Meet Michael Ames CSI Council Member

Michael Ames is the founder of Trade American Card. Mr. Ames began his barter experience as a small business owner in the early 60’s trading his goods for other services needed in his business. Enthralled with the concept of barter, he entered the organized barter industry in its infancy in 1970. For the next 40 years, Mr. Ames was instrumental in the day to day operation of the largest independent barter network in the US serving both small businesses and Fortune 1000’s. With a passion for the concept, Ames always felt the barter concept should not be contained to businesses but rather, shared with individuals. And, with the right knowledge, and the proper tools, everyone could benefit in applying barter to their daily lives.

Co Founder of four Barter Associations: National Barter Association, National Association of Exchange, International Reciprocal Trade Association and California Reciprocal Trade Association.

He is a Professional Services Reserve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Michael resides in Orange County, California. He has three adult children: Catherine, Kimberly and Alison and enjoys time with his two grandchildren: Steven and Dean.