The general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Jorge Carlos Smith was on hand to ensure that his team was taking care of everybody’s drinks; and the sashimi, pork dumplings and burgers filled those empty stomachs after a hard day in the office.
Simon Matthews (country manager for Thailand Manpower Group) and David Cumming (director of BCCT) sip some amber liquid together.
The speeches were relatively brief with the president of AustCham Thailand John Anderson thanking the staff & management of the Hard Rock for being such great hosts. In addition to a couple of bottles of wine given away to some lucky attendees, John gave an overview of what is coming up in the AustCham diary, details of which can be found on their website http://www.austchamthailand.com
There were lots of familiar faces and a smattering of new guests, including Renee Rees and Dustin Hanna from Proven Projects and from the old school contingent were Paul Wilkinson of JVK movers, Stuart Daly from Pattaya Realty who was busy telling people about his sister company which caters for the commercial side of properties; as well as many others including, Jimmy Howard, Andy Hall of CEA Projects, Rosanne Diamente from Women with a Mission and her husband Michael who had to keep taking transatlantic calls from his employer Dana Spicer even on a Friday night.
There is no doubt that chambers coming together in such a manner helps boosts numbers, introduces different nationalities and if the organizing committees keep to the quality of the Soul Lounge of the Hard Rock, then this will encourage guest to come along and decide for themselves which chamber is best suited for them, in terms of doing business here in Thailand.
The details of the next Joint Chambers have yet to be announced, but will publicized in future editions of the Pattaya Mail.
Paul Strachan (Pattaya Mail) and Andy Hall (CEA) have a pleasant chat.
Joe Cox (Defence International Security Services) and David Cumming (director of BCCT).
Russell Woollery (Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa) and Takahiko Yamazaki (DKSH Thailand).
Chris Hagerman (MD of Internet Consulting Asia) and Richard Hall (business development manager for AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd.).
Neil Maniquiz (Bangkok Hospital Pattaya), Svetlana Katorgina (senior sales manager - Russia & CIS Countries for Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya) and Nick Bauer (GM of dusitD2 baraquda pattaya).
Simon Matthews (country manager Thailand Manpower Group), Greg Watkins (BCCT executive director) and Jim Howard.
Paul Strachan (Pattaya Mail), Renee Rees (director of corporate affairs for Proven Projects), and Dustin Hanna (director of sales for Proven Projects).
Tawan Chitchulanon (MD assistant hospital director BHP), Neil Maniquiz (BHP), and Jorge Carlos Smith (GM of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya).
David Sullivan, Scott Finsten (harbor master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club), and Bob Garner (GM of Sail In Siam Co., Ltd.).
Alain Deurwaerder (MD of Ducati Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.), Joe Cox (Defence International Security Services), and Graham Parsonage (CEA Projects).
Adrian B. Berry, Jennifer Conn (CEA Projects), Paul Wilkinson (GM of JVK International Movers Ltd.), and Sam Mizzi (MD of McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai Ltd.).
Neil Maniquiz (BHP), Svetlana Katorgina, Tawan Chitchulanon (MD assistant hospital director BHP), Janya Rattanaliam (BHP), and Neil Farrell (business development manager of Elastomer Products (Thailand) Ltd.).
Tod Schlosser (Siam Gazette), Sirikorn Chingduang (assistant manager, sales Amari Orchid Pattaya), Weeraya Sakolchai (assistant manager, sales Amari Orchid Pattaya), and Patcharin Machima (assistant sales manager Amari Orchid Pattaya).
Grant Atkinson (GM of Rocket Products International Co., Ltd.), Paul Wilkinson (GM of JVK International Movers Ltd.), and Paul Whyte (New Asia Pacific Transport Machinery).
Michael Parham (business development manager CEA), Alexander J. Hutton-Potts, and Jerrold Kippen (Duensing Kippen).