The Australian Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AustCham) held another if its Seaboard Sundowners at the Amari Orchid Resort last weekend. Mindful of the success last year of inviting other chambers, this networking evening also saw members of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) and the American Chamber (AmCham) exchanging business cards in the Amari Ocean Tower’s Ice Bar.
With the Amari’s GM David Cumming being the new chairman of the BCCT Eastern Seaboard chapter, it was easy to see why the Amari was one of the sponsors of the evening – and the food was excellent (though it ran out of chocolate strawberries before I could go back for the 10th time!).
Stephan Tierney, senior client advisor for MBMG Group talks money management with Simon Philbrook, client advisor for MBMG Group.
A new corporate sponsor was M&C Energy (Thailand) Limited, represented by Laddawan Tantisantiwong. M&C turned out to be a Scottish group which advises industry on energy use and how to save and maximize efficiency. M&C Energy Group has over 500 experts ensuring clients get the most from their energy budgets, providing key support throughout every aspect of the energy procurement and contracting process. They can be contacted through www. mcenergygroup.in.th.
The second corporate sponsor was the Automotive Focus Group (AFG), which has ‘grown up’ to be no longer dependant upon the AustCham, but can stand on its own two feet. The AFG acts as a forum for gathering and sharing information related to the Thailand Automotive Industry in general but particularly the Automotive OEM’s and suppliers in the Eastern Seaboard. They can be contacted through afg-thailand. blogspot.com.
With over 100 chamber members in attendance, it was a very spirited networking evening, and everyone got their ‘money’s worth’ of exchanged business cards. It looks as though the concept of combining chambers sits well in the present marketplace.
Alain Deurwaerder, managing director of Ducati Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; and Graham Macdonald, managing director of MBMG Group are enjoying the evening.
Nigel McKinnon (left), director of Boral Concrete & Quarry Limited chats with AustCham President John S. Anderson (right), director of Meinhardt (Thailand) Ltd.
Liela Phillips from Chevron networks with Markus Wehrhahn, general manager of Resource Link Consulting Group.
Suteeraporn Nutchanart, sales executive with Holiday Inn Pattaya, and Vassachol Khrueasan, sales manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya brighten the evening.
Uli Kaiser, South East Asia business development for EMAG Group – Thailand; and Ramesh Ramanathan, managing director of Visteon (Thailand) Ltd.
Bruce Hoppe, vice president of marketing & quality for Emerson Electric (Thailand) Ltd. and his lovely wife Judy Hoppe.
Martin Betschart, Inhaber / Resourcing Akademie AG; Nuchthida Bangthamai, business development manager for M&C Energy (Thailand) Limited; and Laddawan Tantisantwong, marketing executive with M&C Energy (Thailand) Limited.
Mark Hamill-Stewart, managing director of MRI Worldwide Recruitment (Thailand) Ltd.; Karen Hochhauser, sales & marketing manager of Santa Fe (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; John Sim, regional executive Partner-West ASEAN for KPMG Phoomchai Holdings Co., Ltd.
Maria, Andrian Sii, commercial program manager for Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand); Ken Bright, manufacturing & engineering manager for Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand); and Ray D’Lilva, general manager of Bosch Chassis Systems (Thailand).
Pacharamon Sotho, architectural coating project sales executive for Dimet (Siam) PCL; Suraphol Rujikarnchana, managing director of Dimet (Siam) PCL; Patcharin Machima, assistant manager, sales for Amari Orchid Pattaya; and Rachit S. from Dimet (Siam) PCL.
Pattra, Kavissara Rojanavooti, corporate services manager of Santa Fe (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Suteeraporn Nutchanart, sales executive for Holiday Inn Pattaya; and Vassachol Khrueasan, sales manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya.