About BNI

Local Business - Global Network


With over 200,000 members in 7,500 plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading referral organization. 

BNI® is a global professional networking organization that provides a structured environment for local referral marketing.

Started in January of 1985 by Founder and CEO Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D., BNI® (Business Network International) is the longest running and most successful networking organization of its kind. 

What makes BNI® different from other networking organizations is that each member represents an individual profession. The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional "word-of-mouth" program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.

We provide a formal environment in which you develop personal relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals. 

Our Leadership

BNI 12's leaders continuously work to make our chapter the best it can be.

President: Jacqueline Frank

Vice President: Stephanie Vanden Bos

Secretary / Treasurer: Joshua Spiegel

Membership Committee: Melanie Fox, Randi Karmel, Howard Karp, Robert T. Weinberg, Robert Weinstein, Carrie Rattle

Stats / Roster Coordinator: Robert Weinberg

Visitor Hosts: Jeffrey Lender, Deborah Blumenfield

Visitor Hosts Greeters: Elizabeth Eiss

Orientation Facilitators: Laurie Gilmore, Keith Emmer

Educational Coordinators: Stacy Francis, David Kaplowitz

Raffle Ticket Sales: Bob Dunphy

Events Coordinators: Daniel VanHall

Mentor Coordinator: Deborah Donenfeld

Power Teams Coordinator: Daniel Marrs

Team Dir. Consultant: Al D'Angelo

Success Coordinator: Howard Karp

Quote Coordinator: Bonnie Winston

IT Coordinator: Mitch Pessin

Social Media Coordinator: Tina Larsson

Softball Coordinator: Ryan Gessin

Announcement Coordinator: Janine Sarna-Jones

Fitness Coordinator: Juan Goulbourne

Commercial Judge Coordinator: Tina Larsson

Web Master: Rahul Siddharth


Membership Questions / Applications:
Contact: Stephanie Vanden Bos or Robert Weinberg
E-mail Applications to:

Manhattan's Flagship Chapter

BNI is built upon the idea of "Givers Gain®".

By giving business to others, you will get business in return. 

We currently have 79 members making us the largest chapter in Manhattan. Together our chapter has already closed $4.8 million in referral business in 2018.


BNI 12's Closed Business

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
$1.76M $1.85M $2.7M $4.3M $5.2M $3.8M $4.5M $4.1M $4.8M