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April 5, 2011

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/05/2011

A Thank You To All

Special kudos to Ginger Gausman, BarterNews’ web-master, for all of her efforts in bringing our readers the special editions of the Tuesday Report during the month of March.

And “thanks” to our many readers who sent notes and expressed kind thoughts — it was most appreciated.

NATE 27th Convention Scheduled

Beginning June 2 and extending through the weekend, the National Association of Trade Exchanges will be holding its 27th annual convention. Hosted by the Arizona Trade Exchange, the event will be staged at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa hotel.

For further details and registration click here.

IMS Barter.com Updates Website

IMS Barter has released phase one of its enhanced website. The initial redesign will allow for easier subsequent improvements to the website for both public visitors as well as IMS members.

On another front, CEO Don Mardak announced that the company will make up to 4% in stock repurchases due to its undervalued price.

Annual Expenditures For Attorney Services Tops $100 Billion

Americans spent $102.5 billion on legal services in 2009, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Attorney services are not inexpensive, which is a good reason to consult with your trade exchange broker to see what attorneys are available on trade.

An Industry Where Plenty Of Barter Occurs

According to Massage magazine, 80% of massage therapists barter their services ... that’s up from 72% in 2009. They will barter their services approximately 12 times a year for an average value totaling $558, according to figures compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association.

David Wallach Honored By IRTA

In recognition of his extraordinary efforts on behalf of IRTA, the International Reciprocal Trade Association’s Global Board of Directors unanimously voted to designate David Wallach as President Emeritus of IRTA. This prestigious lifetime honor is only given to those select individuals who have earned the title based on their exemplary service to IRTA, and whose advice and counsel is still needed within the organization. Wallach is the first person in the history of IRTA to be given the President Emeritus title.

“We at IRTA can say with absolute certainty that IRTA has never had, and most likely never will have again, a president as passionate, hard working and devoted as Dave Wallach,” stated Ron Whitney, IRTA executive director. “He has unselfishly given thousands of hours of his time to IRTA, and was instrumental in growing IRTA’s membership, strengthening IRTA financially and spearheading numerous new and innovative programs for the benefit of the modern trade and barter industry.”

(See article below on Wallach.)

Current U.S. Listing Information ...

New England Trade
30 Ferry Blvd.
Stratford, CT 06615
Ph: (203) 377-5655
Fax: (203) 377-5655
E-mail: nenglandtrade@optonline.net
www.newenglandtrade.org

TradeAmericanCard
17975 Sky Park Circle, Bldg. 41-J
Irvine, CA  92614
Phone: (949) 225-6000
Fax: (949( 225-6001
E-mail: info@tradeamericancard.com
www.tradeamericancard.com

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Wallach Steps Down As IRTA President

(The following letter was provided to BarterNews by Mr. Wallach.)

Dear fellow IRTA Global Board of Director Members,

Over the past thirty years the advancement of Modern Trade and Barter industry has been both my vocation and avocation. I have had the pleasure of serving the industry while establishing lifelong relationships with some of the most talented and dedicated individuals that exist within the business, financial, and academic communities.

In October of 2009 you elected me to a second two year term as president of the IRTA Global Board of Directors. At that time we discussed the possibility that I might not be able complete the term of office because of the insidious life threatening disease that I was diagnosed with in 2005. It now appears that my condition has somewhat degraded and this will affect my abilities to perform the tasks and duties of IRTA president at an acceptable level.

At this point in time I will need all of my mental and spiritual energy directed toward further survival of this disease. Presently I am receiving a new chemotherapy drug and have and will take, every opportunity to continue this wonderful life that I have had the privilege to experience.

Therefore effective immediately I hereby resign both as president and as a member of the IRTA Global Board of Directors. I will of course be fully available to assist in the transition of leadership.

The future is bright and the International Reciprocal Trade Association is in excellent condition. The organization contains exceptional leadership and we have in place the proven services of our superb IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney.

Nothing but love,

David Wallach,
President, IRTA Global Board of Directors

(Editor’s note:

Michael Mercier, IRTA VP, will take over as president of the organization and Perry Constantinides will be vice president.)


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Swap.com Has Ambitious Bartering Goals

Formerly known as Swaptree.com  the company re-branded itself in mid-2010 and received $10 million in funding from Safeguard Scientifics and several angel investors (including former Fidelity Investments money management star Peter Lynch).

Now Swap.com CEO Jeff Bennett says he wants his company to be the eBay of barter. They are on their way with the recent launch of a free iPhone app that allows users to manage their accounts — making trades and adding items to their “have” and “want” lists — by scanning products’ bar codes.

Swap.com is also growing its off-line business through the purchase of Swapholics, a company that organizes clothing and beauty trades. They expect to take part in 1,000 swap events across the U.S. this year.


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The Difference Between Leadership & Management

There is a difference between leadership and management:

Leadership is vision and planning. Management is carrying out the vision and the plan.

Leadership is securing the resources of people and things. Management is the effective use of those resources.

Leadership is inspiration and motivation. Management is follow-through.

In a small company you may need to be both a leader and a manager, but it is critical that you wear the leadership hat on a regular basis.

—From Run Your Business So It Doesn’t Run You,

by Linda L. Francis.


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