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Ballygar businessman top performer in BNI Ireland

Wednesday, 30th November, 2011 11:30am

By JACQUELINE HOGGE

A BALLYGAR businessman has become the top-performing member of the Business Network Initiative (BNI) in Ireland following his referral of over €266,000 worth of business to fellow members of the Tuam branch over the past six months. [private]

Damien Traynor of Traynor's Garage said despite his success as a BNI member, he wasn't convinced when he first attended the meetings, where members discuss business and share ideas.

"After the first meeting I wasn't convinced but from the second one on I saw the potential benefits of linking up with other professionals from the area," he said.

"We deal in everything from sales, service, crash repairs to recovery so we are constantly dealing with a variety of customers who have different requirements from their dealings with us.

"For example we had a recovery operation from the scene of an accident lately and I was able to refer the person concerned to a solicitor involved in BNI, "Likewise when we make a sale of a car, anyone who inquires about insurance cover we can put them in touch with the relevant member that is my contact through the network."

BNI is a business and professional organisation that involves one person from each trade or profession joining a chapter.

Since the body was set up in Tuam just over a year ago, 20 local business people have joined, and it has become one of the most successful chapters in Ireland.

"Our business has been here in Ballygar for over 50 years when my father Brian and mother Evelyn set it up," added Damien.

"Dad still works here with me and the BNI has given up an opportunity to expand the garage through a wider network. I didn't initially see the point of travelling into Tuam every Wednesday for a meeting at 6.30 am but the benefits that have come from being a member have been immense in the past six months. It doesn't guarantee me business but it certainly is a very good opportunity for me to follow through on contacts and the benefits are definitely there if you're prepared to put in the work."

Tuam Chapter director Paddy McLaughlin said Damien's success was inspirational to those involved in the network in Tuam and said it was proof of the benefits of BNI membership to businesses in the local area. [/private]

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