Today's Forecast: Busy, Busy, Busy

For James Brune, a regional director at Weathernews, the daily forecast calls for travel, meetings, and planning new products

My position is regional director for Weathernews Americas, a subsidiary of Weathernews Inc., the world's largest, publicly traded, full-service weather company. It's based in Tokyo, with offices in 16 different countries and over 700 employees (around 250 of them are meteorologists) worldwide. Our U.S. base is San Francisco, with an operations center located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

I'm based in Manhattan, and as regional director, I'm responsible for facilitating and overseeing business development for all of the industry segments that Weathernews provides with products and services. The company offers weather-risk communication and management for the aviation, energy, marine, agriculture, and mobile-phone industries. In other words, we offer forecasting to help avert any weather-related problems for those clients.

My duties also include product- and services-development consultation, profit and loss accountability, staffing, and general office management.

When I accepted the offer from Weathernews in April, 2005, the company didn't have an official New York office. As part of its growth strategy, regional offices were to be opened in New York, and managing the entrepreneurial endeavor of developing our New York office is now my job.


  I travel frequently, so there's no typical day on the job for me. The following is an one of my recent travel days:

4:30 a.m. -- Slide out of bed, shower, pack, and wait for my car to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. I depart at 6:30 a.m. for San Francisco for afternoon meetings at Weathernews' corporate office. Today, we'll discuss our mobile-telephone content and video-on-demand businesses, along with the products and services offered for the energy-trading industry.

6:50 a.m. -- During the flight, I work on a spreadsheet to track proposals that we have sent to marine customers. Weathernews provides expert ship routing and performance analyses to the marine industry. Risk communicators in the Norman, Okla., office are in constant contact with ships' masters concerning adverse weather-related phenomena and monitoring performance issues.

10:45 a.m. -- I arrive in San Francisco and take a car to the office.

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