Final networking for the Chambers of Commerce

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The gardens of the Amari Orchid Resort and Tower were the venue for the final networking evening of the year for the combined Chambers of Commerce being the Australian (AustCham), British (BCCT) and American (AmCham).

The event sponsor was ANCA Manufacturing, represented by the Country Director Mark Tristram, and the venue sponsor was the Amari, represented by GM Brendan Daly and the Chamber of Commerce sponsor was AustCham, represented by their Executive Director Mark Carroll.

(L to R) Sarah Daly, Socialfi Business Development Manager; Matt Wales, Socialfi General Manager, Southeast Asia; and Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.(L to R) Sarah Daly, Socialfi Business Development Manager; Matt Wales, Socialfi General Manager, Southeast Asia; and Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club.

The venue is probably without peer (unless it rains) and the set-up in the gardens lends itself to relaxed networking.  The food being offered also has much to do with the popularity of a venue, and the Amari’s Aussie Executive Chef Leonard Faust once more provided a ‘bottler’ of a buffet (Australian expression meaning ‘brilliant’), with the turkey and stuffing being appropriate for a Christmas event.  The refreshments were also free flow and the service staff made sure no one was left thirsty!

(L to R) Angsumalin Pongtrakul, Purchasing Manager for ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; Thanapan Tungpodeang, Manufacturing Operations Manager for ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; Travis Stapleton, ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; and Rattapoom Jirakajorn, QC Manager for ANCA Manufacturing  (Thailand) Ltd.(L to R) Angsumalin Pongtrakul, Purchasing Manager for ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; Thanapan Tungpodeang, Manufacturing Operations Manager for ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; Travis Stapleton, ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd.; and Rattapoom Jirakajorn, QC Manager for ANCA Manufacturing  (Thailand) Ltd.

The BCCT and AustCham members predominated, but once again the turn-out from AmCham was disappointing.  Perhaps our traffic, now just like Bangkok’s, puts their members off the two hour (at minimum) trip down to Pattaya.

AustCham’s Mark Carroll welcomed the joint chambers, and in an exclusive interview with PMTV expressed confidence in the direction AustCham was heading, with increased numbers of members and also that Thailand was capable of (once more) rising above the current political problems.  The other gentleman on the podium was Mark Tristram (ANCA) who explained a little of the history of ANCA and the machine tools field they are involved in here in Thailand.

(L to R) Frank Holzer from General Motors, Ramesh Ramanathan, managing director of Visteon (Thailand) Limited, George T. Strampp, Managing Partner of AMS, and Lawrence Fraser, from Ford Motor.(L to R) Frank Holzer from General Motors, Ramesh Ramanathan, managing director of Visteon (Thailand) Limited, George T. Strampp, Managing Partner of AMS, and Lawrence Fraser, from Ford Motor.

Amongst the happy throng were BCCT director Chris Thatcher and Simon Matthews (Manpower) in the besplattered shirt.  Mark Butters from RSM was another regular.

A very welcome return visitor was David Cumming (ex-GM Amari Orchid) and another Aussie who attends all networking was Scott Finsten the Harbor Master at Ocean Marina.

(L to R) Fabien Legouic, Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Rob Scarr, Business Development Manager-Thailand for Securitas (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; and Fernamdo Iturbe.(L to R) Fabien Legouic, Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Rob Scarr, Business Development Manager-Thailand for Securitas (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; and Fernamdo Iturbe.

The Automotive Focus Group (AFG) was represented by its members George Strampp, Mike Diamente, and Frank Holzer.

Paul Marks, the Communications Director of the American School of Bangkok was one waving the Stars and Stripes, while the “movers” included Kay Ellis from Allied Pickfords and Sumalee Marasri from Asian Tigers Mobility.

It was an excellent networking event, and everyone involved in the planning and production can pride themselves on a job well done!

The next event will be in January, and the Pattaya Mail will have the details.

(L to R) Pimteera Rattanakupt, Asst Sales Manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Weeraya Sakolchai, Sales Manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Travis Stapleton, ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd., and Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.(L to R) Pimteera Rattanakupt, Asst Sales Manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Weeraya Sakolchai, Sales Manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Travis Stapleton, ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd., and Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.

(L to R) Stuart Saunders (Es Design), Angie Turton (MD of Sentinel Enterprises) and Pratheep (Peter) Malhotra (MD of the Pattaya Mail Media Group).(L to R) Stuart Saunders (Es Design), Angie Turton (MD of Sentinel Enterprises) and Pratheep (Peter) Malhotra (MD of the Pattaya Mail Media Group).

(L to R) Alain Deurwaerder (MD Ducati Thailand), Graham MacDonald, from MGMB, and James Howard, Oil Field Equipment Services.(L to R) Alain Deurwaerder (MD Ducati Thailand), Graham MacDonald, from MGMB, and James Howard, Oil Field Equipment Services.

(L to R) Markus Wehrhahn, Managing Director of RLC Recruitment Co., Ltd.; Fabien Legouic; Matthias Brienen from the Larive Group; and Stephen Ley, representing RLC Recruitment Co., Ltd.(L to R) Markus Wehrhahn, Managing Director of RLC Recruitment Co., Ltd.; Fabien Legouic; Matthias Brienen from the Larive Group; and Stephen Ley, representing RLC Recruitment Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand Manpower Group toasts Christopher Thatcher from the BCCT.(L to R) Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand Manpower Group toasts Christopher Thatcher from the BCCT.

(L to R) Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, and Richard Margo, Resident Manager Amari Orchid Pattaya.(L to R) Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, and Richard Margo, Resident Manager Amari Orchid Pattaya.

(L to R) Manop Likuljoy, General Manager of Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.; and Sa-ard Khammon from Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.(L to R) Manop Likuljoy, General Manager of Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.; and Sa-ard Khammon from Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Mark Tristram from ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd., Michael Diamente representing Dana Spicer.(L to R) Mark Tristram from ANCA Manufacturing (Thailand) Ltd., Michael Diamente representing Dana Spicer.

(L to R) David Cumming representing ONYX, Mark Butters from RSM Advisory.(L to R) David Cumming representing ONYX, Mark Butters from RSM Advisory.

(L to R) Stefaan De Vos from Bayer Thai chats with James Howard, representing Oil Field Equipment Services.(L to R) Stefaan De Vos from Bayer Thai chats with James Howard, representing Oil Field Equipment Services.