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Tribute To ITEX Area Director Martin Nobler

Martin Nobler, ITEX Area Director for the San Fernando Valley (CA), died of a heart attack on April 25. He was 69 years old.

The following is an open letter from Cristina Molina, a Certified Trade Broker as well as the Reciprocal Broker during the time when ITEX was known as BXI.

I think most people in the Barter industry knew or have heard of Martin Nobler. I just found out that he passed away this morning and I am very saddened.

Martin was rough around the edges. He was often blunt, saying things that many people would consider extremely offensive � but that was who he was. Now in retrospect, you have to appreciate someone who didn�t hold back, someone who always let you know where you stood. That was who he was.

I worked with him in some capacity for almost 10 years. He gave me a break when he hired me as a trade broker. When I was pregnant and had my daughter, he was incredibly (and unbelievably) supportive. I had no child care at the time, so he would let me bring her into the office every day. I set up a play-pen next to my desk, and he would often walk by and play and interact with her. I couldn�t believe that this tough-talking guy was so taken by my little baby. For a guy who always said he didn�t like kids, he really loved my daughter. And for that I will always be grateful.

He also supported my career advancement by facilitating my trip to a national barter industry convention, where I obtained my designation as a CTB (certified trade broker). When the time came for me to move on to a higher position at the corporate office, once again he was greatly supportive.

All along the way he taught me many things � things that I still carry with me today. When Martin was on his �A� game, NO ONE could stop him. He was brilliant and I am privileged to have had him as a mentor. From Martin I learned the art of schmoozing, and positively developed my customer service skills. I am now a manager at a retirement plan administration company and I use my customer service skills on a daily basis.

I don�t want people to remember Martin for being a rough-around-the-edges guy, a rude guy, an obnoxious guy. I want people to remember Martin for being a tough business man with a gentle heart. But unfortunately not many people got to see that gentle heart, I am glad that I did.

Thanks boss, for everything you taught me. Wherever you are, and some may ponder that in great detail, know that you will never be forgotten.

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