Story by Phitsanu Thepthong
Photos by Supoj Thiamyoj & Jedsadapong Wongkiew
Networking One and AA insurance Brokers held their monthly Chiang Mai
Networking Evening at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai on Thursday
January 14. The Networking One event, which is also sponsored by the Chiang
Mai Mail, is a great opportunity for local business professionals to meet,
exchange ideas and experiences, all the while enjoying wine, beer and
Lynn of LCT Consultants enjoys a drink with Ben Junthaduang, Manager
Asia-Pacific Media, Peer Andersen, Director Asia-Pacific Markets and Herman
Spanjer, Director of Sanukcard Co., Ltd.
Ahead of the event, Gary Newitt, of Mr. Moo fame, said he expected a
slightly lower turnout this month, saying, “This time is a little bit quiet
because most people are still hung over from the New Year celebrations.”
However, Peter Smith of AA Insurance said later that while the event started
slowly, it built up momentum and by the end of the evening the turnout was
quite good. He added that there were many new faces attending the social
function this month.
Mr. Smith added that he had met a charming Swiss woman named Helen Fiechter
who intends to relocate her entire family to Chiang Mai in the near future
and that she was quite pleased to meet so many people at the event.
Smith, Director of AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd @ invited Ed Peimer to draw
the lucky business card.
Erik Van Os, International Marketing Coordinator, together with Richard Mark
Hefner, and with a friend from Payap University, said it was the first time
attending the event and that they had found it a useful networking tool.
Jason Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Paradise Direct Vacation Club in Koh
Samui, together with his office manager, Sumontha Thiamsamrong, said that
they plan to expand their business by setting up a new branch office in
“The party to celebrate the new offices will be hosted by the Paradise
Direct Vacation Club on January 31 in Chiang Mai, and then the opening
ceremony for the new Chiang Mai branch will be held on February 1,” he
Maung , Overseas Business Manager of Thai Tribal Crafts Co., Ltd. Joins
Antonio De Maria, Chief Executive officer of Enable Learning and Gary
Newitt, Consultant of AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd. and owner of Mr. Moo
Ltd in a drink.
Paisal Ariyasriwattana, of 4 Life Research Company and Phillip Johnson both
added that they enjoyed meeting new people at the networking event and had
found they gained from attending the events regularly.
Elias Maung, Overseas Business Manager for the Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade
Co. was the happy winner of the giveaway, receiving a bottle of wine from
Networking One and AA Insurance.
The next Networking One event will be held Thursday February 4 at the
Shangri-La Hotel starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is 300 baht and includes
wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. The March event will be held at a new venue,
to be announced shortly. For more information email [email protected]
Phillip Johnson, Consultant for in focus 4 you
Magazine shares a drink with David Walker of Asia Property World, Chaya and
Sean P. Riley of Tiki Thai Arts.
Rachel and Chas Begley, Owners of Tuskers Bar
share a laugh with Gary Morrison of English Language Services and Zane
Crosby-Emery of Zane gardens Tea & Coffee house.
Rachel Begley, Owner of Tuskers Bar and Erik Van
Os, International Marketing Coordinator of Payap University join Richard
Mark Hefner, International Marketing Coordinator of Payap University and
Khun Napason at the Networking One party at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Nalini Persaud, Psychotherapist, relaxes with
of Travel and Teach on the couch at the Networking One event.
Sailesh Carlyle Patel joins Zane Crosby-Emery of
Zanegardens Tea & Coffee house and Maxime Gheysen at the Networking One
Steve Brooks and Ian McDougall of Ancient Lotus
enjoy a glass of wine
at the Networking event at the Shangri-La Hotel on January 14.
Phillip Johnson, Consultant for In focus 4 you
Magazine, Jason Hudson, Chairman & CEO of Paradise Direct Vocation Club,
Phitsanu Thepthong, Editor of Chiang Mai Mail, Derick Scott, Sales Director
of Paradise Direct Vocation Club and Sumontha Thiamsamrong, Office Manager
of Paradise Direct Vocation Club discuss the new office in Chiang Mai.