157 posts categorized "Personal"

Health, Happiness, and Cheer on Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018
Alice S. Marriott and J. W. Marriott, Jr. (ca. 1935) I recently came across a poem my mother wrote to me some 37 years ago, which she titled "This Is Your Life, According to Mother." She gave it to me in June 1981 in honor of my 25th year with...

Striving for Excellence, Always

March 13, 2018
J. Willard Marriott Sr. I'm often asked why Marriott International has been so successful over the years. I tell them it all harkens back to my father's commitment to taking care of the associates, and his endless striving for excellence at every level of the company. I was reminded of...

The Top Three Things I Look for When Visiting a Hotel

February 2, 2018
It probably goes without saying, but I have visited thousands of hotels. Just this past year, I have seen over 100—and that’s a drop in the bucket compared to my younger days. Touring properties is a passion of mine, not an obligation. I’m often my happiest when I’m at a...

Taking Care of Our Own

December 21, 2017
The holidays are a time for many things, but above all, it’s a time for family. I am fortunate to be spending another Christmas with those I love. On Christmas Eve, we host a big family dinner and on Christmas Day my wife Donna and I go house to house...

All in the Family with Fairfield by Marriott

October 26, 2017
Fairfield by Marriott turns 30 this month. In the blink of an eye, I’ve seen the brand evolve from its first property in Atlanta, GA, to nearly 900 hotels around the world, entering new markets like Brazil, China, and Nepal this year. Though a lot has changed, I’m comforted to...

Where's Your Happy?

July 10, 2017
Me and My Wife at Lake Winnipesaukee I recently had the pleasure of doing a fireside chat with my son, David, at a Marriott conference. The theme of our conversation centered on how we promote associate wellbeing through our TakeCare program and where we find our happiness. It’s a simple...

Here’s to the Journey!

June 26, 2017
Whether it’s learning a new skill, being a part of a great team, or making a difference in the community, these are the things that matter to our associates.

Marriott’s First Lady – A Tribute to My Mother

May 10, 2017
My mother was a woman of “firsts” and her story continues to pave the way for women striving to make an impact as businesswomen and true partners. My mother was a leader in our company and our family – her legacy is unforgettable.

Go. Be. Happy.

February 18, 2016
My wife Donna and me with our grandchildren and great grandchildren. ©Gale Frank-Adise, All rights reserved At the start of any new year, there always seems to be a lot of talk about living a better life. People are in pursuit of overall happiness. Lately a lot has been written...

People of Marriott International

May 31, 2015
Few things are more satisfying to me than the terrific blend of people we have at Marriott. The first great team at Marriott was my dad and mom, and over the years they have been followed by many passionate teams that worked wonderfully across generations, gender, race, ethnicity, and many...