Roy W. Weiland, Esso Standard Thailand ( President in 1987, 1988)
Although it’s been 25 years, we still have wonderful memories of our times in Thailand, including the many friends we shared experiences with through AMCHAM. After leaving Thailand in 1991, we lived in New Jersey where I worked for Exxon for the next five years. I then retired and did some consulting for a few years, but more recently have just been a “bum”. Georgine says I must have been born with the ability to be a bum, since I’m so good at it. Congratulations to AMCHAM Thailand on your 60th anniversary. My time in Bangkok was one of the most special experiences of my life. My AMCHAM Thailand experience in particular helped open up the world to me, and those memories are very much with me to this day. It’s nice to see how AMCHAM Thailand is still going strong after 60 years! I am now ( mostly) retired although still serving as Chairman of Cott Corp. and serving on other corporate and charitable boards, and we spend our time now at our homes in Naples, Florida; New York City; and Santa Barbara, California. Congratulations on 60 years of Thai- USA amity! During my seven years in Bangkok in the early ‘ 90s, my long association with AMCHAM was fulfilling and lucrative for USA and Thai businesses. Based on my previous relationships with Ambassador Lambertson in Korea and Ambassador Itoh, I was able to meet with National Security Advisor Anthony Blake in the West Wing and ensure that President Clinton signs the longpending Double Taxation Treaty when he visited Thailand in November 1996 in conjunction with the APEC meetings in Indonesia. Persistence paid off for Thai and U. S. businesses! Now I’m retired in Blowing Rock, NC. Congratulations on the 60th Anniversary of AMCHAM Thailand and its continued success and relevance to the U. S. businesses operating in Thailand and the region! After returning to the U. S. in 2000 I continued in international leadership roles before starting my own infrared automation business in 2013. We currently have several large projects underway in Vietnam and will be starting projects in Thailand this year. It was my great pleasure and privilege to serve as President of this prestigious organization from 1999 to 2000. During my tenure, I learned a great deal and came to admire the leadership and integrity of American and Thai business men and women as well as their ability to forge positive relationships that mutually benefited our respective nations. I am now retired and actively serving as a volunteer in my local community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am an Elder of my church and assist other churches in the area with their security policies. Kiwanis and the raising of funds for the Monument Hill Foundation take up a good portion of my time. Also I hold life memberships in six retired military organizations, most importantly as a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Foundation and Conference. I am proud of the work we do in providing leadership training to around 100 students from 30 front range high schools. This program provides free scholarships to students for studies with our group at Colorado State University in the summer. I continue to wish AMCHAM Thailand every future success. Congratulations on your 60th anniversary. Congratulations to AMCHAM on 60 years of forging relationships, creating opportunities and ensuring prosperity for all our members! As a past President in 2002 and a Founding Member of the AMCHAM Charitable Foundation, it has been my sincere pleasure to be part of this great organization. Starting with Tom Seale and continuing with Judy Benn, I have watched the Chamber continue to evolve and flourish. Previously, as Country Manager for Marriott International and today as the owner of Invision Hospitality, operating hotels in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, I have watched AMCHAM’S influence on American business grow locally and regionally. Best wishes for continued success.