By Dr. Iain Corness and Shana Kongmun
The Networking One group held their latest business event promoting
local business networking at the Shangri-La Hotel on November 5. The event
saw the Chiang Mai Mail Publishing Company celebrate the 7th anniversary of
its newspaper in Chiang Mai.
Iain Corness, Features Editor of the Pattaya Mail and Brian Baxter, CMM
journalist join in the fun at the networking event.
The Chiang Mai Mail took the opportunity to introduce its new Managing
Editor, Shana Kongmun, to the local business community. Shana spoke of her
aims and objectives for the newspaper, asking attendees and residents to
help the paper remain relevant to the local community with the goal of
publishing local news and events of importance, the spin-off being the
assistance and promotion of their businesses by the paper itself. She
encouraged participants and residents to contact the newspaper with any news
tips, items of interest and articles they wish to contribute.
Crosby-Emery of Zane Gardens Tea & Coffee House joins Barry Main, Marketing
Director of ThaiVisa.com and Gary Newitt, director of Mr.Moo Co.Ltd.
The Networking One events continue to grow in attendance with over 60 people
attending this month, filling the Shangri-La’s Silapathai Lounge and Bar.
The hotel’s captain, Mattana, and her staff were kept busy all evening
dispensing beer and red and white wine. Networking appears to be a thirsty
The official welcome was made by the principal of AA Insurance Brokers,
Peter Smith, who also introduced Dr. Iain Corness, one of the original
contributors to the Chiang Mai Mail, Dr. Iain, as he is affectionately
known, quickly passed the microphone to Shana and then on to Peter Malhotra,
the MD of Chiang Mai Mail Publishing. Peter added that not only did the
newspaper need the assistance of the local community but that the community
needed a newspaper that represented its needs. He added that he hoped the
next 7 years would see the development of a closer relationship between the
paper and the community.
Valery and her husband Wee of the Green Papaya Resort on Koh Phangan, meet
fellow resort manager, Louise of The Spa Resort.
Some lucky business cards were drawn, with the lovely Atcharin Chanhom (AIA)
winning a mystery prize, and excitedly telling everyone that she was so
pleased she had decided to join the event!
Wyndham Hollis, the talented local photographer, was another very happy
networker and reminded everyone of the Chiang Mai Photographic Group
exhibition (November 14-29 on the 2nd floor of the Northern Village at the
Central Airport Plaza).
The best business card was displayed by locals Michael Jacobsen and his
wife, with their names in a font size so large it could be read even by the
over-40 year olds. They were seen in animated conversation with Dr. Gregory
Frazier, whose ‘business card’ was so detailed he needed a printed sheet to
go with it. However, for someone who is a Crow Indian and has been around
the world four times on a motorcycle, he has done more than the average
The lovely Suphalak Jacobsen and her husband Michael are joined by Dr.
Other networkers included Mary Johnson, a lovely young lady from California
who is setting up a socially responsible Italian gelato company called Ice
Chic, and Darryl Crist (Movaci Technology) a young man who has been living
in Thailand since he was 10 years of age and speaks fluent Thai, so we all
Local author, Stu Lloyd discussed his latest release, “The Missing Years”
while Zane Crosby-Emery of Zane Gardens encouraged attendees to join his
proposed mixed touch rugby league. AA Insurance Brokers’ GM in the north,
Richard Prouse, was ensuring everyone did enjoy themselves, in between
talking about the Isle of Man and motorcyle racing. Fiercely independent
The next Networking One event will be on the first Thursday evening of
December, and will be advertised in your community newspaper, the Chiang
(l-r) Roy and Diann Harris fill in Shana
Kongmun, the new Managing Editor
for the Chiang Mai Mail on their most recent trip back to Thailand.
(l-r) Richard Prouse , local manager of AA
Insurance Brokers regales Eric Lynn of LCT Consultants, Noriko Yabata of
Café Pandau, Saowalak Paisantirakom of Na Na Chiva House, local author and
travel writer Stu Lloyd and Joe Lynch, General Counsel, with tales of
motorbiking on the isle of Man.
(l-r) Noppasit Ariyasuttinant, Amway Owner,
listens to Barry Main , Marketing Director of Thaivisa.com talk about the
forum and its growth with Phillip Johnson Consultant InFocus 4 You Magazine,
Derek Khoo , Business Amway Owner and Monthakan Intharasri ,Manager of
InFocus 4 You Magazine
(l-r) Lauren Johnson,joins Maiken Hjulgaard ,
Training Manager of Georg Jensen, Mary Johnson , M.D. of Ice Chic Co.Ltd,
Steve Harris and friends at the Networking One event.
(l-r) Wyndham Hollis discusses the upcoming
photography exhibit with Bruce Hoppe, Vice President Asia Operations of
Emerson Electric, Peter Malhotra, Kannikar and Ib Ottesen, owners of luxury
condominiums and hotels in Pattaya who came up especially for the
(l-r) Peter Smith, Director of AA Insurance
Brokers, presents the winning gift certificate to Atcharin Chanhom of A.I.A
while Dr. Iain Corness, looks on.
(l-r) : Eric Lynn of LCT Consultants joins Peter
Smith, Director of AA Insurance Brokers in being regaled by author Dr. Iain
(l-r) Charles Begley,of Tuskers Bar, David
Walker of Asia Property and Sherman Miles, Marketing Director of Walen
Education enoy a drink at the event.
Peter Malhotra, M.D. of the Chiang Mai Mail
talks about the past 7 years of the newspaper and discusses his hopes for
The Chiang Mai U.S. Consulate General political
and economic section chief, Alexander Barrasso, 3rd left, visits the the
Chiang Mai Mail office to congratulate the newspaper on its 7th anniversary.
Accompanied by Worawan Thanamongkol, Public Diplomacy Assistant, left, he
presents a basket of flowers to Chiang Mai Mail staff, led by M.D. Pratheep
Malhotra, 2nd right, Editor Phitsanu Thepthong, 2nd left, and Managing
Editor Shana Kongmun, 4th right. Suthasinee Maneekul, MD of Pimtong
Accounting, 3rd right, and Barry Main, marketing director for ThaiVisa is
Phongphan Jongyotying, President of Chiang Mai
Broadcasters and Reporters Association and Adviser to Northern Editors
Network, presents a basket of flowers to Peter Maholtra, in celebration of
Chiang Mai Mail’s 7th anniversary while Phitsanu Thepthong and Shana
Kongmun, Managing Editors for the Chiang Mai Mail, look on
Lieutenant Commander Tammanoon Sangkhrim,
Director of Navy 11 radio station F.M.88.O MHz presents flowers to Peter
Maholtra in honor the the newspapers 7th anniversary. Phitsanu Thepthong and
Shana Kongmun, Managing Editors of the Chiang Mai Mail join them.
Pichamon Jitawatanarat, the Amari Rincome
Hotel’s assistant sales manager, center, presents a basket of flowers to
congratulate Chiang Mai Mail editor Phitsanu Thepthong, left, on the
newspaper’s 7th anniversary celebration last week.
Aunkana Kangphrome, right, of the Public
Relations team of the Centara Duangtawan Hotel in Chiang Mai presents a
basket of flower to the Chiang Mai Mail’s Editor, Phitsanu Thepthong, at the
newspaper’s office, in honor of the Chiang Mai Mail’s 7th anniversary
(l-r) Darryl Crist, Business Manager of Movaci
Michael and Ralph Van den Berg , IT & Market of Horeca
Supply Co.Ltd. discuss the latest events in Chiang Mai.