Legends of Barter

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the International Reciprocal Trade Association, in 2009 IRTA created the Legends of Barter Award to recognize certain extraordinary individuals that have served the Modern Trade and Barter Industry since 1979. 

The Legends of Barter Award is an honor that recognizes those Modern Trade and Barter Industry Members who have served and helped to shape and define the Industry over a period of ten or more years, through positive and identifiable actions. It is an Industry wide Award and includes individuals from all industry sectors, including Commercial barter, Corporate Barter and the Community Currency Movement. Honorees need not be an IRTA member, current industry member or be present at an IRTA Convention to receive this Award.

The following individuals are hereby recognized for their extraordinary efforts during the past thirty-seven years in shaping and defining the Modern Trade and Barter Industry:

Commercial Barter; Corporate Barter 1988-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. 4years service IRTA European Board; founding member IRTA European Board. He was one of the first European exchanges to combine elements of commercial barter with the corporate barter process.
Commercial Barter 1977-2000
Member Barter Hall of Fame, IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 12 years of IRTA Board service; two terms as IRTA Board President; chair of IRTA Ethics and Government Relations Committees. Led in the creation of the IRTA Code of Ethics; very active and productive in the lobbying efforts to pass the Barter Bill of Rights.
Commercial Barter 1992-Present
IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 7 years of IRTA Board service; IRTA Global Board Vice President. Secretary, Treasurer. Marketing Committee; member. Certified Trade Broker, Ethics, Universal Currency and Bylaws committees. Led several IRTA presentations and seminars; He participated in the creation and launch of the Universal Currency system by taking a leading role in writing the UC Bylaws and Regulations.
Commercial Barter 1984-2002
Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Mentorship Award; Numerous IRTA Barter Ambassador Awards. 10 years service on IRTA Board, served as IRTA Board President, Vice President and Treasurer. Participated in and led numerous convention seminars and panels. Was an early proponent of industry use of advanced technology and created and successfully produced some of the first exchange management software.
Retail Barter 2007-Present
IRTA Global Board member 4 years, speaker at the IRTA Convention 4 years. Previously CEO of Bartercard New Zealand before launching Bartercard USA as the founding President & CEO. Paul has helped the IRTA Board with his spreadsheet skills allowing for decisions to be made based on accurate forecasting. Paul is an industry expert on the use of social media, videos and new technology and is always will to help other members when asked.
Commercial & Corporate Barter 1979-Present
Numerous committees including the UC Board of Governors & Ethics Committee. Played an active role in constructing and adopting policy and procedures within the Universal Currency system. Played a key role in producing the IRTA Sales Training and Trade Brokering Manual. Speaker on various IRTA convention panels and convention sales training seminars.
Commercial Barter 1979-Present
Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 12 years IRTA Board and North American Board service. Numerous committees; UC Board of Governors. Played a key role in producing the IRTA Sales Training and Trade Brokering Manual.
Commercial Barter 1992-2009
IRTA Ambassador Awards. 4 years IRTA Board service, IRTA Membership, Universal Currency Committees; IRTA Convention speaker; panel participant; as a Board and committee member took an active role in constructing and adopting policy and procedures within the Universal Currency System.
Community Currency 1980-Present
Authored “No More Throw Away People” and “Time Dollars”. Created the concept of Time Dollars and founded TimeBanks USA, a local, tax-exempt currency which is designed to validate and reward the work preformed by volunteers and the disadvantaged in local communities.

Commercial Barter 1977-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; numerous IRTA Ambassador Awards. I2 years of IRTA Board service; served the IRTA Ethics, Membership, Government Relations, Convention and Finance committees; led several IRTA seminar and panels. Participated in the founding of IRTA; was part of test case that gave rise to 1099-B reporting.

Commercial Barter 1979-2007
Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award, IRTA Ambassador Award. 15 years of IRTA Board service; two terms IRTA Global Board President. Seminar and panel leader on several presentations on Media and Marketing.
Commercial Barter 1981-2009
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Presented extremely effective and powerful seminars focusing on selling exchange memberships; participated in several IRTA seminars and panels. Created the IRTA sale and sales management training manual.
Commercial Barter 1993-Present
Worked with IRTA (Australasia) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on the introduction and enforcement industry regulation in 1997, gained approval from the Australian Bankers Association for the introduction of variable Direct Debit Requests (DDR) 1998 – a first in Australia and now the accepted norm in commerce, worked with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to develop the Barter Industry Standards for the introduction of Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), 2000, lead the development and introduction of the world’s first processing for value of Barter transactions via Bank EFTPOS networks in 2005, lead and arranged the finance for the $25.5m Management Buy Out (MBO) of Bartercard Australia, 2007, created he Bartercard Charity Foundation as a registered Charity with tax deductable status – only such organization in Australia, 2012.
Corporate Barter 1984-2009
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award . 10 years IRTA Board Service, President IRTA Corporate Council. Founding member of IRTA Corporate Council, central in creating bylaws and standards. Played a significant role in establishing the IRTA Universal Currency System.
Commercial Barter 1991-2008
Member Barter Hall of Fame. He was a leader in the early development and use of online technology as a platform of opera- tions within the Modern Trade and Barter Industry.
Commercial Barter 1984-2009
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 10 years IRTA Global Board; 2 terms as President, 2 terms as treasurer; 1 term as Secretary; IRTA UC finance committee. Participated in and led numerous convention seminars and panels. Took lead in developing the Universal Currency system; accomplished positive results in both the Corporate Barter and Commercial Barter sectors of the Modern Trade and Barter industries.
Community Currency 1987-Present
As an economist, professor and author he writes and consults on monetary exchange alternatives, including private credit clearing systems, complementary and local currency; Has authored three books: New Money for Healthy Communities; Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis and his latest, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization. Has made several presentations during IRTA conventions and is active worldwide working with and developing Community Currency systems.
Commercial Barter 1976-2003
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award and several other Industry pioneer awards; 15 years of IRTA Board service; was a founding member of IRTA and served on the first IRTA Board. He chaired several IRTA committees, Ethics, Contracts, Membership, and Governmental. He took a leading role in the successful effort to secure the legal standing and win government recognition of our industry.
Commercial Barter 1981-2003
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. 15 years IRTA Board Service; IRTA Board President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. Played a significant part in the lobbying effort in Washington, to pass Barter Bill DC 1982-83. Was central in establishing and forming the Universal Currency system.
Corporate Barter 1954-2009
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award; IRTA CBC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is considered the “founding father” of the corporate barter industry and is credited with the invention of the accounts receivable concept that is to this day the basic principle of a Corporate Barter Transaction.
Commercial Barter 1991-Present
With over 22 years experience in the Barter industry Brian lead the development of many of the new member sales, trading, and franchise training and management systems that has been used as key IP for Bartercard ‘s domestic and international expansion collateral. Brian has held many roles over the years in Bartercard and during his time as the Sales and Marketing Director he developed national sales campaigns which achieved record breaking results of over 725 new member sales in one month, two years running. In the early years of 2000s Brian served as an active director and chairman of the Australasia chapter of the IRTA.
Heavily involved in IRTA since its inception. Attended and participated in all early IRTA conventions as well as hosting several in St. Louis. Served on numerous IRTA committees. Was a founding members of NATE and participated in many seminars, and held most elected officer positions. Owned one of the largest mid-west independent trade exchange, and sold it to the largest trade exchange in the country.
Commercial Barter 1989-2009
Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards. 10 years IRTA Global Board service. Founding member of IRTA European Board, 2 terms as President of IRTA European Board; chaired IRTA Website and Marketing committee. He has introduced one of the first International web based trading platforms that includes a loyalty element. He continues to actively support a single currency that would include all members of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.
Commercial Barter 1992-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; Member IRTA Legends of Barter; IRTA Ambassador Award; 20 year member of IRTA. Assumed a leadership role in acquiring, assisting and training new industry members; Participated in and led numerous convention seminars and panels. Took lead in developing software and transaction processing technology for the barter industry.
Commercial Barter 1973-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Served as Vice President of the first IRTA Board; many committees and seminars. One of the founding members of IRTA. Responsible for design of IRTA logo.
Commercial Barter 1991-Present
IRTA and NATE Ambassador Awards. 15 year Member of IRTA and NATE. She assumed a leadership role in assisting and training new industry members; Led Convention seminars and participated in panels. She has actively supported unity within the Modern Trade and Barter industry.
Community Currency
Over 25 years of service Has twice been a speaker at IRTA Conventions. An economist author and professor. Authored “The Future of Money” and the forthcoming “Of Human Wealth”. He is credited with coining the phrase “Complementary Currency” and has worked with leaders of the sector to further the use of Community Currency.
Community Currency 1983-Present
IRTA convention speaker. Founded LETS, Local Exchange Trading System, a community oriented trading platform that allows its members to manage their own parallel currency system. Today there are thousands of LETS communities worldwide.
Commercial Barter 1991-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 6 year of IRTA Board service; 6 years service and current President of IRTA European Board. Chaired the IRTA Community Currency Committee. He continues to be a leader in promoting the Community and Complementary Currency movements within the Modern Trade and Barter industry structure.
Retail Barter 1985-Present
Debbie Lombardi is President of Barter Business Unlimited based in Connecticut. She is a certified trader broker and veteran entrepreneur in the barter industry for more than 30 years and has become one of the top business consultants about barter and business management resources. She is the former president of the National Association of Trade Exchanges and a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global network of more than 6,600 business owners in 38 countries.
Community Currency 1980-Present
Keynote speaker in 2002 at the First International Community Currency Conference in Koriyama Japan. Created Friendly Favors Living Directory Network, which is being used by over 100 organizations and is interconnecting 50,000+ people in 150+ countries; Has traveled worldwide with Thomas Greco on behalf of the Community Currency movement.
Commercial Barter 1984-Present
2009 Barter Hall of Fame; two IRTA Outstanding Achievement Awards; NATE Gary Monkman Memorial Award. I0 years Board service, two terms as President of NATE Board. Presently serves on IRTA Board. Participated as a founder of the B.A.N.K currency system. Recently been a spokesperson ambassador for the barter industry to many media outlets and investor conferences.
Commercial Barter 1996-Present
Six years on the IRTA Global Board. Committees served include: Executive, Membership, UC, Ethics and Software. Founder and President of iTradeEarth serving members in Puerto Rico, The Caribbean and Eastern Canada. Scot has been a strong proponent of fair trading practices, creating and maintaining high value trade currencies. He has mentored several trade exchange startups.
Commercial Barter 1978-Present
19 years IRTA Board service, current Vice President; 4 years NATE Board, past President; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award, NATE Distinguished Service Award, several seminars and committees. Chaired the IRTA Government Relations committee that created model legislation for presentation to Congress that led to the US government recognition of the Modern Trade and Barter industry; has worked continuously for industry unity.
Author and Lecturer 1979-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; NATE Lifetime Achievement Award. Founder and publisher of the BarterNews Magazine which has become the major voice of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry; Bob has introduced the barter concept to thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs. He has authored and published the FastStart program that continues to educate business and individuals about our industry.
Commercial Barter 1976-Present
Two IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; Two NATE Distinguished Service Awards. 20 total years of Board service; 6 years IRTA Board; 12 years NATE Board. As a CPA he has held the Treasurer position in both IRTA and NATE. Central in shaping bookkeeping, accounting procedures and best practices within the modern Trade and Barter industry.
Commercial Barter; Community Currency 1981-Present
Annette has over 20 years experience in the commercial barter sector. She transitioned into the community currency sector; she now operates a commercial barter exchange in Bolder Co. She has presented Community Currency seminars during both the 2008 and 2009 IRTA conventions. She is an educator and valued speaker who is contributing her unique vision and commitment to both the Community Currency and Commercial Barter segments of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.
Commercial Barter 1986-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 6years of IRTA Board service; current IRTA Treasurer; past IRTA North America President; CTB and Marketing committees. Several presentations, including marketing and accounting, 1099 reporting. An advocate for small exchanges and IRTA inclusiveness of qualifying industry members.
Commercial Barter 1980-2005
Several Industry Awards. 15 years of NATE Board service; NATE Board President; several NATE committees; was keynote speaker and led numerous seminars and convention panels. He was one of the first to combine media and corporate barter into the commercial barter sector.
Commercial Barter 1991-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. 4 years IRTA Board service; North American Board; IRTA Convention and Marketing Committee. Participated in several IRTA convention panels and seminars. She was very active and effective in providing training and education for trade directors and brokers.
Commercial Barter 1986-2001
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Led seminars on trade accounting and collection; served on several committees and panels; was instrumental in establishing IRTA standards of accounting and bookkeeping procedures.
Commercial Barter 1991-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; 6 years IRTA Board service 5 years; IRTA Australia Board service; participated and led several panels and seminars. A charismatic figure, Wayne has built Bartercard into a 70,000 business member commercial barter company. He continues to promote the Modern Trade and Barter process as a viable way for businesses to deal with current economic conditions.
Commercial Barter 1989-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. 10 years IRTA Global Board service. Founding member of IRTA European Board, IRTA Ethics Committee. Authored an educational book titled “Moneyless Trade: Barter”. First to apply swipe technology to barter transactions; is working directly with the Turkish government in securing standards of barter system operations for the benefit of all barter clients.
Commercial Barter 1996-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. 4 years IRTA European Board service; founding member of the IRTA European Chapter and Board. Pioneered the integration of loyalty programs and swipe technology into Modern Trade and Barter exchange systems.
Retail Barter 1990-Present (CEO, International Monetary Systems)
IRTA Global Board member for 6 years; Recipient of the Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; Served on the Marketing, Ethics, Education and Legislation Committees and has played a leading role in revisions to the IRTA Bylaws and Regulations and assorted published guidelines; leader of several seminars and presentations. He has served in all facets of the barter industry, ranging from retail and corporate trade to taking IMS through a registered IPO, a publicly traded company, 34 acquisitions and established a franchising entity.
1978-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame. Paul is known as a founder of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry. As the first IRTA Executive Director and, over a period of 12 years, he formed and founded the IRTA, Corporate Barter Council, IRTA Europe and IRTA Australia. He worked with US Congress and US government agencies to secure the Barter Bill of Rights and Revenue Ruling 82-52 that solidified the legal standing of the Modern Trade and Barter industry.
Corporate Barter 1984-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 8 years of IRTA Board Service; President IRTA Corporate Council. Member of the Ethics Committee of the IRTA Corporate Council, and served on the task force that created the Corporate Barter Sectors first code of professional ethics and standards.
Commercial Barter 1976-Present
Member Barter Hall of Fame; three IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards. 22 years of IRTA Board service, current IRTA President. Numerous committees and seminars. Central in defeating California legislation that would have crippled the industry; first to integrate media with commercial barter; created the IRTA Operation Outreach Program.
Commercial Barter 1978-2007
Member Barter Hall of Fame; IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award; IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. 20 years Board service; 5 years NATE Board service, one term as President, 15 years IRTA Board service, one term as President. Chair of IRTA and NATE Certified Trade Broker Committees; leader of several seminars and presentations; founder and creator of the IRTA and NATE consolidated Certified Trade Broker program that is utilized industry wide.
Commercial Barter 1983-Present
IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Served on NATE Board and as NATE President and Chairman; Founder of the NATE Technology Committee; Pioneered technological advancements within the Modern Trade and Barter industry; Consolidated ITEX and BXI, two of the largest commercial barter companies, when they had severe problematic issues; thereby stabilizing the North American market of our industry.
Commercial Barter 1982-Present
Three IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Awards; numerous IRTA Ambassador Awards. 20 years of IRTA Board service; two terms as IRTA President; many committees and seminars; While IRTA President, he played a key role in the founding of Universal Currency.
Commercial Barter 1993-Present
IRTA Paul St. Martin Distinguished Service Award. Served on IRTA and NATE Board of Directors and former officer of both. IRTA Executive Director since 2007. Appointed to IRS IRPAC Advisory Committee 2006 to 2009. Has positively impacted IRS policy on withholding and 1099-B reporting and developed vital industry contact with the service.