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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 Hotjobs.com) and DexYP (formerly Super Media). René Ackerson has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida.
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.
Karen Callahan
Senior Account Manager
Karen is a fifth generation Washingtonian. With a diversified background in marketing, banking and sales, Karen brings to BarterSaves a customer service commitment and a personal touch. Dedicated to the needs of her clients, Karen is an enthusiastic member of our team. She is a Registered Trade Broker with the International Reciprocal Trade Association. When not working at BarterSaves she will most often be found at Rehoboth Beach. Travel, gardening and family are her passions.
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.
Jeffrey Slifer
Senior Business Development Director
Jeffrey Slifer is currently Senior Business Development Director with the BarterSaves Trade Exchange. In this role Jeff focuses on creating partnerships with local businesses that reap the benefits of membership. Jeff is an accomplished sales professional with twenty plus years of experience growing revenue streams and developing new verticals. Jeff's career began in media working with Gannett NJ, MicroMedia Publications and Arkadin (global messaging/conference company), then moved into technology with a senior role at Odyssey Messaging mentoring junior sales professionals. Prior to BarterSaves he ran a junk removal company overseeing all aspects of sales/marketing from inception to 3X revenue growth in 2 years. Jeff served proudly in the Marine Corps infantry and has an associates degree from Brookdale Community College.