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Ivan Misner

From Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner is founder and chairman of BNI, a professional business networking organization headquartered in Upland, Calif. He is co-author, with Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele, of Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think (Entrepreneur Press, 2012). Misner is also chairman of the board for the Referral Institute, an international referral training company, and on the board of directors of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. He is also the founder of the BNI Misner Charitable Foundation.

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