46 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

My Early Memorial Day

May 25, 2015
As we completed our annual shareholders meeting and I joined our senior leadership on the 12th floor patio of our JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, 16 flights of WWII war birds flew by. They included P51’s, B24’s, B17’s, a B29, a Catalina Flying Boat and several navy fighters. It...

Finding New Ways to Serve

May 18, 2015
Volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity I have always enjoyed giving back whether it’s hammering at Habitat for Humanity or bagging groceries at the Atlanta Food Bank. Ever since the beginning of our company, our associates have been putting people first, and this includes the communities...

The Hubble Travels Brilliantly

April 12, 2015
JW Marriott, Alice Marriott , Bill Marriott, and Debbie Marriott Harrison with John Glenn and his parents at the Key Bridge Marriott (March 1, 1962) Last week I received an invitation from an associate at Marriott’s headquarters to the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. I was really interested in...

Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 2)

March 29, 2015
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration students My Favorite Things, Career Advice & Online Dating My blog assistant, Ayanna, was so probing with her questions last week that we had plenty of good material left over. (If you missed it, here's Part 1.) As with all good interviewers, Ayanna waited...

Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 1)

March 22, 2015
This week, I’m doing something different. Ayanna Alleyne, our social media maven at Marriott and my blog assistant, wants to ask me some questions. She’s a bonafide Millennial, 60 years younger than me. I’m sure this will be like no other interview. So, here we go: Ayanna: Mr. Marriott, I’ve...

The Haiti Principle

March 10, 2015
My daughter, Debbie Marriott Harrison, recently returned from the ceremonial opening of the Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel in Haiti. Debbie is our company’s global officer for Marriott culture and business councils. She was so moved by her trip that I thought it best for her to share it on my blog....

Destination Haiti

March 1, 2015
I’ve worked on a lot of development deals, but none have involved a former U.S. President, celebrities and our associates. It’s an incredible story of an inspired group coming together to build and now open the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti. Just five years ago on January 12, 2010, a...

The Presidents Club

February 16, 2015
A Presidents Day Book Review "The Presidents Club" book was a wonderful insight in the behind-the-scenes events that took place during the presidencies of Truman through Obama. When I was young, the only president I knew about was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Truman succeeded Roosevelt, I was old enough to...

What I Learned From Coach Urban Meyer

January 16, 2015
In my office I have a few pictures of my family and leaders who I am proud of and seek to emulate. One of these is an autographed picture of Urban Meyer, who The Wall Street Journal recently headlined, “Once and Future King of College Football.” I followed Coach Meyer’s...

Smiles are Better Than Smiley Faces

September 6, 2014
I had lunch the other day with our terrific general managers from select service and extended stay brands known as CFRST – Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites. We talked about social media and how it’s changing customer service. As I listened to our...