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.
INDEPENDENCE DAY PICNIC
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.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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