Picking a Winner: The BNI Gold Coast Big Breakfast Gala


roryRecently, the Gold Coast BNI community celebrated its first Big Breakfast Gala Awards day. It showcased each chapter’s top members, picked an overall individual winner, and crowned the number one chapter in the region for 2013.

The awards were our first major event in a little while. Unsurprisingly, our members eagerly and actively embraced the opportunity to network outside their chapters and deepen existing connections across the region – resulting in many new referrals and closed business since then.

Drumroll For Our Winners!

The top member prize of the day went to Rory Curtis from The Good Guys who took out Gold Coast Networker of the Year, doing the Eagle chapter proud. He was in great company for the hotly contest individual prize. The top members in each chapter were:

Tracey Winter – Beachside

Jeannine Devenport – Chambers

Rory Curtis – Eagle

Nycol Dorval – Infinity

Erin Ridley – Hub

Mark Smith – Neptune

Warren Bryan – Paradise

Kaeren Smith – Pinnacle

Amanda Van Den Broek – Venus

Thank you to all of our finalists, for your professionalism, team spirit and hard work.

BNI Beachside Takes Out Top Prize

It was great to see all regional chapters represented at the breakfast. The awards were a brilliant way to recognise our networking leaders. And the chapters setting their closed business goals was an eye opening experience for all of us,” says BNI Beachside President, Jeff Osborne.

His team certainly knows a thing or two about running a successful chapter as BNI Beachside took home the title of Gold Coast Chapter of the Year for 2013!

“The BNI chapters on the Gold Coast contribute over $20m to the local economy. That is a massive figure,” points out Jeff.

Well Done Gold Coast!

I like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to all chapters for their dedication and contributions to BNI in the region.

Every year our closed business steadily grows, and the region is on track to increase by $2 million again this year.

That’s an average of $76,000 per member added to the bottom line in 2014. All the more reason to work your network and build relationships, I am sure you’ll agree!

Thank You …

Last, but not least, I would like to thank Lindsey Adams  who was our brilliant MC for the morning, and our engaging guest presenter Craig Harwood. He enlightened everyone on the moods and fluctuations of economies and business trends – then, now and looking ahead into the future. He left us all with a sense of hope and renewed energy to get out there and make business happen.

Our BNI Gold Coast teams walked away from the awards morning, knowing what it takes to go from a good to great networker in and outside of BNI – and that the rewards will be flowing.

Here’s to a successful 2014 for all our Gold Coast members and chapters.




The content for this article was provided by Gold Coast Director Peter Fitzgerald and BNI Member Jeff Osborne

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