Mar 10, 2015

BNI HEARTLAND 2014 AWARDS/RECOGNITION EVENTS



Throughout, February, over 300 BNI Heartland members and guests from around the area gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of their fellow members and chapters over the last year at 4 Regional Awards Events. 

This year, at our 4 events, we recognized members from the Omaha Area, the Eastern South Dakota & Northwest Iowa Region, the Lincoln Area, and concluded with the Wyoming & Western South Dakota Region. 

New Chapters launched throughout BNI Heartland were congratulated at each event and then chapters were recognized for their accomplishments. Those accomplishments were:


  • Most Referrals per Member
  • Most One-to-Ones per Member
    • Paying It Forward (Omaha Area) - 55.03
    • Business For Breakfast (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 30.52
    • Profit Powerhouse (Lincoln Area) - 64.82
    • Rushmore (WY & Western SD) - 28.20
  • Most Visitors per Member
    • Paying It Forward (Omaha Area) - 5.93
    • B.E.S.T. (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 2.72
    • Seward County (Lincoln Area) - 3.52
    • Integrity In Action (WY & Western SD) - 3.10
  • Most C.E.U.s per Member
    • Legacy (Omaha Area) - 65.11
    • B.E.S.T. (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 21.92
    • Lincoln Referral Group (Lincoln Area) - 63.82
    • Cloud Peak (WY & Western SD) - 17.32
  • Most Thank You For Closed Business per Member
    • STARS (Omaha Area) - $45,931.73
    • Professional Partners (Eastern SD & NW IA) - $89,582.47
    • Platte Valley Professionals (Lincoln Area) - $73,833.91
    • Black Hills (WY & Western SD) - $37,223.10

After recognizing the chapters' accomplishments, we celebrated the chapters that achieved a Medallion, for surpassing membership levels, and sustaining them. The following chapters were awarded medallions for their chapter members:
  • Bronze Chapter Medallions
    • Referrals Plus
    • Business for Breakfast
  • Silver Chapter Medallions
    • Money Makers 
    • Elite Referral Partners
    • Seward County
    • Rushmore
  • Gold Chapter Medallions
    • Profit Powerhouse

Next, we celebrated members that have been in BNI chapters over 5, 10, and 15 years, and each were awarded a new BNI pin, representative of their accomplishment, as well as a new name badge, and the appropriate ribbon, 5 year member, 10 year member, or 15 year member. 
  • 15 Years in BNI 
    • Anne Burnett
    • Kathy Miller
    • Christi Olsen
    • Kevin Hestermann
  • 10 Years in BNI
    • Bill Bianco
    • Steve Voss
    • Angela Woltman
    • Shane Boring
    • Christine Vanderford
    • Patrick Kavan
    • Dr. Denneal Stauffer
    • Kim Bryant
  • 5 Years in BNI were numerous: At the Omaha Area Event 23 were recognized, 13 in Sioux Falls, 15 at the Lincoln Area Event, and 7 in Rapid City!!!

Then we recognized the finalists from each chapter for their 2014 Chapter Member of the Year and awarded the following individuals their chapter's 2014 Chapter Member of the Year:

The Regional Leaders in 5 areas were recognized for their outstanding dedication to their Chapter, BNI, and the Givers Gain Philosophy, and those winners are:
  • Regional Visitor Leader
    • Lynn McCormack (Omaha Area) - 16
    • Pat Wolf (Lincoln Area) - 15
    • Kevin Allred (WY & Western SD) - 11
    • Melanie Seiter (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 8
  • Regional One-To-One Leader
    • Cheryl Hansen (Lincoln Area) - 173
    • Jessica Weaver (WY & Western SD) - 161
    • Kim Treacy (Omaha Area) - 158
    • Rhett Ruehle (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 79
  • Regional Referral Leader
    • John Wild (Lincoln Area) - 271
    • Co quette Jensen (Omaha Area) - 175
    • Kevin Unzen (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 130
    • Nicci Blakeman (WY & Western SD) - 123
  • Regional C.E. U. Leader
    • Lona Anderson (Lincoln Area)  - 416
    • Carl Braun (Omaha Area) - 386
    • William Green (WY & Western SD) - 126
    • Kevin Thompson (Eastern SD & NW IA) - 82
  • Regional Thank You For Closed Business Leader
    • Ryan Karst (Eastern SD & NW IA) - $776,405
    • Matt Meister (Lincoln Area) - $773,296
    • Staci-Hartman-Nelson (Omaha Area) - $314,725
    • Patricia Acevedo-Riker (WY & Western SD) - $264,937
Prior to Awarding our 2014 Regional Member of the Year at each event, we recognized our newest Gold Club Members. These members sponsored 6 or more new members into BNI and were awarded a new name badge and a new business card binder. 
  • Omaha Area:
    • Angela May, BNI STARS Chapter
    • Kimberly Harris, BNI Sarpy Synergy Chapter
    • Lisa Powell, BNI Happy Hour and a Half Chapter
  • Eastern South Dakota & Northwest Iowa:
    • Aaron Rietsma, BNI Elite Referral Partners Chapter
    • Adam Renelt, BNI Professional Partners Chapter
    • Jackie Fischer, BNI Business for Breakfast Chapter
    • Regan Laughlin, BNI Sunrise Chapter
    • Todd Bradwisch, BNI Professional Partners Chapter
  • Lincoln Area:
    • Bryan Oswald, BNI Rainmakers Chapter
    • Cheryl Hansen, BNI Profit Powerhouse Chapter
    • Ryan Schmeits, BNI Profit Powerhouse Chapter
  • Wyoming & Western South Dakota
    • Alec Demoise, BNI Rushmore Chapter
    • Jessica Klym, BNI Success Unlimited Chapter
    • Kevin Allred, BNI Integrity In Action Chapter
    • Linda Holwell, BNI Cloud Peak Business Professionals Chapter

Last, but certainly not least, we awarded our 2014 Regional Member of the Year. The finalists were all those that were recipients of their Chapter's Member of the Year and then statistics were measured for all based on the following categories: Attendance, Visitors per Meeting, Referrals per Meeting, One-To-Ones per Meeting, Chapter Education Units per Meeting, and Thank You For Closed Business per Referral. The following individuals are our 2014 Regional Member of Year:
  • Omaha Area:
    • Angela May, BNI STARS Chapter
  • Eastern South Dakota & Northwest Iowa:
    • Todd Bradwisch, BNI Professional Partners Chapter
  • Lincoln Area:
    • Pat Wolf, BNI Capital City Capital Chapter
  • Wyoming & Western South Dakota
    • Brenda Warren, BNI Rushmore Chapter

Thank you, to all that attended this year's BNI of the Heartland Awards Recognition Events!