Joseph Geagea, Chevron ( Pres­i­dent in 2010)

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

Con­grat­u­la­tions AMCHAM Thai­land on your 60th an­niver­sary. As the premier cham­ber of com­merce in a strate­gic part of South­east Asia, you have been an ad­vo­cate for Amer­i­can busi­nesses in Thai­land and the re­gion. In the process, you have made Thai­land more com­pet­i­tive for for­eign in­vest­ments and show­cased all that your mem­ber com­pa­nies do for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It has been a priv­i­lege to be a mem­ber of AMCHAM and to serve as its pres­i­dent in 2010. I have learned a lot from your mem­bers over the years, many of whom I call my friends to­day. Wish­ing you con­tin­ued suc­cess and pros­per­ity. My con­grat­u­la­tions come with my best wishes and en­cour­age­ment to the Cham­ber’s lead­ers and mem­bers to con­tinue for many years to come in pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for U. S. busi­ness to con­trib­ute to Thai so­ci­ety in busi­ness and so­cial net­work­ing and through ac­tive CSR en­gage­ment. The fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions and time com­mit­ments of mem­bers to the AMCHAM Thai­land Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion are last­ing, both for our mem­bers and the stu­dents and fam­i­lies in Thai­land that ben­e­fit from schol­ar­ships and the Adopt- a- School pro­gram. Hav­ing re­tired to the U. S. I have hap­pily dis­cov­ered that volun- teerism and help­ing those in need are firmly em­bed­ded in the U. S., and I am grate­ful to AMCHAM Thai­land for cham­pi­oning CSR as a last­ing, and very Amer­i­can, con­tri­bu­tion to Thai­land. WOW! Sixty years of rep­re­sent­ing Amer­i­can busi­nesses in Thai­land. Quite an achieve­ment given the chal­lenges faced along the way. Con­grat­u­la­tions AMCHAM Thai­land on this year’s cel­e­bra­tion. I was honored to be elected Pres­i­dent of AMCHAM in 2012. As in any year of work­ing in Thai­land, 2012 was full of in­ter­est­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. AMCHAM was right there as usual to meet th­ese head- on. With a cal­iber Board of Gov­er­nors and ded­i­cated AMCHAM staff the or­ga­ni­za­tion moved ahead end­ing the year with the high­est mem­ber­ship to­tal to date. This is clearly a recog­ni­tion of the role AMCHAM plays in the in­ter­na­tional busi­ness com­mu­nity of Thai­land, not only then, but of course in the fu­ture too. Best wishes for much con­tin­ued suc­cess. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all Cham­ber mem­bers, staff and Ex­e­cutve Di­rec­tor Judy Benn on the 60th an­niver­sary and wish­ing Cham­ber golfers a hole- in- one be­fore the 70th an­niver­sary.

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