With the Australian Chamber (AustCham) being the organizers, and the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) and the American Chamber (AmCham) being the guests, it was a packed venue for the networking around the 4th floor swimming pool at the Holiday Inn. And what really swelled the numbers were the golfers from the Women With a Mission’s charity golf tournament who were also invited.
The three chambers were well represented, with the Australians having the greatest presence. President John Anderson and AustCham Executive Director Mark Carroll were early attendees, helping Paul Wilkinson, the Eastern Seaboard GM for JVK International Movers, one of the sponsors of the networking. Another Aussie was Scott Finsten, the Harbor Master at Ocean Marina.
Duncan Miller from JVK Int’I Movers and Chris Kimpton, General Manager, GAC Thoresen Logistics Ltd.
One of the sponsors was Capital TV, with Aussie presenter Raine Grady there with husband Les Nyerges and their two ‘giant’ children enjoying the evening. Les had the unfortunate experience of being interviewed on PM TV by Paul Strachan and Dr. Iain for the “Doc and Jock” show. However, he did well enough to get a kiss from his wife for the job well done!
Two lovely ladies who captured the imagination of the (should I say ‘randy’?) chaps were Hanna Nontanam and Ralawan Rattanapornmaneechai from Harry & Sons, property consultants, but who confusingly were also representing a restaurant in Bangkok on Silom Road.
One local group well represented was the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya with Neil Maniquiz, Janya and two ladies from the Russian department Jain and Alisha.
Mike Davey, Project Manager, Hallin Marine and Mike Lucas, CEO, Lucas Consulting.
The Women With a Mission, Rosanne Diamente, Kylie Grimmer and Bronwyn Carey were delighted with the numbers who entered their golf tournament, 125 according to Rosanne. Amongst the golfers who also attended the networking night were Automotive Focus Group (AFG) members George Strampp, Mike Diamente, Armin Walter and Shaun Burke. The Women With a Mission is supporting 400 disadvantaged children in Mae Sot plus some handicapped children in the Chonburi area.
Members of the BCCT included the charming Deputy Director Jyoti Sachavirawong and past president Graham MacDonald, Kevin Fisher and Andy Hall (CEA), the ‘dog man’ Joe Cox, running the Defense International Security Services, John Hamilton (Waste Management Siam) and Simon Matthews (Manpower) in the floral shirt. Bangkok residents who made the trip down included Colin Hastings from the Big Chilli magazine. Craig Muldoon and David Strachan from PFS International also made the trip worthwhile with some serious networking.
(L to R) Tommy Dee, DJ, Fabulous 103 FM and Craig Muldoon, Senior Consultant, PFS International.
Just “hopping across the fence” was David Cumming, the GM of the Holiday Inn’s neighbors, the Amari Orchid Pattaya, bringing with him Pimteera Rattanakupt from their sales department.
One regular, but with a new business card, was Tony Hanscomb, the Creative Director of the Cartoon Network’s Amazone water park, a project in Pattaya that my children (and countless other thousands) are eagerly awaiting its opening.
The next joint chamber networking will be on November 16.
Neil Farrell, Business Development Manager, Elastomer Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Janya Rattanaliam, Deputy Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department.
(L to R) John Anderson, AustCham President; Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group and Joe Barker-Bennett from CrestCom-Traincom.
(L to R) Scott Finsten from Ocean Marina, Mark Carroll from AustCham Thailand and Simon Farbenbloom from the Australian Embassy.
(L to R) Pimteera Rattanakupt, Assistant Manager, Sales; Sirikorn Chingduang, Assistant Manager, Sales and Weeraya Sakolchai, Manager, Sales, Amari Orchid Pattaya.
Simon Landy, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand and Richard L. Rome, FCA, CTA.
(L to R) Mark Okle, Quality Manager, ICJVG; Chris Clegg, Project Manager, Chandra Hickox, Crew Manager, all from Mermaid Offshore Services Ltd.; and Andrew Hickox, Operations Manager, BEKK Solutions Limited.
(L to R) Terry Schofield from Orion Litigation, Kevin Johnson from Pattaya Realty, Stephen Atkins, Manager of European Security Concepts and David Johnson, Logistic Coordinator Superintendent (Thailand), RCR – Solomon Ore Processing Facilities Project.
(L to R) Michael Andrews, QA/QC Manager, Asian Marshaling Yard ILS – Gorgon Project; Alex Hutton-Potts from Simplicity and Conrad Lowe from CEA.
(L to R) Les Nyerges from Capital TV, Julian Stanley from New Development, Cees Cuijpers from Town Country Property and Joe Cox from Defence International.
(L to R) Patric Lundin from GAC Thailand, Chris Kimpton, General Manager, GAC Thoresen Logistics Ltd., and John Faulds from GAC Thailand.
(L to R) Tony Hanscomb, Creative Director, Amazon Falls Co., Ltd., Colin Hastings from Big Chili and Chris Craker from Karma Sound Studios.
(L to R) Phooritut Uthaiwong, Assistant Manager of Manpower; Phinya Wonsantia, Recruitment Consultant, Manpower Group, Armin Walter, Production Manager, EFTEC (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Shaun Burke, Branch Manager, Cromwell-Tools (Thailand) Co., Ltd.