IRTA’s Convention a Smashing Success! Paul Bolte Elected Chairman of the Board

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IRTA’s 38th Annual International Convention at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun. Mexico was a smashing success! Attendees gathered from all over the globe to participate in IRTA’s industry based educational, advocacy and exchange support services.

Community Connect Trade Association’s Founder & CEO, Annette Riggs, received this year’s much deserved Barter Hall of Fame Award, and John Strabley, CEO of International Monetary Systems, (IMS), received the prestigious David Wallach Outstanding Achievement Award.

Additionally, the IRTA Global Board of Directors elected Paul Bolte, President & CEO of Bartercard USA Inc., as Chairman of the Board.

“I am delighted and humbled to be serving as the Board Chairman for IRTA. I am looking forward to working with the Global Board of Directors and President & CEO Ron Whitney to increase the global influence of IRTA as we seek to educate people about our industry, advocate with governments to protect our industry and support our members as they seek to grow their businesses and prosper. I believe with unity IRTA can become a single global voice for our industry and invite everyone connected to our industry to come together to support IRTA in this mission.”
—Paul Bolte

Lastly, Universal Currency (UC), IRTA’s inter-exchange trading platform, reported record-breaking trade volume at the convention, for 2017. UC is on track to top 15 million in trading in 2017.

For more information on IRTA and UC, contact IRTA’s President & CEO, Ron Whitney at or 757-393-2292, or IRTA’s Project Manager & International Broker, Patty Weston at or 407-951-6797.