Why You Should Hire a Vet

May 22, 2014

In the Navy

Monday marks an important day in our nation’s history. It’s Memorial Day. While many of us will be grilling up some burgers and enjoying the warm weather with our family and friends, this day honors the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country— laying down their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

I had the privilege and honor to serve in the Navy shortly after graduating from the University of Utah in 1954. When I was commissioned, I opted for the Supply Corps. My father was rapidly expanding our Hot Shoppes restaurant chain and was about to branch into the hotel business. I learned a lot in my two years of active duty that I've applied throughout my career. First was how important it is to have respect for the people who work under you. Second, I learned the value of asking good questions. The officers and petty officers whom I admired the most were never afraid to ask "how are you doing?" and "what can I do to help?"

I know I’m not the only veteran who believes the military helped prepare them for a career at Marriott. Our Vice President of Learning at Marriott Headquarters, Steve Bauman, is a veteran who’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done. “Very little was different for me in my leadership role in the military and the one with Marriott," he says.  "In both cases my goal was to inspire a workforce in a common direction.”  Brian Schmidt, another veteran, is security supervisor at one of the largest hotels in our company, the Orlando World Center Marriott.  He believes, “Learning how to work with different people and different cultures gave me the opportunity to be open-minded. That works whether overseas on a tour of duty or being part of this hotel team.”

Marriott and the military have many shared values. Loyalty, respect, integrity, and honor are all words veterans use to talk about their military family. Likewise, Marriott associates describe our company as a family, and use words like values, respect and determination to describe their experience.

At Marriott, we value the strong leadership skills that veterans gain through their training and service. I’m proud that our company hires veterans. But most importantly, I’m proud our company is a place where people from all backgrounds, including military service, feel like they belong and have opportunities.

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

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Good afternoon sir. Thank you for serving your country and adding immeasurably to its' success. We are a compassionate country and if not for the blood of our veterans peace would not prevail in many parts of the world. I retired from the U.S. Army in 92 and instructed young marines on combat MRAPs at Camp Lejeune, N.C. 2009-12 at the young age of 65. I iterated to these young men to exhibit a PMA ( positive mental attitude). I see PMA at all of Marriotts' hotels while traveling. God bless you. From one Vet to another.

Thank you. Not many understand. Fewer do anything about.

Good morning. It's funny that this is the first the entry that I read. I recently started researching the Marriott Company because I am transitiong out of the military in a year with 20 years of service. I fell in love with this brand years ago traveling overseas while on deployment. It seemed that no matter where we went, we were always able to find a Marriott that reminded us of home and that treated us like family! Being in the military and not having your family around often times, that becomes a very important feeling. We do come from all walks of life but core values and leadership resonates with all of us and we know how to take care of each other and get meet the same end result; the mission! Thank you for this entry and I look forward to learning more about ths company as I start my transition into the civilian workforce and one day bringing my years of various types of training, leadership skills, determination and motivation to a winning team setup!

Thank you for your service to our country, Mr. Marriott!


Mr. Marriott, what an inspiring story. As a fellow Veteran (Desert Storm), I thank you for your service and your sacrifice. It is my honor and priviledge to be overseeing Veteran Outreach for the Texas Market. We salute you.


Ofelia Hinojosa Viesca, 1st Lieutenant US Army
Received Honorable Discharge, October 2001

Presently Human Resources Manager at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk.

i agree Mr.Marriott iam an EX Marine yes we learn values in the Military serice. It is very encouraging and inspiring to hear someone of your status to be so caring and kind. i beileve being noble, kind, caring and humble is essential to our being. after all we need each other with out people not working or wanting to care or give to the job or establishment i believe we couldnot move forward we need each other to get things going end done noone gets there all all alone someone somewhere along the road inspired or believed in you to give that opportunity to d o what you want to do it came by seeeing reading or someone believing in you and giving you that chance to achieve your goal and dreams. if shoukld remember we are human and we need each other we are a team and if we respect value each other and look for the common goal of getting the job done so we can be ladies and gentlemen taking care of ladies and gentlemen we will be great. A great leader follows by example puts him or herself in the workers shoes andleads by forging on first when we have a great leader and they treat their workers like humans beings when they are firm but fair your workers will go out of their way to do anything for the company or you beacuse you anspire that true commitment to your workers they will go beyound teir means due that extra mile and do from tjheir souls i have seen it done and i have un some occusions done it myself beacuse we do it for our hotel our cleints and our great leaders and owners thankyou and godbless you sIR ALWAYS.

I was Marine enlisted and a Army officer and I am happy to say I am part of the Marriott family now. The three things that I remember the most at all times from my service is lead by example, do the right thing at the right time and take care of the troops and they will take care of the mission. At one time or another I find myself thinking about these words of wisdom either privately or professionally and my answer quickly becomes crystal clear. Thank you for your service. Thank you for hiring me. And thank you for hiring others.
Semper Fi

Thank you for your service.

Vickie Heard
SFC (Ret Army)

Your military service is exemplary. I find that veterans, whether they serve in combat or not, share a bond that cannot be erased or broken. I've been to VA hospitals, I see the men and women who have sacrified everything to keep us free. Yes, they are the heroes, but then so are those of us who served, no matter where or what we did.

Captain, USArmy, Infantry, 1969-1972.

What inspired you to join the military?

thank you

I would also like to say thanks for all the veterans that have served our country and that our working for the Marriott. I am a veteran who was just recently hired and I am very excited to be working for the Marriott.

Thank you for this one Mr. Marriott! This entire week or so, my theme has been "pursue the questions I don't know I need to ask."


Thank you Mr. Marriott for your service to our country and for the remembrance of this important holiday! My Father also had the foundation and lead his life through the same qualities of respect, loyalty, and integrity that he had acquired as a Marine while supporting our country during the Korean War. He made friends everywhere in the world and built successful inter-personal relationships, especially with his children because of these qualities. This upbringing along with his love for traveling the world with his family, not only helped me to lead by example, but has prepared me for the Leadership roles I've had in my professional life along with my continual appreciation to understand and experience the different cultures of our world. So thank you again Mr. Marriott, for remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our life today, and for helping me narrow down my recent search of which hotel company I would choose to pursue a long lasting career with and would proudly represent.

Excellent post. Have a great holiday weekend!

I always enjoy reading Bill's blogs and am impressed that he always has something interesting to say. On this occasion he has demonstrated that wonderful sense of national pride I often find in Americans. The ubiquitous US flag, and the way Americans respect it along with their national anthem seem to be the blue that keeps your many ethnic streams together. Well done.
PS I am an Australian.

We may have been on the Forestal (CVA 59) at the same time? My squadron, VF-173 (CAG 17, NAS JAX) was hustled on board in late October of '56 to keep an eye on Nassar and his shinanigans with the blocking the Suez. As I recall we were at sea for some thirty plus days before things quieted down and we sailed up the Tagus to Lisbon. I heard later that the US Fleet was not allowed in Portugal for two years after that little stop over for the fleet.

Thank you for your service Mr. Marriott. I am a retired Army First Sergeant, and Gulf War Veteran. I used my GI bill to go back to school and get my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. I have worked for Marriott for almost sixteen years at the Marriott Conference Center, USPS, NCED in Norman, OK. I have met you a couple of times at headquarters in Maryland during the Marriott Occupational Health Nurses conference in 2007, and 2013. I appreciate a company that honors our veterans! Thank you! Tom Matheson RN