This coming Sunday is Mother's Day - a special day to honor our moms and thank them for all they do. My mother, Alice, was a very special woman. Not only did she raise my brother and me and take great care of my father, she was very active in her local community, in politics and she helped my dad start and run this company.
Back then, it was common for women to stay home, but my mother always seemed to be out working on new projects or events, but she still found plenty of time to be with and care for her family. My wife Donna and my daughter Debbie are just the same - Donna is involved with many local charities, including the Women's Heart Board in Washington, D.C., and organizations around the country. Debbie works full time as Marriott's senior vice president of government affairs and serves on several charity boards, but they both find time for their families.
We have many working mothers within our company, and one of these very special women, Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, was just named one of Working Mother magazine's Working Mothers of the Year. Maruiel is vice president of workforce effectiveness and diversity here at Marriott's headquarters, and, also, a mother of two children, ages 14 and 10.
Maruiel is responsible for making sure Marriott creates career and growth opportunities for our diverse associates who have many different talents and skills. She also works to ensure that all of our associates maintain a healthy work-life balance. But despite her busy schedule, she still makes time for her family and works with her husband to keep everyone's schedules running smoothly.
This is such a tremendous honor for Maruiel. I am so proud of her for receiving this award and I thank her for all she has done for our company for the past 19 years.
I want to wish her and all the other mothers out there a very happy Mother's Day this weekend. Thank you for all you do.
I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.