Roy W. Wei­land, Esso Stan­dard Thai­land ( Pres­i­dent in 1987, 1988)

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Amcham’s 60th Anniversary – A Look Back -

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.

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