My Top 10 of 2014

December 27, 2014

  MarquisAs 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 people around the world.

9.    Surpassing 700,000 rooms.  Over a million people stay in our hotels on any given night.

8.    Visiting 175 hotels.  It’s so exciting to meet our great associates and to see what they are doing.

7.    Creating Moxy Hotels.  Our Millennial brand is born.

6.    Opening the first Edition Hotel in the U.S. in Florida.

5.    Acquiring a Model T Ford for our headquarter’s lobby, similar to the one my parents drove cross-country to begin the company.

4.    Launching the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative or (CHEI) to train Chinese teachers in the hospitality business, so they can train the hospitality associates of the future.

3.    Opening our 4,000th hotel the Marriott Marquis Washington DC, just blocks from where it all began when my father opened a 9-stool root beer stand in Washington, DC in 1927.

2.    Attending grandchildren and great-grandchildren events.  With 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, going to graduations, sports games, plays and church events, it’s a lot of fun and it’s busy.

1.    Holding hands and going to the movies on date night with my wife, Donna.  Nothing compares.

I hope 2014 has been a very good year for you and I wish you all the best in 2015.  Please leave a comment with your own highlights.

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

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Respected Mr. Bill Marriott,
I am one among the new young age voyagers and would like to thank you for creating such outstanding opportunities for young people like us which I hardly accede that any other brand or company could do. Its been two months and they have turned out be the best experiences at work I believe I could have ever had. Your greatest hitslist is pretty exciting and wish to sahre the first one soon enough with others in my greatest hitslist.
Yaonik

Great list for 2014 and Future list to Build on! Your a Inspiration to all of us who follow Marriott and are Proud to say we stay there for all our Travels Business and Personal. Your Examples have had a Big Effect on our Business Plans from Corporate America to Starting our Own Retail Brand this Year (2014) here in Northern Virginia (Northern Outfitters at One Loudoun Retail)and with your Business Advice and Outlook for the Future of the US Commerce its fair to say Thank You and all Marriott Associates and Happy New Years in 2015!!

2014 was a great year for us as well, exceeding goals and expectations. I am glad to know that you had a good one, too. It willbe on my things to do list to go see that Model TFord and visit the Marquis in DC. Thanks for creating more jos and inspiring so many! Happy 2015!!

My biggest highlight of 2014 is my graduation in high school in the tourism environment, my biggest highlight of 2015? Working at jw marriott in venice as a receptionist. I'm really excited about the effort that all the marriott team puts in succeeding in the hospitality sector. I hope I can be a part of it! I wanna be a part of this big movement!

WoW!!!!
I don't know that I can surpase your highlights of 2014, but I'm sure glad I can say I'm part of "Marriott"!
My year has been a rough one to say the least, I've hit several bumps this year and can honestly say coming to work takes my mind off of what's happening outside of here!
It's a breather and a chance to regroup and work things out in my head. I come in with a smile and ready to give 150% everyday(in-spite of).
I had the opportunity to learn a different area of the hotel and experience so many different things with so many different people.
Your hightligts has given me ideas for trivia questions I can use to stump some other "STARS" here!
Though I have had many down times this year...I'm looking forward to moving up in the company and great things to come in the new year!
Thank you for sharing and giving "Us" the opportunity to share.

You're a good man, Mr. Marriott! Thank you.

Great list Bill and we know there are many other accomplishments that could be added to your list today. You are a modern day example of of a genuinely good man. You are exemplary in every way. We all would be so much better men and women if we followed your "example of enthusiastically doing your best each and every day". We wish you and your wife continued health and happiness.
Ray and Joanne Hart

Thank YOU for setting Marriott standards that we all enjoy.

I am glad to see what your number one highlight is! I trust it will be number one in 2015 also!

2014 was a great year and it's great to see you so active and Marriott - still on the move! All the best!

carmen

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