169 posts categorized "Personal"

Helping Each Other Through the Storm

March 25, 2020
Associates at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Gaylord, Michigan, packed free lunches for the local community. As I turn 88 years old today, my thoughts have dwelled, of course, on the global pandemic that has severely impacted our world and our company, resulting in quarantines and illness for...

The Challenge of Work-Life Balance and Why You Should Always Make Time for Cake

December 17, 2019
Donna and me with the kids, before David was born, in 1964. I’ve worked in the hotel business for more than 60 years and I’ve been passionate about it from day one. While many other professionals enjoy a round of golf or a trip to a professional football game every...

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...