The June member meeting will be especially interesting as we hear from local author, and colorful character, Colin Mackay.
Mr Mackay shall give a historical presentation explaining why women on Phuket and Thailand are comparatively so successful and powerful in business, politics and as heads of their households in Phuket and the region. For example, Thailand has a higher percentage of Female CEO's than any other country and over half of all businesses in the country are owned by women.
Thereafter he will open the floor to any questions you may have about any aspects of the history of Phuket from any period.
He has agreed to offer IBAP members signed copies of his 438 page limited-edition hardback version of his book on the night at the trade price of THB 1,000 instead of their normal retail price of THB 1,500.
Mr Mackay will also present several interesting anecdotes that have revealed themselves since publication of his book. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period.
Colin Mackay is the author of the book A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region, a book that was recently published to much acclaim on the Island.
Mr Mackay has a masters degree in History from Edinburgh University. He has been visiting Phuket since 1986 and has lived on the island permanently since 1998. He has established several businesses on Phuket over the years. His company Asia Island Homes Ltd was one of the fist foreign developers on Phuket with projects such as Ban Chai Nam on bangtao beach and Surin Springs and Samsara, the first development of USD million dollar plus homes to be sold on the island. He has also established several other busineses on the Island over the years such as PIPS (Phuket Island Property Services), Phuket Island Lager as well as hotels, restaurants and agricultural projects. He is a well known personality on the island.