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09/29/2009

IRTA Introduces Legends Of Barter Award

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the International Reciprocal Trade Association and in order to recognize certain extraordinary individuals that have served the Modern Trade and Barter Industry since 1979, the IRTA Global Board of Directors has authorized the Legends of Barter Award.

This award will be presented to industry members that meet the award criteria during the IRTA Convention that will be held October 1 through October 3, 2009, in Dallas (TX). The Legends of Barter Award is an honor that recognizes those Modern Trade and Barter Industry members who have served and helped to shape and define the Industry over a period of ten or more years from 1979 to 2009 through positive and identifiable actions. This is an industry wide award and includes individuals from all industry sectors, including commercial barter, corporate barter and the community currency movement.

Honorees need not be IRTA members, current Industry members or present at the IRTA Convention to receive this Award. Therefore listed below in alphabetical order the following individuals are hereby recognized for their extraordinary efforts during the past thirty years in shaping and defining the Modern Trade and Barter Industry.

Pascal Alexandre � Commercial Barter & Corporate Barter 1988-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; four years service IRTA European Board; founding member IRTA European Board. He was one of the first European exchanges to combine elements of commercial barter with the corporate barter process.

Col. Bill Austin � Commercial Barter 1977-2000

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Twelve years IRTA Board service, two terms president; chair of IRTA Ethics and Government Relations Committees. Led in the creation of the IRTA Code of Ethics; very active and productive in the lobbying efforts to pass the Barter Bill of Rights.

Bob Bagga � Commercial Barter 1992-2009

IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; seven years of IRTA Board service; IRTA Global Board vice president, secretary and treasurer. Certified Trade Broker; Ethics, Universal Currency, Marketing, and Bylaws committees. Led several IRTA presentations and seminars; participated in the creation and launch of the Universal Currency system by taking a leading role in writing the UC Bylaws and Regulations.

Ray Bastarache � Commercial Barter 1984-2002

Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Mentorship Award; numerous IRTA Barter Ambassador Awards. Ten years service on IRTA Board, serving as president, vice president and treasurer. Participated in and led numerous convention seminars and panels. Was an early proponent of industry use of advanced technology; created and successfully produced some of the first exchange management software.

Terry Brandfass � Commercial Barter 1983-2009

Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Outstanding

Achievement Award; twelve years IRTA Board and North American Board service. Numerous committees; UC Board of Governors; played a key role in producing the IRTA Sales Training and Trade Brokering Manual.

Lee Anne Busman � Commercial Barter 1992-2009

IRTA Ambassador Awards; four years IRTA Board service; IRTA membership and Universal Currency Committees; IRTA Convention speaker; panel participant. As a board and committee member, took an active role in constructing and adopting policy and procedures within the Universal Currency System.

Edgar S. Cahn � Community Currency 1980-2009

Authored �No More Throw Away People� and �Time Dollars.� Created the concept of Time Dollars and founded TimeBanks USA, a local tax-exempt currency which is designed to validate and reward the work performed by volunteers and the disadvantaged in local communities.

Perry Constantinides � Commercial Barter 1977-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; numerous IRTA Ambassador Awards; twelve years of IRTA Board service. Served on the IRTA Ethics, Membership, Government Relations, Convention, and Finance committees; led several IRTA seminar and panels. Participated in the founding of IRTA; was part of test case that gave rise to 1099-B reporting.

Doug Dagenais � Commercial Barter 1981-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Presented extremely effective and powerful seminars focusing on selling exchange memberships; participated in several IRTA seminars and panels; created the IRTA sale and sales management training manual.

Lois Dale � Commercial barter 1979-2007

Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; IRTA Ambassador Award. Fifteen years of IRTA Board service; two terms IRTA Global Board President; seminar and panel leader for several presentations on Media and Marketing.

Alan Elkin � Corporate Barter 1984-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Ten years IRTA Board Service; president IRTA Corporate Council; founding member of IRTA Corporate Council, central in creating bylaws and standards. Played a significant role in establishing the IRTA Universal Currency System.

Andrew Federowski � Commercial Barter 1991-2008

Member Barter Hall of Fame. He was a leader in the early development and use of online technology as a platform of operations within the Modern Trade and Barter Industry.

Art Goehring � Commercial Barter 1976-2003

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award and several other industry pioneer awards; 15 years of IRTA Board service; was a founding member of IRTA and served on the first IRTA Board. Chaired several IRTA committees, Ethics, Contracts, Membership, and Governmental. He took a leading role in the successful effort to secure the legal standing and win government recognition of our industry.

Steve Goldbloom � Commercial Barter 1984-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Ten years IRTA Global Board, two terms as president, two terms as treasurer, one term as secretary; IRTA UC finance committee. Participated in and led numerous convention seminars and panels. Took lead in developing the Universal Currency system; accomplished positive results in both the Corporate Barter and Commercial Barter sectors of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.

Thomas Greco � Community Currency 1987-2009

As an economist, professor and author, he writes and consults on monetary exchange alternatives, including private credit clearing systems, complementary and local currency. Has authored three books: �New Money for Healthy Communities,� �Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis� and his latest, �The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.� Has made several presentations during IRTA conventions and is active worldwide working with and developing Community Currency systems.

Susan Groenwald � Commercial Barter 1981-2003

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; fifteen years IRTA Board Service as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Played a significant part in the lobbying effort in Washington, to pass Barter Bill DC 1982-83. Was central in establishing and forming the Universal Currency system.

Allan Hackel � Corporate Barter 1954-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; IRTA CBC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is considered the �founding father� of the Corporate Barter industry and is credited with the invention of the accounts receivable concept that is to this day the basic principle of a Corporate Barter Transaction.

Reiner Husemann � Commercial Barter 1989-2009

Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; ten years IRTA Global Board service; founding member of IRTA European Board; two terms as president of IRTA European Board; chaired IRTA Website and Marketing committee. He has introduced one of the first International web based trading platforms that includes a loyalty element. He continues to actively support a single currency that would include all members of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.

Phillip Ronald Keister � Commercial Barter 1973-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; served as vice president of the first IRTA Board; many committees and seminars. One of the founding members of IRTA; responsible for design of IRTA logo.

Maurya Lane � Commercial Barter 1991-2009

IRTA and NATE Ambassador Awards; fifteen year member of IRTA and NATE. Assumed a leadership role in assisting and training new industry members; led convention seminars and participated in panels. She has actively supported unity within the Modern Trade and Barter industry.

Bernard Lietaer � Community Currency (over 25 years of service)

Has twice been a speaker at IRTA Conventions. An economist author and professor; authored �The Future of Money� and the forthcoming �Of Human Wealth.� He is credited with coining the phrase �complementary currency� and has worked with leaders of the sector to further the use of Community Currency.

Michael Linton � Community Currency 1983-2009

IRTA convention speaker; founded LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) a community oriented trading platform that allows its members to manage their own parallel currency system. Today there are thousands of LETS communities worldwide.

Richard Logie � Commercial Barter 1991-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; six years of IRTA Board service; six years service and current president of IRTA European Board; chaired the IRTA Community Currency Committee. He continues to be a leader in promoting the Community and Complementary Currency movements within the Modern Trade and Barter industry structure.

Sergio Lub � Community Currency 1980-2009

Keynote speaker in 2002 at the First International Community Currency Conference in Koriyama, Japan. Created the Friendly Favors Living Directory Network, which is being used by over 100 organizations and is interconnecting 50,000+ people in 150+ countries. Has traveled worldwide with Thomas Greco on behalf of the Community Currency movement.

Don Mardak � Commercial Barter 1984-2009

2009 Barter Hall of Fame; two IRTA Outstanding Achievement Awards; NATE Gary Monkman Memorial Award; ten years IRTA Board service; two terms as president of NATE Board. Presently serves on IRTA Board; participated as a founder of the NATE currency system Banc. Recently been a spokesperson ambassador for the barter industry to many media outlets and investor conferences.

Michael Mercier � Commercial Barter 1978-2009

Nineteen years IRTA Board service, current vice president; four years NATE Board, past president; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; NATE Distinguished Service Award; several seminars and committees. Chaired the IRTA Government Relations committee that created model legislation for presentation to Congress that led to the U.S. government recognition of the Modern Trade and Barter industry; has worked continuously for industry unity.

Bob Meyer � Author and Lecturer 1979-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; NATE Lifetime Achievement Award. Founder and publisher of the BarterNews Magazine which has become the major voice of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry; Bob has introduced the barter concept to thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs. He has authored and published the FastStart program that continues to educate business and individuals about our industry.

Harold Rice � Commercial Barter 1976-2009

Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; two NATE Distinguished Service Awards; 18 total years of Board service; six years IRTA Board; 12 years NATE Board. As a CPA he has held the treasurer position in both IRTA and NATE. Central in shaping bookkeeping, accounting procedures and best practices within the modern Trade and Barter industry.

Annette Riggs � Commercial Barter & Community Currency 1981-2009

Began her career with 10 years experience in the commercial barter sector. She transitioned into the community currency sector; now operates a commercial barter exchange in Bolder, Colorado; has presented Community Currency seminars during both the 2008 and 2009 IRTA conventions. She is an educator and valued speaker who is contributing her unique vision and commitment to both the Community Currency and Commercial Barter segments of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.

Mary Ellen Rosinski � Commercial Barter 1986-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; six years of IRTA Board service, current IRTA treasurer; past IRTA North America president; Certified Trade Broker and Marketing committees; several presentations, including marketing and accounting, 1099 reporting. An advocate for small exchanges and IRTA inclusiveness of qualifying industry members.

Debbie Schramm (Arcabascio) � Commercial Barter 1991-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; four years IRTA Board service; North American Board; IRTA Convention and Marketing Committee; participated in several IRTA convention panels and seminars. She was very active and effective in providing training and education for trade directors and brokers.

Jack Schacht � Commercial Barter 1980-2005

Several industry Awards; fifteen years of NATE Board service including president; several NATE committees; was keynote speaker and led numerous seminars and convention panels. He was one of the first to combine media and corporate barter into the commercial barter sector.

Sally Selbman � Commercial Barter 1986-2001

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Led seminars on trade accounting and collection; served on several committees and panels; was instrumental in establishing IRTA standards of accounting and bookkeeping procedures.

Wayne Sharpe � Commercial Barter 1991-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; six years IRTA Board service; five years IRTA Australia Board service; participated and led several panels and seminars. A charismatic figure, Wayne has built Bartercard into a 70,000 business member commercial barter company. He continues to promote the Modern Trade and Barter process as a viable way for businesses to deal with current economic conditions.

M. Sirri Simsek � Commercial Barter 1989-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; ten years IRTA Global Board service; founding member of IRTA European Board; IRTA Ethics Committee. Authored an educational book titled �Moneyless Trade: Barter.� First to apply swipe technology to barter transactions; is working directly with the Turkish government in securing standards of barter system operations for the benefit of all barter clients

Walther Smets � Commercial Barter 1996-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; four years IRTA European Board service; founding member of the IRTA European Chapter and Board. Pioneered the integration of loyalty programs and swipe technology into Modern Trade and Barter exchange systems

Paul Suplizio � 1978-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; known as a founder of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry. As the first IRTA Executive Director and, over a period of 12 years, he formed and founded the IRTA, Corporate Barter Council, IRTA Europe and IRTA Australia. He worked with U.S. Congress and government agencies to secure the Barter Bill of Rights and the Revenue Ruling 82-52 that solidified the legal standing of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.

Arthur Wagner � Corporate Barter 1984-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; eight years of IRTA Board Service; president IRTA Corporate Council. Member of the Ethics Committee of the IRTA Corporate Council, and served on the task force that created the Corporate Barter Sector�s first code of professional ethics and standards.

David Wallach � Commercial Barter 1976-2009

Member Barter Hall of Fame; three IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; twenty-two years of IRTA Board service, current IRTA president. Numerous committees and seminars. Central in defeating California legislation that would have crippled the industry; first to integrate media with commercial barter; created the IRTA Operation Outreach Program.

Steve Webster � Commercial Barter 1978-2007

Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; twenty years Board service five years NATE Board with one term as president, 15 years IRTA Board with one term as president. Chair of IRTA and NATE Certified Trade Broker Committees; leader of several seminars and presentations; founder and creator of the IRTA and NATE consolidated Certified Trade Broker program that is utilized industry-wide.

Steve White � Commercial Barter 1983-2009

IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; served on NATE Board including appointments as president and chairman; founder of the NATE Technology Committee; pioneered technological advancements within the Modern Trade and Barter industry. Consolidated ITEX and BXI, two of the largest commercial barter companies, when they had severe problematic issues thereby stabilizing the North American market of our industry.

Scott Whitmer � Commercial Barter 1982-2009

Three IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; numerous IRTA Ambassador Awards; twenty years of IRTA Board service including two terms as president; many committees and seminars. While IRTA president, he played a key role in the founding of Universal Currency.

Ronald Whitney � Commercial Barter 1993-2009

IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; served on IRTA and NATE Boards of Directors; IRTA Executive Director since 2007. Appointed to IRPAC Advisory Committee 2006; has impacted IRS policy on withholding and 1099-B reporting and developed vital industry contact with the agency.



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