Client: Major Plumbing Company
Attracting and Retaining Potential Employees
Saturn was approached by a plumbing contractor to help him attract top level talent. With a huge rise in commercial and residential construction it became imperative for him to hire the right people and retain them. By filling parts of his schedule with trade customers we were able to build his barter account, which allowed him to develop an employee benefits package through Saturn. His employees were bonused in trade every quarter as well as having their medical and dental plans paid for using trade dollars.
By using his barter to boost employee gratification, the plumber was able to not only keep his guys busy during downtime, he was also able to provide benefits he normally would not have been able to offer in the cash world. This gave him a competitive edge when hiring and retaining new talent.
Client: New Catering Company
Fill empty schedule slots and increase their marketing presence to compete with established catering companies.
We selected their five best menu items and targeted commercial clients as ongoing, residual, trade customers. These were consistent, regularly scheduled jobs that they could easily plan and coordinate around so that we didn’t hinder their cash business.
By selectively filling their schedule with regular business we were able to increase their corporate lunch sales without conflicting with their cash business. We then used their trade dollars for vehicle wraps, website design, marketing materials and trade show booths for wedding expos in the area. This allowed them to not only gain valuable word of mouth advertising through our Saturn clients, but they were also able to increase their exposure to new cash paying customers as well.
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Kent is the president and owner of Saturn Barter Company. Using his 20+ years of experience in sales, Kent is the driving force behind Saturn Barter. As a respected board member of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), Kent opens Saturn Barter members to the world of global trade. Kent enjoys spending time with his wife, Christa, and his five children.
Office Manager / Travel Broker
Michelle joined Saturn Barter at its beginning in 2009. Besides managing the office, she is also Saturn’s exclusive travel broker. Michelle became a Certified Trade Broker at the 2015 NATE Convention in Las Vegas. Michelle has been awarded the Saturn Award for her ongoing commitment and dedicated service to the company, the IRTA National Broker of the Year Award, and the IRTA Dedicated Service Award. Michelle enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and traveling. Next on her vacation list is touring Southern Europe.
Cathrine (or Cat) was the first broker hired at Saturn Barter in 2010. She brings 20+ years in sales experience and earned Broker of the Year for both 2012 and 2013. Married with one young daughter, the family enjoys boat fishing, home improvement projects, a beautiful garden of 3,000 tulips, and exploring the PNW together. Cat’s future ambitions include earning her private pilot’s license, traveling to each continent, and continuing to live life to the fullest.
Certified Trade Broker
Josh joined Saturn Barter in 2011, adding to his 12+ years of sales experience. He became a Certified Trade Broker at the 2014 IRTA Convention in Cancun. Josh was awarded the 2015 Trade Broker of the Year award and currently holds the record for the highest trade volume in a single month and in a single year. In his time away from the office he enjoys coaching youth baseball, fishing, and snowboarding.
Certified Trade Broker
Anthony joined Saturn Barter in 2013. Combining his extensive background in sales, real estate, and his love for trade, Anthony was awarded the 2015 Salesperson of the Year. He received his certification as a Certified Trade Broker at the 2015 NATE Convention in Las Vegas. Aside from work, Anthony is heavily involved with his church and enjoys CrossFit and softball.
Certified Trade Broker
Ryan joined Saturn Barter Company in 2015 and continues to consistently meet and exceed sales goals. As a broker, Ryan uses his experience, Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology, and his dedication to his Saturn clients to help grow and amplify businesses in the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Customer Relations Representative
In mid-2019, Liana joined the Saturn team as the first designated Customer Relations Representative, having a previous eight years in the customer service industry. She quickly picked up the concept of organized trade and began brokering accounts shortly after. Outside of the workplace, she spends her time going dancing, traveling, and exploring Washington.
Rayna began working with Saturn Barter in late 2017 as a marketing specialist and was promoted to marketing manager in 2019. Rayna supports Saturn in all marketing, advertising, and event coordination. With a background in marketing, graphic design, and writing, Rayna thoroughly enjoys supporting local companies within the barter network. In her spare time, Rayna writes novels, kickboxes, and enjoys cooking and entertaining her “tribe” of family and friends.