Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Man takes Home Office & Family on Business Trips

Oct 01, 2008 (Albany Times Union
When Michael Santarcangelo travels for business -- sometimes as many as 100 days a year -- the family goes along.

His kids jump on the bed while the Cheetah Girls perform on the TV in the master bedroom. His wife, Tricia, throws a load of laundry in the machine, sits down to pay bills online and keeps an ear open for the oven timer. Dinner is almost ready.

Michael glances at his family in the rearview mirror and maneuvers his bus-sized RV across the state line from New York into Ohio.

While many people are finding less expensive ways to get to work, Michael makes his RV a mobile office, weaving cross country and up and down the East and West coasts. The East Greenbush resident owns Security Catalyst, a home-based company he started in 2002 to help businesses and organizations protect information. The nature of his job -- which involves training, speaking engagements and consulting -- keeps him on the road for weeks, sometimes months, at a time.

Tired of leaving behind his wife and children, he got the RV. Now, his work -- and his family -- go with him.

"I refused to watch my kids grow up in pictures," says Michael, sitting on the couch (which folds out into a bed) in the living room of his one-bedroom, 400-plus-square-foot RV. "I didn't want that lifestyle for me or my family."
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