Ben Montgomery, Director of Business Relations Management, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Ben is a corporate ambassador for Centara Hotels & Resorts, the sustainable growing Thai-owned hotel chain. She is responsible for strengthening relations between Centara and the owners of Centara-managed hotels currently located in 11 countries in Asia and Indian Ocean.
Ben represents Centara in various Industry Councils and Associations. She is an elected member of Executive Board of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), a member of Academic Committee of Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT. She was a Chairperson for PATA Thailand Chapter in 2014-2015 and currently is a member of Executive Committee of PATA Thailand Chapter. She is a frequent speaker at tourism industry events including PATA’S and a guest lecturer at Universities in Thailand, Philippines and China.
Currently, Ben is also representing TCT at Joint Public & Private Working Committee to develop workforce from Thailand Vocational Education for Hotel and Tourism Industry.
Ben has been assisting Thailand Research Fund under Project Coordinator Tourism and Hospitality Management Program since 2014. As one of their tourism expert panel, she helps evaluate the Tourism & Hospitality Research Proposals.
Before joining Centara, Ben worked for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) at its head office in Bangkok as PATA Regional Director – Greater Mekong/Director of PATA Chapter Development.
Ben started her career in the hospitality industry at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Tower in Bangkok. She had also worked at the Shangri-La Hotel and The Mandarin Oriental.
Ben was born in Chiangrai, Thailand. She went to Chiangmai University for her bachelor degree in Mass Communications in 1996. In 2003, she earned her Mini-MBA from Chulalongkorn University. Ben married to an American husband, Scott Montgomery. They have 2 amazing daughters, Sophia (14) and Grace (9). The couple raises their children to be citizens of the world.