IRTA Looks Forward After Banner Year 2008
International Reciprocal Trade Association president, David Wallach,
believes the current worldwide economic downturn has presented the
modern trade and barter industry with a unique opportunity to
demonstrate to the business community how excess business capacities
and underperforming assets can be transformed into capitalization
and bottom line profits.
�The members of IRTA are uniquely positioned to lead the industry
into a new and unprecedented level of recognition and achievement,�
Wallach pointed out. �Applying modern trade and barter is one of the
solutions towards a path of worldwide economic recovery and job
IRTA members are reporting an increase in transactions in the 15% to
35% range; new membership sign-ups appear to track the same
percentages of increases. Moreover, barter is attracting an enormous
amount of attention from the media. As a result, the benefits of
commercial barter are quickly spreading globally.
2008 was a year of growth for IRTA, with a 35% increase in
membership. The 29th Annual International IRTA Convention at the
Westgate River Ranch was a smashing success attended by industry
members from all over the world.
IRTA�s goals for 2009 are in keeping with the industry�s increased
international awareness. Key goals include:
Increase membership with 25 new members.
Completely re-design and update the IRTA web site.
Provide monthly IRTA & UC newsletters.
Initiate new and creative programs that add value for IRTA and UC
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of IRTA with a hugely successful
annual convention in the fall of 2009.
The International Reciprocal Trade Association (www.irta.com),
is a non-profit organization that self-regulates and provides
standards for member companies in the trade and barter industry.