145 posts categorized "Personal"

Selling Underwear to Lumberjacks

April 26, 2015
It’s not quite the same as selling ice cubes to Eskimos, but selling long, woolen black underwear to lumberjacks in the hot summer comes pretty close. I’ve heard this story since I was a little boy. Let me tell you what my dad did to pull it off. My dad...

FAMILY FIRST

April 19, 2015
New Year's Day 1970, brother Dick and our families with our parents Family has always been number one in my life. As a father, I made it a point to be home for dinner every night I was in town. Over my career, I arrived at the office at 8:00...

Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 2)

March 29, 2015
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration students My Favorite Things, Career Advice & Online Dating My blog assistant, Ayanna, was so probing with her questions last week that we had plenty of good material left over. (If you missed it, here's Part 1.) As with all good interviewers, Ayanna waited...

Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 1)

March 22, 2015
This week, I’m doing something different. Ayanna Alleyne, our social media maven at Marriott and my blog assistant, wants to ask me some questions. She’s a bonafide Millennial, 60 years younger than me. I’m sure this will be like no other interview. So, here we go: Ayanna: Mr. Marriott, I’ve...

Consoling the Loss of a Pekingese

March 15, 2015
I get a lot of great letters from our guests and here’s how one letter began: Oz at the Henry Hotel “I am writing to praise your outstanding team at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.” Attached to this letter was this picture of a beautiful Pekingese sitting in the...

My Guilty Pleasure

January 24, 2015
I’ve blogged about my favorite books before. Having read almost everything there is about the Great War, I’ve turned to another genre and I’m addicted. I’ll let you in on my literary secret: It’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher action/thriller novels. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and this fun read is...

What I Learned From Coach Urban Meyer

January 16, 2015
In my office I have a few pictures of my family and leaders who I am proud of and seek to emulate. One of these is an autographed picture of Urban Meyer, who The Wall Street Journal recently headlined, “Once and Future King of College Football.” I followed Coach Meyer’s...

It All Started with a Ford Model T

January 11, 2015
It all started with a Ford Model T and a couple who had fallen in love. On the day they married, they left Salt Lake City, Utah and drove east until they hit Washington, D.C. The trip took 11 days. They went over a lot of hills, and the ‘ol...

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...