Setting The World on Fire

January 3, 2015
Have you ever met someone who is setting the world on fire – young, passionate, opinionated. I was sitting in a Marriott Family Foundation meeting the other day and was introduced to our newest program manager, Hannah. She shook my hand and it was one of the firmest grips I’ve...

My Top 10 of 2014

December 27, 2014
As 2014 winds down, I’ve noticed a lot of “greatest hits” that are listed for this year. Not to be out done, I’ve compiled my own for my dedicated blog readers. Some on the list are personal and some are business-related. 10. Employing and providing opportunities for an additional 35,000...

The Ballet-skipping Girl and the Quick-minded Boy

December 23, 2014
©Gale Frank-Adise Christmas holds a special place in my heart. I am blessed to have experienced more than 80 wonderful Christmas festivals, family dinners and packages under the trees. My mother and, later, my wife worked hard to decorate the tree and our home. It was precision at it’s best,...

Spirit of Giving

December 21, 2014
Each year, I talk to a group of job trainees from Washington D.C. Central Kitchen and try to leave them with a few words of wisdom. We recently met in our executive boardroom. It’s a far cry from the streets of the nation’s capital where many used to live. DC...

It Comes From the Soul

December 6, 2014
I’m often asked, “How did you create such a great culture at Marriott?” There’s no magical formula or business consultant that you call and say, “build us a culture.” It comes from the soul of the executive team usually the founder. In our case, it came from our co-founders, my...

Fight For What We Care For

November 30, 2014
More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life. Since then, I have not stopped asking questions. I have not...

Life is short. Go places

November 23, 2014
This is a story about the Gonce family, who live in Oak Grove, Mississippi. They are discoverers. Daughters, Lauren and Leslie started out on a trip to Chicago to visit The American Girl store. Their mom and dad, Chris and Leslie, took some detours along the way. This is how...

The Lizard and the Boy

November 16, 2014
If you’ve ever loved something special, you know how upsetting it can be to have it lost. Over the years, our youngest guests have left behind (or lost) toys, books, balls, you name it… But not until recently has someone lost a lizard. I received a letter from the Marco...

Staking Our Reputation on Customer Service

November 9, 2014
When my father started his business in 1927, he had one original goal: “good food and good service at a fair price.” He staked his reputation on superior customer service. Not much has changed today. Our dedication to the customer is apparent in everything we do… right down to the...

Healthy Employees = Healthy Company

November 2, 2014
My father believed from the day he and my mother opened their first Hot Shoppe in 1927 that you must put your employees first. He treated every employee as an extended family member including making sure they had proper medical care. This was revolutionary. Our country hadn’t established child labor...