Carol Colitti Levine

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Mount Holyoke College grad, Carol launched an international finance career in New York where she met Dr. Husband. They moved from the West Village to Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Son, Ben was born just before the Big ’89 Quake. Eventually headed back East. Northampton, Massachusetts. Boston commute. Whew! Retired from banking. Became an author and publisher. Marketing & business consultant. Currently residing on NYC’s Central Park West.

Carol was one of the first women Managing Directors at ABN AMRO, the Global Dutch Bank. After fourteen years as a relationship manager in San Francisco, she ran its Boston office as Senior Vice President & Managing Director; then as East Coast Regional Managing Director at 500 Park Avenue, NY.

Prior to ABN AMRO, Carol worked in international lending at Republic National Bank (Safra) in New York; Crocker and Wells Fargo Banks in San Francisco.

BlogisPhotog ~ Dr. Gary Levine. Vice Chair, retired. Baystate Children’s Hospital.

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BlogisTech ~ mAdBen. Account DirectorOgilvy. New York.


The Side Trek originated in 2006 as Carol Colitti Levine’s quarterly column in Valley Living a New England magazine. Created as an extension of her aversion to driving on highways, it steered readers to explore hidden gems along the byways. The blog blazed new trails as a caravan of Carol’s quirky take on business, books, politics & culture.  Back roads thoughts.

Side Trek . NYC. 2016. Careening off the beaten trek in Manhattan. Still quirky. Still no highways.  Cross town thoughts.

Table’s Edge
Before creating The Side Trek column and blog, Carol wrote a book. Published in 2005, it’s a hardcover illustrated anecdotal history of Northampton, Massachusetts’ culinary heyday. Kitchen stories and secrets of the Pioneer Valley’s restaurateurs. Their internationally intertwined tales and proprietary recipes.  A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Still available from third party sellers on Amazon.


Recipe Detours
Carol’s spinoff blog from The Side Trek celebrates the art of cuisine rather than the science. Detours are not traditionally written recipes, but general methodologies and ingredients particular to her palate and cupboard. Meat Street. Surf Side. Via Veggie. Waffle Way.

Marketing Consulting Business
Carol creates, curates, edits, updates business websites with strategic marketing and branding advisory services. Increasing bottom line. Attracting new customers. Establishing a unique place that sets businesses apart in the crowded digital marketplace. A customized internet space incorporates Carol’s publishing and financial expertise to maximize growth. Updated often and fast to keep it fresh and friendly as a constant link to the target market. Send a business profile to to set up an introductory meeting.

National Commenter- Often a NYTimes Pick:

Gail Collins. Sexism. Deconstructing Donald.
Maureen Dowd. Hillary Hawk v. Trump Dove.
Ross Douthat. Goodbye Bushism= Rubio.
Politics. Moms & Daughters Debate Gender Issue.
Hillary Clinton’s Op-Ed. How I’d Rein In Wall Street.
News Story. San Bernardino Terrorist Mass Shooting.
Frank Bruni. How Isis Defeats Us.
Roger Cohen. Call to War Against ISIS.
Frank Bruni. Hillary’s Debate Magic.
Frank Bruni. Scary Ted Cruz.
David Brooks. Marco Rubio-Carly Fiorina Option.
Michael Buckley. Damming Tibet’s Rivers.
Maureen Dowd.  Cheney’s Revisionist History.
Timothy Egan. The Commencement Bigots.

Blog Spotter 

“Fans of CNN news commentator Jack Cafferty and his on air blog, the Cafferty File, have likely heard him share the comments of a local woman, introducing them by saying: ‘Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts, writes.’ The Carol he refers to is Carol Colitti Levine, who frequently weighs in…

Levine also has a blog of her own. Along the way, Levine shares her perspectives on business, books and cooking, serving up a range of posts from an exhibition of Edward Hopper’s work at the Whitney, Cyber Monday, Tiger Woods. Skippy Hallow is about how she hates Halloween, and Stuffington Posts describe her family’s Thanksgiving celebrations.”
~ Daily Hampshire Gazette

3 thoughts on “Carol Colitti Levine

  1. I’m looking forward to your entries. I really enjoyed your book and column and expect this new format to be equally stimulating and informative.

  2. It is amazing how you navigated different avenues from banking to being an author of a book on food. I joined the bank in Amsterdam after you retired but if you ever come and visit this part of the world again, give me a shout. 😉

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