Dates: September 5-7, 2019

Location: Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


SPONSORS



CONVENTION SCHEDULE

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE SCHEDULE (PDF)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

12:00pm-6:00pm

Registration-Heaven Section Lobby
Welcome to IRTA’s 37th Annual International Convention! Please let the IRTA and UC registration desk know you have arrived and pick up your complete information package and convention goodies!

3:00pm-6:00pm

Registered Trade Broker (RTB) & Certified Trade Broker (CTB) Training
Decca 3 & 4.

7:00pm-8:30pm

WELCOME RECEPTION
Always one of the highlights of the IRTA convention, the Welcome Reception is an event to meet and greet, make new friends, catch–up with old friends.

Sponsored by:

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

7:00am-10:00am

Registration Continues in the Heaven Section Lobby
If you didn’t get a chance to register last night, be sure to stop by the registration table for all your conference materials. You’ll need these to navigate your way through the conference agenda. Sorry, only one per 1 person–so hold on tight!

7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast

OFFICIAL CONVENTION OPENING

8:45am-9:00am

Welcome remarks and introduction of the Keynote Speaker by Annette Riggs, IRTA President and Ron Whitney, IRTA Executive Director.

9:00am-10:30am

Opening Kick–Off with Keynote Speaker
Decca #2

Dan Lok, TEDx speaker, international best-selling author & champion of organized barter systems shows you “How to Thrive & Prosper in the Age of Disruption.”

10:30am

30 Minute Break

11:00am-12:00pm

IRTA Annual Business Meeting
Decca #2
Update on issues facing IRTA, 2016 goals, review of IRTA and UC finances, new programs/initiatives and nominations for IRTA Global Board of Director seats.

12:15pm-1:15pm

LUNCH

1:30pm-2:45pm

Early Afternoon Seminars:

Session Option #1:
Model Membership Contract Review
Decca #2
The times have changed and exchanges need to stay current with the latest industry issues that effect what should be included, and not included in your membership agreements.
Panelists: Ron Whitney, Annette Riggs & Carl Steinbrenner

Session Option #2:
Broker Training Session
Decca #3 & #4
Not your vanilla broker session–this one covers new creative angles that will produce tangible increases in your trade volume.
Panelists: Patty Weston & star IRTA member brokers from successful exchanges.

2:45pm-3:00pm

BREAK

3:00pm-4:15pm

Late Afternoon Seminars:

Session Option #1:
Selling with LinkedIn
Decca #2
This session was the #1 hit seminar from last year’s Cabo convention. Listen and learn from Paul Bolte how you can increase your sales beyond your goals!

Session Option #2:
There is no late second session–go to Paul Bolte’s LinkedIn seminar! It is that good!

4:15pm-4:30pm

FREE TIME UNTIL DINNER

3:00pm-4:15pm

Friday Night Buffet Dinner
The Terrace on the Beach!

Sponsored by:

GREEN APPLE BARTER

NOTE: New IRTA Board of Director’s Nomination Speeches will take place at 7:30pm and the voting for new board directors will follow the speeches.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

8:00am-9:00am

BREAKFAST

9:00am-11:00am

2nd Keynote Speaker

Unleash Your Strengths with Gallup Clifton Strengths

Facilitated by Keely (Whitmer) Merritt

The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment was developed through over 50 years of research on positive psychology and how the most successful people in the world naturally think, feel, and behave. In this workshop you will learn how a strengths-based approach can improve your success as well as your employees’s engagement, success, and happiness. Come learn what makes you and your staff tick!

11:15am-12:15pm

Interactive Hot Topics Discussion
Decca #2
Another convention favorite! Tell us what is on your mind–what are the issues that you need help with? How do we make our industry better and get the good word out to the world more effectively?
Moderators: Annette Riggs and Ron Whitney

12:15pm-1:45pm

LUNCH
(NOTE: UC Committee Meeting Will Take Place During Lunch)

2:00pm-3:30pm

RTB/CTB Testing–Board Room

1:30pm-2:45pm

Early Afternoon Seminars:

Session Option #1:
UC Growth Strategies–Interactive Session
Decca #2
UC is doing 1 million of transactions a month–but we can do better! Tell us how we can improve UC and make it even better than it is!
Panelists: Ron Whitney & Patty Weston

Session Option #2:
Complementary Currency Program
Decca #3 & #4
Some of the most exciting and creative initiatives in our industry are happening in the complementary currency sector. Learn about those projects and the techniques you might be able to implement in your exchange.

2:45pm-3:00pm

BREAK

3:00pm-4:15pm

Late Afternoon Seminars:

Session Option #1:
Selling To Millennials & Other Ways to Stay Current
Decca #2
The world is changing fast and we need to keep up with it! This session covers ways to stay current and position your company to succeed.
Panelists: Paul Bolte, Trevor Dietz, Kent Johnson & Kevin BrownPanelists: Ron Whitney & Patty Weston

Session Option #2:
Latest Technology
Decca #3 & #4
Tech experts discuss the latest developments that impact our industry.
Panelists: Representatives from VBarter, BPS Technologies & others

4:15pm-7:00pm

Free time to enjoy the Hard Rock Hotel!

4:30pm-6:00pm

IRTA Board Meeting with new board members
Board Room

7:00pm

Cocktail Reception on the Beach!
(Weather Permitting)

7:45pm-11:00pm

IRTA Awards Banquet on the Beach
(Weather Permitting)–Alternatively at Decca #2

The Awards Dinner is the perfect event to honor top performers in the Barter Industry. Have a ball and dance the night away!

Sponsored by:

THE ALLAN R. HACKEL ORGANIZATION

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Check-out from the Hard Rock Hotel

There are no activities scheduled for this day–have a safe trip home!!!