Chamber members seeing triple at Holiday Inn networking event

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Three chambers, comprising of the BCCT, AustCham and AmCham (British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce) held a networking evening in the Holiday Inn last Friday.

The principal sponsors were the Holiday Inn and a newcomer to the Eastern Seaboard, Amrop, represented by MD Tana Akson, an interesting Thai lady who had spent the majority of her life in London.  Amrop boasts Context Driven Executive Search, making it a rather up-market ‘headhunter’ organization.

(L to R) Jonathan Gibbons, sales manager of Waterfront - Suites & Residences, Pattaya; and Shreyash Shah, deputy director of sales for Royal Cliff Hotels Group & Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall.(L to R) Jonathan Gibbons, sales manager of Waterfront – Suites & Residences, Pattaya; and Shreyash Shah, deputy director of sales for Royal Cliff Hotels Group & Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall.

The Holiday Inn was represented by the affable Aussie GM Craig Ryan, plus the gorgeous Gina who was trying to drag people off to the spa.  Chef Large (as opposed to a large chef) presented plenty of food, with BBQ roasts for the AustCham members and fish and chips for the BCCT chaps.  AmCham, led by David Nardone (Hemaraj), was not forgotten and there were plenty of hamburgers for them.

Deputy director of the BCCT, Jyoti Sachavirawong, flitted around making sure that those of importance came face to face with the PMTV’s Jock and Doc show.  The first unsuspecting BCCT member was Simon Landy, the new chairman, closely followed by Simon Matthews (Manpower).  Simon was very pleased to announce he needed another 3,000 workers, the demand is so high, despite increases in minimum wages and other influences on the Thai workforce.

(L to R) Russell William Woolley, pub manager of Dicey Reilly’s Pub & Eatery; and Stephen Frost, director of Bangkok International Associates.(L to R) Russell William Woolley, pub manager of Dicey Reilly’s Pub & Eatery; and Stephen Frost, director of Bangkok International Associates.

Amongst the networkers was Joe Cox, Pattaya’s ‘dog man’ running the Defence International Security Services who came along with his delightful daughter.  Two chamber members who literally just walked off planes and full of jet-lag were George Strampp (AmCham) and Paul Wilkinson (AustCham).

An address was given by Derek Brook, chairman of the Royal British Legion, and a plaque was presented to Graham MacDonald for his tireless work for the organization.

(L to R) Cees KC Cuijpers, managing partner of Town & Country Property Co., Ltd.; and Paul Stinson, president of CAPRA International Inc.(L to R) Cees KC Cuijpers, managing partner of Town & Country Property Co., Ltd.; and Paul Stinson, president of CAPRA International Inc.

Peera Thaweechart from Albatross Logistics was present with around eight of his ‘Albatrosses’ and spies were caught from other properties, including Shreyash Shah (try saying that after a few wines) from the Royal Cliff, David Cumming (Amari GM) and the delightful girls from the Hilton Eve and Ople.

The numbers were down for this event, despite the three chambers, but this would have been a post ‘Wan Lai’ effect.

The next event will be publicized in the Pattaya Mail.

(L to R) David Cumming, general manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya chats with Derek Brook, chairman of the Royal British Legion Chonburi Thailand Branch.(L to R) David Cumming, general manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya chats with Derek Brook, chairman of the Royal British Legion Chonburi Thailand Branch.

(L to R) David Cumming, general manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya; Simon Landy, executive chairman, Colliers International Thailand; and Graham Macdonald, chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.(L to R) David Cumming, general manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya; Simon Landy, executive chairman, Colliers International Thailand; and Graham Macdonald, chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.

(L to R) Gareth Vaughan Hughes, managing director of RSM Advisory (Thailand) Ltd.; Greg Watkins, executive director of British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.(L to R) Gareth Vaughan Hughes, managing director of RSM Advisory (Thailand) Ltd.; Greg Watkins, executive director of British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.

(L to R) Jett Mcgoo and David L. Bell, managing director of Ra-Kahng Associates Limited.(L to R) Jett Mcgoo and David L. Bell, managing director of Ra-Kahng Associates Limited.

(L to R) Paul Fox, sales & marketing manager of Urbaan Real Estate; Martin Kinsella; Colette Kinsella; and Frank Guy from Planet Football.(L to R) Paul Fox, sales & marketing manager of Urbaan Real Estate; Martin Kinsella; Colette Kinsella; and Frank Guy from Planet Football.

(L to R) James Howard, advisor of Milan Crosse Creative Ltd.; Simon Matthews, vice chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Thailand; and Anthony Collier, managing director of Anthony Collier Associates (Thailand) Co., Ltd.(L to R) James Howard, advisor of Milan Crosse Creative Ltd.; Simon Matthews, vice chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Thailand; and Anthony Collier, managing director of Anthony Collier Associates (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Pisit Thanapattum, research associate of the Association of Executive Search Consultants; Jonathan Gibbons, sales manager of Waterfront - Suites & Residences, Pattaya; Jaruwon Abel, office manager for the Association of Executive Search Consultants.(L to R) Pisit Thanapattum, research associate of the Association of Executive Search Consultants; Jonathan Gibbons, sales manager of Waterfront – Suites & Residences, Pattaya; Jaruwon Abel, office manager for the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

(L to R) Chaiwat Sukmaitree, operation director; Samran Tapsay, project manager; Peera Thaweechart, managing director; and Premchai Boontam, general manager, all from Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.(L to R) Chaiwat Sukmaitree, operation director; Samran Tapsay, project manager; Peera Thaweechart, managing director; and Premchai Boontam, general manager, all from Albatross Logistics Co., Ltd.

(L to R) Ray D’Silva, general manager at Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand) Ltd.; Ken Bright, manufacturing and engineering manager of Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand) Ltd.; and Ramesh Ramanathan, managing director of Visteon (Thailand) Limited.(L to R) Ray D’Silva, general manager at Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand) Ltd.; Ken Bright, manufacturing and engineering manager of Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand) Ltd.; and Ramesh Ramanathan, managing director of Visteon (Thailand) Limited.

A trio of lovely violinists plays, appropriately, chamber music at the meeting of the 3 chambers.A trio of lovely violinists plays, appropriately, chamber music at the meeting of the 3 chambers.