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Published:July 4th, 2008 10:37 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D. Founder & Chairman of BNI

Judyth Piazza chats with Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D. Founder & Chairman of BNI

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world`s largest business networking organization. BNI was founded in 1985. The organization has over 5,000 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. Last year alone, BNI generated 5.5 million referrals resulting in $2.2 billion dollars worth of business for its members.

Dr. Misner`s Ph.D. is from the University of Southern California. He has written ten books, including his #1 bestseller Masters of Sales and his New York Times bestseller, Truth or Delusion?

He is a monthly columnist for and is the Senior Partner for the Referral Institute - a referral training company with trainers around the world. In addition, he has taught business management and social capital courses at several universities throughout the United States.

Called the "Father of Modern Networking" by CNN and the Networking Guru ?  by Entrepreneur magazine, Dr. Misner is considered one of the world`s leading experts on business networking and has been a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations throughout the world. He has been featured in the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, as well as numerous TV and radio shows including CNN, CNBC, and the BBC  in London.

Dr. Misner is the Founder of the BNI-Misner Foundation and was recently named "Humanitarian of the Year" by a Southern California newspaper. He is married and lives with his wife Elisabeth and their three children in Claremont, CA. In his spare time!!! he is also an amateur magician and a black belt in karate.