Get to know our executive team
Get to know our executive team
President and Treasurer
Annette has been a member of the IRTA Global Board of Directors for the past 6 years and is currently serving her seconded term as President of the Board of IRTA (International Reciprocal Trade Association). She has over 30 years of experience in a variety of non-cash trade execution models, including trade exchanges, large corporate barter transactions and complementary currency applications.
Annette has been a Consultant to non-monetary trade systems on local, regional and international scales and enjoys writing and speaking on a vocation that she chose as a young college student.
Annette was the first recipient of the prestigious David Wallach Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and the President’s Excellence Award issued by IRTA for the first time in 2013.
Scott has been a practitioner of community currency since 2009 when he organized a social currency in Fairfield, IA called “HERO Rewards” which was later featured in the feature length documentary film “Money & Life” (2013). He relocated to Ithaca, NY and while consulting with the Ithaca Hours local currency there, attended the 2013 Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in The Hague, where he hosted two panels and connected with the Amsterdam-based Qoin organization.
Scott has since founded Ithacash in order to build on the legacy of the Hours model and serves as Qoin’s US fellow. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Political Economics from the University of Alabama.
Ashby is the CFO of Kobie Marketing, a loyalty marketing company based in St. Petersburg, FL that runs programs for Verizon, GAP, Best Buy and many others. He is responsible for all financial and administrative functions at Kobie Marketing. In this role, he and his team work closely with the rest of the Kobie Team in the development and monitoring of annual budgets, monthly and annual financial reporting, providing financial analyses for proposed programs and RFP’s, coordination of benefits, compensation, and staffing needs.
Ashby began his career in auditing at Ernst & Young LLP in Atlanta, GA and his experience includes auditing, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, business development, construction, bartering and litigation consulting. Ashby worked in the barter industry for a number of years in a retail exchange in Atlanta, GA. He has served on many boards in the past including Builders Association of North Central Florida and Tradebank International. He currently serves on the board of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum.
Ashby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
Board Member — Chairman
Carl Steinbrenner is a New York business law attorney, bringing over 30 years of corporate and business legal experience to clients. Carl has represented business owners and executives in almost every industry, ranging in size from local start-up companies to international Fortune 100 corporations.
In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Complementary Economics Foundation, Carl chairs the Rochester, New York City Council Ethics Board and also serves on the Board of Lifetime Assistance Foundation, Inc., which focuses on supporting quality services for persons with developmental disabilities in the western New York region.
Board Member — Secretary
Ron is the Executive Director of IRTA and previously served on the IRTA Global Board of Directors. Ron aggressively advocates for the barter and alternative capital industry and articulates IRTA policy on difficult topics such as IRS treatment of barter, deficit management, franchising and licensing, ethics and alternative currency policies. Ron also oversees IRTA’s international trading platform, Universal Currency, which continues to set inter-exchange trading records in the industry Worldwide.
Ron has received numerous outstanding achievement awards from IRTA, including the prestigious David Wallach Award, Paul St. Martin Award and a Special Global Board Recognition Award for his accomplishments and contributions to the barter industry.
Giuseppe Littera (BA Hons) is from Cagliari (Sardinia-Italy). After graduation in Modern Languages in the UK, he moved back to his native town of Serramanna where he worked on various social and cultural projects before starting Sardex.net.
Giuseppe is one of the founders of Sardex.net and is currently a board member and Chief Technical Officer. He has co-designed the Sardex economic model on which the network operates and is currently involved in its improvement and expansion. He is also actively working on various EU Commission backed projects specifically aimed at developing new tools for local governments and SME networks.
Karen has been an entrepreneur since the age of 24 and founded the We Trade Network in 2000 in Montana, U.S. Karen was elected to the board of the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) in 2009, and served a 3 year term as Secretary of the Board. Karen currently serves on IRTA’s Universal Currency Committee.
After the Great Recession of 2008, Karen’s awareness deepened about the role that trade/barter systems (non-cash forms of trade) have to play in the larger economy. She is passionate about working for this sector to become better organized, better educated and wants to develop greater cooperation to expand its presence in the economy in the U.S. and in the World. Karen believes that expansion only has value if it includes standards and best practices.