119 posts categorized "Personal"

Deciding to Decide

April 23, 2014
Touring the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC due to open in a few weeks. There are many things that I learned while growing up in my church. One was what former church presi­dent Spencer W. Kimball termed “deciding to decide.” For me, I personally decided that I simply wouldn’t do certain...

How It All Got Started

March 4, 2014
Have you heard of taking your act on the road? Well, that's what I've been doing lately with the help of my daughter, Debbie Marriott Harrison. Debbie is our Global Officer of Marriott Culture and Business Councils. A company's culture is not something you can build over night. My father...

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...

Tasting Success With Roy Rogers

December 30, 2013
Listen to blog Each year Pete and Kathy Hubschmitt send me a beautiful calendar for the next year. It features wonderful photos of birds and animals that Pete has personally taken. He has spent his career in our hotels, retiring as an area vice president several years ago. I think...

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...

Ben Voogd: Navigating Amsterdam by Bike

December 9, 2013
During my travels, I meet a lot of associates around the world. I’m often impressed not just by how well they serve our guests, but how much they love it. They take a lot of pride in being able to make our customers happy. It makes me feel great knowing...

My Travel Turning Point

December 2, 2013
Listen to blog U.S.S. Randolph; I'm the officer on the left; Winston Churchill boarded Everyone loves a photo contest. I saw the theme of this one for TownePlace Suites and it struck a chord with me. TownePlace Suites asked travelers to submit a photo and a caption that describes how...

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,...

Happy 95th Birthday to America's Pastor

November 18, 2013
Listen to blog Rev. Billy Graham, President Nixon and me; Dad and Rev. Graham On November 7, I travelled to Asheville, NC to help celebrate the 95th birthday of the Reverend Billy Graham. I was very honored to attend this significant event. In 1976, the President of The United States...

How to Stay in Business, Say "Thanks"

October 29, 2013
At my desk calling customers Back when my parents ran a root beer stand, all it took to show a customer appreciation for their business was a reach across the counter, a shake of their hand and a hearty “thank you.” My Dad spent about 75 percent of his time...