BNI Receives Investment from Pamlico Capital

May 02, 2019

Strategic investment supports BNI’s continued success as it enters a new phase of growth

Pamlico Capital ("Pamlico") announced today that it has entered into an agreement to make a strategic investment in Business Network International (“BNI”), the world’s leading networking-based business development platform. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With Pamlico’s strategic insight and resources, BNI will accelerate investment in support of its global network, providing additional technology and training to enhance both the member and franchisee experience. Pamlico is partnering with BNI at an exciting time. Following several years of strong growth, BNI and its dedicated franchisees have built the world’s leading referral marketing network, helping over 250,000 members across 70+ countries grow their businesses, develop professionally, and create lifelong relationships. BNI, and the success of its network, is built on the philosophy that Givers Gain®, whereby BNI members generate meaningful business opportunities for fellow members, and themselves in turn.

“BNI is very excited to partner with Pamlico Capital,” says Graham Weihmiller, Chairman and CEO of BNI. “From our extensive research, it is clear to us that Pamlico appreciates the importance of culture. And they very much support BNI’s Core Values and strategic roadmap. We could not be more excited about Pamlico and the road ahead for BNI."

Pamlico Partner Walker Simmons and Vice President Jay Henry will join the BNI Board of Directors and will work closely with the existing management team to continue to expand BNI’s member base, franchise support, and unparalleled value proposition.

“We are pleased to welcome BNI to the Pamlico family,” said Walker Simmons, Pamlico Partner. "BNI’s Givers Gain® philosophy really resonates with Pamlico and our own core values. Through our experience with peer-network business models, and our time spent with the BNI team, we believe that BNI is well positioned to accelerate growth, delivering even more benefit to its global network. Graham and his team have a deep appreciation for BNI’s history, values, and culture, paired with a healthy desire to innovate and leverage technology to build and deepen relationships and referrals across the network. We look forward to working with the team in their pursuits.”

About Pamlico Capital

Pamlico Capital is a private equity firm founded in 1988 that invests in growing middle-market companies in North America. Pamlico Capital seeks control-oriented growth equity investments of up to $125 million alongside founders and proven management teams in its target industries; business & technology services, communications, and healthcare. Since inception, the firm, based in Charlotte, NC, has invested over $3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.pamlicocapital.com.

About BNI

Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, BNI is the world’s leading networking-based business development platform, providing its 250,000+ members with a structured and proven referral marketing program to grow their business and develop long-term relationships with quality business professionals. The Company offers its members a unique networking format, in which a diverse group regularly meet to provide each other with business referrals, professional development and mentorship. For additional information, please visit www.bni.com.