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IRTA Sends Formal Invitation To NATE For Unified 2007 Conference

The commercial barter industry has had two parallel trade associations for the past twenty-two years. Much has changed within the industry over the years. Not only have many of the players (exchange owners) changed,  but the agendas of decades ago are no longer applicable.

Given the aforementioned, along with some new challenges the industry�s two associations are facing, the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) Board of Directors sent a formal proposal to the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) Board of Directors on October 16, 2006, suggesting that the two organizations stage a unified annual conference.

IRTA�s Executive Director recently sent the following statement to BarterNews:

�The IRTA felt that in the current environment of exchange consolidation in the U.S. and with fictitious associations claiming to represent the industry (i.e. NABA), it was critical to join forces.

�The strongest and most reputable exchanges have supported either IRTA or NATE over the last 25+ years. These are the exchanges that should continue to lead and leverage the strengths of each other.

�We understand that the NATE board will be considering this proposal at their next board meeting, and we hope to report soon that there will indeed be a joint conference for both owners and brokers in 2007.�  

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