Equity Trust Company's Richard A. Desich Named President of Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA)

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Equity Trust Company's Richard A. Desich will continue RITA's advocacy of self-directed retirement accounts.

Because of my past experience and my current involvement within the self-directed investing community, I realize the importance RITA has in supporting, promoting, and educating Americans on the benefits of self-directed retirement plans

Richard A. Desich, vice president of Equity Trust Company--one of the nations leading custodians for self-directed IRAs--was elected president of the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA), which is the trade organization for self directed retirement plan providers encompassing banks, trust companies and other regulated financial institutions.

"It's an honor to lead RITA during this exciting time of industry growth," said Desich. "Currently there are more than $4 trillion held in retirement plans across the country and the portion of those retirement plans that are self-directed continues to increase. RITA is crucial to the advancement of our industry and to the benefit of self-directed investors everywhere."

"Large numbers of investors, even many CPAs and attorneys, are unaware of the potential for IRAs to hold real estate, tax liens and other non-traditional assets," said Desich.

In addition to his position at Equity Trust, Desich is a nationally recognized speaker and authority on non-traditional investing in self-directed IRAs and qualified plans.

"Because of my past experience and my current involvement within the self-directed investing community, I realize the importance RITA has in supporting, promoting, and educating Americans on the benefits of self-directed retirement plans," said Desich.

RITA is a nonprofit organization and has served the trust community since 1987. The association sponsors conferences for its members and other organizations interested in self-directed retirement and long-term savings issues, including trust companies, banks, savings and loans, credit unions, brokerage firms, investment sponsors and service providers.

About Equity Trust Company
Equity Trust Company is a passive custodian, allowing investors to use their knowledge to invest tax-free or tax-deferred with their IRA or 401k in assets they know and understand. Since 1974 Equity Trust and its affiliates have become recognized leaders in providing custodial services for self-directed IRAs and small business retirement plans. Please visit our Web site at http://www.trustetc.com .

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