More nominations will be published in the October issue of this magazine. Candidates have been chosen according to a variety of criteria relevant to their individual line of business. A panel of judges will select the eventual winners.
The joint Expat Entrepreneur Awards and Thailand International Business Awards (TIBA) will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at the Amari Watergate Bangkok.
TIBA is an event organized by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) with The BigChilli. Special guest of honour at the awards will be His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
Nominations for the Expat Entrepreneur Awards are still open and can be submitted before 5 pm on Friday 14 September 2018. All nationalities of company and individual are welcome to enter whether they are nominated or self-nominated.
• Clear explanation of overall business
• Contribution to the Thai economy
• Level of staff participation/involvement
Dale Lee, Founder
IF you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of coffee in Bangkok, there’s a good chance the beans that make it so delicious come from CoffeeWORKS, a company owned by an American from Michigan named Dale Lee. Operating since 1995, CoffeeWORKS is today one of the top three suppliers of coffee and related equipment in Thailand. Its 800-plus customers include a long list of major corporations with coffee-thirsty staff, many of the country’s best known hotels as well as specialist coffee shops, cafés and chain outlets. Among them are
Dean & Deluca, W Hotel,
McCafe outlets at McDonald’s
Thailand, and Bluecup Coffee
Aaron Grieser and Brian Bartusch, Founders
TWO fates collided when home-brewers and beer fanatics Aaron Grieser and Brian Bartusch met at a food festival in Spring of 2012. Realizing their mutual love of all things craft beer, the two joined forces to create Thailand’s first craft beer importing company, Beervana. It can be safely said that Beervana started a movement. Whereas only a few years ago Bangkok was a virtual beer desert, today the city is awash with great craft beer, including many imported by new beer distributors following in Beervana’s footsteps.
Tea and Fruits
Ido Berger, Founder TEA and Fruits was launched in Thailand by Ido Berger in 2013 and in less than a year was present on the shelves of five of the seven leading supermarket chains in the country. A unique concept, Tea and Fruits presents users with two bags – one filled
with tea, the other with a mix of dried fruits – and these are used together to make a two-in-one drink experience. “We call it tea and dessert in the same cup,” says Ido.
The Soda Company Ltd
Founder and Managing Director
AFTER 18 years in the airline industry, German-born Florian Preuss felt he had reached a point in his life where he needed new horizons and, perhaps more importantly, control over his future. The upshot is a small company importing quality wines from South Africa into Thailand which has already added a new dimension to Bangkok’s burgeoning wine culture.
Jerome Le Louer, Founder
LAUNCHED in February 2013, Wishbeer is now the number one Online Craft Beer Store in Thailand. Stocking 500 different beers from over 15 countries, it also offers home delivery anywhere in Thailand. “We’re now delivering dozens of orders each month to both expats and Thais,” says founder Jerome. “We have great visibility in both communities,
not just through social media [Wishbeer’s facebook page has 222,000 fans], but also through sponsoring networking events and organizing regular beer tastings.”
Gilles Sandre, Founder
ESTABLISHED in 2014 by French expat Gilles Sandre in partnership with celebrated French baker Benoît Fradette and Master Baker Jonathan Valdman, Ámantee prides itself on baking breads and pastries mad using premium stoneground flour and other nutritious ingredients (such as Einkorn, the world’s oldest cereal) imported from France. The bakery now has two outlets in Bangkok – its flagship, on Chan Kao Road (Chong Nonsi); and a space in EmQuartier, which also stocks French butter and cheese from Jean Yves Bordier, pastry from Issaya La Pâtisserie, and even some cold cuts.
Jo’s Artisan Cheese
Jo Stevens, Founder
BRITISH entrepreneur Jo Stevens was first introduced to cheese making while visiting a friend in Ooty in southern India. A woman had established a small dairy farm and over a period of just two weeks happily passed on her tricks of the trade to Jo. She now makes a variety of cheeses under the label ‘Jo’s Artisan Cheese’. Buyers are split more or less equally between Thais and foreigners, and in addition to a legion of friends, Jo’s customers also include many of Bangkok’s restaurants and hotels.
THE ACCIDENTAL BUTCHER
Steve Craig, Founder
OPENED in June 2013 on Ekkamai Soi 10, The Accidental Butcher is
based on the traditional butcher shop of days gone by. Aussie butcher Steve Craig offers premium quality pasture fed meat (Australian Angus beef and lamb) plus a range of premium sausages and smoked bacon all made in-house without the use of fillers or preservatives. With a focus on customer education, Steve and his team sell products based on the preferred cooking methods or desired results of their clients, just as they do with the restaurant chefs they work with.
Joe Sloane, Managing Director
JOE was born in the UK and studied catering at his local culinary school before following his love of travel and food to work across three continents. With a background of traditional French cuisine, he spent over a decade in Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels before following his passion for butchery and charcuterie and setting up Sloane’s. Sloane’s Artisan is one of the leading producers of meat and dairy products in the country with clients including wholesalers, restaurants, hotels, Gourmet Market outlets, Villa Market branches in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and soon in Udon Thani, as well as Rimping Supermarkets in Chiang Mai.
The Banana Warrior
Julia Panchkowry, Founder
JULIA Panchkowry, a 33-year-old yoga teacher with a passion for all things nourishing, moved from London to the Bangkok three years ago. Her brand, The Banana Warrior, sells nutritious vegan banana bread and other food products made with only organic and ethically sourced ingredients. Carefully designed with health at the forefront, she distributes her products to restaurants, cáfes, yoga studios, vegan food markets and gyms around the city such as Broccoli Revolution, Beatroot Yoga and BASE. Julia is constantly working to evolve her brand and plans to establish her yoga studio with a café and expand to Bali and London.
Nicolas Vivin, Co-founder
LAUNCHED in 2014, VIVIN sells a mix of gourmet french delicacies and local Thai products. The husband and wife team behind the company has their own sales corner in the Central Chidlom Food Hall where shoppers can sample VIVIN’s wares and learn the story behind each handmade product. Their products are sold online as well where connoisseurs can browse through an enticing selection of fine treats.
The Kirn family, Founders
ESTABLISHED in 2004, Theodoré International began its operations by simply importing caviar. Today, the company brings in a wide range of food products from China, Australia, and Europe and has a real focus on sustainable seafood. In 2014, the family opened its first warehouse offering state of the art storage and an onsite dining room where the Kirn family regularly hosts dinners featuring their products, for Thailand’s top chefs, restaurateurs, and suppliers.
Neil and Palmmy, Founders
PEETACHAI Dejkraisak (Neil) and Pornthida Wongphatharakul (Palmmy), journey began in 2011, when they learned that while Thailand is the second largest rice exporter in the world, Thai farmers were among the poorest in the world, earning just $0.40/day, as a result of low yields, rising costs and inefficient agricultural systems. With a desire to create a sustainable, scalable and long-term solution to this problem that could bring both great social and financial impact to the farmers, they founded Siam Organic, a social enterprise that works with small-scale farmers to alleviate poverty through innovative organic products with global appeal. Siam Organic was the first Thai company to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ and now packs and distributes their rice internationally, allowing them to connect over 1,800 small-scale farmers in rural Thailand with markets around the world.
Tuk Tuk Factory (TTF)
Dennis Harte, Managing Director
AFTER unveiling a successful prototype in 2009, Dutch engineer Dennis Harte is taking Thailand’s ubiquitous three-wheeler to the next phase with his silent and emissions-free electric models. Tuk Tuk Factory (TTF) currently assembles four models of electric tuk-tuks of its own design in Thailand and exports them to countries around the globe, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Iceland, the USA and France to name but a few. Producing more than 30 e-tuks per month, the company is continuously moving into new markets and their
e-tuks revolution shows no signs of slowing down.
Shalini J. Yamdagni, Founder
SHALINI is a certified Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Delhi University, India. She also holds a Certificate of Participation in Radical Healing, Emotional Empowerment Therapy and is a certified Reiki Level 1 practitioner. Shalini is gifted at treating people who are in pain and feeling stuck, helping them to move past their issues and regain a joyful and peaceful life.
Daniel Remon, Founder and CEO
HEADED by Daniel Remon, an Australian expat with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and expert in the health and wellness industry, Fitcorp Global is a network of strategic health and wellness brands dedicated to developing programs, sports performance initiatives and opportunities for the private and corporate sector. Daniel currently oversees a global network of pioneering wellness brands including The Aspire Club, a leading health club and sports performance centre famous for its popular rooftop fitness classes.
Richard Cohen, CEO and Founder
STARTING out as a gym being run in Richard’s lounge, The Lab is now a profitable two-location business in the centre of Sukhumvit with a third location opening soon. The client base is made of 60% Thai and 40% expat and featureshigh profile celebrities, professional athletes and the regular nine-to-fivers, all working out together under one roof. From TRX to Beach Body classes, and from Circuit Training to Warrior Workouts, The Lab constantly evolves to ensure there’s something for everyone.
Lion’s Head Boxing
Jay-R Crisologo, Founder
ESTABLISHED in 2009 with an initial B1,400 investment to buy focus pads, Lion’s Head Boxing is a personal training service for anyone wanting to learn what California expat ‘Coach J’ calls “the sweet science”. The World Boxing Council (WBC) certified coach has an evergrowing number of clients and works with hotels owners, big business people, celebrities, university kids and even trainers itself.
Carry On Bags
Linda O’Connor Jennings, Managing Director
AMERICAN expat Linda O’Connor Jennings first spotted the inspiration for her business around 30 years ago when travelling to the culturally-rich province of Chiang Rai. And, although it’s taken almost three decades to get her resulting business, Carry On, off the ground, her eco-friendly and unique handbags were worth the wait. Linda’s product range includes bags to suit every occasion, as well as everything from luggage tags and wine insulated bags to jewellery and yoga mat holders, all made from recycled rice bags.
The Winning Edge
Bert van Walbeek, Founder
THE Winning Edge’s founder, Bert “Bow-Thai” van Walbeek, arrived in Thailand
in 1985 and, upon insistent requests by hospitality and tourism organizations to tap into
his vast experience, started The Winning Edge in 1993 as a boutique consulting company, offering primarily services to the tourism industries, but also to automobile, pharmaceutical and optical industrial sectors. Today, the company operates in any destination between Beijing and Bali as well as Mauritius and Macau.
Surasit Sachdev, Founder
HUNGRY Hub first appeared in 2014 after founder Surasit Sachdev decided to quit his job and start his own business. Initially, Sachdev’s project was a reservations app after he noticed the boom in restaurants bookings and the growing
demand in the food industry. That concept, however, has since been developed to focus on bookings for larger parties and social functions. Hungry Hub vision is to make sure the customer knows what he will be paying for before he even enters the restaurant.
Monroe Consulting Group
John Tolmie, Managing Director
MONROE Consulting Group is an executive level recruitment agency operating predominantly in emerging markets. Unlike most direct search companies, the company does not work with hefty upfront retainers, preferring to prove its abilities in a manner that requires the company to be successful. “This has opened up large markets that have always desired the services of a professional executive search agency but were reticent about paying up-front costs,” says John.
Thibaut Lacave, Pumin Yuvachruskul, Siddhanta
Kothari, Michael Cluzel (pictured left), Sylvain
FOUNDED in 2013 by a group of French, Swiss, Belgian, Indian and Thai entrepreneurs, eatigo makes a business of connecting empty stomachs to empty tables. Via their website, iPhone and Android applications, the eatigo guys serve up time-based discounts of up to 50% for all participating restaurants every day at over 100 of the most popular dining places in Bangkok. The discounts apply to every food item on the menu and can be booked at no cost whatsoever online with no need for any credit card information or printed coupons.
Jan Rohweder, Founder
IN November 2013 Jan Rohweder founded Marketing Bear, a leading online marketing company offering customised solutions tailored specifically to each business. With clients spread globally, their services include Web Development, PR, SEO, Graphic Design, Branding, Market Research, and Social Media Marketing.
Keith Nolan, Founder
IRISH born classically trained pianist and New Age artist Keith Nolan has been active in the music industry for over 30 years working with artists, brands and licensing companies. Now based in Asia, Keith is trying to bring fresh and
institutive music for its listeners and has composed over the years several designer chill-out and relaxation music albums for resorts and spa’s throughout Asia such as Anantara, Shangri- La, and Fullerton.
As a composer and sound designer, he has also composed music for documentaries, television and film and worked with many global ad agencies creating music for brands such as Dove, Toyota, Nescafé, Red Bull, Coca-Cola and others.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.
Fred Tibbitts, Founder and CEO
FROM studying and practicing clinical psychology in the early 60s, to obtaining a degree in Economics, to becoming a highly respected international wine supplier, to converting to Buddhism and living in a monastery for 18 months, to giving away most of his possessions and eventually turning his own company into a social enterprise which gives all of its money to charity, well, there aren’t many people as humble and caring as Fred
Tibbitts. From New York to Delhi and from Bangkok to Hong Kong, Fred’s annual dinners bring together the world’s’ leading hoteliers for a night of wining and dining and inspiring conversation. The message: let go of what you have and help those less fortunate.
Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Amy Baron, Founder
CREATED by Amy Baron, a former SCAD volunteer, in June 2012, PAWS provides spay/neuter and veterinary health services for stray or community animals, adoption programs, as well as responsible pet ownership education in Bangkok. Working tirelessly 24/7 and without the expectation of recognition or financial reward, Amy relies heavily on
volunteers and donations to carry out her mission, and she can often be found at pet events throughout Bangkok where
she inspires people to support her cause.
Dwight Turner, Founder
AMERICAN expat Dwight Turner first established In Search of Sanuk in 2009. The foundation has now been reborn as the Courageous Kitchen, an officialy recognized, tax-exempt charity in the US. Dwight’s mission is to fund basic needs and support Bangkok’s marginalised youth education. They work with at-risk students and their families in small communities across the city.
Alexey Tyutin, Co-founder
IN 2011, Russia-born Alexey Tyutin went into business with Thai national Noppadon Khamsia to raise the sturgeon that produce black caviar on a farm near Hua Hin. In 2015, together with Noppadon, he co-founded Caviar House Co., Ltd. to bring black caviar – a product usually reserved for the elite – to the local Thai and expat community at affordable prices.
Fine Food & Two Chefs
Erwin Eberharter, Founder
AFTER 20 years of running the kitchens of top hotels in Bangkok and around the world, Austrian-born Erwin Eberharter decided to go it alone and launch Thailand’s first ready-toeat range of fine dining meals under his own brand, Chef Erwin. Erwin and his team combine imported ingredients and raw products with their refined cooking process and creativity to produce chilled, rather than frozen, fine-dining quality meals that are ready to eat in just minutes.
Food Glorious Food
Bob Coombs, Founder
IN his 46 years in Thailand, Bob Coombs has built a successful company in an industry known for fierce
rivalries and shady dealings. The straight-talking founder of Choice Foods was the first to bring chilled beef and oysters from Australia, salmon from Scotland, and a number of other delicacies to Bangkok and was the first food supplier to operate refrigerated vehicles, other than ice cream vans, in Thailand. Food Glorious
Food is the retail arm of Choice Foods, considered the leading and longest established retailer of premium meats and gourmet delicacies.
Eric J D Cornille, Founder
ESTABLISHED in 1991 by French baker and chef Eric J D Cornille, a former executive chef of the Oriental Hotel and Dusit Thani Group in charge of pastry, Folies provides hard-baked evidence that artisan-style bakeries can grow their business into large companies without sacrificing quality.
The company transports bread and pastries to all areas of the kingdom in a fleet of trucks, and even ships products to Singapore, Australia and Maldives. Folies’ client list in Bangkok alone is over 250 clients- strong and includes hotels such as Conrad, Plaza Athénée, and The Sukhothai.
Founder and Managing Director
YORKSHIREMAN Steve Mines and his wife set about building The London Pie from the ashes of The British Pie shop. Day one of The London Pie saw them with one table, one baking bowl, the household oven from their house in Phuket, and a burning desire to show a band of ex-investors what could be done with Yorkshire grit, Thai grit, something to prove, and a chip on his shoulder large enough to be seen from space on a good day. Risen from the ashes, Steve’s pies are now available online and at their restaurant in Ekkamai.
Pat Burbridge, Founder
PATRICIA Burbridge, a former partner of Thailand’s first scuba diving school and a founding member of the Pattaya International Ladies Club, has gained a glowing reputation for the high quality of her homemade jams, pickles, chutneys and antipasto dishes. One of her specialities is a chicken liver pâté paired with an onion relish, a hot commodity at the monthly fairs in Pattaya, where she sells her produce.
Patricia’s Homemade also offers antipasto catering services for small to midsized parties in Bangkok and Pattaya.
Laiki Rice Crackers
Pradeep Akkunoor, Founder
WHILE the health conscious trend is not a new one, it has grown with extraordinary ferocity in latest years. Thailand is no exception and consumers are increasingly looking to lead healthy lifestyles. For this reason, Laiki crackers success comes without a surprise. These 100% whole grain rice crackers are made of Thai black and red rice and packed full of antioxidants, iron, and protein, checking all the boxes for many speciality diets such as vegan and gluten-free. Pradeep Akkunoor, the food entrepreneur behind the thriving brand established in the US in 2015, carries a proven track of successfully launched food businesses in Asia. One of his ventures led him and his team to the NASDAQ in New York City where they were the first Thai company to ring the closing bell. Significantly growing every year, Laiki Crackers international distribution has expanded substantially and has a great potential for expansion in Thailand and the rest of ASEAN.
Maison Jean Philippe
Jean Philippe Landry, Founder
STARTING out six years ago with a team of two and selling
its wares at Bangkok farmers’ markets, Maison Jean Philippe has been a runaway success. Today, baker Jean Philippe Arnaud Landry and his business partner Tom Kirk oversee a team of 40 at a 700sqm factory out in Bangna, and they supply over 40 bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the city.
Michael Conkey’s, Founder
AUSTRALIAN expat Michael Conkey’s eponymous bakery is well known by expats not just for its bounty of handmade breads and pastries, but also regular picnic events and collaborations with popular Bangkok food trucks such as Daniel Thaiger. Located at the back of a lovely house and garden on Ekkamai Soi 22, the bakery’s flagship is definitely off the beaten track, but it’s well worth seeking out. Michael, who also owns a film production company in Bangkok, is the first to admit that he never planned to be a baker – instead he was pulled into this world by fate, serendipity, and a sheer disgust and disbelief at bread that simply just wouldn’t go mouldy. The popular bakery now counts with another branch on Sukhumvit Soi 49.
Sales and Marketing Manager
AMAZING Asia Tours Co, Ltd. Is based in Bangkok and is one of the
largest Dutch inbound tour operators in Thailand. With a heavy focus on the quality of service and flexibility, they offer groups and individuals tailor-made travel packages available in different regions across the country.
Having travelled most of Asia Pacific, Rutger plans and implements his strategic vision as General Manager and has established valuable business partnerships in Thailand and South East Asia. The company has a second branch in Chiang Mai and also provides a range of services in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Frank Holz, CEO
GAWOONI is a Game Developer and Publisher with a special focus on Southeast Asia. Headquartered in the UK and with an office in Thailand, the company became popular through the idea of developing games connected to real-world topics. Their upcoming game Tuk Tuk Rush is a tribute to Thailand, a mix of game and interactive travel guide that already gathers 70.000 followers on Facebook. Their latest game called Pet Pet Rush in Thailand is a fun test of your reactivity. CEO Frank Holz has been in Thailand since 2009 and supports the Thai Gaming Industry as an international gaming expert. With its publishing services, GAWOONI also enables Thai game developers to get their games published on an international level.
Jack Thomas, Founder and CEO
AFTER 5 years working in Bangkok’s fitness industry, Jack Thomas was ready to create his own concept
and brand. In August 2016 he launched BASE, a personal training and group class fitness training studio and the only gym in Thailand to be partnered with Adidas. Building on the success of their first studioin Thonglor, BASE opened a second location in Sathorn and will soon be bringing a third studio to Chidlom.
Earlier this year, Jack’s efforts were recognized on the international stage as they won ‘Asia Gym of the Year 2018’ at Fitness Best Asia Awards. As well as running BASE, Jack Thomas is also a respected speaker and writer in the fitness field.
BELGIAN chocolatier Jean-Louis has been raising standards in the chocolate
industry in Thailand for over 20 years. Paul Graindorge founded Gallothai in 1993 and in 1999 his son Jean-Louis took over the management of the company. In 20 years, Gallothai grew to become a significant player in the Thai chocolate scene, be it by supplying major hotels and restaurants with its treats or by opening Duc de Praslin chocolateries in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. He established Belco Confectionery Co., Ltd in 2001 to produce chocolate raw materials in
Thailand as opposed to importing it from abroad, and to supply the local industrial sector. Jean-Louis is also the Managing Director of Puratos, which manufactures raw materials for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors.
Fore Management Group
Chris Watson, Managing Director
FORE° is committed to delivering the best golf and ball sport events across Thailand and the rest of Asia. Whether you need international golf course management, maintenance and construction, event management, or even golf travel arrangements, their services have you covered. The company offers significant experience in everything from the highest level professional events to monthly casual competitions for groups of friends. FORE° was recently confirmed as the official event management partner of the Asian Tour’s Thailand Open for the second year in a row.
Asia Media Publishing Group
Markus Kreth, CEO
FOUNDED in 2017 by Markus Kreth, the Asia Media
Publishing Group is one of Thailand’s premier, international/multilingual media company focused on creating content and campaigns for clients in Thailand or foreign companies wishing to make a mark within the Kingdom. The company works closely with all major Chambers of Commerce and with many international embassies based in Bangkok. In addition to content creation, they handle all aspects of Media Planning, Event Management, PR, Location Scouting and Talent Casting for commercials and films, as well as providing a full range of services for pre-production and post-production of films.
Founder and CEO Markus Kreth’s quickly developed a reputation of being innovative, efficient and completely ‘current’ in its ability to utilise new media
and technology at every turn.
Tom Athey, Managing Director
SPARK Communications is an innovative and independent Bangkok-based public relations company. With a primary aim to serve clients with the highest possible standards and utilising a blend
of Asian and Western market expertise, they seek partnerships of trust and cooperation and a promise to deliver beyond the expected parameters. Spark offers every client a programme of customised, integrated services designed to meet their specific marketing goals, by blending the right combination of strategic insight, creative spark and execution for every campaign.
Danish Loft Design
Partner and Head of Design
ON the international arena, the Loft design remains among the hottest interior design trends. Think New York’s Meatpacking District and images of wood, metal, high ceilings and rough semi-industrial settings come to mind. The design borrows from various other styles, whilst remaining true to the fundamental combination of wood and metal. It is on this very foundation that Danish Loft Design Company has built its furniture series. Blended with simple Danishdesign philosophies to create modern furniture pieces, they take the Loft style to the next level.
Business Development Manager
FOUNDED in 2007, Infinity Communications is an independent PR and Communications company incorporated in Thailand, delivering multimedia communication solutions to clients across diverse business sectors. From blue-chip brands to SMEs, Infinity develops bespoke communications plansand strategies to fit client needs. Their wide range
of services includes public relations, communications, strategic communications planning, media relations,
event organisation and more. Duncan has a track record of conceptualising and delivering B2B and B2C events for leading clients around Thailand and co-founded the Thailand Property Awards.
Ben Neve and Neil Sutton, Founders
HAVING met while enlisted in the Royal Air Force, British expats Ben Neve and Neil Sutton assumed they would remain friends, but co-founding one of the fastest growing websites in Thailand 20-years down the road was something neither predicted. Today, they are the entrepreneurial minds behind Thailand-Property.com, a leading real estate portal for Thailand’s expatriate community, which helps thousands of English speakers from around the world navigate the foreign home-seeking process all over Thailand.
Richard Bell, Founder and Managing Director
CORNERSTONE grew from a one-man start-up into one of Thailand’s top construction
management companies, with a portfolio of high-profile clients behind some of this country’s best-known buildings. Owned and operated by British expatriate Richard Bell, Cornerstone is a totally independent BOI-supported organisation whose key services include project management, construction management, quantity surveying, project auditing and property appraisals.
Cees KC Cuijpers
Cees KC Cuijpers, Entrepreneur
SERIAL entrepreneur Cees has been living and working in Thailand since 1997. He set up Town & Country Property in Pattaya fifteen years ago and has since then steered it to become one of the city’s leading realtors specializing in property on the Eastern Seaboard. Altruistic to the core, Cees is passionate about raising funds for impoverished children and,
through his popular monthly networking, Mover & Shakers (which he founded in 2009), has raised millions of baht for children’s charities in Thailand. His latest venture, Impulse Thailand,
is a networking mixer jointly promoted by some of the kingdom’s leading event organizers.
Julian Olds, Founder
JULIAN Olds started his construction company DCM Solutions in 2000 with just a one million baht investment. Today, the company has a turnover of around 750 million baht and employs thousands. And it all started with a detour to Bangkok on the way to Hong Kong, with the eventual goal to get back to England to resume a professional rugby career.
Equator Pure Nature
Peter N. Wainman, Chairman and CEO
A PROFESSIONAL investor in start-up companies from New York, Peter has been doing business in Asia since 1996 and relocatedto Thailand in 2006. In 2010, he had severe allergic reactions to chemicals commonly used in Thailand’s laundry care products. Unable to find suitable natural alternatives, he and his partner decided they would create them
themselves. The business began in 2010 as pure research and development with the aim of creating a natural product that could clean as well as synthetic/petrochemical-derived products. Their brand name, Pipper Standard, has been filed in 44 countries worldwide, and the products are all natural, hypo-allergenic certified and fully bio-degradable.
Mike Darnell, Co-Founder
ISRAELI born web entrepreneur Mike Darnell met Virode Imtanasan for the first time in a McDonald’s near Asoke BTS station sometime late in 2010. After working together on a few projects, they thought it might be fun
to set up a company together, and Vimi was born.
The duo now prides themselves on creating great websites and apps while having fun at the same time. Among their many clients are Samsung, Tops,
Appy Hotel, AXA and 7-Eleven,
Asia Media Studio
Laurent Couche, Owner
WITH a wide portfolio of Thai and European clients, Asia Media is a branding, design and digital agency based in Bangkok that’s been operating since 2007. Their services are designed to work in total harmony with the client’s positioning and to visually reflect and enhance the brand’s aspirations. That includes naming development, logo and brochure design, packaging and stationery design, print production, and website design and development.
Mr. Pakdee Anivat, CEO & Founder
WHEN it comes to decluttering small spaces and storing away valuables, i-Store services can be considered one’s hero nowadays. Their self-storage units are available for both individual and corporate clients and help maximise utilisation by storing items that aren’t frequently used. From wine cellars and small storage boxes to premium 18 square meters units, they have the space users need to sort out packed garages, messy households and disorganised offices. Located right in the heart of Bangkok, i-Store is one of the leading providers of premium self-storage services in Thailand.