17 posts categorized "Favorites"

Farewell to Murphy

July 15, 2014
Listen to blog Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years. Murphy was our third golden retriever. He brightened our lives with sweetness and goodness. The only thing he ever asked from us was to be petted. He...

All You Need is Love

June 24, 2014
It seems that couples are everywhere in the summer months. Couples are walking in parks, in your local movie theater, and in your neighborhood restaurants. Most notably, couples are walking hand-in-hand from wedding ceremonies around the world. My own wedding anniversary is this month. On June 29, Donna and I...

Monumental Hotel in the City of Monuments

June 10, 2014
Do you know why I love the hotel business? It’s all here in our 4,000 hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. There are more twists to this hotel story than the traffic circles from L'Enfant’s original city plan. It took 20 years to get it done, but it’s the end...

Marriott Gets Small Business

May 12, 2014
Our Small Business in 1927 This week is National Small Business Week and it got me thinking about our company’s start as a small business. Eighty-seven years ago this month, my father and mother opened the first A&W franchise in Washington, D.C. They started out with six employees and a...

Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

March 31, 2014
The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...

Turning Ideas Into Entrees

February 11, 2014
My first job was in the kitchen; recent taste panel menu It’s no secret that I’ve always loved good food. Our company started out as a root beer stand and I flipped hamburgers throughout my college years. These days, I get to indulge myself by attending regular taste panels hosted...

My Heart Attack Taught Me to Slow Down

December 16, 2013
Listen to blog The opening lyrics to the Simon and Garfunkel song “The 59th Street Bridge” have special resonance for me this holiday season. About this time of the year in 1989, I suffered a heart attack, not one, but three over the course of a few weeks. I didn’t...

Thanksgiving at Fairfield Farm

November 25, 2013
Listen to blog For years, all during the 1940s, my father was searching for a place in the country where he could relive his early years riding horses and tending sheep. Finally, in 1950, he found his dream place, Fairfield Farm in Hume, Virginia, not too far from Front Royal,...

My Mother, the Driving Force

October 17, 2013
Listen to blog Mom and me in 1936 October 19th is my Mother’s birthday. She was born in 1907 and would have been 106. She was truly an amazing woman. Her father passed away in 1919 from the flu epidemic following the First World War. Her older brother had suffered...

My Trip Across the Pond

October 7, 2013
Two Princes visit Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel British author Aldous Huxley wrote “that from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” That’s a perfect description of how I felt visiting London the other week. It’s awake, alive and very much on the world’s stage...