Ivan Misner - Business

Austin, Texas

Dr. Ivan Misner lives a full life. An entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, and bestselling author, he has achieved enormous success in each field. He is the Founder of BNI, the world’s largest business networking and referral organization. In addition, he is the Senior Partner for The Referral Institute, the world’s leading training company on referral marketing. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has written 19 books including Masters of Success, Networking Like a Pro, Business Networking and Sex (Not What You Think), and his recently released book, Who’s In Your Room? In addition to his work with BNI and the Referral Institute, Dr. Misner co-founded the BNI Foundation which focuses on children and education. He was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the Red Cross and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of La Verne.

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106 Comments
Sameer Rege, INDIA

Loved the "Givers Gain" policy and use it in daily life besides business. Fantastic concept. Thank you Dr. Misner for introducing BNI to the world.

September 05 at 8:47 PM
Graham Southwell BNI New Zealand

Way to go Ivan! Well deserved recognition!

August 17 at 9:52 PM
Robin S

Everything I ever learned about business, I learned through Dr Ivan Misner. His positive and life-changing influence is far-reaching. He affects people in all walks of life, all cultures and countries around the world. Dr Misner makes a global impact through local business development.

August 16 at 12:08 PM
JoAnn Toppin-Naples, FL

So blessed to be in a local chapter Downtown Networkers with BNI and now with JMT! I have help leadership positions the past two years in BNI with inspiration and teachings of Mr. Mister. My life and business has been impacted so positively so many ways by being a part of our chapter. Congrats to Ivan! Well deserved!

August 03 at 6:29 PM
Jarmo Kihlstrom - Manila, Philippines

I'm so lucky, I am a certified John Maxwell coach and an Area Director of BNI in the Philippines! Ivan Misner would be a deserving winner of this award, his organization which is based on Givers Gain has helped me change the direction of my life, as well as so many others and their families. With more than 200,000 members in 65 countries Ivan's pursuit to assist people helping each other by passing referrals have improved so many peoples' lives, especially when adding family members and employees to the mix and 31 years of continuous and consistent growth... To me, John's and Ivan's work really complement each other. I was fortunate to attend the BNI International Conference and got to meet Ivan in Long Beach last year... So kind and friendly. I will be in Orlando at the International Maxwell Conference next month and I am crossing my fingers...

July 28 at 8:43 AM
Samir Geepee

Dr. Ivan Misner is an icon in his own right. A global fan following evident from the 200,000 members that are part of BNI, who untiringly meet every week. In the process of creating BNI, he has put in motion a very imaginative and intuitive model to create leaders in a most inspiring manner. As his model continues to grow across the world where we see more and more entrepreneurs emerging in these dark times of financial meltdown and job cuts, his will remain a legacy that will go on and on, feeding minds and souls.

July 27 at 6:13 AM
Marcel P

Dr. Misner has truly created a global movement promoting what business worldwide, his vision and knowledge transcends borders as BNI truly is changing the way the World does business

July 26 at 1:47 PM
Claire Sherman

Dr. Misner is an incredible leader with a strong business sense and amazing story-telling talent. He has served as important mentor to me and many others.

July 25 at 11:23 AM
Jeanne-Marie Lowell

Dr. Ivan Misner is an inspiration to millions. He challenges us to become better business people and better human beings through his example of giving.

July 25 at 8:43 AM
Nate Dominguez

Dr. Misner has been the most outstanding Business Mentor that I have ever had!!!

July 24 at 6:58 AM
Bharat Daga

Starting a movement for business owners which has touched and changed so many entrepreneurs lives is difficult but sustaining and perfecting it for 31 years and across 66 countries across the world requires a clear focus and vision. An inspiration and a visionary who deserves all the recognition in the world for making entrepreneurs across the world grow.......

July 23 at 11:38 PM
Jaya Bhatia

We admire your leadership and Bni program.

July 23 at 9:41 PM
Nanette

Ivan misner is one of the best people I know! He puts others before before himself. Ivan has changed the lives of many through his wonderful organization! And he's helped even more to the BNI Foundation! He is so deserving of this award. He is a mentor and a friend.

July 23 at 6:33 PM
Andrew Hall

Dr Ivan Misner is an inspirational leader whose impact today extends right around the world. Dr. Misner's vision, 30 years ago, of entrepreneurs building their companies through cooperation and trust has grown today into an organisation that spans the globe, touching the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people in more than 60 countries.

July 23 at 3:52 PM
Bijay Shah

Not only is Dr. Ivan Misner an outstanding thought leader, through the incredible organization (BNI) he has founded over the last 31 years of which I've had the privilege to be part of for 12 years, in the process he has created thousands of leaders impacting millions of lives worldwide. I can't think of many leaders who have made this level of impact. I recently came across this definition of leadership: "Leadership is having a vision, sharing that vision and inspiring others to support your vision while creating their own" - Dr. Misner has done just that!

July 23 at 1:27 PM
Samir Arora - Huts Global , India !!

Some leaders are nominated for Awards. But very few Awards are just meant for the Perfect Leaders. Maxwell Top-10 has to be one of them for Dr. Ivan Misner. BNI and its Givers Gain Philosophy is not just a Worldwide Networking Business. It is a principle on which Networths are being created. It is a phenomenon that deserves every applaud and recognition for its Founder Dr Ivan Misner as It is not only helping Entrepreneurs worldwide but also the Millions of Employees that work with those Entrepreneurs.

July 23 at 11:31 AM
Matthew Kemper

Dr. Misner is an inspirational leader that puts more than his business acumen to work for everyone. He puts his passion right next to it. I have had the pleasure to sit down and talk with Ivan and the good character and insight that he shares in his books and speeches is genuine. Along with his wife, they have developed two great charitable entities that are engaging and respectful to both community and each and every member of BNI. Many employees, members, or customers of a business very rarely get to experience the heart of where a business comes from. I can honestly say that the heart of BNI and Ivan shines through each and every person associated with BNI and those that he has lead. His "Giver's Gain" philosophy is ingrained through every pore of his BNI and that is pure leadership.

July 22 at 2:24 PM
George Daniels

I have been a member of BNI for 17 years. Met with Ivan Misner several times in round table discussions. He truly wants to uplift people and show them how to be better leaders and business owners. His leadership has grown BNI from a simple referral generating organization to a referral / mentoring program of business owners. I have witness business owners grow their busines and their lives because of involvement with BNI. He has earned this award.

July 22 at 11:40 AM
Tonya

Ivan and his work has been an inspiration and supper to me for over 10 years. I joined his BNI organization in 2005 with the anticipation on building my new business through referrals from local people. What I found is an amazing organization lead with passion, integrity and a strong focus on education to assist business owners and sales people create successful strategies, not just referrals. Ivan'sleadership goes above and beyond what I had experienced in the other corporate national companies I'd worked for in the past. He supports others to develop strong cultures, continuous personal and professional growth, and a genuine understanding of the value of relationships. I would not be the person I am today nor in the business I LOVE if it wasn't for Ivan and his education and leadership in BNI and Referral Institute. Ivan truly deserves this award!!!

July 22 at 8:58 AM
Gene Riordan - Business Coach

I enthusiastically recommend Dr. Ivan Misner for the John C Maxwell Leadership Award. I have been in BNI for 19 years and have learned continuously about giving and getting referrals plus working with others. Because of Dr. Misner's leadership fellow members throughout the world have learned better ways to grow their business through referrals. I became part of the John Maxwell Team just last year in order to bring World Class leadership and communications resources to my clients. BNI and the John Maxwell team work very well together! What thousands of members have learned from Dr. Misner qualifies him to win the John Maxwell Leadership Award!

July 22 at 8:21 AM
Thomas Wobido

Ivan Misner is an outstanding entrepreneur and a leader with a mission much larger than him. He is truly a person I can be very proud of to have met him once in Munich Germany with his wife. More than 30 years he is constantly working and growing his ideas on getting people globally together under the simple motto "Givers gain". We should have more of these leaders with a clear vision in helping the planet to develop the best in each and everyone.

July 22 at 5:26 AM
Meena Srinivasan

Dr.Misner is an an inspirational leader and a true giver and surely very deserving of this prestigious award. Being a part of BNI all of us have been touched by the Givers Gain philosophy that works so well in business and in life. I have personally seen Ivan and Beth reachout through the BNI Foundation and support the education of so many underprivileged children here in India through the BuildingBlocks schools. The difference they have made in the lives of the 11000 BNI members and business owners here in India is remarkable. Congratulations to Dr.Ivan Misner on his nomination to the Maxwell Leadership - Top 10 Leaders Award.

July 22 at 3:25 AM
Anita Eckerlein

If you agree with "givers gain" you are perfectly right at BNI and can follow the strategies Ivan Misner shows us. It will change your business and you will like it. And since Ivan and his wife Beth LIVE what they say I like his ideas even more. We have only ONE life. So why not make the best out of it? Not only in private life but also in business? With givers gain and Ivan Misner it will do!!!

July 22 at 1:32 AM
Jessica Milicevic

In Ivan Misner's role as CEO of BNI, he led his company to incredible heights and truly changed the way the world did business. He didn't invent referral marketing, but he certainly revolutionized it. In his new role as Founder and Chief Visionary Officer with BNI, he is playing an active conceptual role in the evolution of the company. In following his leadership in both his role with BNI and in the area of referral marketing education, Ivan has changed millions of lives by helping business owners and entrepreneurs become successful and profitable; in turn, these business men and women contribute to their local economies and help their communities grow and thrive. Ivan Misner is not only a leader in the art of business; he is a leader in the art of changing lives.

July 21 at 1:23 PM
Greg Davies

Legacy leadership is something that very few achieve, to grow an organisation that continually discovers and develops new leaders. Ivan Misner has been at that level for years. Congratulations on your award, being part of BNI has changed the way I work, the way I have developed and more importantly the way I spend time with those that I love.

July 21 at 7:26 AM