AMCHAM Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor’s Re­marks

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Contents - Best re­gards, Judy Benn Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

This time of the year, while we are busy look­ing at year- end ac­tiv­i­ties, we also have our eyes on next year and we are start­ing to look to fill Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship po­si­tions. The Cham­ber has 25 com­mit­tees and each com­mit­tee has two to four lead­ers who will be re­spon­si­ble for ar­rang­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing their com­mit­tee’s pro­grams. Each com­mit­tee re­ports to a mem­ber of the Board, who men­tors the com­mit­tee and re­ports on com­mit­tee ac­tiv­i­ties to the AMCHAM Board.

In ad­di­tion to host­ing their own com­mit­tee meet­ings we also ask that com­mit­tee lead­ers ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in other AMCHAM events to net­work with other Cham­ber mem­bers, en­cour­age com­mit­tee par­tic­i­pa­tion and hear what AMCHAM mem­bers have on their minds. If you are in­ter­ested in be­ing a com­mit­tee leader and are able to com­mit six to eight hours a month, then we need you! Please con­tact me for fur­ther de­tails.

If you feel we are lack­ing a com­mit­tee in an in­dus­try or fo­cus area that may be of in­ter­est to our mem­bers, we are al­ways open to start­ing new com­mit­tees. To gain ap­proval from the AMCHAM Board for a new com­mit­tee, we re­quire that the po­ten­tial com­mit­tee have the sup­port of at least eight mem­ber com­pa­nies, have two com­mit­tee lead­ers ready to guide the com­mit­tee and have a sus­tain­able mis­sion and ob­jec­tives. If you want to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity for a new com­mit­tee, please let me know.

I am pleased to an­nounce that our new­est Com­mit­tee – Aero­space – re­ceived ap­proval from the Board in Septem­ber. The new Aero­space Com­mit­tee will sup­port and pro­mote aero­space- ori­ented in­dus­tries and de­velop pro­grams to sup­port aero­space- re­lated projects by im­prov­ing gov­ern­ment- to- in­dus­try re­la­tion­ships and in­creas­ing un­der­stand­ing of U. S. and Thai aero­space reg­u­la­tions. All AMCHAM mem­bers who have an in­ter­est in this area are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the new Com­mit­tee. Com­mit­tee lead­ers are Jim Grunewald, Red­bird, and John Brasch, Tri­umph Avi­a­tion.

You should shortly be re­ceiv­ing your 2016 Mem­ber­ship dues in­voice and I sin­cerely hope that you are re­ceiv­ing value from your mem­ber­ship. AMCHAM con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion and the voice of U. S. busi­ness in Thai­land and works dili­gently to pro­mote a level play­ing field for mem­ber com­pa­nies in Thai­land.

Al­ready this year we have hosted more than 200 events, meet­ings, and pro­grams, fo­cused on im­prov­ing Thai­land’s busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, pro­vid­ing le­gal and reg­u­la­tory up­dates and ex­plor­ing av­enues for ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween mem­bers and with lead­ing Thai busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, and other lead­ers.

We con­tinue to ad­vo­cate the prin­ci­ples of free trade, open mar­kets, pri­vate en­ter­prise, the un­re­stricted flow of in­for­ma­tion, and eth­i­cal busi­ness prac­tices. On the CSR side, the an­nual AMCHAM CSR Ex­cel­lence Award pro­gram will rec­og­nize a record 62 com­pa­nies whose CSR pro­grams ex­em­plify the in­vest­ment mem­ber com­pa­nies are making in the Thai com­mu­ni­ties in which they op­er­ate. They will be rec­og­nized at the Thanks­giv­ing CSR Luncheon com­ing up on Novem­ber 24. The AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion has do­nated Baht 13.5 mil­lion to- date to­wards ed­u­ca­tional sup­port, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing 200 schol­ar­ships to Thai univer­sity stu­dents, fund­ing 28 Adopt- a- School project and sup­port­ing the Ful­bright English Teach­ing As­sist­ant­ship pro­gram in build­ing English lan­guage ca­pac­ity.

In 2016, the Cham­ber will be cel­e­brat­ing its aus­pi­cious 5th cy­cle an­niver­sary and 60 years of pro­mot­ing Amer­i­can busi­ness in Thai­land. We have a num­ber of spe­cial events planned for next year to cel­e­brate this spe­cial oc­ca­sion and an­nounce­ments on those will be com­ing out shortly.

A re­minder about the Cor­po­rate Part­ner­ship pack­ages which you may want to con­sider as a way to in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of your com­pany as well as sup­port the Cham­ber, par­tic­u­larly in light of the up­com­ing 60th an­niver­sary ( see page 51).

We still have a num­ber of events in 2015, in­clud­ing: the Tur­key Chari­tee Golf tour­na­ment on Novem­ber 27th, the an­nual Fes­tive Hol­i­day Eg­gnog Party on De­cem­ber 3 and the Hol­i­day Jazzy Luncheon on De­cem­ber 16.

We ap­pre­ci­ate your con­tin­ued sup­port of AMCHAM and look for­ward to see­ing you soon.

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