Nov 13, 2012


On Friday evening, November 2, 2012, nearly 200 BNI members and guests from around the area gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of their fellow members and chapters over the last year.

We celebrated members that have been in their BNI chapters over 5 and 10 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 or 10 year member. We then recognized all members that achieved 100% attendance at their chapter meetings over the last year.

Next we moved into our individual chapter member awards. Each chapter member had the opportunity to vote for whom they believed gave the best "Training Moments" in their chapter as well as which member in their chapter exemplified the philosophy of BNI, "Givers Gain®," and each winner was awarded a "BINNIE" (pictured above). The 2011-2012 winners were:

Chapter Training Moment Givers Gain® 
BNI Beatrice Fiscal Fusion (BFF) Chapter Tessa Mangnall Jara Carlson
BNI Biz Boosters Chapter Mitch Larson Jim Hunt
BNI Black Hills Chapter Lorena Freis Travis Swift
BNI BOBN Chapter Greg Ward Brandon Souba
BNI Breakfast Club Chapter Grace Grace
BNI Breakfast of Champions Chapter Lori Botz Brock Shelton
BNI Bring Your Own Business Chapter Scott Meyers Scott Meyers
BNI Business & Breakfast Chapter Mike Miller Luke Meier
BNI Business Boosters Chapter Todd Speidell Todd Speidell
BNI Business Builders Chapter Jeff Meyers Brent Blythe
BNI Canyon Connections Chapter John Dill Kelsie Darling
BNI Capital City Capital Chapter Tami Uribe Pat Wolf
BNI Central Business Network Chapter Kerry Rodacher-Wiarda Lynn McBride
BNI Fremont Professional Partners Chapter Nicole Johnson Kate Duncan
BNI Good To Great Chapter Jeff Madsen Mitch Becker
BNI Happy, Hour and a Half Chapter Chuck Sederstrom Laura Ousley
BNI Let's Do Lunch Chapter Dr. Mike Armour Debbie Bremer
BNI Lincoln Referral Group Chapter Scott Keller Joe Courtney
BNI Money Makers Chapter Nathan Silva Matt Ricchini
BNI Morning Money Chapter Shawn Cannon Phil Brainard
BNI Network Connections Chapter Lee Bickerstaff Bill O'Brien
BNI Nothing But Business Chapter Larry Schwisow Kathy Dixon
BNI Omaha Business Alliance Chapter Chad Gross Kirk Rohman
BNI Paying it Forward Chapter Ron Morss Jeff Gehring
BNI Profit Powerhouse Chapter Jeanelle Lust Mark Gottula
BNI Rainmakers Chapter Lynn Bartak Lynn Bartak
BNI Rockin Referrals Chapter Andrea Maleki James Tews
BNI Rushmore Chapter Diane Knutson, Koko Fit Club Jan Lochridge Long
BNI Sarpy Synergy Chapter Susan Malmberg Kim Harris
BNI STARS Chapter Dan Zoucha Becca Gilbert
BNI Success Alliance Chapter Dee Glantz Sandy Hendricks
BNI Sunrise Chapter Mike Gall Mike Gall
BNI Tuesday at the Top Chapter Brenda Erickson Jeff Bohmont

Next we moved into our regional leaders awards where the following individuals received a "BINNIE" for being the leader in our region.

Mitch Becker, BNI Good to Great Chapter, Most Referrals Given
Scott Koethe, BNI Money Makers Chapter, Most Visitors
Cheryl Hansen, BNI Biz Boosters Chapter, Most One-to-Ones
Jeff Dousharm, BNI Breakfast of Champions Chapter, Most Closed Business

The somber moment of the evening occurred when Vince Vigneri, BNI Heartland Executive Director, called upon 2011 recipient, Jeff Elgan, member of the BNI BOBN Chapter, to award the 2012 Nick Ryan Memorial Membership to Brock Shelton, member of the BNI Breakfast of Champions Chapter. Nick lost his life last year in a hiking accident in Montana last year. Nick is remembered by BNI as a friend and business owner, a husband and father, and someone who truly lived by Givers Gain®. <CHEERS>

We transitioned into our chapter awards, beginning by awarding new medallions to our chapters that surpassed membership levels, and sustained them, 10 chapters reached Bronze, BNI Business & Breakfast Chapter, BNI Tuesday at the Top Chapter, BNI Canyon Connections Chapter, BNI Central Business Network Chapter, BNI Rainmakers Chapter, BNI Money Makers Chapter, BNI Paying It Forward Chapter, BNI STARS Chapter, BNI Lincoln Referral Group Chapter, & BNI Rushmore Chapter, 2 chapters reached Silver, BNI Network Connections Chapter & BNI Profit Powerhouse Chapter, and 2 chapters reached Gold, BNI Black Hills Chapter & BNI Breakfast of Champions Chapter.

We also awarded chapter "BINNIES" to the following chapters for being the "Best in Region" in their category:
BNI Good to Great Chapter, Most Referrals per Member
BNI Capital City Capital, Most Visitors per Member
BNI Biz Boosters Chapter, Most One-to-Ones per Member
BNI Rainmakers Chapter, Most Income Generated per Member

Our Rookie of the Year, awarded to a new chapter that exemplifies the BNI standards in their first year, went to BNI Central Business Network Chapter. Our Rising Star award, awarded to a chapter that not only made gains in membership but other areas as well, went to BNI Black Hills Chapter, and our 2011-2012 Chapter of the Year was awarded to BNI Breakfast of Champions for their consistent performance in all areas of our vision.

Our event concluded with the "BINNIE" for Director of the year, Todd Speidell.

Thanks to our sponsors who made this evening possible, PIP Printing and Marketing, Creative Mark, Referral Institute, Juice Plus, Title Core, Thomas Grady Photography, & A Sound Impression.

Below is a video that shows photos from different BNI events throughout the year.

BNI on Vimeo.