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11/17/2009

Kudos To Bartercard New Zealand For Their Accomplishments

Paul Bolte was hired as the CEO of Bartercard New Zealand three years ago with the goal of getting the firm back on a fast-growth track. The progress Bartercard has attained under his direction is remarkable; Bolte has positioned the company as a good corporate citizen, too.

Bartercard New Zealand is posting impressive numbers (sales) in a country that has a 4 million population. Last year the company�s 6,800 members transacted over $210,000,000 in trade dollar activity. It is an entrepreneurial organization achieving growth even within the current challenging economic conditions.

Bolte visited with New Zealand�s prime minister the Honorable John Key earlier this month as part of Team Bartercard, which is a group of 16-to-19-year-old students. They are mentored by Bolte and formed for the International Young Enterprise Competition 2009, which took place in June.

The 80 students in the competition worked in teams to create ideas, prototypes, business plans and presentations, focusing on global trade and innovative solutions to an issue or need. The teams had two challenges to complete that culminated in presentations to two different panels of judges. The judges looked for a winning combination of teamwork skills, an innovative approach, and an outstanding standard of product or service, prototype, business plans and presentations.

The winning team was Team Bartercard, which represented New Zealand later that evening in the Global Enterprise Challenge. The Honorable John Key extended a personal invitation to the group of entrepreneurial students to join him for morning tea in his office followed by a tour of Parliament.

�It is important as leaders of successful companies that we take the time to mentor students in programs such as this, since they are our future business leaders,� says Bolte. �The opportunity extended Team Bartercard by the Prime Minister was a huge honor and I was privileged to be a part of the group.�

For more information on Bartercard NZ e-mail marketing@bartercard.co.nz.



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