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Bill Marriott

Family First

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

Family has always been number one in my life. As a father, I made it a point to be home for dinner every night I was in town. Over my career, I arrived at the office at 8:00 a.m. and I was home for dinner at 6:15 p.m. SHARP!

Where's the Color?

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

There's a famous 1980s hamburger TV commercial where a little old lady opens the bun of a hamburger only to find a dime-sized paddy and says, "Where's the beef?" I recently opened the door to our test room and asked, "Where's the color?"

The Hubble Travels Brilliantly

Bill Marriott | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

Last week I received an invitation from an associate at Marriott's headquarters to the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. I was really interested in this. His wife works for NASA and when he did some digging, he found many references to Marriott and NASA.

Into the Details

Bill Marriott | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

Years ago, business professors would often state that if you have executive skills, you can run any business. I never agreed with this and remain an advocate that the more you know about your particular business, the more successful you'll become.

The End of an Era

Bill Marriott | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August 24. She would have been 98 on September 20. She was the last surviving member of my dad's family -- thus, the end of an era.

My Rules for Tipping

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

It's not old fashioned to leave a gratuity. It's the right thing to do.

Engaging Customers in the Digital Age

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

As I listened to our general managers, I took notes on some of the new ways to attract and keep guests. In the lingo of social media, I "curated" a top ten list from my notes, including my own item, #10.

Farewell to Murphy

Bill Marriott | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years.

A Tale of Two Graduations

Bill Marriott | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

I recently attended the graduation ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Our grandson, Matthew, was receiving his masters in hotel administration. It was a great thrill to see him walk across the stage and receive his diploma.

All You Need Is Love

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

On June 29, Donna and I marked 59 years together. You can't be married as long as we have without developing some sure-fire ways to the keep the love alive. I thought I'd share a few ways that work for us.

My 12 Rules for Success

Bill Marriott | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

My father liked to say, "Success is never final." Before the paint dried on a brand new Hot Shoppes restaurant, he was already signing a deal for the...

Ben Voogd: Navigating Amsterdam by Bike

Bill Marriott | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Bill Marriott

During my travels, I meet a lot of associates around the world. I'm often impressed not just by how well they serve our guests, but how much they love...

Thanksgiving at Fairfield Farm

Bill Marriott | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Bill Marriott

For years, all during the 1940s, my father was searching for a place in the country where he could relive his early years, riding horses and tending sheep. Finally, in 1950, he found his dream place, Fairfield Farm in Hume, Virginia, not too far from Front Royal, Virginia.

Happy 95th Birthday to America's Pastor

Bill Marriott | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

In November I travelled to Asheville, N.C. to help celebrate the 95th birthday of the Reverend Billy Graham. I was very honored to attend this significant event.

My Mother, the Driving Force

Bill Marriott | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Bill Marriott

October 19th is my Mother's birthday. She was born in 1907 and would have been 106. She was truly an amazing woman.

Bedtime Stories of Rattlesnakes, Coyotes, Mountain Lions

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Bill Marriott

Dad was not around the house very much when I was a kid, as he worked 16 hours a day building the business, but he would try to drop by my bed and excite me with these wonderful stories.

My Hero, Stephen

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.25.2013 | DC
Bill Marriott

No parent should have to see their child die, and those who do are members of a club that no one wants to belong to. Donna and I lost our dear son, Stephen, this week at the age of 54.

Chick-fil-A Moral Menu Pushes Food Aside

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Robert V. Taylor

Chick-fil-A is no longer just a quality fast food chain. It now aggressively offers a moral menu and diet to Americans.

Hong Kong -- Low Taxes, High Rewards

Bill Marriott | Posted 10.02.2012 | Business
Bill Marriott

We opened our very first hotel in Asia in Hong Kong in 1989. This was really a big jump for us all the way across the Pacific Ocean. Many asked me wh...

300 Million Viewers Watching on CCTV

Bill Marriott | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business
Bill Marriott

It's not everyday that you're interviewed on TV and 300 million viewers tune in. During my recent trip to Asia, China Central Television (CCTV) interviewed me about Marriott's growth and the global economy.

Embracing The Bathroom Buzz

Bill Marriott | Posted 09.05.2012 | Travel
Bill Marriott

The hallway leading to the restrooms is covered with images of trees and leaves. Inside, orange and gold colors and silhouettes of birds resemble the sky at dawn.

What I've Learned From Blogging (At Age 80)

Bill Marriott | Posted 08.20.2012 | Fifty
Bill Marriott

Five years ago, when I started this blog, I wasn't sure what to expect. I love writing and sharing my thoughts with family, friends and talking to associates and customers. So I figured, well I guess so, why not?

Attention Food Nostalgists: Hot Shoppes To Reopen (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Washingtonian brought some excellent food news on Tuesday for nostalgia-lovers. A new Hot Shoppes restaurant will be opening in the 1,17...

Marriott and Milk

Marc Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marc Gunther

What role should CEOS and big companies play when confronted with controversial issues? Ought they not take a stand on social issues, too?