Spe­cial Awards Fi­nal­ists and win­ners:

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Special Updates -

Best in Class ( gen­eral):

Chevron - Chevron En­joy Sci­ence project - Win­ner Citibank - LIFT Syn­genta - Happy Bet­ter Life

Best in Class ( SME):

Brand Now - En­tre­pre­neur Now Awards Je­unesse - Je­unesse Kids Top Scholar - Schol­ar­ship stu­dents - Win­ner

Am­bas­sador’s Award:

Dow Chem­i­cal - Pros­the­ses Foun­da­tion IBM - Part­ner­ship with Thai Red Cross AIDS Re­search Cen­ter and Foun­da­tion for Sup­port and De­vel­op­ment of Dis­abled Per­sons Thai­land La­guna Re­sorts - Seedlings Phuket - Win­ner

Suf­fi­ciency Econ­omy Phi­los­o­phy Award:

Chevron - Pa Sak Water­shed Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion - Win­ner John­son & John­son- Thai Fam­ily Link As­so­ci­a­tion Syn­genta - Happy Bet­ter Life

three Work­ing Groups ( Pol­icy, La­bor and In­fra­struc­ture), con­tin­ued its fo­cus on three pri­or­ity top­ics that are strate­gic to the com­pet­i­tive­ness of U. S. in­vest­ments in the Thai­land auto in­dus­try.

a. Au­to­mo­tive Poli­cies − Mon­i­tored closely de­vel­op­ments in the ex­cise tax re­form bill and amend­ments to the cus­toms free zone guide­lines, en­sur­ing that the Coun­cil mem­bers’ points of view are re­layed through the in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tion and the AMCHAM Cus­toms Com­mit­tee. − Shared in­dus­try sales and pro­duc­tion data to re- as­sess the sta­tus of mar­ket re­cov­ery. b. Build­ing the sup­ply of skilled work

ers − Mon­i­tored and as­sessed the im­pact of reg­u­la­tory de­vel­op­ments that in­cluded the Stan­dard Skill Min­i­mum Wage for the auto sec­tor and Sec. 11/ 1 of the La­bor Pro­tec­tion Law ( equal pay for equal work). − Re­searched work­force train­ing in­cen­tives and work per­mits / visas for tech­ni­cal peo­ple. − Pro­vided a re­port on the la­bor sit­u­a­tion

in the East­ern Se­aboard area. c. Ex­pand­ing crit­i­cal road net­works in

the East­ern Se­aboard − Meet­ing with the Min­is­ter of Trans­port to ad­vo­cate for con­tin­ued gov­ern­ment sup­port on pri­or­ity in­fra­struc­ture projects. Progress has been achieved on projects cov­er­ing High­ways 344 and 3138 and on Laem­ch­a­bang roads High­ways 7 and 331.

II. Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Sem­i­nar on Thai­land Cus­toms En­vi­ron­ment: FTAS and Free Zones This year the Coun­cil launched work­shops de­signed to sup­port its parts maker mem­bers, start­ing with a well- at­tended sem­i­nar on free trade agree­ments ( FTAS) and the Thai­land cus­toms free zone. Ex­pert prac­ti­tion­ers from PWC, Ford and GM served as speak­ers.

III. Syn­er­gies with other AMCHAM Com­mit­tees The Coun­cil part­nered with the Trade & In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of a sem­i­nar on Busi­ness Op­por­tu­ni­ties in Thai­land and ASEAN. It also coor­ga­nized with the Cus­toms Com­mit­tee the sem­i­nar for parts mak­ers on FTAS and Free Zones. The Coun­cil’s tax / cus­toms ex­perts also worked with Cus­toms Com- mit­tee mem­bers in the for­mu­la­tion of AMCHAM position pa­pers on the amend­ments to free zone guide­lines and the ex­cise tax re­form bill.

A joint Auto Coun­cil / Trade & In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee fo­rum in East­ern Se­aboard planned for Oc­to­ber 2016 has been moved to early 2017.

BUSI­NESS ECO­NOM­ICS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Bob Fitts, Mclarty As­so­ci­ates; Peggy Crev­el­ing, Crev­el­ing & Crev­el­ing Board Li­ai­son: Neil Hansen, Esso

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The com­mit­tee’s 2016 pro­grams pro­vided a diet of use­ful in­sights for AMCHAM mem­bers. At­ten­dance var­ied with in­ter­est in the spe­cific sub­ject mat­ter. How­ever, with con­tin­ual as­sis­tance from Board Mem­ber Teera Phutrakul, JTFP, the com­mit­tee was able to mount a num­ber of top­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions which, given cur­rent in­ter­ests, in­cluded dis­cus­sion of pol­i­tics as well as eco­nomic trends and sec­toral de­vel­op­ments. Par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy was an anal­y­sis of the Thai econ­omy by Dr. Su­pavud Saicheua which was pre­sented as an AMCHAM lunch in Fe­bru­ary. Dr. Jade Don­a­vanik, an ad­vi­sor to the Con­sti­tu­tion Draft­ing Com­mit­tee ( CDC), out­lined the new draft con­sti­tu­tion to an at­ten­tive au­di­ence while Rapee Suchar­i­takul, Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral of the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion ( SEC) spoke on in­creas­ing su­per­vi­sion of cap­i­tal mar­kets.

Other speak­ers for the monthly ses­sions in­cluded James Pitchon of CBRE, Win Phrompheat of CIMB, Thomas Car­den of U. S. Global Tax, Vo­rapong Su­tanont of PWC, Si­mon Landy of Col­liers In­ter­na­tional, and Jonathan Blaine of Withers LLP. Their top­ics ranged from real es­tate mar­ket de­vel­op­ments, to U. S. and Thai tax changes, to the dif­fer­ing eco­nomic poli­cies of the ( then) two U. S. pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. Novem­ber’s meet­ing fea­tured Su­ranand Ve­j­ja­jiva, me­dia com­men­ta­tor and prom­i­nent Phuea Thai fig­ure who spoke on signs to watch as Thai­land ap­proaches next year’s elec­tion.

COM­MU­NITY EN­GAGE­MENT COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Jan Van Ek­eren; Jonathan Fryer, Mazars Board Li­ai­son: Dar­ren Buckley, Citibank; Judy Benn, AMCHAM 2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: In 2016, the Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee ( CEC), along with the Sports Com­mit­tee, the Young Pro­fes­sion­als Com­mit­tee, So­cial Net­work­ing Events, the In­de­pen­dence Day Pic­nic Com­mit­tee, the Gov­er­nors Ball, AMCHAM mem­bers, spon­sors, and many other vol­un­teers, raised Baht 3.74 mil­lion for the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion ( ATF). Many thanks to all donors!

The ATF in­vested these funds in the com­mu­nity in the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

− Awarded a to­tal of 200 uni­ver­sity schol­ar­ships to in- need and qual­i­fied Thai stu­dents at 30 in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion through­out the coun­try, in­clud­ing 79 new stu­dents this year from 23 in­sti­tu­tions − Matched Baht 875,000 in Adopt- aS­chool do­na­tions from AMCHAM mem­bers − Com­pleted 9 Adopt- a- School projects − Ad­min­is­ter­ing 9 on­go­ing Adopt- a

School projects − Pro­vided 13 teacher fel­low­ships to un

der­staffed pri­mary schools − Hosted a busy three- day Fedex Ca­reer Camp for 56 fi­nal year schol­ar­ship stu­dents in Bangkok to pre­pare the stu­dents for their future ca­reers in­clud­ing sem­i­nars on re­sume writ­ing, job in­ter­view­ing, per­sonal fi­nance train­ing, as well as AMCHAM mem­ber com­pany vis­its − Par­tially funded 22 Ful­bright English Teach­ing As­sis­tants ( ETAS). The ETA pro­gram places Ful­bright re­cip­i­ents in class­rooms pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the lo­cal English teach­ers. ETAS help re­in­force English lan­guage train­ing through con­ver­sa­tion while serv­ing as cul­tural am­bas­sadors for the U. S.

The com­mit­tee is cur­rently part­ner­ing with the AMCHAM Board of Gov­er­nors to iden­tify how CEC and ATF funds can be most ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively raised and de­ployed in the com­mu­nity going for­ward. CEC is also in the process of seek­ing di­rect AMCHAM mem­ber in­put via an on­line mem­ber­ship sur­vey.

COR­PO­RATE SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY COM­MIT­TEE ( CSR)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: John Dasilva, Ke­nan In­sti­tute Asia; Kan­nika Jarusuraisin, P& G

Board Li­ai­son: Mark Kauf­man, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity ( CSR) Com­mit­tee held nine events in 2016, and co- branded three ad­di­tional events with the Travel and Tourism Com­mit­tee.

The Com­mit­tee’s sig­na­ture event was the tenth an­nual AMCHAM CSR Ex­cel­lence ( ACE) Recog­ni­tion Awards. ACE recog­ni­tion iden­ti­fies AMCHAM mem­bers’ best prac­tices and demon­strates the link­ages be­tween busi­ness op­er­a­tions and so­ci­ety, so as to con­duct busi­ness in a way that cre­ates both long- term eco­nomic and so­cial value. The awards were pre­sented at a din­ner, at­tended by 550 guests, where 62 AMCHAM mem­bers re­ceived ACE recog­ni­tion, with 29 firms also re­ceiv­ing the Cre­ative Part­ner­ship des­ig­na­tion for in­no­va­tive and cre­ative busi­ness prac­tices in the spirit of the Thai – U. S. Cre­ative Part­ner­ship.

New for 2016, in ad­di­tion to rec­og­niz­ing mem­ber com­pa­nies for their CSR ef­forts, two awards were given to rec­og­nize the best in cat­e­gory for CSR ac­tiv­i­ties for gen­eral and SME mem­bers, which were won by Chevron and Top Schol­ars re­spec­tively. Ad­di­tion­ally, in order to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of AMCHAM in Thai­land, two spe­cial awards were cre­ated, the Am­bas­sador’s Award and the Suf­fi­ciency Econ­omy Phi­los­o­phy Award, in honor of His Majesty the late King. La­guna Phuket was the win­ner of the U. S. Am­bas­sador’s Award, which was pre­sented by Glen T. Davies, the United States Am­bas­sador to Thai­land, while Chevron, Thai­land won the Suf­fi­ciency Econ­omy Phi­los­o­phy Award, pre­sented by Dr. Prasarn Trairatvo­rakul, for­mer Gov­er­nor of the Bank of Thai­land.

Through­out the year, the CSR com­mit­tee shared the best prac­tices of mem­ber com­pa­nies with pre­sen­ta­tions by Ford, Philip Mor­ris, Bum­run­grad, Shangri- La, and Mi­crosoft, while rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United Na­tions ( UNDP, UNIDO) gave a brief­ing on the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the pri­vate sec­tor. In ad­di­tion, the CSR com­mit­tee held its first site visit to see Coca- Cola’s CSR pro­gram, RAKNAM. Fi­nally, the com­mit­tee pre­sented its an­nual over­view of the re­quire­ments for mem­ber com­pa­nies to ap­ply for ACE recog­ni­tion to in­ter­ested mem­bers.

CUS­TOMS AND EX­CISE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Flo­rina Vistal, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany; Ma­lika Bhu­mi­varn, Bol­liger & Com­pany Con­sult­ing; Paul Sum­ner, PWC Board Li­ai­son: David Car­den, Fedex

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: I. Sus­tain­ing ad­vo­cacy on pri­or­ity tax and cus­toms reg­u­la­tions The Com­mit­tee kept track of de­vel­op­ments of sev­eral cus­toms and ex­cise tax reg­u­la­tions, pro­vid­ing mem­bers with de­tails of pro­pos­als and gen­er­at­ing an ex­change of views. As a re­sult, well thought out and com­pre­hen­sive AMCHAM position let­ters were is­sued on the fol­low­ing:

− Re­form of the cus­toms penalty and re­ward sys­tem. An up­dated position state­ment was pro­vided to the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance in a meet­ing at­tended by Thai trade or­ga­ni­za­tions and for­eign cham­bers. − Amend­ment of reg­u­la­tions of Cus­tom Free Zone. The position pa­per was pro­vided to the Na­tional Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly and the Min­istry of Fi­nance. − Draft Ex­cise Tax Act. The let­ter was pro­vided to the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Cus­toms Depart­ment. − No­ti­fi­ca­tion 67/ 2559 Reg­u­la­tion on ap­peal against duty as­sess­ment, post­pone­ment of duty pay­ment and de­ten­tion of goods un­der cus­toms cus­tody. AMCHAM ex­pressed its ob­jec­tion to the new reg­u­la­tion that re­moves the power of the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral to al­low post­pone­ment of pay­ment of duty upon re­quest of the ap­pel­lant. The new reg­u­la­tion’s im­ple­men­ta­tion has been put on hold.

A num­ber of meet­ings were held with var­i­ous Cus­toms and Ex­cise Tax of­fi­cials to fur­ther ex­plain AMCHAM’S position on pro­vi­sions of the reg­u­la­tory pro­pos­als. The com­mit­tee is highly en­cour­aged with the en­gage­ment of its mem­bers on the is­sues and the open chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

II. Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Other Com­mit­tees in Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Sem­i­nars The Com­mit­tee part­nered with the Auto Coun­cil in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of sem­i­nar for auto parts mak­ers on FTAS and Cus­toms Free Zones. It also co­op­er­ated with the Trade & In­vest­ment Com­mit­tee on a fo­rum “Re­al­ity vs Op­por­tu­nity with Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity among ASEAN Na­tions”. In both sem­i­nars, the Chair of Cus­toms Com­mit­tee was fea­tured as one of the ex­pert speak­ers.

EN­ERGY AND EN­VI­RON­MENT COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Mongkol­nimit Auacherd­kul, Esso; Pairoj Kaweeya­nun, Chevron Board Li­ai­son: Neil Hansen, Esso

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The Com­mit­tee con­tin­ued work­ing with other com­mit­tees to or­ga­nize ac­tiv­i­ties to meet key ob­jec­tives. The com­mit­tee kicked off with a plan­ning ses­sion and then started with Thai­land Gas Plan ( 2015- 2036) by the Depart­ment of Min­eral Fu­els. The Thai­land Gas Plan is part of the Thai­land In­te­grated En­ergy Blue­print ( Power De­vel­op­ment Plan, En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency De­vel­op­ment Plan, Al­ter­na­tive En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Plan, Oil Plan and Gas Plan). Then, the com­mit­tee co- hosted with the Food and Agribusi­ness com­mit­tee for a plant visit to Uni­vanich Palm Oil PCL, a pi­o­neer in the Thai­land palm oil in­dus­try, lo­cated in Krabi prov­ince. The palm oil is a raw ma­te­rial for B100 which is part of cur­rent au­to­mo­tive diesel fuel. The com­mit­tee also co- hosted with the Travel and Tourism Com­mit­tee a pre­sen­ta­tion on Gen­er­a­tion Wa­ter- Real Prob­lems, Real Solutions for Ho­tels & Be­yond.

FOOD AND AGRI- BUSI­NESS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Alan Ad­cock, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Dee Rich­mond, AgriSource; Les­ley Nern­berg, Di­a­mond V Mills Board Li­ai­son: Dale Lee, COFFEEWORKS

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: This event­ful year, the com­mit­tee held the fol­low­ing events to ac­com­plish its mis­sion:

- Visit to COFFEEWORKS Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­ter: Lead by Jerry Gon­za­les, CofFEEWORKS Brew and Culi­nary De­vel­op­ment Leader; and Bryce Castle­ton, COFFEEWORKS Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Leader; - From Farm to Ta­ble with Mc­thai: Brief­ing by Kan­nikar Ma­tra­mongkol, Mc­thai’s Sup­ply Chain Di­rec­tor; - Joint Food & Agri- Busi­ness/ En­ergy Com­mit­tee: Site visit to Uni­vanichin Palm Oil Co. Krabi; - Joint Food & Agri- Busi­ness/ Travel & Tourism: Tech­nol­ogy Trends that are Defin­ing the Global Hos­pi­tal­ity Mar­ket:

Brief­ing by Michael Blake, CEO of Ho­tel Tech­nol­ogy Next Gen­er­a­tion ( HTNG); Food Safety & Se­cu­rity of Agri­cul­tural In­puts: Brief­ing by Dr. Tan Siang Hee, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Cro­plife Asia; - From Pur­chas­ing to Pro­duc­tion – De­vel­op­ing a Rice Sup­ply Chain in Thai­land: Brief­ing by Chris Stevens, Di­rec­tor of Agribusi­ness and Agron­omy, Kel­logg Asia Pa­cific and Africa; - Cof­fee Har­vest­ing, Pro­cess­ing & Roast­ing Pro­duc­tion: Brief­ing by Jerry Gon­za­les, COFFEEWORKS Brew and Culi­nary De­vel­op­ment Leader; Bryce Castle­ton, COFFEEWORKS Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Leader; and Richard Mann, ITDP’S Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

HEALTH­CARE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Siri­wan Chuen­chom­sakun, Pfizer; Sudi Narasimhan, Bum­run­grad Hos­pi­tal; Thavi­rap Tan­ti­wongse, GSK Board Li­ai­son: Chris­tian Mal­herbe, Pfizer

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued to pro­mote Thai­land’s com­pet­i­tive­ness and im­prove pa­tient care & qual­ity of life. Key pub­lic poli­cies the com­mit­tee pri­or­i­tized for 2016 were:

Sup­port­ing gov­ern­ment di­rec­tion to­ward Thai­land 4.0 through med­i­cal hub and prepa­ra­tion for Ag­ing So­ci­ety by en­sur­ing Thai­land could be sup­plied with qual­ity medicines and in­no­va­tive treat­ments us­ing new tech­nol­ogy & in­ter­na­tional stan­dard in­fra­struc­ture & ser­vices; En­cour­ag­ing new gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives to move coun­try for­ward to new Pro­cure­ment Act that considered re­mov­ing Thai­land’s Gov­ern­ment Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( GPO) priv­i­lege and al­low­ing fair com­pe­ti­tion and more trans­parency us­ing elec­tronic sys­tem with Price Per­for­mance cri­te­ria to jus­tify the bid win­ners. This would not only en­sure gov­ern­ment could pur­chase qual­ity prod­ucts/ ser­vices with ra­tio­nal price, but could also pro­mote bet­ter in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment in Thai­land.

To un­der­line health­care com­mit­tee po­si­tions, there were two key lun­cheon events set up in May fo­cus­ing on Stem Cells as part of So­lu­tion for Ag­ing So­ci­ety led by Brian Dardzin­ski, Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Trans­for­ma­tion from Bum­run­grad Hos­pi­tal. This event re­viewed the con­tro­ver­sial topic of em­bry­onic stem cells and also the use of adult stem cells that have been used to suc­cess­fully treat fa­mous peo­ple like Tiger Woods, Bar­tolo Colon, Rafael Nadal, Roger Fed­erer and even singer Madonna. Later in Septem­ber, two se­nior of­fi­cers from the Comptroller Gen­eral Depart­ment ( CGD), Min­istry of Fi­nance gave a key note speech re­gard­ing the progress of e- Pro­cure­ment un­der the new Pro­cure­ment Bill, and how it could en­hance in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment in Thai­land. This leg­isla­tive de­vel­op­ment could en­sure trans­parency and fair com­pe­ti­tion which would pro­mote bet­ter in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and level of com­pet­i­tive­ness.

HU­MAN RE­SOURCES COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Christo­pher Schultz, DKSH; Ni­pa­tra Tang­po­jthave­pol, APM Group; Richard Jack­son, RLC Re­cruit­ment; Na­jaya Jotikasthira, Phillip Mor­ris Board Li­ai­son: Wae­waknee As­so­rat­goon, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: Fe­bru­ary: Joint HR and Le­gal Com­mit­tee brief­ing on the la­bor en­vi­ron­ment. The big­gest draw of the year with 91 at­ten­dees, this event fea­tured guest speak­ers in­clud­ing John Fo­tiadis, Se­nior Mem­ber of Ather­ton Le­gal; Dou­glas Man­cill, Part­ner, Price Sanond Prab­has & Wynne; Pramote Srisamai, Part­ner, Price Sanond Prab­has & Wynne; Sui Lin Teoh, Part­ner, Ra­jah & Tann; and Su­pawat Srirun­grung, Part­ner, Ra­jah & Tann, and cov­ered the lat­est up­dates to Thai la­bor law, an over­view of the use of so­cial me­dia in the work­place and its le­gal im­pli­ca­tions, and the tricky world of work per­mits.

March: An event about ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in which the 26 par­tic­i­pants fo­cused on how you can in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of em­ployee de­vel­op­ment by us­ing this ap­proach to learn­ing. This event in­cluded a hands- on ac­tiv­ity about team com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a thor­ough de­brief­ing. The guest speaker was Boon­chai Poun­grungsap, Se­nior Con­sul­tant at APM Group Solutions Co. Ltd.

May: Nontawat Poom­chusri, Coun­try Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ac­cen­ture joined 39 par­tic­i­pants to talk about the work­force of the future and how chang­ing de­mo­graphic trends are im­pact­ing the way com­pa­nies need to en­gage their em­ploy­ees. June: Fea­tur­ing Se­nior Con­sul­tant Sudeep Rai Bhaskar from Dale Carnegie, the June ses­sion had 44 par­tic­i­pants and fo­cused on how smart lead­ers cre­ate en­gaged em­ploy­ees. The event in­cluded sev­eral ex­er­cises to en­cour­age self- re­flec­tion about one’s own lead­er­ship style and the styles used by lead­ers in one’s own or­ga­ni­za­tion.

July: The im­pact of dig­i­ti­za­tion can­not be un­der­stated and this ses­sion ex­plored the ways Hu­man Re­sources or­ga­ni­za­tions are both be­ing chal­lenged and en­abled through tech­no­log­i­cal trends. This event fea­tured Kelvin Lam, Re­gional Head of Work­day Prac­tice, Aon He­witt, and Chutima Sribum­rungsart, Hu­man Re­sources Coun­try Lead, Mi­crosoft Thai­land speak­ing to 34 par­tic­i­pants.

Au­gust: Fun is a pow­er­ful tool for ef­fec­tive learn­ing. Play­ing board games cre­ates an at­mos­phere that is chal­leng­ing and com­pet­i­tive, yet sup­port­ive as well. In this ses­sion, held at AMCHAM mem­ber More than a Game Café, at­ten­dees learned how to ap­ply a game- based learn­ing ap­proach, which ac­tively en­gages peo­ple in the learn­ing process. Twenty peo­ple joined for this fun and in­no­va­tive ses­sion.

Septem­ber: Mark Maclean, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Deloitte Con­sult­ing, shared their 2016 Hu­man Cap­i­tal Trends re­port in a ses­sion ti­tled “The Rise of the Chief Em­ploy­ment Ex­pe­ri­ence Of­fi­cer”. Nearly 40 par­tic­i­pants learned about trends such as or­ga­ni­za­tional de­sign, peo­ple an­a­lyt­ics and a cul­ture of en­gage­ment and how they are af­fect­ing com­pa­nies in Thai­land and around the world.

Novem­ber: In early Novem­ber, we pre­sented our an­nual com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits pro­gram. Fifty at­ten­dees lis­tened to pre­sen­ta­tions from Ti­darat Kan­chanawat, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Adecco, on “To­tal Re­wards for Gen Me” and Rathawut Suwanlila, Re­ward Con­sult­ing Man­ager at Mercer, on “The Art and Sci­ence of Re­wards for To­mor­row”.

De­cem­ber: The year con­cluded with the resched­uled an­nual re­cruit­ment fo­rum. Our guest pan­elists ( Nisha Chand, Group Di­rec­tor of Hu­man Re­sources for Anan­tara Va­ca­tion Club; Henny Bee­ber, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of AES Group Ltd.; and Som­sunee Vid­hyameth, For­mer EVP & Head of HR Strat­egy for Cen­tral Group and Chief HR Of­fi­cer for Pru­den­tial Life As­sur­ance)

dis­cussed case stud­ies of suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of key re­cruit­ment projects and strate­gies and shared ex­pe­ri­ences on those projects which haven’t been the suc­cess they hoped for.

IN­FOR­MA­TION AND COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS TECH­NOL­OGY COM­MIT­TEE ( ICT)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: An­drew McBean, Grant Thorn­ton; De­sarack Teso, Mi­crosoft; John Formichella, Blu­men­thal, Richter & Sumet; John Fo­tiadis, Ather­ton; Board Li­ai­son: Parn­siree Amatayakul, IBM

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: May: The topic of the meet­ing was ‘ Dig­i­tal Econ­omy, Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties.’ The pre­sen­ters dis­cussed one of the most high- pro­file ini­tia­tives of the cur­rent Thai gov­ern­ment - the pledge to trans­form Thai­land into a knowl­edge- based Dig­i­tal Econ­omy by har­ness­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion to drive com­pet­i­tive­ness and growth. The Dig­i­tal Econ­omy pro­gram is par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on us­ing ICT to pro­vide new liveli­hoods for Thai en­trepreneurs and SMES, as well as pro­mot­ing the use of elec­tronic pay­ments to re­duce the costs as­so­ci­ated with cash trans­ac­tions. While such tar­gets are com­mend­able, im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­al­iza­tion have proven to be dif­fi­cult, and af­ter 20 months in power, the gov­ern­ment is now un­der con­sid­er­able pres­sure to de­liver on its prom­ises and demon­strate that this ini­tia­tive can in­deed im­prove Thai­land’s strug­gling econ­omy.

June: The topic of this meet­ing was ‘ Un­der­stand­ing To­day’s New Dig­i­tal Con­sumers in SEA’. It was in­sight­ful dis­cus­sion on the emerg­ing South­east Asian dig­i­tal con­sumer and the role dig­i­tal plays in con­sumer shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences. South­east Asia is on the verge of an e- com­merce boom and win­ning starts by un­der­stand­ing how con­sumer be­hav­ior here is quickly evolv­ing. A new wave of dig­i­tal con­sumers is re­shap­ing the con­sumer land­scape in South­east Asia. Smart de­vice pen­e­tra­tion is to ex­ceed 50% by 2016, mean­ing whole tranches of ‘ mo­bile- first’ con­sumers are now ac­ces­si­ble by dig­i­tal meth­ods. While the dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing in­dus­try has ma­tured greatly in other mar­kets over the past few years, how many lessons are trans­fer­able to South­east Asia? What is dif­fer­ent about the 90m con­sumers who are com­ing on­line mo­bile- first? Which emerg­ing com­peti­tors are win­ning in each mar­ket? Bain, in co­op­er­a­tion with Google, has re­cently com­pleted a study which lever­ages a sur­vey of more than 6,000 dig­i­tal con­sumers across six South­east Asian mar­kets in both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, to un­der­stand to­day’s con­sumers and the im­pli­ca­tions for B2C com­pa­nies and ecosys­tem par­tic­i­pants.

July: ICT Round Ta­ble Dis­cus­sion & Plan­ning Ses­sion. Dur­ing this meet­ing, the ICT Com­mit­tee dis­cussed re­cent ef­forts by the Thai gov­ern­ment to pro­mote tech­nol­ogy star­tups, and the cur­rent sta­tus of the pro­posed new Dig­i­tal Econ­omy laws.

Au­gust: Joint SME/ Trade & In­vest­ment/ ICT Com­mit­tees, “From SME Con­cept to Ma­jor Hol­ly­wood VFX Sup­plier: Yan­nix.” Yan­nix, started as an SME con­cept with just a few peo­ple 20 years ago. Since then, they have de­vel­oped into one of the ma­jor providers of “vis­ual ef­fects” ( VFX) or ma­jor Hol­ly­wood stu­dios. But the de­vel­op­ment of their com­pany is not just a “vis­ual ef­fect” but a re­al­ity in good busi­ness plan­ning. This meet­ing dis­cussed how Yan­nix be­came the suc­cess it is to­day. This was a meet­ing with some­thing of in­ter­est for every­one: from the de­vel­op­ing SME, to the high- tech de­vel­op­ment, or some­one who’s just in­ter­ested in how they cre­ate magic on the Hol­ly­wood screen.

Oc­to­ber: The topic of this meet­ing was ‘ Blockchain – Be­yond Fi­nance’. This pre­sen­ter ex­plained how en­ter­prises can now ben­e­fit from the struc­tured ap­proach for an ap­pli­ca­tion or a sys­tem ben­e­fit­ing from Blockchain tenets. Any multi- party, mul­ti­lay­ered trans­ac­tion makes the en­ter­prise suit­able for lever­ag­ing Blockchain. Ap­ply­ing Blockchain, es­sen­tially ap­plies the prin­ci­ple of a shared ledger – i. e. shared data, which then means vis­i­bil­ity of not only the trans­ac­tions, but even of the cus­tomer’s re­la­tion­ship data. The prom­ise of dis­rup­tion lies in cut­ting the costs in­volved in tech­nolo­gies and re­duc­ing the in­ef­fi­cien­cies. IBM Blockchain Labs can help ap­ply Blockchain tech­nol­ogy to a cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tion that is core to your busi­ness that could get more ef­fi­cient.

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY PIC­NIC COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Dou­glas de Weese, Pet Pro­tect; Tom Whitcraft, RMA Asia Board Li­ai­son: Mar­cos Purty, Gen­eral Mo­tors

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments:

This year’s In­de­pen­dence Day pic­nic was held on Satur­day, July 2, 2016 at NIST In­ter­na­tional School on Sukhumvit soi 15. 2,157+ peo­ple at­tended the event and more than Baht 835,771 was raised for the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion.

This year’s event fea­tured many high­lights in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing items:

- Five bands cov­er­ing a wide range of Amer­i­can mu­sic - Eight food brands of­fer­ing Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and bev­er­ages - A chili cook- off - AMCHAM com­pany mem­bers of­fer­ing en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren - 6 months of plan­ning from 20+ vol­un­teer com­mit­tee mem­bers and 70+ vol­un­teers on the day of the event

LE­GAL COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Christo­pher Knight, Everett Knight; Dou­glas Man­cill, Price­sanond; Michael Ramirez, Tilleke & Gib­bins; Suthathip Kal­layaw­inai, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany. Board Li­ai­son: Dhanakorn Kasetr­suwan, La- Z- Boy

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: This year was an­other pro­duc­tive year for the Le­gal Com­mit­tee. The pri­mary theme that ran through al­most all of the Le­gal Com­mit­tee’s events and pro­grams was col­lab­o­ra­tion with other cham­bers and com­mit­tees. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee in­tends to more ag­gres­sively pur­sue this ap­proach in 2017.

The Le­gal Com­mit­tee started the year with its tra­di­tional an­nual em­ploy­ment law round- up by part­ner­ing with the HR Com­mit­tee and the ICT Com­mit­tee. The AMCHAM Le­gal Com­mit­tee and the Tax & Le­gal Com­mit­tee of the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce in Thai­land ( BCCT) held an event on Anti- Traf­fick­ing leg­is­la­tion, look­ing at such laws from both the U. S. and UK per­spec­tives. From the U. S. per­spec­tive, the Le­gal Com­mit­tee pre­sented on the U. S. Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Act and the California Trans­parency in Sup­ply Chains Act; and from the UK per­spec­tive, the BCCT pre­sented on the UK’S Mod­ern Slav­ery Act. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee co- spon­sored an event on the Thai Busi­ness Col­lat­eral Act with the BCCT. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee also

con­ducted an event on anti- cor­rup­tion laws, look­ing at Thai anti- cor­rup­tion law, the UK Bribery Act and the much tougher com­pli­ance re­quire­ments un­der U. S. an­ticor­rup­tion laws.

The Le­gal Com­mit­tee en­gaged in ad­vo­cacy work, pri­mar­ily in the area of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law. The Le­gal Com­mit­tee along with for­eign busi­ness groups had a face- to­face meet­ing with the Thai gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for Thai­land’s In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty laws.

MAR­KET­ING COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Ben King, Google Thai­land; Pasquale Ru­berto, Mind­share Board Li­ai­son: Waewka­nee As­so­rat­goon, YUM Restau­rants In­ter­na­tional

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments:

The year started out strong with the an­nual me­dia and mar­ket­ing land­scape pre­sen­ta­tion by Pathamawan Satha­porn, Mind­share Thai­land Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. She dis­cussed the growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for 2016 and the fur­ther de­vel­op­ments in the rapidly grow­ing dig­i­tal me­dia mar­ket­place of Thai­land. This was fol­lowed up by an over­view from Havas on the ad­van­tage of “Big Data”; how to use the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal me­dia of­fer mar­keters, how mar­keters can use these in­sights to in­flu­ence the growth of busi­ness and how they can use data to learn more about their ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

The team closed the year with a joint com­mit­tee ac­tiv­ity with the Travel & Tourism Com­mit­tee, where Pasquale Ru­berto joined and mod­er­ated a panel dis­cus­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Google, Hype Global, SEO Bangkok and Sasin Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute on the sub­ject of Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing or Dig­i­tal Dis­ap­point­ment. An ex­cel­lent con­ver­sa­tion and Q& A ses­sion went on for over an hour and 20 min­utes at this event, giv­ing every­one a chance on the panel and in the au­di­ence to par­tic­i­pate.

Over­all par­tic­i­pa­tion in the events held was strong, but the num­ber of events was down year- on- year. With the em­pha­sis on ex­pand­ing the num­ber of events in 2017, we ex­pect to bounce back and broaden our top­ics of dis­cus­sion.

SE­CU­RITY COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Henny Bee­ber, AES Group; Jake Sauer, Chevron Board Li­ai­son: Joe Man­nix, United Air­lines

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued their close co­op­er­a­tion with both OSAC and the U. S. Em­bassy’s Re­gional Se­cu­rity Of­fice. Meet­ings were held jointly by OSAC and AMCHAM Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee by key speak­ers from both the pub­lic and pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor. The meet­ings were all well at­tended by busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als from the se­cu­rity sec­tor and other busi­ness sec­tors. High­lights in­cluded:

- The first quar­terly meet­ing of the year cov­ered Crim­i­nal Trends in Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try with a pre­sen­ta­tion given by DOJ / FBI rep­re­sen­ta­tives. This meet­ing also in­cluded an open fo­rum dis­cus­sion about the New La­bor Law Gov­ern­ing Se­cu­rity Com­pa­nies that was led by RSO and Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Mem­bers - The se­cond yearly meet­ing cov­ered In­fluenza, Zika Malaria & Dengue Im­pact to the Work­force. In­cluded at this meet­ing was a pre­sen­ta­tion given by Dr. Alden Weg, Armed Forces Re­search In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ence, and Dr. John Mac Arthur, United States Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol - The last meet­ing this year cov­ered Ran­somwear Crypto Cur­rency and Man in the Mid­dle with a pre­sen­ta­tion by Chris Mosby, CIO of Mo­vaci. This meet­ing also in­cluded an RSO over­view of the Au­gust bomb at­tacks.

SME COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Pacha­ree Pan­toomano, Brand Now Com­pany Limited; Paul Robere, Robere & As­so­ci­ates Board Li­ai­son: Dale Lee, COFFEEWORKS

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: The Com­mit­tee hosted or co- hosted 9 pro­grams, with an av­er­age of 24 at­ten­dees cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing in sum­mary: fi­nan­cial plan­ning, in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, us­ing the In­ter­net to pro­mote your busi­ness, strate­gic plan­ning, lessons learned by ex­pat en­trepreneurs, IT de­vel­op­ment, us­ing the in­ter­net for fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions, and tax plan­ning for your busi­ness. All of the top­ics were well pre­sented by highly qual­i­fied speak­ers and were well re­ceived.

The pro­grams started in Fe­bru­ary with a pre­sen­ta­tion by An­drew Stotz, an au­thor and con­sul­tant, who shared his best ex­pe­ri­ence on how to place a value on your busi- ness. Ad­di­tion­ally, in Fe­bru­ary, the com­mit­tee had a joint meet­ing with sev­eral other com­mit­tees deal­ing with in­tro­duc­ing for­eign in­vest­ment to SMES in the knowl­edge in­dus­tries. Un­for­tu­nately, in March, the com­mit­tee were un­able to hold a meet­ing due to a speaker con­flict. In April Google pre­sented on how to ac­cel­er­ate SMES in the dig­i­tal age. In May, the sub­ject of strate­gic plan­ning was tack­led by James En­gel of APM group. June was an es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing pro­gram as one of the long- term AMCHAM mem­bers, Doug De Weese, shared with the SME com­mit­tee the lessons that he learned when he came to Thai­land for the first time to start his busi­ness. In July the U. S. Em­bassy was well rep­re­sented by Greg Wong, and Ki­ti­sorn Sookpradist from the com­mer­cial ser­vice sec­tion of the Em­bassy, dis­cussing how U. S. ex­porters can use the Em­bassy for greater ad­van­tage. Au­gust brought an ex­cep­tional pre­sen­ta­tion by Xye, the founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Yan­nix, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides ma­jor Hol­ly­wood stu­dio with vis­ual ef­fects. But the in­ter­est­ing thing to the SME com­mit­tee was how he man­ages his com­pany and how he al­lows his peo­ple to have greater flex­i­bil­ity in their work ar­eas. In Septem­ber, Paypal joined us to share how Paypal can help SMES trans­fer funds and re­ceive pay­ments from their cus­tomers. In Oc­to­ber the com­mit­tee hosted its fi­nal pro­gram with four rep­re­sen­ta­tives from le­gal firms both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional talk­ing about tax plan­ning for busi­ness exit for SME.

It was the in­tent of the lead­er­ship to pro­vide a wide range of sub­jects that would ap­peal to the ma­jor­ity of the par­tic­i­pants. In some cases it was felt that the sub­ject mat­ter cov­ered more than one com­mit­tee and as such, it was pro­moted as a “joint” pro­gram.

A plan­ning ses­sion was sched­uled for De­cem­ber 16 where pro­grams for next year will be dis­cussed and plan­ning made. The com­mit­tee has al­ready had in­di­vid­u­als vol­un­teer­ing to present for next year, so it looks like it is going to be an in­for­ma­tive and value- added com­mit­tee meet­ing plan.

SPORTS COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Kevin Wind­field, Man­hat­tan As­set Man­age­ment; Pavin Rod­loy­tuk, Citibank Board Li­ai­son: Dar­ren Buckley, Citibank

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments:

This year, at the 2016 Memo­rial Day and

Thanks­giv­ing Chari­tee Golf Tour­na­ments, the com­mit­tee raised a to­tal amount of over Baht 712,000 for the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion ( ATF).

The Sports Com­mit­tee also raised over Baht 357,000 from the char­ity bowl­ing tour­na­ments, for a com­bined con­tri­bu­tion in 2016 of over Baht 1,070,000 to the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion.

The pro­gram will con­tinue in 2017 with the spring and fall bowl­ing and Memo­rial Day and Thanks­giv­ing golf. The com­mit­tee is al­ways ex­plor­ing new ways to raise money for the ATF and to bring fur­ther joy and value to AMCHAM mem­bers.

TAX COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Greg La­mont, PWC; Jack Shee­han, DFDL; John An­des, KPMG Board Li­ai­son: Teera Phutrakul, JT Fi­nan­cial Plan­ners

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: This past year was a tran­si­tion year for the Tax Com­mit­tee. Greg La­mont and John An­des con­tin­ued to serve on the Tax Com­mit­tee in 2016. The com­mit­tee was lucky to have Jack Shee­han from DFDL join the Tax Com­mit­tee in 2016. Jack is a Part­ner at DFDL and Head of the Re­gional Tax Prac­tice across all DFDL of­fices. The com­mit­tee also had to say au revoir this year to Peet­inuch “Tong” Utai­wan as she moved on to big­ger and bet­ter things – we wish her the best of luck in her en­deav­ors!

The Tax Com­mit­tee hosted and co- hosted some in­ter­est­ing meet­ings this year. They held the first Tax Com­mit­tee We­b­cast – the speak­ers were in the U. S. and their pre­sen­ta­tion was streamed across the web and mem­bers could view the pre­sen­ta­tion from their homes, of­fices and smart phones. There was a high sign- up for this event and the com­mit­tee will try to see if they can do more of these to reach a wider au­di­ence. The Tax Com­mit­tee also had a pre­sen­ta­tion and lively dis­cus­sion of up­dates to the Thai tax law – and there were quite a few changes to con­sider. There was also a joint SME/ Tax Com­mit­tee meet­ing that was well at­tended and in­spired a lot of good dis­cus­sions. Lastly, the Tax Com­mit­tee’s 2016 An­nual U. S. Tax Up­date was held on De­cem­ber 8. The Tax Com­mit­tee mem­bers also had the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to T- AB Magazine and will con­tinue to do so in 2017.

The com­mit­tee would like to see more par­tic­i­pa­tion at meet­ings. If you are not able or in­ter­ested to at­tend, please pass on the an­nounce­ment of Tax Com­mit­tee meet­ings to your fi­nance, tax and le­gal col­leagues at your com­pa­nies. The com­mit­tee also wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity to jointly host meet­ings to reach a wider group of AMCHAM mem­bers.

The Tax Com­mit­tee has al­ready started de­vel­op­ing an agenda of 2017 meet­ings with in­ter­est­ing and rel­e­vant top­ics. Stay tuned for the an­nounce­ments.

TRADE AND IN­VEST­MENT COM­MIT­TEE ( TIC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Anu­tra Sin­chaipanich, Cater­pil­lar; Ian Hamil­ton, Col­liers In­ter­na­tional; Jef­frey Ny­gaard, Sea­gate; Vin­cent Pourre, Wall Street English Board Li­ai­son: David Nar­done, He­maraj

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: This was the first year of the new com­mit­tee, con­sol­i­dat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the pre­vi­ous Trans­porta­tion & Lo­gis­tics, East­ern Se­aboard and Man­u­fac­tur­ing com­mit­tees. The TIC had close co­op­er­a­tion with sev­eral other com­mit­tees to dis­cuss cur­rent trade and in­vest­ment is­sues, and looked for op­por­tu­ni­ties in or­ga­niz­ing joint meet­ings for AMCHAM mem­bers to ex­change views and share busi­ness in­sights. The com­mit­tee con­tin­ued to pro­vide daily news feeds on ship­ping and lo­gis­tics is­sues to mem­bers on re­quest.

TIC held five meet­ings for mem­bers dur­ing the year, which were well at­tended by busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als from var­i­ous in­dus­tries:

Jointly with the Auto Coun­cil, an af­ter­noon panel dis­cus­sion on Busi­ness Op­por­tu­ni­ties in Thai­land and ASEAN, with Mark Kauf­man ( Ford), Jeff Ny­gaard ( Sea­gate) and David Nar­done ( He­maraj) Jointly with Cus­toms & Ex­cise Com­mit­tee, a lunch panel dis­cus­sion on Re­al­ity v. Op­por­tu­nity with Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity among ASEAN Na­tions, with Paul Sum­ner ( PWC), Tobias Gruem­mer ( Rhenus Lo­gis­tics) and Arthur van der Lin­den ( RMA Group) - A morn­ing brief­ing on Tax In­cen­tives: Lessons Learned from a Le­gal Tax Dis­pute, by Ma­lika Bhu­mi­van ( Bol­liger & Com­pany Con­sult­ing) - Jointly with the SME and ICT com­mit­tees, a lunch pre­sen­ta­tion From Con­cept to Hol­ly­wood VFX Sup­plier, by Xye ( Yan­nix) - Jointly with the Health­care Com­mit­tee, a lunch pre­sen­ta­tion on How ePro­cure­ment En­hances In­vest­ment, by Thana­choke Rungth­ipanont and Ni­tiya­porn Im­jai ( both from Comptroller Gen­eral Depart­ment, Min­istry of Fi­nance).

TRAVEL AND TOURISM COM­MIT­TEE ( TTC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Charles Blocker, In­vi­sion Hos­pi­tal­ity; Ben­jamin Krieg, Novo­tel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20; Jack­son Fer­gu­son, Mi­nor Ho­tel Group Board Li­ai­son: Her­man Ehrlich, Con­rad Bangkok

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: This year, TTC li­aised closely with a num­ber of cham­ber com­mit­tees and held sev­eral joint cham­ber com­mit­tee events. Most of the events were held in a mod­er­ated panel style, which pro­vided a space for at­ten­dees to ask ques­tions and make com­ments to en­hance their un­der­stand­ing of the in­for­ma­tion be­ing pro­vided by the pan­elists. The com­mit­tee’s fo­cused on var­i­ous frame­works within the travel and tourism sec­tor.

The TTC events kicked off in Jan­uary with the Thai­land Tourism Fo­rum. In Fe­bru­ary, guest speak­ers from var­i­ous com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pated in a panel dis­cus­sion, where they ex­plained chal­lenges and gaps within re­cruit­ment re­quire­ments, and how they could be filled with the aid of each or mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In Fe­bru­ary, the com­mit­tee held a sem­i­nar hosted by Grace Kang of Green­view Hos­pi­tal­ity, from Sin­ga­pore, where she dis­cussed the trends in sus­tain­able hos­pi­tal­ity. Fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion given by, Barry Levvy, in early March, ex­plain­ing how Uber is con­nect­ing Bangkok at the touch of a but­ton. To­wards the end of March, the com­mit­tee or­ga­nized an evening of net­work­ing with travel and tourism col­leagues from all as­pects of the in­dus­try.

In May, the com­mit­tee ar­ranged a pre­sen­ta­tion, by Grace Kang and Eric Ri­caute of Green­view, ad­dress­ing how sus­tain­abil­ity helps ho­tels cut costs, in­creases over­all sat­is­fac­tion and loy­alty for as­so­ci­ates and guests in ur­ban ho­tels. In June, Kobkarn Wan­na­mayrangkul, the Min­is­ter of Tourism and Sports, met with the com­mit­tee mem­bers and oth­ers to present the de­vel­op­ment of tourism in 2016.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in June, the com­mit­tee also hosted its first joint cham­ber panel dis­cus­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous com­pa­nies, where they dis­cussed the dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal strate­gies in the ho­tel in­dus­try. In Au­gust, the com­mit­tee held an­other joint cham­ber panel dis­cus­sion fo­cus­ing on the scope of knowl­edge that cov­ers le­gal, real es­tate, ho­tel and rev­enue view­points with the idea of Airbnb. Septem­ber brought an­other panel dis­cus­sion that brought at­ten­tion to the pit­falls of dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing.

In Oc­to­ber, the com­mit­tee pro­vided mem­bers and guest with a round­table dis­cus­sion fo­cused on ILO tools for tourism and SME de­vel­op­ment. The com­mit­tee treated its mem­bers and guests to a di­a­logue with John Koldowski of Tham­masat Uni­ver­sity, about what lead to Thai­land’s tourism sen­sa­tion and the in­dus­try out­look for the future.

YOUNG PRO­FES­SION­ALS COM­MIT­TEE ( YPC)

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Laurie Colyer, Bum­run­grad Hos­pi­tal; Peter Moore, Dow Corn­ing Board Li­ai­son: Teera Phutrakul, JT Fi­nan­cial Plan­ners

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments:

This year has been a year of change for YPC. The com­mit­tee’s 2016 goal was to raise over Baht 200,000 for the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion’s Adopt- a- School pro­gram. Thanks to var­i­ous venues, spon­sors, and joint cham­ber ac­tiv­i­ties, they have al­most met their goal as of Novem­ber, al­ready rais­ing over Baht 90,000 in char­i­ta­ble funds with­out in­clud­ing match­ing funds from the AMCHAM Thai­land Foun­da­tion. Changes in the Bangkok net­work­ing scene and an in­creased num­ber of other cham- bers’ monthly events have had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the over­all at­ten­dance at YPC’S monthly events. To ad­dress this, the com­mit­tee as a whole ex­plored other ways to dif­fer­en­ti­ate such as speed net­work­ing, tax night, and hav­ing guest speak­ers.

The com­mit­tee also had more ef­forts fo­cused on pro­mot­ing YPC monthly events on so­cial me­dia chan­nels such as Face­book, Google+, and Linkedin. In ad­di­tion, they pro­vided monthly sur­veys to find out what they can do dif­fer­ently to meet the needs of the at­ten­dees while pro­vid­ing the best net­work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fur­ther­more, YPC played a key role as a re­cruit­ing tool for the Cham­ber, ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the Cham­ber’s ac­tiv­i­ties and en­cour­ag­ing new mem­bers to join. The com­mit­tee ad­vo­cates so­cially re­spon­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties by rais­ing funds for the Adopt- aS­chool pro­gram. Over the year, new young pro­fes­sional groups have evolved through other cham­bers such as the Ital­ian- Thai and Nordic Young Pro­fes­sion­als. YPC will con­tinue to dis­tin­guish them­selves through their char­i­ta­ble mis­sion.

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