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From the desk of Bob
IMS Does It Again...Acquiring Steve Webster�s
International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:INLM), continues its
�PacMan-like� focus of acquiring the nation�s top trade
exchanges. Their latest coup being Alliance Barter, one of
the best operated exchanges in the country with an
especially strong trade dollar. The Rochester NY-based
Alliance serves clients in Buffalo and Syracuse, with a
Canadian office in Toronto.
Don Mardak, CEO of IMS, says this merger will open the door
for expansion into Canada, in addition to bringing a wealth
of new products and services into the IMS Barter network.
Steve Webster, the founder and owner of Alliance Barter, is
a long-time respected leader in the commercial barter
industry and a member of the IRTA Barter Hall of Fame. He is
the only person who has been president of both industry
trade associations, IRTA and NATE.
This is Steve Webster�s 29th year in the barter business. An
excellent cover story on Alliance Barter was published in
BarterNews, to view the article click on
For more information on IMS:
Silicon Valley Hospitals To Barter Patient
If you had some health challenges and had to be hospitalized
several times you know the antiquated methods for acquiring
a patient�s health data, i.e. filling out numerous forms,
over and over, with the same information, even when the
patient�s stay is in the same hospital.
The exchange of data in Silicon Valley is going to change
that scenario. Three area hospitals (L. Packard Children�s
Hospital, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View; and Stanford
Hospital/Clinics) along with the Smart Health initiative
will undertake the creation of a unified electronic patient
record that will be available to doctors and patients
By exchanging such information, lower costs for local health
care providers will be realized, and it will facilitate
improving the quality of care for everyone.
IRTA Releases Universal Currency (UC) Report
Trading among IRTA-member trade exchanges, which use a trade
credit called �Universal Currency,� was brisk in October,
according to a report from UC trade broker Jen Ashworth.
The top three traders for the month were Advantis
International, IMS Barter, and Florida Barter. The newest
member to the UC system is Greenapple Barter, located in
Also noted was San Antonio-based Alamo Barter, which sold
over $25,000 worth of toys, tools and showroom merchandise
in October, and another $27,000 the first 15 days of
China�s Tourism Sector Takes Off
China�s National Tourism Administration says the industry is
booming. A lot of it has to do with China�s per-capita
income, which surpassed $1,700 last year and has stimulated
Economists have maintained that once incomes get past
$1,000, people have money to spend on things besides
Meanwhile, an influx of foreign visitors is expected...in
addition to the 2008 Olympic Games, Shanghai will hold the
World Expo in 2010, while Guangzhou will host the 16th Asian
Games that same year.
Economist Reveals How Home Values Affect
Jan Hatzius, chief U.S. economist at Goldman Sachs in New
York, says that modern mortgage finance has magnified the
effect of home values on spending.
According to Hatzius, when people take cash out of their
homes through home-equity loans and refinancings, which they
were doing at an annualized rate of $558 billion in the
first quarter of 2006, they tend to spend about 50-cents of
every dollar outside home improvement.
If house prices merely stabilize, people�s diminished
ability to use their houses like automated-teller machines
would subtract about 0.75 percentage point from annualized
GDP growth in 2007.
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Private Jet Business Flying High In
Britain & Europe
The rapid growth in the industry in the last two years has been
fueled by the middle ranks of the newly wealthy, according to David
Savile, CEO of Air Partner, the world�s leading air charter broker.
According to Savile the traditional client base in the 1990s was
the corporates...the Merrills, the Goldmans, the government. And
while these markets have continued to grow massively, the real
quantum growth in the past two years has been from the
Although business use is the mainstay of the private jet model,
wealthy individuals are using them as a relaxed way to take a
weekend away to places such as Spain or the French Alps.
Air Partner has 1,100 unique clients but Savile says they�ve just
scratched the surface, as there are thousands of multimillionaires
and hundreds-of-thousands of millionaires.
Airlines Now Trading Airline Miles
Look for an e-mail if you�re a customer of
Continental, Delta, Northwest or US Airways. Beginning in January,
some 20 million e-mails will be sent out inviting you to watch
online ads in exchange for airline miles.
The e-mails will direct customers to e-miles.com
where they can watch ads from firms such as Hilton, 1-800-Flowers,
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and LendingTree. (After viewing the ads,
consumers will be asked to answer questions pertaining to the
featured product or service.)
Consumers can earn 10 to 20 miles for each
30-second spot viewed. The advertisers pay the Dallas-based e-Miles,
which handles the program, a fee on a pay-per-viewed ad basis.
Travelocity Enters Gift Card Business
Recently Travelocity launched a loyalty program
for its VIP customers. Now, through a licensing deal with
Travelocity Incentives, it is offering gift cards in $25, $50, and
$100 denominations...available at more than 1,000 Safeway locations
and at Travelocity.com/giftcard.
The cards can be redeemed with all major
brands, and thousands of independent hotels, in more than 140
countries. (Up to four separate gift cards can be redeemed towards
Travelocity, which booked $7.4 billion in
travel worldwide in 2005, is the fifth largest U.S. travel agency,.
With Integrity Equals A Competitive Edge
Dana Telford, co-author of The Integrity
Advantage with Adrian Gostick, affirms that �Ethical
organizations outperform their unethical peers, it�s that simple.�
Their research shows:
A 2005 Watson Wyatt study showed companies with high integrity
outperformed their low-integrity peers by 200% in financial
A Johnson & Johnson study found that if you invested $30,000 in
30 ethical companies over 30 years, it would have yielded 4.7
times more than the Dow.
Forty percent of consumers would boycott an unethical company,
and 20% have done so, according to the Conference Board.
The authors emphasize that �trustworthiness is
one of the most-fragile concepts we have. Leadership (coupled) with
integrity is more trusted and admired.�
Ways To Encourage Company Trustworthiness
Telford and Gostick offer four guides to
integrity in an organization:
Know That Little Things Count. Draw a line in the
sand. Avoid gradual slipping of standards. Everything a leader says
and does matters.
Keep Your Word. Do what you say you�ll do.
Follow-through is a core marker of integrity. Treat promises
Mess Up, �Fess Up. Be willing to admit you are wrong.
Create A Culture Of Trust. Be consistent with one set
of rules for everyone. Be approachable. Surround yourself with
The Easiest $100,000 You�ll Ever
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cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your
facility that require the use of professional AV services.
And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or
your current vendor�s cash agreement for AV services,
here�s a much better alternative:
with a proven national vendor (a sterling 25-year track
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Your hotel�s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this
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Attention Trade Exchange Owners:
member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting
space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV
services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial
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Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.
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