In February of 2009, BNI opened chapters in both Brazil and Hungary.
(Launch of BNI Brazil in Sao Paulo)
On February 4, 2009, during the 3rd Annual International Networking Week®, the first ever BNI chapter in Brazil was launched in the prestigious area known as the business center of Sao Paulo! Over 45 people attended, with Co-National Director for Brazil, Marcos Martins, conducting the launch meeting. By the end of the event, eight applications for membership had been submitted! You can visit the website for BNI Brazil at: www.bnibrasil.com.
(Sam Schwartz & Avidor Andras at the BNI Hungary launch)
Twenty one days after Brazil’s launch, on February 24th, Avidor Andras, Executive Director for Budapest, and Sam Schwartz, National Director for Hungary, conducted the kickoff for the first BNI chapter in Hungary!
With 16 members and 56 visitors present for the kickoff, the event was a huge success! The chapter is expected to grow to over 25 members in the next few weeks, and the currently forming second chapter already has 12 members. Avidor Andras began BNI activity in Budapest just under 5 months ago and continues to work tirelessly at developing a successful BNI region in a country where “networking” is virtually an unknown word and an unheard of activity.
National Director Sam Schwartz said, “I have no doubt that Andras will be a successful Director and will help put BNI Hungary on the BNI map as a thriving region.”
Congratulations to BNI Brazil and BNI Hungary and welcome to the BNI family!!