Nova Platinum hosts the BCCT

Friday, 23 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By  Dr. Iain Corness

Following the current trend, the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) invited both the American Chamber (AmCham) and the Australian Chamber (AustCham) to join with them for their November networking evening, held at the Nova Platinum hotel.  In addition, an invitation was extended to the Automotive Focus Group (AFG) whose members certainly swelled the numbers at the event.

With the chairman of the BCCT Simon Landy having just returned from the UK, the task of keeping everyone happy was left to Executive Director Greg Watkins, which he did with his usual aplomb.  The task of making sure the venue was functioning correctly fell to the new Nova Platinum GM David Roberts, and despite some anxious looks at the heavens with the threatened rain, it remained fine and the area around the pool was well used, and the spread of nibbles more than enough.

Dr. Iain Corness (left) and Paul Strachan (right) interview BCCT Executive Director Greg Watkins for PMTV.Dr. Iain Corness (left) and Paul Strachan (right) interview BCCT Executive Director Greg Watkins for PMTV.

Kevin Fisher and Andy Hall (CEA and CES) were chatting to the ‘dog man’ Joe Cox, running the Defense International Security Services, whilst the two vivacious CES girls Jack and Manipa were interviewed on PMTV for the “Doc and Jock” show by Dr. Iain and Paul Strachan.

Scott Finsten, the Harbor Master at Ocean Marina, is a regular these days, and even brought a couple of customers, Paul Birgan and his wife, ship builders from Queensland’s Gold Coast who have fled from Australia and now are comfortably ensconced in the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand.

CES Sales Manager Patchararatch Tanasetpiwat and CES Sales & Marketing Manager Manita Boontham add heaps of pulchritude to the event.CES Sales Manager Patchararatch Tanasetpiwat and CES Sales & Marketing Manager Manita Boontham add heaps of pulchritude to the event.

AFG members always enjoy themselves at these functions, and George Strampp, Mike Diamente, Richard Jackson and Armin Walter were never without liquid refreshments and an audience.  Mike’s wife Rosanne Diamente was the only member of her group Women With a Mission, but was her usual charming self.  Another charmer was Hanna from Harry & Sons, who was definitely not one of the “sons”!  Bangkok Hospital Pattaya was represented by Dr. Iain, Neil Maniquiz and Janya Ratanaliam and the Holiday Inn’s Tea Tree spa manager Jeena was touting for business with that bright smile as usual.

Despite the numbers being down, all attendees enjoyed the event, but undoubtedly City Hall has to do something to alleviate the grid-locked traffic jams which are now unfortunately regular features of Friday evenings.  Shortening the cycles at the traffic lights would help, as well as positioning policemen to ensure the major intersections are not jammed up.  In the meantime while all these ideas are being implemented, raise your umbrellas as there is a flock of pigs flying overhead.

Joe Cox (left), Managing Director of Defence International Security Services left his dogs at home when talking with Russell Jay Darrell, Managing Director of Soundzgood Co., Ltd.Joe Cox (left), Managing Director of Defence International Security Services left his dogs at home when talking with Russell Jay Darrell, Managing Director of Soundzgood Co., Ltd.

It’s lots of fun when these three get together (L to R) Dr. Iain Corness, Renita and Maurice D. Bromley.It’s lots of fun when these three get together (L to R) Dr. Iain Corness, Renita and Maurice D. Bromley.

Paul Birgan, Gold Coast Ships Ltd. networks with Peter Banner, The Happy Auctioneer.Paul Birgan, Gold Coast Ships Ltd. networks with Peter Banner, The Happy Auctioneer.

 (L to R) Paul Fox, Sales & Marketing Manager for Urbaan Real Estate; Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club; and David Lawrence, General Manager of Urbaan Real Estate. (L to R) Paul Fox, Sales & Marketing Manager for Urbaan Real Estate; Scott Finsten, Harbour Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club; and David Lawrence, General Manager of Urbaan Real Estate.

Supaporn (Hannah) Nontanam, sales rep for Star Residence discusses ways to make her sales pitch sound as good as possible with Russell Jay Darrell, Managing Director of Soundzgood Co., Ltd.Supaporn (Hannah) Nontanam, sales rep for Star Residence discusses ways to make her sales pitch sound as good as possible with Russell Jay Darrell, Managing Director of Soundzgood Co., Ltd.

Three jolly networkers (L to R) Greg Hoole, General Manager/Director Precision Springs; George T. Strampp, AMS Managing Director; and Ron Kosinski, Engineering Technology Advisor for Unity Powertrain Co., Ltd.Three jolly networkers (L to R) Greg Hoole, General Manager/Director Precision Springs; George T. Strampp, AMS Managing Director; and Ron Kosinski, Engineering Technology Advisor for Unity Powertrain Co., Ltd.

Rosanne Diamente from Women With a Mission and Simon Birkett, CEO of La-iert Cryogenic Sanitisation Co., Ltd. make it a mission to clean up the world.Rosanne Diamente from Women With a Mission and Simon Birkett, CEO of La-iert Cryogenic Sanitisation Co., Ltd. make it a mission to clean up the world.

Vicki Birgan and Chris Hagerman from Gold Coast Ships Ltd. share a laugh or two.Vicki Birgan and Chris Hagerman from Gold Coast Ships Ltd. share a laugh or two.

(L to R) Nisaluck Thamaphat, Assistant Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; Sirikorn Chingduang, Assistant Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; David Roberts, General Manager, Nova Platinum Hotel; Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; Kamolphop Suksamarn, Assistant Manager, Sales, Nova Platinum Hotel; Pacharin Machima, Assistant Sales Manager and Weeraya Sakolchai, Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.(L to R) Nisaluck Thamaphat, Assistant Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; Sirikorn Chingduang, Assistant Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; David Roberts, General Manager, Nova Platinum Hotel; Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya; Kamolphop Suksamarn, Assistant Manager, Sales, Nova Platinum Hotel; Pacharin Machima, Assistant Sales Manager and Weeraya Sakolchai, Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.

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