Ivan Misner



Founder at BNI


Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world's largest business networking organization. BNI was founded in 1985. The organization has thousands of chapters throughout every populated continent in the world.  Last year alone, BNI generated millions of referrals resulting in billions of dollars worth of business for its members world-wide.

Dr. Misner is also the Sr. Partner for the Referral Institute, a referral training company with franchises around the world. Dr. Misner's Ph.D. is from the University of Southern California. He has written twelve books, including his New York Times best sellers, Masters of Networking and Masters of Sales, as well as his #1 bestseller, Truth or Delusion, Busting Networking's Biggest Myths. He is a monthly columnist for and also writes a regular networking blog at He has taught business at several Southern California universities.

Called the "Father of Modern Networking" by CNN and the "Networking Guru" by Entrepreneur magazine, Dr. Misner is a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations throughout the world. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, CEO Magazine and numerous TV and radio shows including CNBC, CNN, and the BBC in London. Dr. Misner is on the Board of Trustees for the University of La Verne. He is the Founder of the BNI Foundation and was recently named "Humanitarian of the Year" by a Southern California Magazine. He is married and lives with his wife Elisabeth, in Austin, Texas, CA. In his spare time!!!… he is also an amateur magician and a black belt in karate.

Why Am I Here



Why Am I Here