Centra Maris shines as new venue for the Combined Chamber


Every month people working in the business community in and around Pattaya attend the Combined Chamber of Commerce Networking events. This month it was hosted by the Australian Chamber known as AustCham and held at a brand new hotel nestled off Jomtien beach called the Centra Maris Resort Jomtien.

This property has over 270 rooms, including family residences and pool suites, a lagoon shaped pool with Jacuzzis and a choice of restaurants.

The networking was held in an open aired venue, ideal for such an event, although a gentle breeze would have been welcomed.

Ken Brookes, managing director at Niedax (Thailand) Ltd., chats to Peter Wisken, managing director at Viking Power Systems and H.E. Paul Robilliard, the Australian Ambassador to Thailand.

The sponsor for the event was Blackmores which is the leading natural health brand in Australia with a quality range of vitamin, minerals, herbal and nutritional supplements.

Many familiar faces and a host of new people were in attendance as well as the Australian Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Paul Robilliard and Carl Duggan the Area general manager for Centara Hotels who oversees the new Centra Maris Resort and the hotel’s General Manager Chaiphun Thongsuthum.

Nicolas Duke, general manager at Air International Thermal Systems, Philippe D’acquet, managing director at Smartsoft Asia, Ben Giles, counsellor (commercial) and trade commissioner at the Australian Trade Commision, Scott Finsten, harbor master at Ocean marina Yacht Club, Brendan Cunninham, senior manager-recruitment service at Adecco Group and Vincent Pourre, corporate account manager at Wall Street English.

Other notable attendees included AustCham Director Simon Shale, AustCham Treasurer Peter Emblin, chamber stalwarts, Graham McDonald, Greg Watkins and Simon Mathews. Michael Ward GM of Hooters Pattaya, Scott Finsten the Harbour Master of Ocean Marina, Graeme Moore and Dennis Hockin from K999 Engineering & Construction, Tom Thomson of Pacific Cross Health Insurance and representatives from recruiting, English Services, oil & gas, business development, automation solutions and the automotive sector.

Simon Matthews from Manpower, James Howard, sales manager at the Oil Field Equipment Services Co., Ltd., Michael Warde, general manager at Hooters Pattaya, Richard Gamlin, resident manager at Amari Pattaya, Greg Watkins, executive director of the BCCT and Graham Macdonald MBE, chairman of the SATCC.

The next combined chamber will be hosted by the Canadian chamber of commerce (CanCham)  on Friday the 1st of April at Tavern by the Sea, which is part of the Amari Pattaya at the north end of Beach Road.

Ron  Gysberts, business development director at Panus Assembly Co., Ltd., Nikolai Korkaew, director at Hygrology Applied LP and Manfred Frank.

Darunee Hien, Orathai Jatuten and Buakham North.

Carl Duggan, Area General Manager-Centara Grand Pratamnak, Simon Matthews from Manpower, H.E. Paul Robilliard, the Australian Ambassador to Thailand and Simon Shale, director at AustCham.