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IRTA Announces Keynote Speaker

The International Reciprocal Trade Association announced that Tom Greco Jr., author of MONEY: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender will be the keynote speaker at their international barter conference, September 14th to the 17th at the TradeWinds Island Grand resort in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

Greco is an economist, educator, writer, researcher, and consultant, who, for more than 20 years, has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. Besides his frequent presentations and interviews, he has served as an advisor on the creation of monetary alternatives.

His expertise includes community economic development, monetary theory, community currencies and cashless exchange systems, computer applications, information and educational technologies, statistics, and survey research. 

Greco�s presentation will highlight and follow-up on the concept of an international trade credit currency that was initially proposed by IRTA�s former executive director, Paul Suplizio, and revisited in a video address to attendees at the 2004 conference.

�We are thrilled about gaining Tom Greco�s commitment to speak and participate in our conference this year,� Krista Vardabash, IRTA Executive Director, emphasized. �I met with Tom back in 2001 and we discussed the importance of barter exchanges understanding the critical and important role they play in providing alternatives to legal tender. We are excited to have the opportunity to present these thoughts and principles to IRTA conference attendees.�

�This is a great add-on to the speaker IRTA presented last year, Bernard Lietaer, who spoke about the importance of collaborative efforts of international networks such as the one that IRTA promotes,� noted Richard Logie, IRTA Global Board Member.

For more information, please contact Krista Vardabash at, or call (585) 424-2940.