Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently spent some time with our friends at Amway Thailand. This week she shares her stories with us at The Amway Insider.
After flying nearly 20 hours and more than 10,000 miles across the ocean from Ada, Michigan, I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, for a visit to the headquarters of Amway Thailand.
I went to attend the first Public Relations Conference for the regions of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and had the privilege to meet with a small group of Amway Business Owners to hear about their success stories.
We also attended an event with the Thai Direct Selling Association where three top-selling distributors from each company in the country were recognized.
Amway established its operation in Thailand in 1987. Operations started with a small office: 10 employees and a few lines of Amway products. Jim Payne, president of Amway Asia Pacific Regions, was the first general manager of Amway Thailand. He has fond memories of the market, often joking about the size of the office. (It was so small, there was only one bathroom for the entire staff, he said.)
Twenty five years and four office moves later, Amway Thailand has about 1,000 employees across the country. Its new headquarters has three buildings sitting on four acres and Amway Business Owners sell the full array of nutrition, beauty and home products. A five-floor office building is accented by a beautiful plaza and a multilevel parking garage.
Amway is the largest direct selling company in the country. Our executives are active members of the Thai Direct Selling Association and were among its founding members. Amway Thailand General Manager Kittawat Ritteerawee is the current president of Thai DSA.
Amway’s commitment to support local communities is reflected in many programs run by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, including providing books to children in remote areas through its Flying Book and Mobile Library campaign.
See photos of my trip at our Amway Facebook page. More to come, stay tuned!