Industry Leaders Attend IRTA Brussels Conference
to BarterNews by IRTA Global Board member David Wallach.
of two cities that host the European Union Parliament, provided the
perfect backdrop for the 2007 IRTA European and Global Board
meetings held the weekend of April 20. Both meetings were
coordinated by IRTA Executive Director Krista Vardabash.
International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) is an organization
serving the business currency industry (also known as the barter or
trade industry) that enables over 400,000 global businesses to make
the most of their excess business capacities and produce additional
were industry leaders from all over Europe and beyond, representing
the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Poland,
Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Turkey, Iran, Canada and the USA.
The IRTA Global
Board was the first to meet under the gavel of Board President Lois
Dale. The Board addressed many issues including dispute resolutions,
new member approval, finances and ethics.
In addition the
Global Board passed important legislation by approving funding for a
grass roots presentation that will be provided to IRTA members to
help better educate the financial and business communities about the
many benefits the industry provides.
Board President Reiner Husemann of EBB Germany chaired their
meeting. Language was not a barrier as Reiner fluently guided the
board members through the business portion of the gathering.
Open discussion followed which was informed and lively. Expanding
European membership, government relations, third party reporting to
tax authorities, and ways to guarantee their business currency were
discussed in detail. Resolutions were passed and committees were
formed and charged to report their progress back to the Board later
this year at the IRTA Convention.