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Welcome to the New York Metro Chapter of the Wrestlers in Business Network. We are a non-profit networking group that has been organized with the objective of mobilizing the wrestling community for business, social, and personal purposes. Our goal is to have our members network and prosper together while positioning ourselves as an advocate for wrestling at all levels within the NY Metro area.



What Prompted A New York Metro Chapter?

Our wrestling community in the surrounding NY Metro area needs a better way to build business relationships amongst ourselves.

Hiring the right person is the single biggest success factor in business decisions. We want to surround ourselves with those that have competed on the wrestling mat and have learned the many great lessons in life that wrestling has taught us.

Up to now there has not been an organization in the New York Metro area that is committed to strengthen the bonds between wrestlers in the business community. Our chapter will fill that void.



What Can We Accomplish Together?

Save Wrestling Programs

Since 1985, the number of Division 1 wrestling  programs has dropped from 146 to 77.

Help Wrestlers get jobs

Wrestlers make great employees and the right introduction can make a world of difference.

Become the voice of wrestling advocacy

There’s strength in numbers and WIBN already has thousands of members.




Mission Statement

The mission of this organization is to foster the growth of wrestler-owned and operated businesses across the nation by facilitating business development opportunities with each other and leveraging a talent-rich pipeline of wrestling alumni, while increasing reinvestment back into the sport.  We will establish a reputation that the sport of wrestling is an asset to our community.  By strengthening the wrestling community, this organization will be able to help support the local organizations and universities that support wrestling.



Unique Value Position

WIBN is uniquely designed to interconnect business leaders in our local community and across the nation who share the values forged by wrestling.



Goals of WIBN New York Metro

  1. Support and promote the WIB Network locally and nationally.
  2. Encourage wrestlers locally and nationally to conduct business with other wrestlers whenever the opportunity exists.
  3. Encourage wrestlers to hire wrestlers in their organization.



Meet our Board of Directors


Rich Appelbaum


Lee Spiegel

Vice Co-Chairperson

Scott Arnel

Vice Co-Chairperson

Eric Schmiesing


Neil Duncan

Event Organizer

Mike Eberle


Pankil Chander

Social Media Specialist

Paul O'Rourke

Board Member

John Masa

Board Member

Dennis Papadatos

Board Member

Mike Trotta

Board Member

Rob Anspach

Board Member

Joe Patrovich

Board Member

Danny Arnel

Board Member

Ryan Arnel

Board Member

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