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  Mission Statement

Art of Barter is dedicated to leading the barter industry as the clients advocate, to ensure mutually successful, long term, trusting relationships with its Trading Partners.

About Art of Barter

Art of Barter provides barter brokerage services to approximately 1,400 small business clients located primarily in the Chicagoland area.

Member businesses "purchase" goods and services from other member businesses using a cash equivalent "barter credit" in lieu of cash.  Art of Barter makes money by charging a cash commission on each transaction.

The company has negotiated in excess of $140 million in barter transactions for its members since beginning operation in 1992.

Art of Barter has reciprocal trading relationships with similar barter exchanges across the U.S. and Canada.

Industry Background

For many years people have traded directly with each other. Barter  is nothing new.  However, with the advent of the first trade exchange in the late 1960's, using a cash equivalent barter credit in a closed exclusive system infinitely more trading possibilities became possible.

Today, the barter industry is composed of several hundred independent barter exchanges representing an estimated 300,000 businesses.  Art of Barter is one of the leading independent trade exchanges.


The AOB Concept

We have designed a tightly controlled, exclusive barter system to ensure equity and value for all participants.  Our previous experience as major clients to the industry is unique among trade exchange owners.  Art of Barter was built from the ground up from the clients perspective.

Company History

                  
Ron Szekeres,                                    John Hora
Founder & President                           Vice President

Before founding the company in 1992, Art of Barter President, Ron Szekeres was a major client of the barter industry. As Director of Barter for Circle Fine Art Corporation (CFA) from 1982 to 1991, Ron Szekeres traded over $10 million in collectible fine art work. Under Ron's leadership, CFA became the model corporate barter client and one of the single largest clients of the barter industry offsetting as much as half of its operating costs with barter.

With a business plan developed by Ron Szekeres, CFA formed Art of Barter, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary in November, 1991. The new company hired Marketing Consultant, John Hora to create it's corporate image and marketing program. After completing a three month contract, John Hora joined the company full time as Director of Marketing in March, 1992. The company became profitable in its first year.

As Art of Barter grew and prospered, the associated requirements of a rapidly growing company made it apparent that Art of Barter would do better on its own rather than as a division of CFA. Coinciding with a re-organization of CFA, Art of Barter was sold to an entity owned by Ron Szekeres and John Hora in February, 1995.

Exceptional Trade Examples

CLIENT TRADED FOR...
AMOUNT
Advertising Agency Interior Glass Entry and Exec. Doors
38,000
Advertising Program Inflight Magazines
48,000
Apartment Complex Replacement Windows
8,500
Art Gallery Landscaping Materials
8,500
Awning Company Ladders
3,000
Bottled Water Distributor P.R. and Marketing
15,000
Builder Ceramic Tile
16,000
Carpet Store Lincoln Town Car
8,000
Catering Service Dental Work
10,000
Cleaning Company Plumbing Supplies
5,000
D.J. Service Caribbean Cruise
3,500
Deli Awning
5,800
Die Cutter Chip Board
30,000
Electrician Blinds and Drapery's
10,000
Fabric Distributor Real Estate
10,000
Film Separations Annual Christmas Party
20,000
Florist Dental Work
6,000
Furrier Motorcycle
17,000
Gift Basket Company Bath/Kitchen Re-Tiled
6,000
Health Clinic Television Advertising
18,000
Hotel Architectural Metal Refinishing
25,000
Hotel Drapery Cleaning
18,000
Leather Retailer Advertising Campaign
50,000
Limousine Company 68' Mustang
6,000
Manufacturer European Vacation
16,000
Mailing Service Mailing Machine
12,000
Marketing Company Phone System
46,000
Messenger Service Ticket Printing
10,000
Painter Boat
40,000
Party Supply Store Built in Sound System
7,500
Personnel Service Hawaiian Vacation
3,000
Printer Electrical Work
7,000
Printer Iron Fence
26,000
Printer Land
25,000
Printer Film Separations
46,000
Printer Die Cutting
75,000
Printer In Floor Heating System
5,000
Radio Network Computers
12,000
Radio Station Ad Specialties/Tee Shirts
8,000
Restaurant Fine Art
40,000
Restaurant Brick Paved Driveway for residence
45,000
Restaurant Printing
38,000
Restaurant Wood Floor
19,000
Shopping Center New Roof
38,000
Vending Company Warehouse Floor Sealed
30,000
Woman's Apparel Retailer Fur Coat
7,800

References

Feel free to contact any of the following businesses regarding their experience trading with Art of Barter.

Allstar Auto Repair: Mark Smith, 815-337-2277

Astro Cleaning Service: Helen Hicks, 815-462-3128

David Kerstein, Attorney at Law: 847-205-4496

Lake Zurich Animal Hospital: Dr. Steve Pritkin, 847-438-3750

New Barry Publishing: Marie Francis, 312-498-5200
Mariebarry@msn.com

Polo Cafe:
Dave Samber, 773-927-7656 
Davesamber@polocafe.com

Saint Lucy's Eye Clinic: Dr. Joseph Mejhia, 708-795-0777 
i-doc@excite.com




Art of Barter 609 E. Chicago St., Elgin, IL 60120-5760 

Tel. 847-214-5656 Fax 847-214-5657 Email: info@artofbarter.com

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