Excellence Awards North 2018

For the Seventh year in a row our region has maintained the distinction of being one of the top regions in the WORLD! BNI Southwest Florida members passed over $43 Million in closed business to each other in just these 3 counties during the last 12 months! We currently have about 772 members in 24 chapters, with an average chapter size of 32. Today we have over 600 members in attendance for these Excellence Awards. We’ve had an amazing year.

Congratulations to the this year's 5 year members.

Aimee Bahk from Referrals in Paradise

Glenn Barich from Success in Numbers

Nancy Bellisle from Trusted Professionals

George Bowe from Professional Biz Connections

David Brown from Business by the Bay

Gena Caldwell from Referrals in Paradise

Mitzi Cemovich from Premier Professionals

Yvette Clermont from Power Connections

Kati Council from Rapid Referrals Plus

Tad Cromley from Professional Biz Connections

Tiffany Farrell from Business by the Bay

Mick Garza from Trusted Professionals

Jill Geisdorf from Business by the Bay

Lynne Glace from Rapid Referrals Plus

Louise Hanaoka from Power House

Jakob Hart from Business by the Bay

Stacy Holweger from Success in Numbers

Devin Johnson from Endless Referrals

Al Jung from Business by the Bay

Lisa Kennedy from Money in the Morning

Jeremy Kudritz from Money in the Morning

Jason Lovley from Reapid Referrals Plus

Lynn Luken from Top Shelf Professionals

Jim McDonald from Referrals in Paradise

Jennifer McSharry from Money in the Morning

Irene Meehan from Rain Makers

Jamie Meirowsky from Top Shelf Professionals

Lisa Michel from Top Shelf Professionals

Julia Miller from Success in Numbers

Mike O'Toole from Partners for Profit

Cynthia Perkins from Premier Professionals

Chris Pizzolato from Master Connnectors

Dan Prieto from Referrals in Paradise

Bonnie Raad from Cutting Edge Professionals

Randi Sanders from Success in Numbers

Glenn Scharf from Key Referrals

Daryl Schmucker from Business by the Bay

Gil Sullivan from Rain Makers

Joseph Tine from Money in the Morning

Terri West from Business by the Bay

Shane Whitmore from Premier Professionals

Steve Williamson from Key Referrals

Andrew Zaccagnino from Referrals in Paradise

Michael Zahl from Referrals to Riches

These BNI SWFL veterans have been members for 10 years.

Gregg Brown from Power House

Gary Kauffman from Business by the Bay

Victor Freyer from Premier Professionals

Gratia Schroeder from Premier Professionals

Annette Gustin from Rapid Referrals Plus

Scott van der Kooy from Business by the Bay

Kevin Robbins from Business by the Bay

Director Consultant Becky Brantner, with Purple Monkey Print and Design, and Ambassador Sarah Tar, with BB&T Bank, presented this year's Education Equals Excellence Awards (E Squared). To qualify for this award a member needs to have attended all five of the Advanced Training Modules.

Alan Garceau with Eric Peterson & Associates from Cutting Edge Professionals

Andre Ellen with LifeVantage from Key Referrals

Andrew Whitley with Amplify Online from Cutting Edge Professionals

Anne Woodward with Send Out Cards from Master Connectors

Bo Mortensen with SRQ Detailers LLC, Pure Detailers from Circle of Success

Bonnie Raad with Amaryllis Marketing from Cutting Edge Professionals

Charlene Parlett with Seamless Coaching Service from Cutting Edge Professionals

Denise Holland with We Fix Computers from Circle of Success

Donna Kennedy with DK Bookkeeping Service from Rain Makers

Gayle Williams with Vision Marketing from Referral Champions

Holly Hearn with H2 Concierge Marketing, LLC from Referral Champions

Ivan Gould with Ivan J. Gould PA from Key Referrals

Jeff Twigg with Bright Realty from Key Referrals

Kimmi van der Veen with Absolute Window & Door from Rapid Referrals Plus

Lynne Glace with Aurora PT from Rapid Referrals Plus

Paul Jorgensen with Farm Bureau Insurance from Partners for Profit

Susan Fletcher with Bass Fletcher & Associates from Professional Biz Connections

Tami Goudy with Veritas! Pest Management from Cutting Edge Professionals

Theresa Goodman with VIPet Services from Master Connectors

William Wilson with WEW Enterprises Inc dba The Woodcrafters from Cutting Edge Professionals

Ambassodors Paul Blucher, with Blucher Law Group, and Robert Richardson, with AppStar Financial, announced the names of the 23 members who had perfect attendance this yearIn order to qualify members must have been a member for the entire year from October 1, 2017 - Sept 30, 2018. These members did not miss ANY meetings, they were not late, had no medicals, and did not have any subs.

Alexis Meininghaus with Chris Black Insurance from Referral Champions

Andrew Zaccagnino with Customized Insurance Needs from Referrals in Paradise

Cheryl Wilson with NutraMetrix Custom Health Solutions from Money in the Morning

Cindi Werts with Point of Balance Business Solutions from Circle of Success

Craig Clark with LaMaison Inspections from Professional Business Connections

David Wallwork with Meilus Precision Therapy from Key Referrals

Edward Godfrey with Godfrey Remodeling and Repair from Rapid Referrals Plus

Eric Larson with Larson Natural Health Center from Partners for Profit

Gregg Brown with Nu-Sons Electric Corp from Power House

Holly Hearn with H2 Concierge Marketing, LLC from Referral Champions

John R. King from Referrals in Paradise

Kathryn Scott with Coldwell Banker Realtor from Endless Referrals

Mary Conway with Breaking Barriers to Learning from BNI Cutting Edge Professionals

Mathew Dill with Stellar Web Productions from Money in the Morning

Michael Murphy from Professional Biz Connections

Neil Heim with ADIO Chiropractic from Money in the Morning

Nimie Gill with Suncoast Web Marketing LLC from Top Shelf Professionals

Rich Suggs with The Suggs Group from Master Connectors

Rob DeForge with Daniel's Plumbing Service from Key Referrals

Sandra Visser with Anthony's Cooling-Heating-Electrical from Cutting Edge Professionals

Theresa Goodman with VIPet Services from Master Connectors

Tricia Gibbs with Precise Painting from Master Connectors

Uriel Quiles with Q Concept Group from Endless Referrals

Bill Rhodes, with Payment Systems of Florida and an Ambassador with BNI Southwest Florida, presented awards to the members who invited the most visitors to their chapter. Visitors are the lifeline of our chapters, and members who have worked very hard to help your chapters grow and your referrals increase are vital to our success. 

18 Visitors - Becky Brantner with Purple Monkey Print and Design from Power Connections

17 Visitors - Holly Hearn with H2 Concierge Marketing from Referral Champions

14 Visitors - Shana Tibi with Non-Stop Locksmith from Key Referrals

13 Visitors - Nimie Gill with Suncoast Web Marketing LLC from Top Shelf Professionals

12 Visitors - Carey Beychok with RE/MAX Alliance Group from Referral Champions

12 Visitors - Glenn Scharf with The Scharf Group  from Key Referrals

12 Visitors - Julie Woodard with Julia International Real Estate from Business Focus

Director Consultant Paul Jorgensen, with Farm Bureau Insurance announced the top five members who passed the most referrals to their members.

537 Referrals Given

Annette Gustin with Aquatech Pools from Rapid Referrals Plus

361 Referrals Given

Jane Mendola with RE/MAX Palm Realty from Money in the Morning

310 Referrals Given

Jennifer McSharry with Burnett 1-800 Painting from Money in the Morning

310 Referrals Given

Carey Baychock with RE/MAX Alliance Group  from Referral Champions

282 Referrals Given

Russell LeGrande with LaMaison Homes from Circle of Success

Ambassador Lori Anderson, with Moore, Fowinkle Schroer Insurance Agency, announced the top five members who passed the most Thank You for Closed Business to their members. This is the epitome of Givers Gain®. Most of these members will tell you that the ability to have reliable people they can refer their clients to is just as important as the business they receive.


Liz Arme with Premier Sotheby's International Realty from Trusted Professionals


Marcia Harper with Bacon's Furniture from Money in the Morning


Yvette Clermont with Inlanta Mortgage from Power Connections


Gene Burwood with Paradise Palms Property Management from Success in Action


Greg Miller with Ruoff Home Mortgage from Personal Biz Connections

Ambassadors Mary Taylor, with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Brian Drechsler, with D&D Air Conditioning, announced this year's Medallion Chapters, recognized based on the number of members. Chapters needed to maintain their size for 3 consecutive months from July 1- October 1, 2018.

Silver Medallion, 35-44 Members

Money in the Morning          Rain Makers

Referral Champions          Referrals in Paradise

Power Conncections          Rapid Referrals Plus

Gold Medallion, 45-54 Members

Business by the Bay          Circle of Success

Cutting Edge Professionals

Director Consultant Nimie Gill, with Suncoast Web Marketing, LLC, announced the Platinum Presidents. These members served in the role for the entire term and to qualify Presidents participated in weekly calls with their Director Consultant, attended monthly Roundtables or had representation, ran the meeting according to the BNI Agenda, and demonstrated Leadership Skills that resulted in success during the year.

Andrew Zaccagnino with Customized Insurance Needs from Referrals in Paradise

Beau Walker with Home & Condo Rentals & Property Mgmt. Intl. from Money in the Morning

Karen McLean with Hair Habit from Referral Champions

Karen Walker with Regions Bank from Success in Action

Lisa Michel with Heritage Family Chiropractic from Top Shelf Professionals

Paul Blucher with Blucher Law Group, PLLC from Circle of Success

Rob DeForge with Daniel's Plumbing Service, Inc. from Key Referrals

Shane Whitmore with Reliable Cabinet Desings from Premier Professionals

Shannon Padgett with Express Employment Professionals from Cutting Edge Professionals

Director Consultant Randy Coryell, with WRC and Associates, announced this year's Platinum Vice Presidents. These members served in the role for the entire term and to qualify Vice Presidents proved to be organized and effective in managing and maintaining the Membership Committee. They entered and audited PALMS reports in a timely and accurate manner. They had open communication with the Membership Committee, Chapter Members and their Director Consultant.  Along with the Membership Committee, they demonstrated skill and diplomacy in handling situations that arose within the chapter. They also displayed a positive attitude.

Alexis Meininghaus with Chris Black Insurance from Referral Champions

Dr. Eric Larson with Larson Natural Health Center from Partners for Profit

Gene Burwood with Paradise Palms Property Management from Success in Action

Gregg Brown with Nu-Sons Electric from Power House

Jennifer McSharry with Burnett 1-800 Painting from Money in the Morning

Julie Woodard with Julia International Real Estate from Business Focus

Lyndi Wickerson with T&H Comptrollers, CPA from Premier Professionals

Nimie Gill with Suncoast Web Marketing, LLC from Top Shelf Professionals

Sandra Visser with Anthony's Cooling-Heating-Electrical from Cutting Edge Professionals

Nadine Schleicher, Regional Administrator with BNI Southwest Florida, announced the Platinum Secretary Treasurers. These members served in the role for the entire term and the awards were based on the following:  Submitting reports and applications to the Regional Office in a timely and effective manner, communicating effectively with the Regional Office and Director Consultant, entering the speaker rotation in BNI Connect and maintaining accurate records.

Cindi Werts with Point of Balance Solutions from Circle of Success

Corey Cyr with Modern Woodman of America from Master Connectors

Joe Muscatell with True U Fitness from Business By the Bay

Todd Schleicher with Elite Laser Engraving Inc. from Business Focus

Victor Freyer with Lemon Bay Computer Service LLC from Premier Professionals

Director Consultant Marc Miles, with Law Offices of Marc J. Miles, PA, and Ambassador Tricia Gibbs, with Precise Painting, announced the Most Valuable Rookie for each Chapter as well as the winner of Rookie of the Year.  Each chapter submitted a name of a member who has been in the chapter for less than one year. Their nominating committee made up of the President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and Membership Committee chose their nominees based on referrals given, visitors brought, willingness to serve and, most importantly, showing a Givers Gain® attitude right from the first day.

Jenny Shaw with SuperGreen Solutions from Business By the Bay

Adrian Tolentino of DryPro Inc. from Business Focus

Tony Daum with EXCELLence Perfomance Coaching, Inc. from Circle of Success

Michelle Tourjee with Michelle Tourjee CPA & Tax Svcs LLC from Cutting Edge Professionals

Leona Hauer with Professional Mobile Massage Therapy by Leona Hauer from Endless Referrals

Jeffrey Kuhns with Kuhns Law Firm PLLC from Harbor Professionals

Alice Rothbauer with Mary Kay from Key Referrals

Fred Rizzo with Green Light Home Inspections from Master Connectors

Teri Brach with Sunsational Cleaning LLC from Money in the Morning

Kelly Goldstein with Full Spectrum Financial Group from Partners for Profit

Sierra Butler with Ferrari, Butler & Moneymaker, PLLC from Power Connections

Dr. Jacob Stock of Feder Health Clinic from Power House

Alan Razza with Elite Home Watch of Venice, LLC from Premier Professionals

Jordan Dieterle with Family Chiropractic from Professional Biz Connections

Cathy Bleakly with Arbonne International from Rain Makers

Erica Gustin with Puttin on the Ritz from Rapid Referrals Plus

Angela Thebert of Paradise Kitchens SRQ from Referral Champions

Andrew Elbrecht with North River Pools from Referrals in Action

Grace Reeves with Legler & Flynn from Referrals in Paradise

Karina DeOliveira with K Clean & More from Referrals to Riches

Janet Blum with J Blum and Associates from Success in Action

Karie Backman with Keller Williams on the Water from Success in Numbers

Angie Vance with Gulfside Mortgage from Top Shelf Professionals

Kelly Brown with ComForCare Home Care Sarasota North from Trusted Professionals

The Rookie of the Year is chosen from the nominees by our Director Consultant based on what was submitted by the nominating committee and their personal knowledge of the nominees. This year’s winner of the Rookie of the Year for Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee Counties definitely has the right attitude. This member was a member for only 20 weeks, passed 25 referrals, brought visitors and stepped up to take over the Vice President role this month. Her membership in the chapter has been a great value to her chapter.


Kelly Goldtein with Full Spectrum Financial Group from Partners for Profit

Ambassadors Patti Guerzo, with Guerzo Business Consulting, and Darcy Woods, with Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, announced the Nominees for Most Valuable Member as well as the winner.  Each name was submitted by the nominating committee. Most of the nominees have served in a leadership position at some time during their membership. Many have been members for several years and continue to pass referrals, bring visitors, mentor new members, serve their chapters and, most importantly, exude a Givers Gain® attitude. Each nominee was been a member prior to Oct 1, 2017, but most have been members for much longer.

Pat Tan with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate from Business by the Bay

Julia Woodard with Julia Intenational Real Estate from Business in Focus

Denise Holland with We Fix Computers from Circle of Success

Judy Vobroucek with Discount Med Direct from Cutting Edge Professionals

Andrea Needham with LaMaison Homes and Inspections from Endless Referrals

Karl Anderson with Truly Nolen from Harbor Professionals

Tom Pessemier with Guaranteed Rate Mortgage from Key Referrals

Tricia Gibbs with Precise Painting from Master Connectors

Marsha Harper with Bacon's Furniture from Money in the Morning

Paul Jorgensen with Farm Bureau Insurance from Partners for Profit

Anne Ridings wthh Ridings Case Management & Fiduciary Solutions, Inc. from Power Connections

Alexia Martin with Whitco Insurance Agency from Power House

Kathleen Jarosik with Xpertech Auto Repair, Inc. from Premier Professionals

Craig Clark with LaMaison Inspections from Professional Biz Connections

Jessica Thompson with Chapman Insurance Group from Rain Makers

Kimmi van der Veen with Absolute Window & Door from Rapid Referrals Plus

Holly Hearn with H2 Concierge Marketing from Referral Champions

Ken Burke with Hometown News USA from Referrals in Action

Sharon Cirillo with Alliance Insurance of Sarasota Inc. from Referrals in Paradise

Tim Donohue with Bill the Plumber, Inc from Referrals to Riches

Jessica Napoli with Chic on the Cheap from Success in Action

Lisa Karrat with Just Be Therapeutic Massage from Success in Numbers

Keith Faris with Keith Faris Medicare Specialist from Top Shelf Professionals

Liz Arme with Premier Sotheby's International Realty from Trusted Professionals


The Most Valuable Member was chosen by the Director Consultants based on chapter submissions, BNI Connect data and our personal experiences with the member. This member has been applauded by the members of their chapter for their professionalism, positive attitude, and eagerness to serve. They brought the most visitors in their chapter, is E-Squared, had perfect attendance and believes in BNI’s Core Values and lives Givers Gain®! She served on the leadership team last year and is continuing this year as well.


Holly Hearn with H2 Concierge Marketing from Referral Champions

Director Consultant Glenn Scharf, with the Scharf Group, announced the Nominees for Most Improved Chapter as well as the winner. Criteria for this award includes:  upward movement in the Traffic Lights, implementing policies and procedures, member growth, increase in retention, and communication with Directors.


Success in Numbers          Top Shelf Professionals

This year's Most Improved Chapter is the prime example of the importance of emphasizing the right culture and persistence. The leadership team was consistent throughout the year which resulted in a great experience for all the chapter members. The chapter went from 25 and grey in the traffic lights to 50 and yellow at the end of the year. The goals presented by the chapter for the upcoming year show that the chapter wants to continue all the positive trends for an even better year to come.


Success in Numbers

Director Consultant Robert Lauser, with Grim Reaper Pest Solutions, announced the final award of the day, Chapter of the Year.  Nominees for Chapter of The Year were based on the following:  Chapters must be in the Yellow or Green in the Traffic Lights all year. They must maintain an average of 35 or more members and have at least 1 Million dollars in TYFCB. A willingness to work side by side with their Director Consultant, enforce policies, encourage growth and mentor their members to increase retention all with a positive attitude were also considered.


Business By the Bay            Cutting Edge Professionals

Money in the Morning            Rain Makers

Rapid Referrals Plus          Referral Champions

Referrals in Paradise          Success in Action

2018's Chapter of the Years has not only been Green in Traffic lights 21 of the last 22 months, but they also have a culture of education. They’ve increased the number of CEU’s by 49% over the last year. They went from 42 to 49 members, and their retention increased 10% to 74%. They tracked almost $2.5 million in Thank You for Closed Business this year


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