Beyond the Daly Grind

January 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm 1 comment

by Mike

Many of you have been enjoying The Daly Grind, my occasional frequent travel industry updates, for the past few years. But, let me ask you, what is better than one rambunctious New York Yankees fan talking travel shop? That’s right, two rambunctious New York Yankees fans. Plus, imagine if the second one has a phenomenal New York accent, and a wealth of corporate travel industry experience to boot. With that in mind, I’m ecstatic to announce that The Daly Grind is being retired, only to be replaced by something bigger and better. Tony D’Astolfo, or TD as we like to call him, will join me as we strive to entertain and inform you.

We’ll occasionally send out posts as an email newsletter, but our kids informed us that barely anyone still uses email. So, we paid them 20 bucks to hook us up with a Facebook page, Twitter account, blog site and LinkedIn account. Kids will be kids, and apparently some TV show called the Jersey Shore has been consuming their valuable time. We should have everything up and running in a few weeks, once Snooki’s 15 minutes of fame are up, until then, we’ll continue via email only.

More about Tony

A 30-year travel industry veteran, Tony D’Astolfo has been around since the days of the regulated airline industry, when the GDS was viewed as new technology, and the Internet wasn’t even around. (He had nothing to do with inventing it, but he doesn’t think Al Gore did either.) If you look closely at any pictures of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, you might see him in the background. He’s long been considered one of corporate travel’s leading experts, and since he’s my boss, I better keep the jokes to a minimum. Prior to joining Rearden Commerce as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, he served as Senior Vice President at Sabre-Holdings, where he ran GetThere. Before then, he spent 19 years at United Airlines, where he accomplished many feats, including leading the company’s sales efforts in the UK.

If you recognize Tony’s name, it’s likely because he is a frequent speaker at travel industry conferences sponsored by NBTA, IBTA, PhoCusWright, ACTE. If you keep green M&M’s stocked, he’ll probably show up to speak at your event. He is also a past member of the ACTE Board of Directors – so the guy is pretty well connected as well. You’ll hear from Tony in our next post.

Signing off from seat 10C,

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Will the Real Tony D Please Stand Up?

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. audra pollack  |  March 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    LOVE IT!!!


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