The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) hosted a joint chambers networking evening at the Dusit Thani Pattaya, with the vast Napalai ballroom able to accommodate the numbers of networkers from the various chambers, including the Australian Chamber, the German Chamber, the American Chamber and the South African Chamber and the Automotive Focus Group.
Co-sponsors for the evening were OGAS Solutions, headed by Business Development Manager Prim Chuenboonpoem; the Focus Ploenchit condominium development, represented by the vivacious Sudaporn, and Samitivej Hospitals Srinakarin and Sukhumvit, static display only.
The chairman of the BCCT, Simon Matthews of Manpower, had another of his luridly patterned shirts on, but I did notice that in the BCCT’s own magazine, he is shown in a plain white shirt. This is either a new leaf for Simon or clever photoshopping! Other BCCT members of note were Chris Thatcher, trying to outdo Simon Matthews with eye-catching shirts, Jina Phenix who was keeping the show running and Executive Director Greg Watkins.
The Dusit Thani Pattaya was ensuring that everyone did have a great time, with some very acceptable finger food choices, and many staff floating around the tables including Nattawan Thammarak (sales manager) and Chanamon Watetip (assistant sales).
As is usual these days, some of the other hotels in the area sent in their spies with Sarah (Amari), Pinto (Hard Rock) and Narawadee and Viranchapach (Sunshine Hotels) taking notes.
There was one “Aussie” table with Scott Finsten (Ocean Marina). Scott Lyons (ARB Off Road) and Neal Brazel (Bladerunner Consulting Asia) communicating in ‘Strine’, whilst another table had a mixed group of AFG members with Frank Holzer (president) and Armin Walter who was proudly telling everyone he hadn’t fallen off his Ducati since last month!
One very interesting young lady was Pimyada Charoenpanich (Achieve Inter Law) who as well as being a legal advisor also designs shoes! (She just might be Pattaya’s answer to Jimmy Choo!)
The next month’s joint chambers meeting will be announced in the Pattaya Mail the week beforehand.