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2015 IRTA


Join international trade, barter and alternative currency professionals at the 36th International Barter and Alternative Currency Conference held at the five-star all-inclusive Solmar Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


  • Nationally Renowned Speakers
  • Emphasis on Broker Training
  • Sales Seminars
  • Media Training
  • UC Growth Strategy
  • Business Growth Strategy
  • Latest Technology Developments
  • Complementary Currency Program
  • Crypto Currencies Review & Analysis
  • Latest Industry Innovations & Initiatives



The International Reciprocal Trade Association, IRTA, is a non-profit organization committed to promoting just and equitable standards of practice and operation within the Modern Trade and Barter and other Alternative Capital Systems Industry, by raising the awareness and value of these processes to the entire Global Community.

The mission of IRTA is, to provide all Industry Members with an ethically based global organization, dedicated to the advancement of Modern Trade and Barter and other Alternative Capital Systems, through the use of education, self regulation, high standards and government relations.

Convention Schedule

Bringing your brokers to an all-inclusive five-star resort for IRTA's Convention is a fantastic, (& economical), way to reward your team for a job well done! IRTA has made it even better to have your star employees attend this year's Cabo San Lucas Convention by offering super discounts and extraordinary informative seminars.

2015 Convention Host Sponsor


Thursday, September 17, 2015


IRTA Global Board of Directors Meeting
Please note: This is not the annual membership meeting, which will take place on Friday morning, September 18th at 11:00am.

IRTA Euro/Asian Chapter Meeting
All European and Asian trade exchanges are encouraged to attend this important meeting to solidify the Euro/Asian Chapter.

Registered Trade Broker (RTB) and Certified Trade Broker (CTB)Training
Registered Trade Broker (RTB) and Certified Trade Broker (CTB) education and training course for brokers.

Registration–Main Lobby
Welcome to IRTA’s 36th 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!

Welcome Reception & Speed Trade Fair
Always one of the highlights of the IRTA convention. This year’s Welcome Reception includes a speed-trading component – so be ready to meet old friends and new people and trade!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Registration Continues
Main 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


Welcome Remarks by IRTA President, Annette Riggs and IRTA Executive Director, Ron Whitney
Convention Attendees’ self-introduction

Opening Keynote Speaker
Are You a Game Watcher or a Game Changer?! Bill Guertin, consultant to NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams will speak on the opportunities the barter industry brings to today’s competitive environment and new ways to inspire success in your business.


11:00a.m. –12:15p.m.
IRTA Annual Business Meeting
IRTA 2015 goals, review of IRTA and UC finances, review of new members and new initiatives. Video competition review ad voting. Nominations for IRTA Global Board of Director seats

12:15p.m. –2:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Seminars
Session1: Complementary Currencies & the role of the new foundation called The Complementary Economics Foundation (CEF).
Broker Training For Brokers

3:30p.m. –3:45p.m.

Late Afternoon Seminars
Session 1: How To Create & Maintain Values In Your Exchange & Your Currency.
Session 2: Sales Workshop with outdoor advertising and real estate component

7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m
Friday Night Dinner
>Note: New IRTA Board of Directors’ nomination speeches will take place at 7:30p.m. – voting will follow the speeches.


Sponsored by

Green Apple

Saturday, September 19, 2015


New Start-Up Exchange Breakfast

9:30a.m – 11:00a.m
UC & White Label Software Platforms - Presentation & Training
Q & A Period

11:00a.m – 11:15a.m.

This full session has become a big hit at IRTA Conventions. All participants have the opportunity to talk about the most important challenges and opportunities with their companies and the industry as a whole.

NOTE: UC Committee will meet during lunch meeting at 12:30pm

RTB/CTB Testing
Session 1: How To Network Your Business Locally & Regionally
Session 2: Generating Leads From LinkedIn & Going Paperless


Session 1: New Technology & Innovation Shaking-Up The Barter Industry
Session 2: Business Evaluation & Succession Planning

5:15p.m – 6:15.p.m.
IRTA Board Meeting With New Board Members

7:00p.m. – 7:45p.m.
Cocktail Reception

7:45p.m. – 10:00p.m.

Sponsored by


10:00p.m. till Midnight
After Party



Guest Speakers

Are You a Game Watcher or a Game Changer?

Bill Guertin, consultant to NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams will speak on the opportunities the barter industry brings to today’s competitive environment and new ways to inspire success in your business.

Bill is an expert sales professional, thought leader, author, speaker, and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of The 800-Pound Gorilla, a sales skills development company involved in training, consulting, and speaking to a wide variety of sales and marketing organizations.

When you talk to Bill, you'll know he's the "real deal".He's genuinely concerned about you and your sales team, and he'll partner with you to help you empower your reps with the skills they need to fill the house.

Bill's programs are all focused on getting you the results you need, and often include a combination of his outstanding Webinars, online training materials, live on-site sales skills development and sales managers' leadership programs.

    Event Speakers

    Internationally renowned speakers from around the world

    Bill is an experienced author, sales professional and strategic consultant that works as a consultant to the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams, including but not limited to, the Boston Celtics, Houston Texans, Calgary Flames and San Francisco Giants. Bill is the owner and founder of the 800 Pound Gorilla,
    Bill Guertin

    Founder, 800 Pound Gorilla

    Annette has 25+ years experience in the peer-to-peer mutual credit clearing and complementary currency sectors.. She currently owns Community connect Trade in Denver, Colorado. Annette is in her second-term as President of IRTA and was recently named President of the Complementary Economics Foundation (CEF). Annette is an educator and knowledgeable speaker on all segments of the barter trade industry.
    Annette Riggs

    President, IRTA

    Ron has 22+ years experience in the barter & trade industry, he founded an exchange in the Wilmington, DE/Philadelphia market. Ron was on the board of IRTA and was named IRTA's Executive Director in 2007. Through Ron's pro-active leadership, the membership in IRTA has more than tripled in seven years and IRTA has taken a pre-eminent advocacy role to preserve, protect and enhance all sectors of the industry worldwide.

    Executive Director, IRTA

    The President and Owner of, Fred Detwiler, is also a founding member of the International Trading Association (IRTA). Founder of Michigan Trade Exchange in 1978, his leadership abilities have helped carve a path for the entire barter industry for 37 years. has operated multiple regional trading centers in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida, and has strong relationships with the most prominent barter companies throughout the U.S. and the world.
    Fred Detwiler

    President, TradeFirst

    John is CEO of International Monetary Systems, (IMS), the largest publically traded independent barter network in North America. John serves on the IRTA Global Board and Executive Committee and is actively involved in strategic planning for IRTA and the industry.
    John Strabley

    CEO, International Monetary System

    Scott has 30+ years of experience in the barter industry and is the founder and owner of Florida Barter based in Orlando, Florida, one of the oldest and best exchanges in the U.S. Scott is a member of the Barter Hall of Fame and current Vice-President of IRTA and Chairman of Universal Currency Clearinghouse Inc. (UC), which is the largest inter-exchange clearinghouse in the world.
    Scott Whitmer

    President & CEO, Florida Barter

    Bruce, a recipient of the Paul St Martin Distinguished Service Award, has 25 years experience in the barter and alternative currency industry. He founded an exchange in NYC, a corporate barter company, and a technology company that greatly expands liquidity and profitability for barter exchanges. Combining domain expertise in the trade industry with intimate knowledge of technology and mobile payments, Bruce architected barter software that is used by trade exchanges and associations to run and manage their exchange, as well as consumer reward and loyalty programs that increase member satisfaction and revenues.
    Bruce Kamm

    Chief Evolutionary Officer, VirtualBarter

    Kim is the VP of IMS and in charge of nationwide brokering. Kim is the Director of Certified Trade Broker (CTB) Training for IRTA and is a well-respected teacher and leader in the barter industry.
    Kim Strabley

    Vice President, IMS

    Patty is a veteran of the barter industry and currently UC's International Broker and IRTA Special Projects Manager. Patty has been instrumental in the growth of UC.
    Patty Weston

    International Broker, UC

    Convention Registration

    Space is limited, so book your Registration today!

    Join an exceptional group of barter, trade and alternative currency professionals at the International Reciprocal Trade Association's 36th annual International Convention.
    All rates include three days, three nights all-inclusive accommodations at the fabulous Solmar Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

    Universal Currency members can pay $500 of the registration fee in UC.
    Register today for special spouse and broker rates.


    • Registration
    • Networking Reception
    • Conference Sessions
    • Accommodations (3 nights)
    • All Meals
    • Bar & Beverages
    • Awards Banquet
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    IRTA Member

    500 UC + USD$559
    • Registration
    • Networking Reception
    • Conference Sessions
    • Accommodations (3 nights)
    • All Meals
    • Bar & Beverages
    • Awards Banquet
    • * Member Rate Applies to All NATE Members
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    • Registration
    • Networking Reception
    • Conference Sessions
    • Accomodations (3 nights)
    • All Meals
    • Bar & Beverages
    • Awards Banquet
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    Questions and Answers About This Event

     All bookings for IRTA’s 2015 convention MUST BE MADE through IRTA, by filling-out and returning the digital convention registration form on this site. 
    The convention officially starts at the Welcome Reception at 7:00PM on Thursday evening, September 17th, 2015.  The actual educational portion of the convention starts on Friday morning at 9:00AM on September 18th, 2015.
    Business casual for the seminar educational portion.  The Awards Dinner on Saturday night is semi-formal, but business casual is acceptable, since we are in a tropical climate.
    The hotel taxes and meal plan are included in the 3-day, 3-night convention package period rates, that have a check-in of September 17th and a check-out of September 20, 2015.  The guest is responsible for the hotel taxes and meal plan taxes for any extra nights they stay beyond the 3-day package period 
    No, extra activities like fishing, kayaking and snorkeling are only offered directly by the hotel for cash.  Go to and click on the “Concierge” tab and select the activities you want – bookings can be made online.
    Book your flights into Cabo San Lucas Airport (SJD).
    Transportation is available by the Solmar shuttle bus at $21 per person each way, payable to the driver.
    Av. Solmar No. 1A Col Centro, BCS C.P. 23450 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Phone: 624.145.7575

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