AMCHAM Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor’s Re­marks

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

I love our new 60th An­niver­sary logo and the proud fact it rep­re­sents 60 years of U. S. busi­ness in Thai­land. The U. S. busi­ness com­mu­nity here is strong, re­silient and com­mit­ted to Thai­land, de­spite the many ups and downs!

We are look­ing at a va­ri­ety of other ways that we may be able to cel­e­brate this spe­cial oc­ca­sion. As a kick- off event, on March 24th at the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing at the Dusit Thani Ho­tel, we are de­lighted to have David Ly­man, AMCHAM Pres­i­dent in 1975 and 1986, rem­i­nisce about his more than 40 years as an AMCHAM mem­ber. Those of you who have read the ear­lier ar­ti­cles in the mag­a­zine will also note that David’s father was in­stru­men­tal in found­ing the Cham­ber in 1956, so it is an honor to have a fam­ily legacy to help cel­e­brate our 60th an­niver­sary. We have a num­ber of other spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties also com­ing up to make this year ex­tra­or­di­nary.

GOV­ER­NORS BALL

On Satur­day, April 23 at the Grand Hy­att Erawan is the an­nual Gov­er­nors Ball. This is our most pop­u­lar an­nual so­cial event. The stated pur­pose is to rec­og­nize and honor the cur­rent Board of Gov­er­nors but it is also our largest fund- rais­ing event for the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion and lots of fun! We hope that you can join us, ta­bles are avail­able ( and seat­ing is de­pen­dent upon pay­ment time) and we are happy to ar­range seat­ing for solo at­ten­dees or cou­ples. We are tar­get­ing to raise two mil­lion Baht at the Silent Auc­tion which will go to sup­port 200 univer­sity schol­ar­ships for un­der­priv­i­leged Thai stu­dents next year. Our theme this year is fo­cused on the 60 years his­tory of the Cham­ber and you can come in Black Tie – or a pe­riod cos­tume from any decade be­tween 1950- 2010!

SILENT AUC­TION

We are also look­ing for items for the silent auc­tion – be it goods, ser­vices, prod­ucts, etc., We seek a va­ri­ety of items to make the auc­tion ex­cit­ing and fun. Our thanks to United Air­lines and ANA who have do­nated a grand prize al­ready – two round- trip busi­ness class tick­ets to the U. S.! We have lots and lots of other great items and my thanks to all of you who have do­nated. There is still time to par­tic­i­pate ( both at the ball and as a silent auc­tion donor). Please con­tact Sheree at Sheree@ am­chamthai­land. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

MEM­BER­SHIP DIREC­TORY

A no­tice that we will shortly be com­menc­ing prepa­ra­tion of the 2016- 2107 Mem­ber­ship Direc­tory. Right af­ter Songkran we will start email­ing out pro­files and mak­ing sure that all com­pa­nies have the cor­rect com­pany de­tails and rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The Direc­tory will go out to print in July and be avail­able in mid- Septem­ber. As a re­minder, we do have avail­able pro­mo­tional space, or the op­tion to ex­pand your list­ing to a full- page with more de­tails on your com­pany if you are in­ter­ested. If so, please con­tact Deanna at deanna@ am­chamthai­land. com.

We have also al­ready started work­ing on this year’s In­de­pen­dence Day pic­nic which will be held on July 2 at a new lo­ca­tion- NIST In­ter­na­tional School on Sukhumvit Soi 15. Right af­ter the Gov­er­nors Ball we will be work­ing on de­tails for the pic­nic and will be look­ing for Star Spon­sors, raf­fle prizes, give­aways and vol­un­teers to help.

I also want to thank our 2016 Cor­po­rate Part­ners, seen at the end of this page, for their fab­u­lous sup­port of the Cham­ber. With­out their fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions, the Cham­ber staff would be forced to can­vass for spon­sor­ship for each and ev­ery event, which as you can imag­ine, would be ex­tremely time- con­sum­ing.

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