Public Editor

What does BNIM stand for?

I spoke to a number of readers today who were curious about why a story seemingly left out information they found important.

Local architecture firm BNIM was named the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Small Business of the Year and received the Mr. K Award. A story about the achievement ran on Page A-1 and prominently on

But what does BNIM stand for, wondered the readers who contacted me. One insisted that the lack of this information demands a correction, in fact.

In reality, BNIM’s name came from the initials of its original four principals: Bob Berkebile, Tom Nelson, David Immenschuh and Steve McDowell. However, I spoke with a woman there who told me the company now uses just the letters, after a 2014 reorganization of its leadership.

A press release about the reorganization is on the BNIM website. So it really goes by just “BNIM,” nothing else, now.