Late last year, I had the opportunity to speak at the Annual Celebration of the Center for NonProfit Advancement. They are the leading advocate for nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. metro area. They have been doing tremendous work as champions for all nonprofits in our community.
At the celebration event, I had a chance to talk about leadership and community involvement. I truly believe that our community’s success is essential to our company’s success. If our neighborhoods are strong and vibrant and growing, that can only mean good business for our hotels.
I want our hotels to make their communities even better places to live, work and visit. That means really investing in the people and the world around us—whether that’s through education, career training, helping the environment, or empowering diversity. It all matters. It all makes a difference in the lives of not just our associates, but their families and their neighborhoods.
I believe that’s why we have so many long-tenured associates in our company. They stay with a company that cares not just about the work they do but the people they are.
Our company isn’t in the business of manufacturing. We’re in the business of relationships… with our communities, guests, associates, franchisees and owners. Fostering these relationships is the foundation to our greatest successes.
I’m proud that Marriott puts people first. I believe it’s the hallmark of our company. Seeing it in action in our hotels is what keeps me going and what drives me forward in the business.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.