Dear AMCHAM Mem­bers,

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - President’s Remarks -

Oc­to­ber 13, 2016 marked a day in Thai his­tory that will be re­mem­bered by all those in Thai­land and many around the world, as we sadly said farewell to the long­est reign­ing monarch in modern his­tory, His Majesty King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej. His Majesty holds a spe­cial place in the hearts and his­tory of Amer­ica due to his birth in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, while his fa­ther was study­ing pub­lic health at Har­vard and his mother was study­ing nurs­ing at Sim­mons Col­lege. In 1990 a pub­lic square in Cam­bridge was ded­i­cated to him in honor and re­mem­brance of the long- stand­ing ties be­tween the peo­ple of Thai­land and Amer­ica. The trib­utes and praises for His Majesty have con­tin­ued to flow into the coun­try from lead­ers around the world who re­it­er­ate His Majesty’s de­vo­tion to Thai­land and the peo­ple of his land. In this edi­tion of T- AB Mag­a­zine we have pro­vided a short his­tory of His Majesties’ vis­its to the U. S. and their in­ter­ac­tions with prom­i­nent Amer­i­can pub­lic fig­ures with a se­lec­tion of his­tor­i­cal pic­tures so we can re­mem­ber the deep bonds be­tween our two na­tions. This edi­tion of T- AB Mag­a­zine also fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of the Trans- Pa­cific Part­ner­ship ( TPP) and we have in­cluded a num­ber of ar­ti­cles, edi­to­ri­als and let­ters out­lin­ing why this global free trade agree­ment is so im­por­tant to U. S. busi­ness in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion. The Asia Pa­cific Coun­cil of Amer­i­can Cham­bers of Com­merce ( APCAC) re­cently re­leased the re­sults of a sur­vey show­ing strong sup­port for TPP among Amer­i­can busi­ness lead­ers in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion with nearly 90% sup­port­ing the agree­ment and 70% stat­ing that U. S. eco­nomic and se­cu­rity in­ter­ests will be dam­aged if TPP fails. You can read the rea­sons why within and we en­cour­age you ( as U. S. cit­i­zens) to write and urge your rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Congress to vote to pass TPP once it is brought forth for a vote. At the An­nual Gen­eral Meeting on Oc­to­ber 19, the mem­ber­ship elected the new Gover­nors for the 2017- 2018 term on the Board and I of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions to all of them. They in­cluded: Ornkanya Pibuld­ham ( Mook), Bank of Amer­ica Mer­rill Lynch; James Anata­vi­vad­hana, Mi­nor Re­tail Group; Wail A. Farghaly, GM Thai­land & Chevro­let Sales Thai­land; Steve D. Rich, Cater­pil­lar Inc.; Vira- anong Chi­ranakhorn Phutrakul, Citibank N. A.; and Jef­frey D. Ny­gaard, Sea­gate Tech­nol­ogy. I am hon­ored to have also been voted onto the Board for two more years. I also wish to thank the Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sion Com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of AMCHAM Gov­er­nor Parn­siree Amatayakul, IBM; Suripong Tan­tiyanon, Visa In­ter­na­tional; Richard Jack­son, RLC Re­cruit­ment; Peggy Crev­el­ing, Crev­el­ing & Crev­el­ing Wealth Ad­vi­sory; and Greg Boudah, Spokes Jew­elry Ser­vices for over­see­ing the elec­tion and bal­lot count­ing process to en­sure that it was trans­par­ent and fair.

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