Totharong (MD Arise Asia).

Tracy Cosgrove happily receives a donation to the Melisa Cosgrove Foundation raised in a joint effort by the lighthouse Club Pattaya, BCCT and AustCham.Tracy Cosgrove happily receives a donation to the Melisa Cosgrove Foundation raised in a joint effort by the lighthouse Club Pattaya, BCCT and AustCham.