Meet BNI Prospect Hill’s Chapter President

In 2013, Josh Stephens joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential in Boston, MA to take his passion for networking and relationship building to the next level. Through his extraordinary ability to connect with others he immediately made a name for himself in both the real estate industry and the Boston community. Currently holding the title as Vice President for BHHS Warren Residential, Josh has been presented with many honors both professionally and within the community. In 2016, Josh discovered yet another opportunity to grow when he stumbled upon Business Networking International (BNI) chapters in the neighborhoods around him.

BNI is a business referral organization that prides itself on building relationships through a positive and professional program. While every chapter is unique, the goals and formation of the other 8,500+ chapters across the world remain similar; meetings take place once a week and positions such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc. are all alike. BNI aims to create access to professional development opportunities as well as personal ones. Members learn about their professional and personal assets and opportunities in order to grow their business, while simultaneously developing themselves.

Q: What inspired you to start Somerville’s first BNI chapter?

A: The realtor seat is always the hottest seat in any BNI chapter. There were no open realtor seats in other chapters, so the only opportunity I had was to start my own. Somerville is such a vibrant city, so when I found out they didn’t have a chapter, I jumped on it.

Eager to embrace all the responsibilities that a BNI chapter founding member will have to manage, Josh faced the challenge of growing the group himself head on.

“As the President and founding member, I had to grow the group on a grass roots level. I made calls to anyone I could think of who would want to join and invited them to a meeting. It took well over a year to officially launch the chapter, but now we are at almost 30 members.”

Along with the obligations of founding the chapter, Josh has served as President since the founding in 2016 and takes on those responsibilities as well.

“It is my job to host the meeting each week. There is a proven structure to every meeting and it is my job to follow it. I try to be as motivating as possible every Tuesday morning because I realize how much that helps the group flourish.”

Now a few years in, Josh continues to lead and motivate Somerville’s chapter by showing up early every week, soaking in the entrepreneurial discussions, and striving to help other members while simultaneously bettering himself and his business. “It [BNI] has allowed me to better service my clients due to the direct network of countless professionals across so many industries.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in joining a BNI chapter, but is unsure where to start? What about starting a new chapter?

A: It is a commitment. It’s not for everyone. However, it is one of the best ways to grow a business and is cheaper than most marketing techniques. Starting a chapter is difficult. Take your time, be consistent, and believe in the BNI way.

About the Author
Joshua Stephens is the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.