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The World’s Leading Referral Organization Participates in the International Franchise Summit, With Aim to Identify Local Business Leader for Master Franchise Opportunity

Guatemala City, Guatemala – March 6, 2017: This week, BNI® – the world’s leading referral organization – is participating in the International Franchise Summit, an event organized by the Guatemala Franchise Association and the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) taking place March 6-7 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As part of the Summit, which is sponsored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) and the World Franchise Council (WFC), Marcel Portmann, BNI’s Director of Global Franchise Development, will join a panel of experts to lead a discussion surrounding the latest trends in global franchising. BNI also plans to host a series of significant meetings this week in Guatemala with local business leaders who are interested in exploring the Master Franchise opportunity available through BNI Global in the country.

“Now more than ever, as Guatemala’s economy continues to fluctuate, local businesses are seeking ways to bolster their growth. BNI helps meets that need by providing a unique opportunity for 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.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, 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 couldn’t be more excited to expand our global footprint by bringing BNI to Guatemala. 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 Guatemala, 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