Categories: About ExperiencePlus!

Two Sisters. Ten Years Running the Family Business

by Jessie Beyer - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ExperiencePlus! was founded in 1972 by Rick and Paola Malpezzi-Price and their daughters, Monica and Maria Elena, grew up with the business. As children, the two joined their parents on bicycle tours, then as teenagers and young adults they led tours (and were honored as two of National Geographic Travelers Top 10 Tour Guides). In 2008 Monica and Maria Elena purchased ExperiencePlus! from their parents and have been running the family business for the past decade.

The sisters have continued to build a company that feels more like a large Italian family rather than a business. To celebrate their leadership over the past ten years ExperiencePlus! wanted to say thank you to the adventurous duo as they continue working hard to create connection and community across the globe through bicycle travel.


Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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