The combined Australian, British and American Chambers held a networking event around the pool of the catering and venue sponsor, the Holiday Inn on Beach Road last week.
The event sponsor was the Automotive Focus Group (AFG), showing that this common interest group is a force to be reckoned with on the Eastern Seaboard. They were represented by the new President Uli Kaiser and the founder, the sartorially splendid George Strampp, and running mate Ken Hinckley in the long sleeved shirts they bought at auction somewhere.
(L to R) Kevin Watkins, GM of Piper Plastic (Thailand), Sam Mizzi, MD of McConnell Dowell Constructors Thai Ltd., and Andy Hall, Operations Director of CEA.
The main host chamber was AustCham with outgoing President John Anderson stepping down as his consulting business has become so busy. Australian Chamber events are noted for the provision of some Australian wines, and this time, the wine sponsor was Berri Estates, and their shiraz was a very pleasant drop.
The American Chamber was represented by the executive director, the vivacious Judy Benn and the ‘quiet American’ David Nardone.
South Africans were represented by their Chamber President Graham MacDonald MBE and Maurice Bromley and his lovely wife Renita, and good to see you here again!
(L to R) Mark Carroll, Executive Director, Aust-Thai Chamber of Commerce, John Staines, Executive Director Asia Operations, Eagle Ottawa (Thailand) and Michael Diamente, MD of Dana Spicer.
The Brits were covered by the affable Executive Director Greg Watkins, with board member Simon Matthews (Manpower), who remembered not to wear the pink shirt he wore previously but this time wore an understated black, white and grey spotted number (very fetching)!
Marcus Burtenshaw (Knight Frank) seen in earnest discussion with new AFG committee member Barry Main, whilst the Holiday Inn personnel in the shape of Jeena from the Spa and Cindy from the PR floated around the area, making sure everyone was being well catered for, though I am not so sure that the vegetable samosas went well with shiraz!
The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya was represented by Neil Maniquiz and Nui Ratanaliam seen chatting with Narumon Rodsiravotaphat from Colliers International.
The next joint chambers networking should be March 29, with the American Chamber as hosts.
(L to R) Peter Mewes, Senior Legal Advisor of HBS Law, Carl Dekoning, Executive, Business Development of Futuris Group of Companies, Natchanan Dechaakhrawanit, Business Development Manager of Allied Pickfords and Jakie Patchararatch, Company Director of CES.
(L to R) Pinyo Siriton, Director of Sales, Amari Nova Group, Damien Kerneis, Key Account Manager of Geodis Wilson Thai Ltd., Dueanpen Thongsombat, Assistant Director of Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya and Weeraya Sakolchai, Sales manager, Amari Orchid Pattaya.
(L to R) Leigh Scott-Kemmis, Chairman of Lee Hecht Harrison, Kevin D. Clark and Colonel (RET) Rick Cassidy, Director of ACI.
(L to R) Paul Birgan from Sea Speed PTT Ltd., Niorn Maneesint, and Josh Hyland, of AEC South East Asia Co., Ltd.
(L to R) Neil Maniquiz, Head of the International Marketing of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Papakan Saguansap, Spa Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya, Janya Rattanaliam, Deputy Head International Marketing of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and Yuwadee Prohkhuntod, Sales Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya.
(L to R) Michael North, John S. Anderson, MD of Meinhardt Myanmar Co., Ltd. and Richard Jackson.
(L to R) Sameer Jalan, Brendan Richards and Aoam Campbell.
(L to R) John Lloyd, Consultant of JNP Legal Co., Ltd., Siyaphas Chantachairoj, Director-Corporate Marketing & Residential Customer Development of Hemaraj Land and Development PCL, George T. Strampp, Managing Partner of AMS, Lada Mahutthanasakul from Hemaraj Land and Development PCL and Fasai Finch.
(L to R) Joe Barker-Bennett, Chairman of Eastern Seaboard BCCT Group and Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group.
(L to R) Chutima Konfai, Director of Sales of Holiday Inn Pattaya and Armin Walter, Production Manager, EFTEC (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
(L to R) Manita Boontham, Sales & Marketing Manager, CES, Thadsaneewan Phutara, Sales Manager Business Unit Engine Systems, Continental Automotive (Thailand) and Leigh Wilmott, Senior Business Development Manager ASEAN Automotive, Australian Government.
(L to R) Judy A. Benn, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Maurice Bromley, GM-Thailand, GoIndustry DoveBid (Thailand) Ltd. and Renita Bromley.