May 26, 2015
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NATE Hosted 31st Annual Convention In Las Vegas
The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) held their 31st
annual convention at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, where trade
exchanges from both the U.S. and Canada attended. The convention
attendees consisted of trade exchange owners, brokers and sales
representatives from more than 25 exchanges.
Along with the
seminars and discussion panels, convention attendees had a lot of
other options this year. Many social events were planned as a way
for the different exchanges to get to know each other and learn what
each exchange has to offer in hard goods and in travel.
"Shark BANC Competition," consisting of strategies for promoting
BANC items to a panel of judges, was a big hit! Convention
registrants could attend a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the on-site
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. Additionally, there was an
awards banquet held in the Pebble Beach Ballroom.
for this year's convention included Tradefirst (Diamond),
International Monetary Systems (Platinum), Saturn Barter Company
(Platinum), Local Trade Partners (Gold), The Barter Company
(Silver), New England Trade (Bronze), and Barter Business Exchange
(Bronze). Their generous contributions went toward the
planning, organizing and execution of convention events, such as the
Pebble Beach Ballroom awards banquet and the Great NATE Trade
In addition to the seminars moderated
by exchange owners and brokers, NATE guest speaker Cynthia
Vassilowitch gave a superb seminar on IRS issues. With nearly three
decades of experience with the IRS, Ms. Vassilowitch is a certified
public accountant (CPA), enrolled agent (EA) authorized by the US.
Treasury, and has her Masters in Taxation (MST).
year NATE had the largest CTB (certified trade broker) training
course ever taught, with 19 students in attendance. The program is
designed for individuals seeking to advance their barter broker
skills and knowledge in the barter industry. Of those, 16 passed
their respective test resulting in 8 CTB and 8 RTB certifications.
The 2015 elected officers to the NATE Board of Directors is
Anne Weiser, of International Barter Exchange —President
Ric Zampatti, of The Barter Company —Vice President
Gary Oshry, of New England Trade —Treasurer
Kim Ames, of TradeAmericanCard —Secretary
For more information on the recent NATE convention, go to
www.natebarter.com/conventions or contact Raye Hampton Fegan at
(617) 763-3311 or
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