How to Contact Joe Brancatelli
Here is my worldwide mobile number: +1-917-770-8944. It will track me down wherever I am on the planet. If I'm off the planet on a plane, leave a message.
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT JOE SENT ME
Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, print publications and travel sites abandoned their commitment to provide news, views and information to business travelers. Several, including biztravel.com, where Joe was lead columnist, shut down because the wealthy travel agent who owned it couldn't be bothered to provide information while business travelers weren't buying tickets from him.
Joe was appalled by that selfish attitude. And appalled that no newspaper, magazine or Web site stepped up to provide communications between business travelers during those dangerous and extraordinary times.
So with very little money and even less technological expertise, he started JoeSentMe.com. The site launched on September 27, 2001, with new editions of his columns, The Brancatelli File and the Tactical Traveler. He cobbled together a mailing list from E-mails that I'd received from business travelers over the years. He was quickly joined by a talented crew of other columnists and writers who wanted to get their message out to business travelers. All these years later, Joe and crew soldier on because someone has to help business travelers without fleecing them or selling them stuff.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT JOE
Joe took his first business trip as a 19-year-old journalism student. He drove from New York to Buffalo to sell a homemade magazine he created in college. He never made it. The car broke down and he spent the night in a frigid gas station listening to his only cassette (Neil Young's Harvest) over and over.
His second business trip was better. He flew to Atlanta on an airline that no longer exists (Eastern) from a terminal building that no longer exists (the old Terminal One at JFK) on a plane that no longer flies (a DC-8) for a price that few would admit ever existed (a $94 roundtrip youth fare).
More than 40 years later, Brancatelli has logged countless miles, spent way too many nights in mediocre hotels, wasted far too many hours in airline clubs and drunk far too much bad coffee. (So much coffee, in fact, that he has switched to tea.) In other words, he's just your Average Joe Business Traveler.
Why all the business travel? Joe's one of those journalists who has spent his entire adult life on the road. Along the way he has marveled at, laughed at and railed at almost everything the travel industry does. Why? Because the travel industry never seems to make sense to him or any other business traveler he knows.
Although the noncommercial business-travel site JoeSentMe.com is his passion, Joe Brancatelli makes his living as a publications consultant. He has helped create, launch or reposition more than 100 newspapers and magazines. His other extensive journalism credits include reporting and commentary for publications as diverse as Forbes, Fortune, Washington Post, Village Voice, Washington Star, Women's Wear Daily, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, GQ, Portfolio, New York and Newsweek.
For better and for worse, Joe has also had a long association with travel journalism. He served as the executive editor of Frequent Flyer magazine; the Travel Adviser of Travel Holiday magazine; and contributing editor of Travel + Leisure magazine. He's hosted a nationally syndicated radio program on travel, too. For nearly a decade, he also wrote the weekly Seat 2B business-travel column for BizJournals.com, the online presence of the American City Business Journals (ACBJ). His business travel columns have also appeared at Biztravel.com, Mapquest.com, TheTrip.com and several others.
He lives with his wife (who's also a business traveler) in Cold Spring, New York, in a house that overlooks the Hudson River. The view is spectacular--and he always wonders why he ever gets in his car and drives to the airport for another business trip.
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