AMCHAM Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor’s Re­marks

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

In def­er­ence to the peo­ple of Thai­land on the pass­ing of His Majesty King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, we can­celled sev­eral so­cial events over the last few weeks, but con­tin­ued to hold our busi­ness- fo­cused pro­grams un­der the guid­ance of the Royal Thai Gov­ern­ment that busi­ness needed to con­tinue.

We have a num­ber of our tra­di­tional hol­i­day events com­ing up soon – the Thanks­giv­ing Chari­tee Golf Tour­na­ment on Novem­ber 25, the an­nual Eggnog Get­to­gether on De­cem­ber 8 and the end- ofyear Monthly Lun­cheon on De­cem­ber 14. All of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties will be held as nor­mal, ex­cept that we will tone down the cel­e­bra­tory as­pects of the events. Both the golf tour­na­ment and Eggnog are fundrais­ing events for the AMCHAM schol­ar­ship fund and the Mercy Cen­tre so we felt that it was im­por­tant that we con­tinue to sup- port th­ese two worth­while ac­tiv­i­ties as they con­trib­ute to the well- be­ing of Thai stu­dents and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. The De­cem­ber lunch is an op­por­tu­nity to thank the Cham­ber mem­ber­ship for their sup­port this year. We hope that you can join us for th­ese events.

Around the time you re­ceive this edi­tion of the T- AB Mag­a­zine you should also be re­ceiv­ing the in­voice for your com­pany’s 2017 AMCHAM mem­ber­ship dues. We wish to point out that due to the Cham­ber’s healthy cash re­serves and the gen­er­ous sup­port we have had from the Cham­ber’s Cor­po­rate Part­ner­ship Pro­gram, there will be no in­crease in dues for next year. How­ever, the Cham­ber is mak­ing some im­por­tant in­vest­ments for 2017, in­clud­ing hope­fully hir­ing a Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs Di­rec­tor and in­creased ad­vo­cacy ac­tiv­ity so we are plan­ning on pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional value to your AMCHAM mem­ber­ship.

As men­tioned above, the Cor­po­rate Part­ner­ship Pro­gram is an im­por­tant part of the Cham­ber’s fi­nan­cial struc­ture and pro­vides about twenty- five per­cent of the Cham­ber’s rev­enue each year. The Part­ner­ship Pack­ages in­clude a num­ber of spon­sor­ship ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the an­nual ball, sports tour­na­ments and pro­mo­tional spa­ces in the AMCHAM T- AB Mag­a­zine and an­nual Mem­ber­ship Di­rec­tory, as well as vis­i­bil­ity on the AMCHAM web­site and at many of the AMCHAM events dur­ing the year. It also in­cludes un­lim­ited mem­ber­ship to al­low com­pa­nies to list as many rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the AMCHAM data­base as they wish. Full details on the Cor­po­rate Part­ner­ship Pack­ages can be found on page 55 and please feel free to con­tact me with any ques­tions. About this time of year, the Cham­ber starts to re­flect on what we have ac­com­plished dur­ing the year and starts to plan for the fol­low­ing year. Part of the plan­ning cy­cle is a re­view of AMCHAM’S Com­mit­tees, their mis­sions and de­liv­er­ables and to reach out to the Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship team for feedback. In some cases, we have Com­mit­tee Lead­ers who will not be re­turn­ing for 2017 which leads to Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship open­ings. The Cham­ber has 22 Com­mit­tees and each has two to four lead­ers who are re­spon­si­ble for the programming con­tent of their Com­mit­tees ( lo­gis­tics and com­mu­ni­ca­tions are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the AMCHAM Com­mit­tee Co­or­di­na­tor as­signed to as­sist each Com­mit­tee). Each Com­mit­tee re­ports to a mem­ber of the Board, who men­tors the Com­mit­tee and re­ports on com­mit­tee ac­tiv­i­ties to the AMCHAM Board. We also re­quest that Com­mit­tee lead­ers ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in other AMCHAM events to net­work with Cham­ber mem­bers and to hear what AMCHAM mem­bers have on their mind.

If you have an in­ter­est in a Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship po­si­tion or have ques­tions about the Com­mit­tees, please let me know.

We ap­pre­ci­ate your con­tin­ued sup­port of AMCHAM and hope to see you at one of the up­com­ing year- end events. Best re­gards, Judy Benn Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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