HOW TO CONTACT JOE BRANCATELLI
Here's my worldwide phone number: 1-917-770-8944. It'll track me down wherever I am on the planet. (If I'm off the planet on a plane, leave a message.)
Want to E-mail me? Fire away. I'm at JBrancatelli@aol.com.
Need me for a print or radio interview? Happy to help.
Just need some background? Happy to help. JoeSentMe.com is a non-commercial site, so we're not in competition with anyone.
Need me for a television interview? I'm happy to try to help, but, as you can see, I'm bald and bespectacled. Taking care of the glare is up to you…
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. 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. All along the way he's 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, Village Voice, Washington Star, Women's Wear Daily, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, GQ, Portfolio, New York and Newsweek.
For better or 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. He also writes the weekly Seat 2B business-travel column for BizJournals.com, the online presence of the American City Business Journals (ACBJ). Seat 2B also appears on the Web site of most of the nearly four dozen local weekly business papers published by the ACBJ.
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.