If one really wants to get to the next level of success in business, one must aim for and expect excellence or one will get mediocrity. This was stated by Malta BNI national director Mr David Bullock at the fourth Annual Awards Dinner organised to celebrate the business referral organisation’s five years in Malta.
Echoing words of Dr Ivan Misner, who founded BNI in California over 30 years ago, Mr Bullock urged members to set high expectations. “In the last five years, I have come to appreciate the exceptional quality of many of our Members. If your commitment to develop strong business referral chapters is setting standards, then it comes as no surprise that Malta BNI members are among the best in professionally serving their clients by offering global standards of service.
He congratulated the members, and particularly those receiving awards, for what had been achieved in establishing BNI in Malta over the last 5 years. With BNI’s philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’, the next few years will see Malta BNI grow from the current six chapters to ten chapters across the island helping Maltese businesses to become more successful through effective business networking.
Forming part of the largest business networking and referrals organisation in the world, Malta BNI today consists of six chapters each comprising members who build long term relationships and are sincerely committed to helping one another find more business through BNI’s ‘Givers’ Gain’ philosophy and business referrals. BNI is about creating an awareness of the process of business referrals. Not just any kind of networking, but ‘relationship networking’- an approach to doing business based on building long-term, successful relationships with people through the networking process. Furthermore, the BNI network connects Maltese members to fellow members in 60 countries across the globe. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of several Malta BNI members.
The awardees were:
Outstanding Ambassador: Carmel Bonello, Adrienne Despott, Stephen Micallef, Gordon Pace,
Outstanding President: George Bonello, Gordon Pace, Robyn Pratt
Outstanding Vice-President: Duncan Polidano, Tom van Malderen
Outstanding Secretary: Richard Falzon, Anneli Nilsson, Marjo Parascandalo
Education Co-ordinator: Mark Azzopardi
Outstanding Contribution: James Abela, Dymar Angileri, Chris Cachia, Peter England, Marthese Grech, Peter Mercieca, Ron Mifsud, Martin Parker
Outstanding Service: Martin Bonello, Dunstan Magro, Derek Hall
Best Attendance: Paul Ellul
Most 1-to-1s: Anneli Nilsson, Ann Marie Mangion
Most Visitors: Gordhan Mohnani, Gordon Pace,
Most Referrals: Gordhan Mohnani, Gordon Pace, Enrich Stafrace
Most Improved Chapter: Wignacourt
Best Chapter: Verdala
Exemplary Chapter: De Redin, La Valette
BNI offers its members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and, most importantly, business referrals. There are now six BNI chapters in Malta. Each comprises members that are sincerely committed to helping one another find more business through networking and word of mouth referrals.
The six Malta BNI chapters – all named after Grand Masters – meet in Sliema and Marsa on Tuesdays, Naxxar on Wednesdays, Floriana on Thursdays and St Julians on Fridays.
Current membership stands at over 120 members from a wide range of businesses of all sizes. The gala dinner event was organised by Carmel Bonello, who can be contacted for more information about Malta BNI at HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected]t” [email protected] and tel 2124 3211.
A superb gala dinner was prepared by The Xara Lodge, l/o Rabat.