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 as a court administrator managing the business affairs of one of the largest district courts in Michigan. 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.
In addition to producing the weekly Home Based Travel Agent Show, Barry is one of the owners of the new media company, RawVoice, Inc. In the next few weeks, RawVoice will be making a major announcement about their participation in travel content within the new media space.
Barry is married to Gail Kantz and has a son Jason, daughter-in-law Angela; and two beautiful grandchildren, Elsa and Jacob. The kids and grand kids live in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Angela is a stay at home mom and Jason 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 is his dog Coco. Coco is a very intelligent Maltese-Poodle mix. Coco has more personality than 80% of the humans you meet on a daily basis. 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.