The launch event of a new BNI Chapter is always an exciting time. Lots of people, including fresh, wide-eyed members, their visitors, invited dignitaries, the BNI Regional Team, and other BNI members. It all goes to creating a huge buzz around the room for their inaugural meeting.

That exact scenario happened in December with two launch events for Adelaide CBD & South’s newest chapter, BNI Coastal.

Week one saw 70 people (46 registered visitors + members + regional team) at the event, including the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. David Spiers MP. Week two was no less enthusiastic but with fewer numbers.

The launch team included Launch Director and BNI Advantage member Scott White, BNI Regional Director Consultant Sonya Noonan, and Regional Ambassador Steve Williss (Swills).

With Executive Director Simon Derrick-Roberts, the launch team undertook to get the BNI Coastal crew up and running through weekly discovery sessions that started in late February.

Kudos also to the BNI Advantage members who gave up their time to come down to the Seacliff Beach Hotel on a Tuesday morning to tell their BNI story. They include Peta Shannon (now the official BNI Coastal Ambassador), Sue Tyler, Marty Edwards, Gary Paradise, Robbie Homes, Emily Melgar, Juen Phie, Georgina Turelli, and Craig Arnold.

BNI Coastal members include a mix of newbies and experienced BNI members. Reuben Dabrow from Crown Money is the chapter’s inaugural President, experienced BNI member Jo Williss from Being Accountable is the new VP, and Lachlan Meyers from Ray White Glenelg is the chapter’s Secretary-Treasurer.

Over the months of discovery sessions, the team have created a strong bond with many catching up for 121s and social gatherings well before the chapter activated.

Reuben Dabrow believes the drive, synergy, and enthusiasm from all the members will create a chapter that will quickly grow to be one of South Australia’s most significant.

As he sums it up, “Why wouldn’t you love coming to have breakfast with an amazing group of professional businesspeople, getting referrals to grow your business, and taking in the beautiful sea views here at Seacliff?”

BNI Coastal meets at 8.00am every Tuesday morning at the Seacliff Beach Hotel.