167 posts categorized "Personal"

Leadership, Negotiation and Meat Loaf: One Ensign’s Veterans Day Memories

November 11, 2019
I had the privilege and honor to serve in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating from the University of Utah in 1954. I was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in June 1954. I was assigned to the U.S.S. Randolph aircraft carrier and given the job of wardroom...

Introducing “Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final”

September 9, 2019
Over the next few months, I will share life lessons from my new biography, “Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final.” When journalist and New York Times best-selling author Dale Van Atta approached me a few years ago about writing a biography exploring the lessons learned from my life story, I...

Thoughts on My Birthday

March 28, 2019
Celebrating my 86th birthday with my daughter, Debbie Harrison. I turned 87 years old this week and I have to say, I feel great. I spent the day, as I always do, with my family at Camelback Inn in Arizona. We’ve been going there for more than 50 years. I...

To My Valentine

February 14, 2019
Donna married me "for better and for worse ... but not for lunch." I proposed marriage to the love of my life, Donna Garff, by long-distance phone call – if you can believe it – in 1954. I was in Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia, at the time, just...

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,...