Four Chambers meet at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

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The Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is certainly becoming one of the more popular venues for networking on the Eastern Seaboard, despite its very long name!  With additional sponsorship from Diageo Mo¸t Hennessy (Thailand) Ltd., Cornerstone Management Company Ltd., and The Regent’s School Pattaya, it had all the makings of being an excellent event.

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) invited the American Chamber (AmCham), the Australian Chamber (AustCham) and the South African Chamber (SACC) to the networking which was held around one of the Hotel G’s pools, appropriately called the Pool Bar!

(L to R) Patrick Eger, Senior Sales Manager for Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok, and Veronique Sirault, General Manager of Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok.(L to R) Patrick Eger, Senior Sales Manager for Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok, and Veronique Sirault, General Manager of Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok.

In contrast to the previous networking from the joint chambers, this one was well attended, and everyone appeared to enjoy the social contact that these evenings promote.  Jina Phenix was promoting the new look BCCT magazine (The Link) and it really is a most readable 60 page production from the chamber.

GM of the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Sophon Vongchatchatchainont, welcomed the chamber members and guests to his hotel, ably assisted by Sales Manager Pum (Chadaporn) Chomgrin and Sales Executive Fon (Kandakorn) Butarmart.

(L to R) Greg Watkins and Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group.(L to R) Greg Watkins and Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group.

Executive Director from the BCCT, Greg Watkins, was interviewed on PMTV and did not feel there was any real reason to feel that Thailand’s economy was in danger.  He pointed out that although there had been many problems in the past, Thailand always bobbed up again, and despite 50,000 demonstrators in the streets of Bangkok, in a population of 12 million, this was an insignificant number percentagewise.

Of the sponsors, the Regent’s School Pattaya seemed to be the most prominent, with the staff members being most enthusiastic over their joining a world-wide educational conglomerate, with Katie Hongpetchrasmi, the PA to the principal being one of the more “bubbly” people at the event.  The Regent’s Scotsman Paul McConnell played a fine foil to the PMTV Scotsman Paul Strachan, with both of them somewhat on the vertically challenged scale!

(L to R) Paul Wilkinson, GM of JVK International Movers Ltd., and Mark Butters, Director, RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd.(L to R) Paul Wilkinson, GM of JVK International Movers Ltd., and Mark Butters, Director, RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd.

The ‘real’ bubbly came with Nam Chayabat from Diageo Mo¸t Hennessy who had three bottles of the most rare styled of Johnnie Walker Whisky on display.  Unfortunately they were dummy bottles!

It was very pleasing to see the up-beat attitude from the joint chambers, and the BCCT was rewarded with one of the better turn-outs this year.

(L to R) Markus Wehrhahn, Ben Mitchell, Kelly Mitchell, and Rosanne Diamente.(L to R) Markus Wehrhahn, Ben Mitchell, Kelly Mitchell, and Rosanne Diamente.

(L to R) Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Caroline Shen, Director of Corporate Sales & MICE for Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, and Sophon Vongchat Chainont, general manager of Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.(L to R) Brendan Daly, GM of Amari Orchid Pattaya, Caroline Shen, Director of Corporate Sales & MICE for Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, and Sophon Vongchat Chainont, general manager of Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.

(L to R) Samuel D Kennedy, Executive Director of Emerging Markets Energy, Mark Parkins, Operations Manager for McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai Ltd., and Kantiya Boonruang.(L to R) Samuel D Kennedy, Executive Director of Emerging Markets Energy, Mark Parkins, Operations Manager for McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai Ltd., and Kantiya Boonruang.

(L to R) Graham Macdonald, MBE, Dr. Iain Corness from Pattaya Mail TV, and Chris Thatcher, group chairman Anglo-Thai Legal Co., Ltd.(L to R) Graham Macdonald, MBE, Dr. Iain Corness from Pattaya Mail TV, and Chris Thatcher, group chairman Anglo-Thai Legal Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Marc Snell, Senior Mechanical Engineer Aurecon Consulting (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Barry Ong, Senior Sales Manager SinCo Technologies Pte Ltd., and Christian Puel.(L to R) Marc Snell, Senior Mechanical Engineer Aurecon Consulting (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Barry Ong, Senior Sales Manager SinCo Technologies Pte Ltd., and Christian Puel.

(L to R) Michael Ruddick, President ARC Pacific Siam Ltd., Gavin Ruddick, Operations Manager ARC Pacific Siam Ltd., and Michael Grisaffi, Key Account Manager United Relocations (Thailand) Co., Ltd.(L to R) Michael Ruddick, President ARC Pacific Siam Ltd., Gavin Ruddick, Operations Manager ARC Pacific Siam Ltd., and Michael Grisaffi, Key Account Manager United Relocations (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Fon Sia, Aron Zimmer, Dipl.-Ing Softionses and Toy & Handlines Transportation Technologies General Manager Intertek Testing Services (Thailand) Ltd., Okko Sprey, Consultant PLUS Exploration Co., Ltd. (L to R) Fon Sia, Aron Zimmer, Dipl.-Ing Softionses and Toy & Handlines Transportation Technologies General Manager Intertek Testing Services (Thailand) Ltd., Okko Sprey, Consultant PLUS Exploration Co., Ltd.