(The following letter
was provided to
BarterNews by Mr.
Dear fellow IRTA Global Board of Director Members,
Over the past thirty years the advancement of Modern Trade and
Barter industry has been both my vocation and avocation. I have had
the pleasure of serving the industry while establishing lifelong
relationships with some of the most talented and dedicated
individuals that exist within the business, financial, and academic
October of 2009 you elected me to a second two year term as
president of the IRTA Global Board of Directors. At that time we
discussed the possibility that I might not be able complete the term
of office because of the insidious life threatening disease that I
was diagnosed with in 2005. It now appears that my condition has
somewhat degraded and this will affect my abilities to perform the
tasks and duties of IRTA president at an acceptable level.
this point in time I will need all of my mental and spiritual energy
directed toward further survival of this disease. Presently I am
receiving a new chemotherapy drug and have and will take, every
opportunity to continue this wonderful life that I have had the
privilege to experience.
Therefore effective immediately I hereby resign both as president
and as a member of the IRTA Global Board of Directors. I will of
course be fully available to assist in the transition of leadership.
future is bright and the International Reciprocal Trade Association
is in excellent condition. The organization contains exceptional
leadership and we have in place the proven services of our superb
IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney.
Nothing but love,
President, IRTA Global Board of Directors
Michael Mercier, IRTA VP, will take over as president of the
organization and Perry Constantinides will be vice president.)