Board of Directors

Kevin Barber


Kevin Barber launched his first BNI chapter in 2005 in Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently responsible for the Region Germany South-West with 39 Chapters, more than 1200 members and a support team of 4 Area Directors and 40 Director Consultants. His chapters have generated a cumulative total of more than 400 Million USD in closed business. After 24 years working as a CPA in audit, industry and the services sector he claims to have had “no idea” what networking was when he started his BNI career.


David Kauffman

Vice Chairman

David Kauffman is the Managing Director and Senior Director Consultant for five BNI regions, Delaware, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Reading and Southern New Jersey that are referred to as the BNI Delaware Valley Regions. BNIDVR has surpassed 125 chapters and continues to grow.
David has been on several Advisory and Executive Boards including The Ardmore Initiative, The Delaware County Community Foundation, The Haverford JCC, The Collage Settlement Camp, and The Haverford SJCC.He founded and operates the Adaptive Aquatic Program for the Haverford YMCA working with children who have special needs.

David lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania, with his wife Pam. He has 4 children and two grandchildren.

Jeff Stay Board of Directors

Jeff Stay

Chairman Emeritus

Jeff Stay transitioned from his successful corporate sales career into an amazing life as an entrepreneur.

STAY INVOLVED owns the BNI Miami-Dade business networking organization with 1,200+ members in 36 locations, growing 20% annually. In 2015 it ranked #1 in the U.S., #3 in the World, and “Top 10” worldwide.

STAYSUCCESSFUL augments business development training programs by offering seminars that empower professionals to create mutually profitable relationships.

STAYPROFESSIONAL is a boutique consultancy improving businesses large and small in the areas of marketing, business development, operations, and corporate strategy.

PERSONAL LIFEJeff is married to Jennifer Menendez (a 4th grade teacher) and living in Coral Gables, they both love to entertain at home, California red wine, travel, staycations,boating and The VOICE. Something nobody knows about Jeff is that he was a Candidate for the FBI’s Miami Field Office in 1999.

COMMUNITY SERVICE Jeff has been a member of the GMCC since graduating Leadership Miami in 1998, having served on the SEO Committee & Member Growth. Jeff is currently the Chairman of the global BNI Foundation, and Founder of CSUITE Forum.

Beth Misner

Secretary and Co-Founder of the BNI Foundation

Beth Misner is the Corporate Vice Chair of BNI, the Co-Founder of the BNI Foundation and Founder of the Journey Center Claremont. She is a certified sports nutritionist & martial arts instructor, a black belt in karate, tai chi/qi gong instructor, ordained Christian minister and meditation/prayer leader.

Jeremy Walsh


As the Director of Support, Training and Documentation for BNI Connect worldwide, Jeremy helps to keep the BNI Connect project focused and moving forward in a positive and supportive fashion. Since implementing a comprehensive support strategy and help desk in July 2011, the BNI Connect Support Team now provides 24×5 coverage for support questions and issues globally with 99% of inquiries being responded to within 1 business day – 88% of all tickets are solved within one hour of receipt.


Michael Walchonski

Board Member

Michael Walchonski, CPA, has served as BNI’s Chief Financial Officer since December of 2014. Based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael oversees all accounting and financial operations of the organization and supports the ongoing initiatives of the National Directors in over 70 countries around the world. Michael has previously worked with other franchisors in the healthcare laundry and non-medical home healthcare industries. Michael graduated from Drexel University and is an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the BNI Foundation Board of Directors.

Shelli Howlett

Board Member

Shelli Howlett is a leader with a unique talent for winning others over. In her nearly 24 years as an Executive Director (Franchise Owner) with BNI, she built a multi-unit franchise organization that is equivalent, in geographic size and number of members, to many BNI National Organizations around the globe.
Shelli’s regions include DFW, Austin and San Antonio. In her role, she inspires her team of Area Director Consultants and Director Consultants to set and achieve aggressive goals for the growth of the BNI brand across her widely dispersed geographic area. Shelli was one of the first 15 BNI Franchise owners, and one of the few women who run multiple mega-regions. She and her team currently manage 105 Chapters with over 2700 members.She increased revenues 60% her Regions in a five-year period (2012-2016).

Graham Weihmiller

Board Member

Graham Weihmiller joined BNI in 2014 to help execute BNI’s strategic plan that includes operational enhancements, continued membership growth, and ongoing global member expansion. Graham is passionate about building successful service organizations that have a remarkable value proposition and a positive social impact. Prior to BNI, he served as the CEO of a 32-year- old nationwide franchisor of homecare services. While there, he was a founding director of a foundation that provides homecare to those who cannot afford it. His previous leadership experience includes roles with Pioneer Equity Partners, American Franchise Company, Bank of America, Booz Allen and JP Morgan.