30th Anniversary Celebration

*** Scroll down past video for additional banquet information ***

Special Message from Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, BNI

~~~~~ July 23, 2019 ~~~~~

A few quick updates and reminders related to the 30th Anniversary Banquet scheduled for the evening of September 5th, 2019 in Hartford, featuring Dr. Ivan Misner as our Keynote Speaker.

Planned Agenda
    5:30pm       Open Networking
    6:45pm        Doors open to banquet seating
    7:00pm        Dinner Program & Select Awards
    7:45pm        Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI Founder & Chief Visionary Officer

Banquet Tickets
Tickets are available for all BNI members, non-members and their guests via the link below.
- BNI Members:  Select the 'Registration for members' option; it will ask you to sign into your BNI Connect profile to complete the registration process
- Non-Members:  Select the 'Registration for non-members' option; non-members must use their own e-mail address and contact information, which will be used to verify meal selection in August

>>>>> Registration Link:  http://bniwne.com/en-US/eventdetails?eventId=Rej8ZjFyn9%2BBnOqpUpDRkw%3D%3D

Hotel Room Block
Based on the request of a number of members, the hotel has set aside rooms at a discounted price specifically for our event, which includes breakfast.  These must be booked/reserved by August 8th:  (NOTE:  We are working with the hotel to see if we can set aside a reserved area so that we can enjoy an informal breakfast discussion with Dr. Misner.)

>>>>> Reserve Your Room: https://book.passkey.com/event/49816818/owner/21838/home

Chapter Video Contest
Chapters are encouraged to create and submit a 3-5 minute video that highlights their chapter, Givers Gain and BNI.  The top three videos will be shared at the banquet, with the winner selected from the three.  The criteria is simple:
- Highlight as many members and their businesses as possible
- Incorporate Givers Gain and BNI into the video
- Get your chapter Director Consultant, Area Director Consultant or Executive Director involved in the video for extra points
- Make it fun, entertaining and engaging while representing the professionalism we expect of each other
- The above may be recorded by the professional in your chapter or via a good quality camera/phone
- Videos must be submitted by August 27th for consideration; when your video is complete, please send an e-mail to
[email protected] for details on submitting/uploading

Charitable Support Basket Raffle
Our focus for this banquet is children and education.  Our ask is that chapters put together a basket that can be raffled off at the banquet.  The baskets can be business centered, a special theme or whatever you as a chapter decide.  The goal is to provide a basket filled with items that will be part of the basket raffle.  All funds generated will be donated to the charity identified separately.  Your chapter leadership team (President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) will be receiving a separate e-mail regarding the selection of this charity and will be based on the work that your chapter may already be doing in support of children and education; recognition of the charitable efforts will fall under the BNI Foundation (
http://bnifoundation.org/), the charity that Dr. Misner and his wife, Beth, started in 1998.

~~~~~ April 25, 2019 ~~~~~

Dr. Ivan Misner will be joining us as the Keynote speaker for our 30th Anniversary Banquet.  This is a unique and unprecedented opportunity to meet and talk with the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI.

The banquet details are:

Location:  Hartford Marriott, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT

Date:  Thursday, September 5, 2019
(NOTE:  This was announced as a different date during Leadership Team Training, but the date was changed due to scheduling issues.)

Ticket Price:  $92 for BNI Members who register/pay
*** Non-Members must register as a Non-Member using their own contact details & e-mail address.

  • Meal choices will be selected by ticket holders separately in July; options will include chicken, beef and Vegetarian/Gluten Free
  • Cash bar option


Planned Agenda:
    5:30pm        Open Networking
    6:45pm        Doors open to banquet seating
    7:00pm        Dinner Program & Select Awards
    7:45pm        Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI Founder & Chief Visionary Officer


  • Seats to this event are limited based on the venue and is available on a first-come basis; no refunds on ticket purchase.If the tickets sell out, wait-list details will be provided to the chapter leadership and director consultant teams.
  • Tickets must be purchased individually – there are no chapter tables/groups being sold; all efforts will be made to seat members with their fellow-chapter members unless they request otherwise.

Planned Banquet Activities:

  • Chapter video contest – top 3 finalists shown; winner announced (details to be shared with the leadership team separately)
  • Chapter sponsored basket raffle (details to be shared with leadership team separately)
  • Book signing by Dr. Misner – free book to the first 100 registrants and books will be available for purchase on site
  • Recognition for members and chapters

Timeline of activities:

  • May 7th:Tickets go on sale to BNI Members only; must be purchased via BNI Connect
  • May 21st:Email to members with services that can be used in support of the banquet
  • June 11th:Tickets available for purchase to non-BNI Members (if available)
  • …more to follow

Concurrent with this event, we will be hosting the Chapter Success Program Workshop (formerly known as Leadership Team Training) during the afternoon of September 5th at the same location.  We are expecting that Dr. Misner will be participating in the workshop as well.  For those that attend both the Chapter Success Program Workshop AND the Banquet, you will have a special session with Dr. Misner between the two events – this will be a chance to interact and engage with Dr. Misner in a group setting. Additional details will be provided to the incoming leadership team members in June, once finalized with Dr. Misner’s calendar. 


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