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Meet the BarterSaves Team

George Ackerson
CEO and CoFounder
George Ackerson is currently CEO and CoFounder of BarterSaves, a New Jersey based barter exchange that enables local business owners to trade what they have for the things they need. Prior to BarterSaves, George spent the last 20 professional working years within technology, mobility, applications, sales and business development. George was the CEO and CoFounder of MyMBPP, a mobile app and platform for bill presentment and payment which allowed companies to pay invoices and facilitate various customer relationship management functions. George has also held various senior sales and management positions with companies in the technology space such as BlackBerry, NTENT, KiwiTech, OSG and others. George has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland University College.
René Ackerson
President and CoFounder
René Ackerson is currently President and CoFounder of the BarterSaves Trade Exchange, the area's preferred barter club. She is passionate about helping local business owners grow their cash and barter business with new customers. Her experience in corporate America and her past entrepreneurship was essential for her to gain the knowledge and experience to successfully grow BarterSaves. Prior to BarterSaves, from 2011-2015, René founded Creative Media Solutions (a media agency) and Neighborhood Money Saver Magazine. For over 20 years René has worked for various media companies in both digital and print advertising solutions. She has served local businesses by holding sales and management positions in companies such as Gannett, Yahoo (formerly and DexYP (formerly Super Media). René Ackerson has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida.
Kevin Brown
Vice president and founder of Hudson Barter
Kevin Brown spent the last 25 years working with corporations and small businesses to help them build their brands. After 10 years as a National Media Director for several Madison Avenue agencies, Brown spent years in Sales Management with ABC, CBS and Fox News Channel. After helping to build sales staffs for Al Gore’s Current TV and Arena Media Networks, the need to go out on his own became clear.

Kevin Brown brings a wealth of advertising, marketing and promotional experience to his role. Since business owners often want to trade their service to grow their marketing presence and share-of-voice, Brown acts as consultant to either find them a great marketing services company to partner with or directly handles their media placements in online, out-of-home, print and all other forms of media. “When our Uncle Alan joined a barter exchange as a way of networking his college counseling business, the light went off for us. Not only did he land several new barter paying customers, but those customers referred an equal number of cash-paying customers to him. Helping small businesses gain new business through history’s oldest form of commerce became our mission”
Joe Princiotta
CoFounder of Barter Depot
Founder of Barter Depot since 1995 and now Vice President of BarterSaves. He is an expert in helping businesses to increase sales, build customer loyalty, tap into new markets, while conserving cash flow -- All by bartering goods and services within the membership network.
Lisa Britt
Senior Account Manager
Lisa Britt is currently Senior Account Manager at the BarterSaves Trade Exchange. She is an accomplished Sales and Marketing Professional with over 25 years of proven expertise in generating new revenue streams and long-term partnerships within the local Central Jersey marketplace. Prior to BarterSaves, Lisa worked closely with a diverse client base including many of the area's leading businesses providing full marketing and sales strategy support while representing leading media companies such as Gannett NJ and Living In Media & Marketing. She has also provided media research and sales support to a variety of leading national publications including U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine Group, Meredith, Forbes & Newsweek. Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
Andrew Effross
Director of Sales Activity
My name is Andrew Effross and I grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I graduated with a Business Economics Degree from Bloomsburg University. I have now been in the "bartering business" for over 17 years and I just love it. The best part about what I do is, I truly love to help people and customer satisfaction is my number one priority.
Lillian Poplin
Senior Account Manager
Lillian is Senior Account Manager with BarterSaves, with over 26 years of experience with Barter Systems, Inc. Prior to joining BarterSystems in 1995, Lillian worked in positions involving juggling numerous tasks and responsibilities at the same time, which helped prepare her for being a barter broker. Her degree in Business/Management led to work in government audits, procurement, cost analysis, and proposals; tasks which kept her living out of a suitcase and traveling constantly. Since landing at BarterSaves, she has enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time at home, as well as with friends and family.
Vera Solowej
Senior Account Manager
Vera Solowej is a Senior Account Manager with BarterSaves, with 20 years combined experience in sales, marketing, and project coordination. She is a dedicated professional known for building strong client relationships and navigating complex challenges to deliver tailored solutions that align with client goals. Vera is driven by a passion for creative problem-solving and a commitment to delivering tangible results while transforming challenges into opportunities in the dynamic world of barter sales.
Samantha Kadlac
Account Manager
Samantha Kadlac is an Account Manager at BarterSaves with over 15+ years of experience in sales and account management. Building relationships and trust with her clients is top priority and customer satisfaction is always on her mind! She is excited to be a part of the BarterSaves team and contributing to the company's growth.
Joe Ackerson
Account Executive & Assistant to the CEO
Joe Ackerson is an Account Executive with BarterSaves as well as an assistant to the CEO. Joe has 8 years experience of leveraging barter to save cash and now specializes in helping restaurants and other local business owners to help save them cash, get an additional revenue stream and new customers with barter.