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Scott Whitmer Barter Hall-Of-Fame 2010 Inductee

By David Wallach, IRTA President

Today the members of the Barter Hall of Fame announced that they have selected Scott Whitmer to receive the 2010 Hall-of-Fame award. Scott will receive his award during the closing ceremony on the final evening of the annual IRTA convention that will be held October 28-30 at the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

�Scott exemplifies the qualities we look for in a barter Hall-of-Fame inductee,� offered Bob Meyer, a long time barter Hall-of-Fame member and publisher of BarterNews. �He represents the best our industry has to offer.�

The Hall-of-Fame is the highest honor the modern trade and barter industry can bestow. This honor recognizes individuals of the highest professional character and ethical conduct who are regarded as indisputable leaders of the industry. An inductee must have a minimum of ten years of continuous industry service and have made recognizable and specific contributions to the industry as a whole.

Created in 1997, there are currently 17 members in the barter industry�s Hall-of-Fame. Each year previously chosen members of that highly regarded group select a qualified candidate to be inducted.

When Scott was notified that he had received the Hall-of-Fame award he was surprised and delighted, �I am much honored to be recognized by the Hall�s members. For the past 28 years IRTA has played an instrumental part of my company�s growth and development. My services to barter industry have been very rewarding. I have learned so much from the IRTA family and have always tried to give back to IRTA and the industry as a whole. This is the highest possible honor."

In 1982 Scott founded Florida Barter in Orlando (FL). With three offices in central Florida and under his able leadership, Florida Barter has grown to over 2000 members making it one of the largest exchanges on the Eastern Seaboard.

During the second of his two terms as President of the IRTA Global Board of Directors, Scott exercised and demonstrated his exceptional vision and clear leadership abilities by guiding that Board through the complex process of creating and founding the IRTA Universal Currency system.

For the first time, barter exchanges were able to use a truly universal currency as a transparent credit-clearing system which maintained high standards that allowed them to conduct business among themselves with confidence as part of a worldwide network.

�Today Universal Currency is the world�s largest exchange to exchange trading platform and stands as a monument to Scott�s vision and leadership ability,� expressed IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney. He presently serves as the very active and effective Chairperson of the Universal Currency Committee.

Scott has been a member of IRTA since 1982. He served on the IRTA Global Board of Directors for more than 20 years, was IRTA President for two terms, and held all other Board officer positions for a least one term. On three occasions he�s been honored with the highest award IRTA offers � the Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. And has also received several of IRTA�s Outstanding Achievement and Ambassador Awards. He has also received numerous awards from NATE (National Association of Trade Exchanges). Always willing to share his expertise with others in the industry, Scott has led numerous seminars and discussion groups during industry conventions.

Scott graduated from Georgia Tech in 1977 where he attended on a football scholarship and received his BA in Industrial Management. He is a dedicated husband and father and is active in local affairs and charities.

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