A Travel Interview with Video Game Executive, Maria Stipp

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Maria Stipp

“So, do you get to play a lot of video games?”’

That’s the question I recently put to Maria Stipp, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Owned Properties division of Activision Blizzard (the company behind such hits as Guitar Hero, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and more). Her answer? “I wish I could say my thumbs were worn out from playing video games. But unfortunately my thumbs take far more abuse from my Blackberry.”

She puts the Blackberry to good use out of the office, too. An active globetrotter, Maria logs nearly 100,000 miles annually meeting with developers all over the world. Here are a few of her travel tips:

  • When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you?
    Aside from my Blackberry, I always bring dress shoes. Once I forgot them and had to wear running shoes with my new suit to a senior customer meeting. Not a great look.
  • What are you listening to your on your iPod these days?
    This assumes I have the time to listen to music. I have three year-old twins – you do the math!
  • What is your favorite dining spot in the world?
    Currently, I’m loving Pizzeria Mozza in LA. Nancy Silverton’s crust is amazing. I love the Bacon, salami, fennel sausage, pancetta, tomato and mozzarella pizza. And their Brussels sprouts, when they’re in season, are phenomenal.
  • Where have you been recently that you liked or were surprised by?
    Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in California. I can have a meeting AND get a two hour massage. Brilliant.
  • Can you offer an insider travel tip or recommendation?
    Never give up on upgrades…ask at every airport and hotel. You have to A-S-K in order to G-E-T!
  • What’s your best travel story?
    I met Michael Jordan at Chicago O’Hare airport two days before he beat the Jazz for the Championship win!

Thanks for the insider tips, Maria!

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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