Free fair and transparent, Thailand’s biggest real estate event returns for a 10th historic year in 2015 with a glittering black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Plaza Athenee hotel on Wednesday, 16 September.
Organised by Ensign Media, Asia’s leading property media company, the Thailand Property Awards showcase the finest developments in the Kingdom. Properties from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Khao Yai, Phang Nga, Krabi and Samui will all be rewarded at the prestigious gala dinner.
“The enormous success of the Thailand Property Awards over the past decade is a testament to the highest standards established by the award-winning developments and companies that have participated since 2006,” Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media. “The Awards continue to set the benchmark of quality and credibility by which the region’s best real estate is measured.”
As ever, the Thailand Property Awards judging process will be the most comprehensive and detailed of any real estate awards in the world. Successful entries — nominated by the public and industry peers — will be assessed by the independent panel of highly-experienced judges who shall conduct thorough site inspections of all shortlisted properties before the final decisions are made, with the entire process overseen by BDO, ones of the world’s largest and most respected accountancy and audited firms.
“We have clearly demonstrated over the years that it is worthwhile putting an extra effort into our entry and judging processes, as that leads to highly credible winners and public recognition that the shortlisted properties truly do represent the best of the best,” said Blackburn. “The awards are free to enter and decided by a truly independent panel, which ensures only the best of the best are recognised and rewarded.’
THERE ARE 24 AWARDS AND CATEGORIES
• Gala Dinner
• 2014 Winners
• Best Developer
• Best Boutique Developer
• Special Recognition in CSR
• Best Residential Architectural Design
• Best Residential Interior Design
• Best Hotel Interior Design
• Best Retail Architectural Design
• Best Office Architectural Design
• Best Hotel Architectural Design
• Best Landscape Architectural Design
BEST OF THE BEST
• Best Commercial Development (Thailand)
• Best Housing Development (Thailand)
• Best Condo Development (Thailand)
• Real Estate Personality of the Year
• Best Retail Development
• Best Office Development
• Best Hotel Development
• Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok)
• Best Affordable Condo Development (Bangkok)
• Best Residential Development (Hua Hin)
• Best Condo Development (Phuket)
• Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard)
• Best Housing Development (Bangkok)
• Best Villa Development (Phuket)
• Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard)
• Best Residential Development (Phang Nga and Krabi)
• Best Residential Development (Samui)
• Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai)
• Best Residential Development (Khao Yai)
• Best Green Development
Sunchai Nuengsit (Chairman)
Managing Director, BuilderSmart Public Company Limited
Sunchai has over 15 years’ experience in the supply of quality products and solutions for the interior construction and residential building sector. He is a founding member and Managing Director of BuilderSmart PCL, a premier manufacturer and distributor of cutting edge solutions focused on environmental sustainability. Sunchai has completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks Company Limited
Bill Barnet is the Founder and Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks where are a leading consulting firm specializing in hospitality, tourism and real estate in Asia. C9 assists developers, private equity firms, financial institutions and individual investors in providing market research, feasibility studies, hotel operator negotiations, asset management and transaction/due diligence support. From their base of operations in Thailand the groups is considered to be a highly-experienced provider of market intelligence and their regulate industry updates are well known in the industry. With over 30 years of experience in the region Bill has held senior executive rolls with prominent international hotel groups and publicly listed companies. He was awarded a prestigious PATA Gold Award in 2007 and is a member of ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants).
Managing Director, Access Property Limited
Teresa Biesty is originally from Hong Kong. She graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a degree in finance and business administration.Teresa worked in the banking industry in Hong Kong specialising in Forex and Treasuries. Moving to Thailand 20 years ago, Teresa refocused on property investments. Initially working with Colliers Jardines as Director of Residential Property, she subsequently established Access Property Limited which provides a full range of bespoke investment advice on all residential property issues in Thailand. These services often include assessing the quality of residential properties for inward investors whether for personal use or as investment return asset purchases.
Managing Director of HMD Asia Co., Ltd.
Sokoun was educated and raised in Bangkok with roots in Cambodia and has received his BA education at Boston University. His experience extends to high-end jewelry business, hotel property development, and club operator. As a founder of HMD Asia and Bed Management, he is a market leader in developing upscale boutique hotels, destination restaurants, and clubs. Bed Management is the creator of the iconic Bed Supperclub and Long Table as well as providing technical service to the redevelopment of Indigo Pearl Phuket. HMD Asia is the creator of Hotel de la Paix and Shinta Mani as well as the developer of Park Hyatt Siem Reap.
Mark D. Remijan
Partner & CFO, Khiri Travel Group
Mark received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School where he graduated with Honors and his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from MIT. Proficient in Khmer, Vietnamese, and Thai, Mark has worked in Southeast Asia for 20 years. Mark has extensive experience in business planning, strategy, finance & fundraising, and senior management in multiple sectors. He co-founded two hospitality companies, Bed Management Company and Ativa Hospitality. Currently, Mark is Partner & CFO of Khiri Travel Group, which has 16 offices throughout Southeast Asia. He also serves as a Board Director of two public companies in Thailand.
Managing Director, AHMS
Anchalika Kijkanakorn is the founder and managing director of the Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS), which operates a collectionof boutique and beachfront luxury boutique resorts. Ms. Kijkanakorn, who owns and operates AHMS Hotels, is also the first Asian-based Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels. She holds a BA in Marketing from University of Texas and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina. She has held various leadership roles specialising in audit, consulting,
mergers and acquisitions, and financial control, managing teams across Asia, Europe and the United States, during eight years with global financial giants GE Capital, and later Honeywell.
Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Limited
Suphin Mechuchep is Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle, the largest international property services firm in Thailand with more than 1,300 staff. With 20 years of experience in real estate and comprehensive market knowledge, she is regarded as one of the most respected real estate professionals in Thailand. Also leading firm’s Property and Asset Management business, Suphin has comprehensive experience in managing a wide range of property and asset types. Under her leadership, Jones Lang LaSalle is also the largest international property management service provider in Thailand, with a portfolio of five million square meters managed.
CFO, Project Planning Service Public Company Limited
Theerathon Tharachai has educational background in both engineering and business. He graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Project Management. He also completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He is a lecturer in real estate and project management in many universities including Chulalongkorn University and Thammasart University. He has worked for contractor and developers for 10 years before returning to his family business, PPS group, the leading project management and construction management firm in Thailand. He is also the board director of Engineering Institute of Thailand for the year 2011-2013.
Technical Manager, Langdon & Seah (Thailand) Ltd.
Amanda is part of the management team within Langdon & Seah (Thailand) and is responsible for the delivery of construction cost management services. Amanda’s career has spanned across many countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Kingdom. She has led and supported teams from USD multibillion iconic mixed use projects to small complex fit out works in residential, hospitality, education, health, commercial, stadia and infrastructure sector developments. Amanda is a chartered quantity surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and a member of the RICS Thailand Board.
Regional Panel Heads
Managing Director, Keith Humphreys and Associates
Having been based in Asia for just over three decades, Keith has handled assignments in all major Asian countries plus in most of the major resort destinations within Asia, and other places such as The Maldives, The Seychelles and Palau, Australia and the USA. Other senior appointments held by Keith have been as Executive Director of Hospitality, Asia for CBRE Hotels & Colliers International; General Manager with hotel owner, developer and operator (The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels/Peninsula Group) and heading a Regional Investment team (Savills). He also ran his own Hospitality Consultancy (KHA) for five years between 2002 and 2007, before re-establishing it in 2012.
Managing Director, Premier Homes Real Estate
Clayton Wade has been in the real estate industry for over 28 years with 18 years as Managing Director of the Premier Homes Real Estate Company. He is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his writing and public speaking, having written for the Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report and Tropical Homes Magazine, just to name a few. Clayton Wade also appears as the ‘resident real estate consultant for Thailand’s ‘Property Profile’ television show. His many accomplishments in promoting Thailand’s real estate industry include having appeared with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia programme.
Managing Director, HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd.
Russ Downing is the managing director of HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd. which does business as HOT Hua Hin Property and Exotiq Property Hua Hin. Both agencies specialize in investment, commercial, holiday and retirement properties. Russ is also the publisher of HOT Hua Hin Magazine, a monthly luxury lifestyle magazine distributed in Hua Hin, the surrounding cities and Bangkok. Russ has headed the Hua Hin judging team for the Thailand Property Awards for the last seven years and was a member of the national panel for seven years.
Senior Partner, Hughes Krupica
Robert Krupica is an attorney from the United States, having qualified before the California Bar. After receiving his Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law in California’s Silicon Valley, Robert practiced law in California gaining both transactional and litigation experience on a variety of complex business, employment, bankruptcy, and real estate cases while representing both businesses and individuals. Robert previously studied law at the National University of Singapore and then worked for a boutique Intellectual Property law firm in Singapore before co-founding Hughes Krupica in Thailand, to deliver a better modern and progressive platform of specialist legal services to international clients seeking to invest in South East Asia.
Chief Operating Officer, Limcharoen
Christian Glanville is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing all of Limcharoen’s offices in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam and the firm’s future expansion plans into other countries and regions of South East Asia. Christian ‘s main areas of practice are corporate, real estate and hospitality. Christian is particularly focused upon foreign direct investment between Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam and neighbouring countries. He has been responsible for developing innovative real estate development structures and legal frameworks for residential real estate projects and branded hotels and resorts tailored to the legal restrictions and environment of Thailand and Vietnam.
SPECIAL THANKS: Footage from last year event from Destination Thailand