Local businessmen eye BNI chapter in Pattaya

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The Business Networking Institute is eyeing expansion to Pattaya with the formation of a new chapter for the organization which claims to be the “world’s largest referral organization.”

Peter Drescher, a member of BNI’s Bangkok chapter, has teamed up with Rainer Rössler and recruited about 10 other businesspeople for the venture. The group has applied to BNI for full chapter status, which cannot be granted until it reaches 25 members.

One of the meetings at the Holiday Inn. (Front row from left) Peter Drescher, Amy Hemtaisong from BNI Bangkok and Rainer Rössler. The other members and guests are standing behind them.One of the meetings at the Holiday Inn. (Front row from left) Peter Drescher, Amy Hemtaisong from BNI Bangkok and Rainer Rössler. The other members and guests are standing behind them.

Founded in 1985 by American author and “father of networking” Ivan Misner, BNI claims 150,000 members in 42 countries and reported that it has facilitated 7.1 million referrals resulting in $3.3 billion in business.

Members must own a business or be an accredited representative of a company and must be nominated by a BNI member.

Breaking with usual networking events, the weekly meetings are scheduled in the morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. BNI charges a one-time application fee, a yearly membership of 12,000 baht and a weekly meeting fee of 500 baht.

For more information, contact Rossler at 089-776-3490.