We're giving the title State of Phuket III to this month's program as a bit of a follow up on two popular programs we've had in the past whereby a small panel of interesting local business people have given their impressions on the growth of Phuket, where it's been and where it's heading. For this evening we have a couple of very interesting speakers that you won't want to miss.
Also, this is our annual board-turnover meeting during which we'll be thanking our retiring board members and welcoming in the new.
Bruce Stanley trained as a journalist in turbulent 1960s America. He worked as an overseas reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines covering civil wars and the birth of nations in Africa and Asia. During his many travels, he tried to help people caught in distress. This often included fellow travelers or those caught in conflict beyond their control. He moved to Phuket in 1991 and volunteered with the local Tourism Authority to act as a liaison between the Thai police and foreigners in distress. He has been a warden with the US Embassy for ten years while continuing working as a freelance journalist for a variety of newspapers, magazines and Internet sites.
Simon Samaan, an Australian nationaal, is the Director of The Phuket News, 89.5 FM Radio station and Events Thailand, whilst also being a registered migration agent for Australian Visa services. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Sydney and is qualified with the Australian Society of Accountants and CELTA. Simon has resided in Thailand for a number of years now and is an active member of the community and a continuous supporter of IBAP.
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