53 posts categorized "Diversity"

Bridges … A Solid Foundation for Opportunity

August 19, 2013
Years ago, when our company was first beginning to add hotels to our business, my dad would scout locations for new hotels by watching the traffic across the bridges of Washington. He would say they would never move the bridges. He knew that a hotel built near a bridge or...

It’s Joe’s Abilities That Count

June 3, 2013
Joe with the 5-year certificate he earned last year Let me tell you about Joe DiPietro. This amazing young man has worked at the Residence Inn Philadelphia Valley Forge in Pennsylvania for six years as a member of the maintenance team. He is the kind of associate every business owner...

The Buzz Around Europe's Green Efforts

September 17, 2012
I recently returned from a cruise through Europe. As always, I had a tough time separating work and leisure. I can’t come into a port or a city without resisting the impulse to stop by some of our hotels and visit some competitors. What struck me on this trip is...

Awards of Excellence

May 9, 2012
My father often said “take good care of the associates and they’ll take good care of the customers.” That’s at the heart of how we do things at Marriott every day. Our associates around the world put people first - whether it's inside the hotels or outside in the communities...

Welcoming the World

March 19, 2012
A USA Today headline caught my eye the other day. It read: "Chinese travelers are seeing the USA in record numbers." A follow up article said: “NYC’s Marriott Marquis ready for Chinese visitors.” What’s happening in U.S. tourism is really exciting. Barriers are being removed and we’re taking steps to...

Building Bridges to Opportunity

March 12, 2012
One of my core business beliefs is that great companies exist for more fundamental purposes than just to make money. At Marriott, we “open doors to a world of opportunity.” That phrase connotes how much we want our associates to grow during their careers. But “opening doors to a world...

Living the American Dream

March 5, 2012
My family has lived the American Dream. My father started out herding sheep and saw an opportunity and drove cross-country from Utah to Washington, D.C. to open up an A&W Root Beer stand. That was way back in 1927. Many of us forget where we came from, but not me....

World of Opportunity: Chance Encounters

February 27, 2012
Listen to Blog After 33 years with Marriott International, Nusrat Mirza learned first-hand how our company can open doors to a world of opportunity. Nusrat’s story goes back to 1978, when he became a restaurant supervisor in one of our properties. Today, he’s the General Manager of our beautiful Renaissance...

The Year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 2012 is the year of the Dragon. Let the week-long celebrations begin. That’s right, an entire week of brilliant fireworks and colorful parades. It’s truly an amazing spectacle. Think Times Square – but a whole lot bigger! Our Marriott hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and Sanya, will...

Monumental Courage and Conviction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (originally posted for MLK memorial dedication Oct. 2011)

January 13, 2012
My parents founded our company in 1927, nearly 30 years before the Civil Rights Movement. It didn’t matter to them who or what you were, you were welcome. Back then in the South, here in Washington, D.C., this was a courageous move. But they stuck to their beliefs. Martin Luther...