When it comes to keeping clients first, no one does it better than Blackstone’s Director of Accounts, Travis Triplett. He’s a pro at putting himself in our clients’ chair and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. With his insider knowledge of how our clients work and his tenacious work ethic, Travis has been pushing the team to expand our comfort zone from day one.
What has been your favorite project at Blackstone?
All of them. Being in client services, I don’t think I’m allowed to say anything other than that. That said, we have different types of engagements, and generally, I like those that start with Immersive Discovery and move into website design and development. The Immersive Discovery process is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. Highly recommend.
Any favorite line from a movie?
“Shitter’s full!” – Christmas Vacation
What three traits define you?
Efficient, effective, and solution-oriented.
What book did you read last?
Sometimes a Great Notion
Do you have a bucket list? Give us two things on it.
One, I’d like to swim in every ocean. So far, I’ve crossed off Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian. It’s about to get cold… Two, Read Moby-Dick or The White Whale
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
A sense of self.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Cookie cake from the Great American Cookie Company (ideal ratio of cookie to icing is 5:2).
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
Tiny elephant. First of all, hamsters have an average lifespan of 3 years, while elephants can live upwards of 60 years, depending on the type. Second of all, people adore miniature versions of animals for some odd reason – apparently when it comes to animals, size matters and is inversely proportional to the level of cuteness. Hypothetically speaking, this would likely be easier to capitalize on overtime to pay for more extravagant amenities and caretaking, hopefully extending my long elephant life. A giant hamster? No thanks. Elephants are smart. They bury their dead. Hamsters? Nope.
What is your favorite thing to do?
One, go on excursions with my wife; two, get lost in a book; and three, go for a long trail run or hike.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Death Valley. It’s just a really neat place all around, for so many reasons (too many to list).
Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
Robot housekeepers would change my life the most in a positive way. So robot housekeepers.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Astronaut on the ISS. I mean… experiencing zero gravity would be worth it alone, but it’s also so darn different from anything else one can experience on earth (literally), it’d be fantastic. Even if I hated it, I would love to experience it. I don’t think I’d hate it, though.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Specialize. Jack of all trades doesn’t get you paid. While you can change paths after you have started, there is a need to eliminate options along the way. Ask as many questions as you can to people that might have the answers. There is no such thing as a stupid question as long as you learn something from it.
What are your most overused words/phrases?
“I don’t necessarily disagree with you…”
What is the best book you have ever read?
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. If you’ve read it and hate it, please drop me a note – I’d like to know why. If you’ve read it and loved it, please drop me a note – I love hearing what other people have to say about this book.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I enjoy my life.