The World’s Leading Referral Organization Participates in the Buy brand Franchise Market, In Effort to Identify Local Business Leaders to Launch BNI in Russia

Charlotte, North Carolina – March 14, 2017: BNI® – the world’s leading referral organization – is participating in the Buybrand Franchise Market, a franchise exhibition taking place March 30 to April 1 in Moscow, Russia. As part of the event, which is sponsored by the Russian Franchise Federation, Marcel Portmann, BNI’s Director of Global Franchise Development, will be presenting BNI’s Master Franchise Program to Russian business leaders who are interested in exploring the Master Franchise opportunity available through BNI Global in the country.

“For nearly a decade Russia saw significant economic growth, followed by a period of stagnation. Now more than ever, local businesses are seeking ways to bolster their growth. BNI helps meets that need by providing a unique opportunity for Russian business leaders to increase business through a structured, positive and professional referral networking program that enables them to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with quality, like-minded business professionals,” said Graham Weihmiller, Chairman & CEO of BNI.

BNI serves a greater good by helping businesses around the world to create a culture of collaboration. Givers Gain® is the underlying philosophy of BNI, meaning that by giving business to others, you will receive business in return.

Commenting on BNI’s exciting phase of growth, Weihmiller continued, “We are looking forward to expanding our global footprint by bringing BNI to Russia. Around the world, our Master Franchisees are highly capable and passionate business leaders who thoughtfully and energetically build the BNI brand. As we go into new markets like Russia, we’re looking to continue growing with exceptional business leaders who are personally engaged in growing the brand and who exemplify BNI’s Core Values every day.”


About BNI
Founded in 1985, BNI is the recognized leader in business networking worldwide. With over 7,800 chapters meeting every week in 73 countries, we have grown to over 210,000 member-businesses. Our members meet each week to share qualified business referrals with their colleagues and to grow personally and professionally with like-minded business professionals. In 2016 alone, BNI member referrals generated over $11 billion USD of business for member-businesses.

BNI Contact Details
For more information about BNI’s franchise development opportunities or our franchisee qualification process, visit or reach out to Marcel Portmann, BNI’s Director of Global Franchise Development at For media inquiries including interview requests, please reach out Virginia Pond, BNI’s Executive Communications Manager at