AMCHAM Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor’s Re­marks

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Contents -

Fall is a very busy time at AMCHAM so I want to en­sure you know what we are up to in the AMCHAM of­fice and to re­mind you of some of the ac­tiv­i­ties you don’t want to miss.

First, by the time you re­ceive this edi­tion of T- AB Mag­a­zine, the 2015- 2016 Mem­ber­ship Direc­tory will be hot off the press and ready for you to pick up. This 480 page Direc­tory lists all AMCHAM mem­ber com­pa­nies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives and con­tains in­for­ma­tion about a va­ri­ety of AMCHAM pro­grams. As mail­ing the Di­rec­to­ries is a very te­dious task, we will have them avail­able at AMCHAM events for you to pick up or you may send a mes­sen­ger to col­lect at the AMCHAM of­fice.

Com­ing up on Oc­to­ber 14 we will have a “Meet the Board Can­di­dates” so­cial net- work­ing night. This is an op­por­tu­nity for you to meet the can­di­dates run­ning for the 2016- 2017 Board of Gov­er­nors. While cam­paign­ing is not really ex­pected of the can­di­dates, it is al­ways nice for mem­bers to be able to put a face to the name on the ballot, so please come out and meet the can­di­dates.

AMCHAM’S An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing ( AGM) and board elec­tions are gen­er­ally held on the last Wed­nes­day of Oc­to­ber. We have sched­uled Oc­to­ber 28 for the AGM this year, but as we have in­vited the in­com­ing U. S. Am­bas­sador- des­ig­nate Glyn Davies to join us for this event the fi­nal date will be de­pen­dent upon his sched­ule. We will keep you posted on any changes.

The first week of Novem­ber is des­ig­nated for the AMCHAM Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship Ori­en­ta­tion and Ca­reer Camps in Bangkok. Each year AMCHAM pro­vides schol­ar­ships to 200 dis­ad­van­taged univer­sity stu­dents to help them com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion. We host a two- day Ori­en­ta­tion Camp for in­com­ing re­cip­i­ents and a Ca­reer Camp for those about to graduate. We ex­pect that ap­prox­i­mately 150 stu­dents will at­tend th­ese two events. Both are ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to in­ter­act and en­gage with th­ese youth to help them in their univer­sity and fu­ture ca­reers. We re­quire a sig­nif­i­cant amount of re­sources to de­liver on th­ese pro­grams and if you can as­sist us with ei­ther time, fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance or even pro­vid­ing hats or shirts or other items for the stu­dents this would be highly ap­pre­ci­ated. Please con­tact Sheree at Sheree@ am­chamthai­land. com for more de­tails on how you can help.

On Novem­ber 25, get ready for our ninth an­nual AMCHAM CSR Ex­cel­lence ( ACE) Award luncheon. We will be rec­og­niz­ing com­pa­nies who have com­pleted the ACE bench­mark sur­vey and whose CSR pro­grams achieve high marks in the as­sess­ment cat­e­gories des­ig­nated by AMCHAM. This is one of the Cham­ber’s most pop­u­lar events as peo­ple come out to learn about mem­bers’ CSR pro­grams and those who qual­ify get an op­por­tu­nity to be pub­licly rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing CSR. We en­cour­age you to book a ta­ble, bring your staff and come and enjoy a tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing lunch.

On Novem­ber 27 we will host the an­nual AMCHAM Tur­key Chari­tee Golf Tour­na­ment so you can work off your Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner. The Sports Com­mit­tee has a great day of golf­ing and fun planned and yes, we will also have tur­key for those of you who did not enjoy a tur­key din­ner on Thanks­giv­ing.

This edi­tion of T- AB in­tro­duces two new sec­tions: ‘ Throw­back T- AB’ which will look at pre­vi­ous edi­tions of the mag­a­zine and re­mind us of the history of the Cham­ber as we pre­pare for cel­e­brat­ing our 60th an­niver­sary ( page 46) and a sec­tion sum­ma­riz­ing re­cent le­gal up­dates to keep the mem­ber­ship in­formed on new reg­u­la­tions that might af­fect their busi­ness ( page 38).

Best re­gards, Judy Benn Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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