The Bromsgrove International School Combined Chambers Braai & BBQ was held at the Holiday Inn Pattaya on Friday, 18th January. The South African-Thai Chamber of Commerce took the lead this month and were ably supported by chambers representing: America, Australia, Belgium and Luxembourg, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Singapore.
The Holiday Inn put on a fantastic choice of South African and international foods, ably led by F&B Manager, Daniel Boswell. The food and drink kept on coming way passed the official closing time of 9.00p.m. They did the hotel proud as did the band who played a vast array of music and, by the end, had attracted quite a following.
There was a large turnout of well over one hundred people with an excellent mix of old and new faces. Many contacts were made and renewed after the Festive Season. Andrew Wood was seen talking to Allan Riddell about the benefits of South African wine. David Nardone was chatting to George Strampp about the automotive industry on the Eastern Seaboard (ESB). Andre Coetzee and the Lamprecht brothers were discussing how to organize the next Braai at the Outback Bar on Saturday, 2nd February – especially when it will be followed by this first round of the Six Nations.
Frank Holzer was expounding the advantages of fabrication to representatives from True. All the time, Rodney Charman was taking photos for the various organisations he was representing.
The organizer, Graham Macdonald, was seen running around making sure everything was running smoothly. When on stage, he thanked all the sponsors: Bromsgrove International School, Q Cars, WHA, Macallan Insurance Brokers, PKF, Retox Outback Bar, Vinarco, BakriCono, Red Wolf, Pacific Cross, ASAP Marine, Boots and Allied Pickfords.
All in all, an excellent event which has set the bar for the rest of the year. The next multi-chamber networking on the Eastern Seaboard will be on Friday, 15th February at the Renaissance Resort in Ban Amphur.