December 2016 / January 2017
I am thrilled that Elite+ has entered its third year as we organized a celebration of the magazine’s second anniversary held at Chatrium Hotel Riverside a little over two months ago. The event was a great success, with inspiring keynote talks from Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of ASEAN; insightful panel sessions from Bangkok Bank executives Dr Thaweelap Rittapirom and Shoke Na Ranong; and many opportunities to socialize.
We would like to thank everyone, including our VVIP guests, who played a part in the celebration. We couldn’t have done it without the support of many and we are truly grateful.
To our second anniversary sponsors – thank you for your continued support. We are honoured to have you support us in this milestone year not only fi nancially but as mentors and friends.
To all of the ambassadors to Thailand and our gala attendees – thank you for joining us on September 28. Showing up for us and for each other to commemorate this achievement meant the world to us.
To all of our exclusive guests that have featured in Elite+ – thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to have an interview with us for our columns in the magazine. Exclusive interviews have been our signature and differentiate us from other magazines. In this issue, we also have a special interview with one of the busiest high-profi le executives in Thailand, Mr Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar Corp Ltd, who is also the elected chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) and Board of Trade of Thailand (BOT). I hope you will be inspired by his passion for modernizing the country’s business practices through the Thailand 4.0 policy. To him, it’s not just a fancy slogan; he is striving to turn this vision into reality.
As we enter our third year of consecutive growth, Elite+ is also striving to succeed and turn our vision into reality. We would like to be the best content provider across different platforms, satisfying our cosmopolitan readers’ needs. We are determined to be No 1 in the AEC in 2017. I am certain that our efforts, resources, strengthened connections and great support from all of you will get us there, as Dr Surin Pitsuwan reaffi rmed at the anniversary event, “It’s not too diffi cult to be true.”