Barry began the Home Based Travel Agent Show on February 26, 2005. The Home Based Travel Agent Show is the oldest travel business show on the internet. Barry started his home based travel agent business in the fall of 2004. Podcasting and the world of new media came onto the radar screen at the same time. Barry, the ultimate early adopter, was aware of the new media revolution and decided to create a podcast about his experience in creating a home based travel business. Thus the Home Based Travel Agent Show was born.
By the summer of 2005, the show’s listener base grew and Lorene Romero became an “engaged” listener. Lorene’s ideas and interest in the show sparked Barry to ask her to come on the show as the co-host. Lorene joined the show in November of 2005, and has been the primary personality of the show ever since.
Barry is a lawyer by profession and his day job is general counsel and chief financial officer for Blubrry, a Rawvoice, Inc. brand. Rawvoice/Blubrry provides services to podcasters. When Barry is away from his day job he pursues his interests in the travel business and the world of new media – podcasting, blogs, video casts, Twitter and Facebook.
Barry is married to Gail Kantz and has a son Jason, daughter-in-law Angela; and three beautiful grandchildren, Elsa, Jacob and Jessica. The kids and grand kids live in Ossipee, New Hampshire where Angela is a stay at home mom and Jason works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is employed in the high tech world of specialized software development.
Barry loves dogs, cats, birds and all animals. One of the joys of Barry’s life are his dogs Coco and Gidget. Coco is a very intelligent Maltese-Poodle mix. Coco has more personality than 80% of the humans you meet on a daily basis. Gidget is a sweet Yorkshire Terrier and loves to keep her dad company. Occasionally you will hear Coco’s bark on the Home Based Travel Agent Show.
Barry lives near the small town of Coopersville, Michigan. Coopersville is about ten miles from the beautiful sand dune shores of Lake Michigan. The shoreline of Lake Michigan is an undiscovered gem of the travel industry. The beaches of Lake Michigan are among the most beautiful in the world. Be sure to look me up, leave a message on Facebook or drop me an email, if you are in the West Michigan area.