This month’s combined chambers meeting was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) and held in conjunction with AustCham Thailand, the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) and the South African-Thai Chamber of Commerce (SATCC). In addition, members of the Automotive Focus Group (AFG) helped to swell the numbers even more in the Ballroom II at the Holiday Inn on Beach Road.
The principal sponsor of the evening was the Efficient English Services company, trading as the Wall Street English group, who were advising everyone on the need to be prepared for the AEC in 2015. Vincent Pourre, the Corporate Account Manager for Wall Street (a Frenchman!) highlighted the fact that Thailand is lagging behind its ASEAN neighbors, something which will hold Thailand back after 2015, unless the English speaking ability of this country improves. To spread the message, Vincent had several of his office and teaching staff present and presented English training courses for three lucky draw winners. (George Strampp thought he had won one, but the organizers thought it better that he retain his Italian/American drawl.)
(L to R) John Howarth, MD, Wareeya Paochai, Officer and Gloria Jones, Marketing Manager of Asia Pacific Pensions.
John Howarth (Asia Pacific Pensions) introduced Reeya, a new staff member, while the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya did the same with Yolly.
The Hilton Hotel had sent in a couple of spies, dressed fetchingly in matching black outfits in Meaw Chaivorawat and Eve Namkhammee.
Ramesh Ramanathan (Visteon) was introducing a new member of his staff in SK Banerjee, hailing from the same neck of the woods as himself.
(L to R) Benchamat Phudthiradvittaya, Senior Sales Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya, Ron Grigaras, Engineering and Program Manager of MHG (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Vassachol Khrueasan, Sales Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya.
Regulars at AMCHAM meetings were the Executive Director Judy Benn and Hemaraj’s David Nardone, who in an exclusive interview with Pattaya Mail TV expressed great confidence in Thailand’s infrastructure which will overcome any threats from the immediate neighbors, and incidentally, the Hemaraj industrial estates were flood free. No wellingtons required!
(L to R) William Fantozzi, MD of FustTech United Ltd., George T. Strampp, Managing Partner of AMS and David R. Nardone, President & CEO of Hemaraj Land and Development PCL.
One of the Hemaraj estate tenants is Air International Thermal Systems, represented by the GM Nicolas Duke, seen chatting with Pattaya’s awarded inventor Stuart Saunders (EsDesign).
(L to R) Mark Butters, Director, RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd., Judy A. Benn, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and David Cumming, Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.
The venue sponsor was the Holiday Inn, and everyone was very complimentary over the finger food for the event. The mini-hamburgers were particularly appropriate for the American chamber!
(L to R) Joseph Chappel, Executive Recruitment Manager of PRTR Recruitment and Outsourcing (Eastern Seaboard) Co., Ltd., Chonlatee Nakamadee, Guru of DusitD2 baraquda pattaya and Mark Bateman, Executive Business Manager of PRTR Recruitment and Outsourcing (Eastern Seaboard) Co., Ltd.
(L to R) Ashley Griffiths and Chattiya Mahuttanasopol.
(L to R) Neal Brazel, Principal of Bladerunner Consulting Asia Co., Ltd., Ben Mitchell, MD of Off Road Accessories Limited and Trevor Ian Dick, Chairman of Australasia Holdings Ltd.
(L to R) Florent Parisot, Operations Manager of EuroKera (Thailand) Limited, Damien Kerneis, Key Account Manager of Geodis Wilson Thai Ltd., and Ralf Alber, MD of Guehring (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
(L to R) Marcus Inamine, Quality Premises Manager of Efficient English Service Ltd., Rattikarn Tepinya, Janya Rattanaliam, Deputy Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department and Dr. Iain Corness.
(L to R) Ramesh Ramanathan, MD of Visteon (Thailand) Limited, Frank Holzer from General Motors and Uli Kaiser, Business Development ASEAN of EMAG Group – Thailand Office.
(L to R) Neil Maniquiz, Head of the International Marketing Department at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Grover Preston, Engineering Manager of the PAC Group China Operations, Okko Sprey, Consultant of Plus Exploration Co., Ltd., and Janya Rattanaliam, Deputy Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department.
(L to R) David Cramond, Deputy Director Corporate Sales, Orrapim Patarapatipat, Bongkot Sawatdikul, Corporate Senior Center Director and Vincent Pourre, Corporate Account Manager of Efficient English Service Ltd.
(L to R) George T. Strampp, Managing Partner of AMS, Judy A. Benn, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Graham Macdonald MBE, Managing Director of MBMG Group, Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group and William Fantozzi, MD of FustTech United Ltd.
(L to R) Graham Macdonald MBE, Managing Director of MBMG Group, Frank Holzer from General Motors, David Cumming, Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, Judy A. Benn, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Vincent Pourre, Corporate Account Manager of Efficient English Service Ltd, Mark Butters, Director, RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd. and David R. Nardone, President & CEO of Hemaraj Land and Development PCL.