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Brennan Scanlon  

Author, Networking Expert

Brennan Scanlon is a leading referral marketing expert and keynote speaker on relationships, networking, and referrals. Brennan Scanlon started in sales at age 19, while attending Northern Kentucky University as a full time college student. He was given group insurance clients & grew that book to 50 group insurance clients, all while still graduating in 2001 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Marketing.

Brennan also encountered BNI, Business Network International, at age 19 when his job was to hit “play” on the VHS tape of BNI Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner during informational meetings. Today, he is the Executive Director of 45 BNI Chapters & 1,150 members. Last year these members passed 39,000 referrals that resulted in $50 million in closed business. Since becoming an Executive Director of BNI in 2005, at the age of 27, his Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky region members have reported $250 million in closed business commissions generating an economic impact to Greater Cincinnati of $1 Billion dollars. Brennan is a 3 time member of the BNI Founders Circle and has been an 8 year member of BNI’s Mastery Circle. In 2017, Brennan’s region was recognized as having the 4th largest net growth in all BNI regions in the United States. While Brennan is no longer a member himself, he is proud to have been a BNI member for 16 years, has given thousands of referrals, and having been thanked for over $2 million in closed business commissions.

Given what he learned in insurance sales and as an Executive Director for the world’s largest business referral organization, Brennan has become a Keynote Speaker for & the Referral Institute (Now Asentiv) having presented in Colorado, Nevada, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, Dublin, Ireland, and of course in his own region, for Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, and various clients such as Proctor & Gamble, US Bank, Edward Jones, and Nationwide Insurance. Brennan is a guest columnist for the Cincinnati Business Courier, the regions business newspaper, and was named in their 2012 Class of Forty Under 40, which identifies Greater Cincinnati’s next generation of business leaders. In 2013, Brennan became the nation’s youngest board member for the nation’s 5th largest bank, US Bank. Brennan is the Co-Chair, with his sister Kelly, of the Annual Brady Scanlon Memorial Motorcycle Ride to Remember in memory of his brother & benefiting The Four Leaf Family Foundation & Melanoma Know More of Greater Cincinnati.

Finally, in October of 2015, Brennan became a co-author with BNI Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner releasing their book “Avoiding the Networking Disconnect: The 3 R’s to Re Connect” into BNI regions globally. Brennan realized a life goal in November of 2015, when he shared the stage with Dr. Misner in Long Beach, CA at the BNI International Conference in front of 1,000 BNI directors and members from 67 countries. Brennan’s book with Dr. Misner has just recently become a Best Seller on Now as a published Author, Brennan sits on the “Friends of Steely Library Board” at Northern Kentucky University, his alma mater, and mentors 2 undergraduate students per year.

He resides in Ft Wright, KY with his wife of 8 years, Katie, and their cat Wilson.


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