Pres­i­dent’s Re­marks

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

Sum­mer is here and with in­ter­na­tional schools on break many mem­bers take the op­por­tu­nity to travel back to their home coun­tries to visit fam­ily and friends. If you are one of those fam­i­lies that will be trav­el­ing, I wish you a safe hol­i­day. If you are stay­ing in Thailand over the sum­mer, this edi­tion of T- AB Magazine pro­vides some ideas on how you can spend your time en­joy­ing some of Thailand’s niche tourist at­trac­tions.


If you were in town on Satur­day, July 2, we hope you at­tended one of the Cham­ber’s big­gest events each year - the In­de­pen­dence Day Pic­nic. While tech­ni­cally the event hap­pened in July and should have been cov­ered in the next is­sue of T- AB Magazine, it was such a great event that we couldn’t make you wait till Septem­ber to show you the pho­tos of the pic­nic. This year the pic­nic was held at NIST In­ter­na­tional School and I ex­tend my sin­cere thanks to them for pro­vid­ing the great lo­ca­tion and fa­cil­i­ties. Over 2,000 mem­bers and guests at­tended this char­ity event that raises funds for the AMCHAM Thailand Foun­da­tion.

You can see by the pic­tures on pages 4043 that ev­ery­one had fun. There was great Amer­i­cana mu­sic, tra­di­tional Amer­i­can food such as BBQ ribs, hot dogs, and ham­burg­ers and typ­i­cal pic­nic games that in­cluded tug- ofwar, egg toss, and a pie eat­ing con­test. I can’t be­gin to thank ev­ery­one who was re­spon­si­ble for such a great event ( you can see a list on the In­de­pen­dence Day pages), but I want to give a shout out to Tom Whitcraft of RMA and Doug De Weese of Pet Pro­tect, the In­de­pen­dence Day Pic­nic Com­mit­tee lead­ers for their great lead­er­ship and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills. A spe­cial thank you goes to Paul Robere, our own AMCHAM Un­cle Sam who stepped in to em­cee the event. I also want to thank Am­bas­sador Davies for join­ing us to make some Fourth of July re­marks and for bring­ing his fam­ily out to en­joy the pic­nic.


Emails have re­cently been cir­cu­lated an­nounc­ing the open­ing of nom­i­na­tions for elec­tion of the 2017- 2018 Board of Gov­er­nors. The AMCHAM Board is re­spon­si­ble for the pol­icy mak­ing of AMCHAM and the gen­eral di­rec­tion of its ac­tiv­i­ties. The fif­teen Gov­er­nors of the Board are elected by vot­ing mem­bers to stag­gered two year terms. Each Oc­to­ber ap­prox­i­mately one half of the Board stands for elec­tion at the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing. Each Gov­er­nor is el­i­gi­ble to serve 2 two- year terms and then is re­quired by the Cham­ber’s by­laws to step down for one year be­fore run­ning again.

A nom­i­na­tions com­mit­tee is ap­pointed in the spring by the Board of Gov­er­nors to iden­tify and so­licit can­di­dates to run for the Board. It is de­sir­able that the Board be as di­verse as pos­si­ble to in­clude a range of in­dus­try, na­tion­al­i­ties, gen­der and com­pany size to re­flect the di­ver­sity of our mem­ber­ship. This year’s nom­i­na­tions com­mit­tee con­sists of:

• Dale Lee, AMCHAM Gov­er­nor, Co­Founder & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cof­feeWORKS • Waewka­nee As­so­rat­goon, AMCHAM Gov­er­nor, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional • Charles Blocker, Travel & Tourism Com­mit­tee Leader, Di­rec­tor, In­vi­sion Hos­pi­tal­ity • John Da Silva, CSR Com­mit­tee Leader, Di­rec­tor of Cor­po­rate En­gage­ment and Head of Mar­ket­ing, Ke­nan In­sti­tute Asia • David Lawrence, Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee Leader, Con­sul­tant, Tilleke & Gib­bins In­ter­na­tional

If you have an in­ter­est in run­ning for the Board or to learn more about the process please con­tact nom­i­na­tions@ am­chamthai­land. com.

I sadly want to say farewell to one Board mem­ber, Mar­cos Purty of Chevro­let/ Gen­eral Mo­tors, who re­cently departed Thailand to re­turn to Detroit. Mar­cos has served on the Board for two years and was a keen sup­porter of the Cham­ber dur­ing his ten­ure. We wish him suc­cess in his new en­deav­ors back at Head Of­fice.

Dear AMCHAM Mem­bers,

Best Re­gards, Brad Mid­dle­ton Pres­i­dent

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