163 posts categorized "Personal"

A Five-Star Review

August 7, 2018
Forbes placed Marriott International on its The World’s Most Innovative Companies list in June of this year. What an honor to be recognized. Since my parents started the company in 1927, we’ve never been afraid to take chances and try new things. Just in the last year, we’ve partnered with...

Promoting Women Chefs

July 26, 2018
Bill Marriott, Arne Sorenson, and chefs Thais Rodriguez, Lara Brown, Paula DaSilva, Jennifer OBrien, Laura Bartholomew, and Ilkay Suuctugu Every quarter, the Marriott International Food and Beverage team pulls together a “taste” panel with some of our top chefs and senior management. It’s sort of a “Chopped” without the judges,...

Lifelong Friendships Forged at Marriott’s Great America

July 11, 2018
This may come as news to some, but for many years, Marriott International owned and operated two amusement parks, one in California and one in Illinois. We named the parks Marriott's Great America and they were proud tributes to all that is great about this country. They were also, I...

Celebrating Independence Day

July 4, 2018
J. W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. (ca. 1954) Today, as we come together with family and friends to celebrate our Nation’s independence, I find myself reflecting on the visionary leadership that was displayed during the Revolutionary War more than two centuries ago. Against almost impossible odds, George Washington led the Continental...

Breaking Ground on the Next Marriott Chapter

July 2, 2018
Marriott International broke ground recently on its new global corporate headquarters in downtown Bethesda, MD. As I stood there at the ceremony with a hard hat and shovel, I couldn’t help but marvel. Look how far we’ve come! When my parents, J. Willard and Alice Marriott, started the company in...

A TakeCare Story: Nura Sakati Mendez

June 13, 2018
Every so often I get a letter from a customer or an associate that really touches me because of their positive feelings toward Marriott International and our culture. Since my father founded this company, our most important and enduring principle has never changed: If you take care of your associates,...

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...