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You may use spices, salt, pepper, oil, etc. Get your recipes and photos in to me by August 15th. Good luck, Angela and Sue! Bill
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Luke, I'm so glad that your experience at Marriott was meaningful. In response to your question, I currently am working on a blog comparing the American economy to the economy in Hong Kong. Stay tuned for more about American investment and entrepreneurship. Bill
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Jun 15, 2012
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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 of opportunity” also applies to the non-profit Bridges from School to Work program. My brother Richard runs this program and he’s developed a model that other companies should emulate. Simply put, it takes kids with disabilities and helps them find a job. It’s not so simple to execute. Bridges employer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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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. I was reminded of all this when I recently received the “Keepers of the American Dream Award” from the National Immigration Forum. The honor is what Marriott is all about: opportunity, no matter where someone is born. At the awards ceremony, I talked about the fact that 50% of our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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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 Long Beach Hotel in California. One day, after inviting his housekeeping staff to bring their children to work, Nusrat had a “chance encounter” with a young teenager named Mario. When asked what he wanted to do in life, the young boy confidently replied, “I want your job.” Nusrat encouraged him... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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After nearly 40 years as a CEO at Marriott, I love to read about how others lead. Recently, I blogged about Bob Lutz's new book "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters," which has many lessons from his tenure with General Motors. My 13-year service on the GM Board ended about a year after Bob came aboard. But I've watched and admired him from afar. General Motors has weathered some tough times lately and I found Bob's commentary about the problems that they have faced as powerful. So I shared copies of his book with my senior leadership team. The great concern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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In August of 1985, I was putting gasoline into my boat at our summer place on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. I turned on the ignition switch to check the gas level, when I heard an explosion. The gas fumes had gathered around me as I stood on the deck and exploded with a spark from the switch. I was engulfed with flames. I went to the local hospital and was soon taken by helicopter to the Burn Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I was met by Dr. Jack Burke who was chief of trauma and head... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Courtyard by Marriott guests love football. So you can imagine all the lobby buzz for the Big Game. Courtyard was right in the thick of it as the official hotel sponsor for the National Football League. We even set up a Courtyard by Marriott Lobby Zone at the NFL Experience where fans of both brands could meet players and really get into the spirit of the game. As you can see, it was a blast. The power brands have been great partners right from the start. When Courtyard was launched in 1983, it created a new segment in the lodging... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Recently, I had an opportunity to read the story of Apple’s Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I found it fascinating and well done. We all know that Jobs changed the world with his many creations at Apple and Pixar Films. Isaacson wrote, “Steve Jobs became the greatest business executive of our era. The one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. Was he smart, no, not exceptionally; instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times, magical.” I‘ve always been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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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 have ceremonies featuring Chinese drummers and Kung Fu artists. Food is also very important to New Year's celebrations. The Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel created a unique dim sum dumpling menu in honor of the Dragon. Each dish is a work of art. Chinese New Year Coconut Pudding and Taro... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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"The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work.” -- President Obama, January 19, 2012 Listen to Blog This year 1 billion people are expected to travel outside their own countries to see and experience the world. And for every 35 of those international visitors, one job is created. That's why President Obama went to Disneyworld this week to talk about the importance of travel and tourism in creating American jobs. He also knows that when someone from another country visits the United States, they generally go home a fan, and that's good for our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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My very first job was a soda jerk and that taught me a lot about customer service. It was very busy, especially on the weekends. Filling orders in a timely way was a challenge and great fun. I was thrown into the front lines and was stuck many times. When I got behind, it took a long time for me to build a banana split. This was back in 1952 at our Hot Shoppes Restaurant in Silver City, Utah. I worked as a soda jerk while I was a student at the University of Utah. My dad would often come... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Joy Bricker went public at the age of 79. She’s famous for being the 10-year guest at TownePlace Suites in Falls Church, Virginia. Ten years … in the same room! Now that’s loyalty and a lot of Rewards points. It also makes for a great media story. When Joy announced she was checking-out to move in with her daughter in New York, the media converged -- The Washington Post, CNN and ABC Channel 7 News. Before you knew it, folks around the world were talking about the lady who for ten years made Marriott her home. What makes this story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Donna and I attended the J. Edgar movie on opening day. We both thought the movie was very well done. I was born in Washington in 1932 and lived here all my life except for four years in college at the University of Utah and two years in the U.S. Navy. I grew up hearing about J. Edgar Hoover and the G. Men. In 1939, my dad bought his first Cadillac and as a little boy I would travel with him to the Cadillac dealer to have his car serviced. I remember seeing Hoover’s limousine in the garage. While I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Listen to blog MY DECISION It’s been quite a week since I announced that I’m handing over the day-to-day CEO reins to Arne Sorenson. The blog comments have been truly heartwarming. Thank you so much. So people ask, “What went into my decision?” I try to lead from my heart and my heart said, “Now’s the time.” For some reason, many of you thought that we were talking about the “R” word – retirement. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be executive chairman and as I said in numerous media interviews, Arne will be driving the bus, but I’ll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Listen to blog In 2012, we celebrate the 85th birthday of our company and I proudly celebrate my 60th year of service. During the past six decades, I have had the privilege to know and work with some of the most talented people in the world. Our associates have always been my extended family to me, and one of the greatest joys in life has been to see so many find a welcoming place and rewarding opportunities at Marriott. It’s amazing to think about what has been accomplished since that little root beer stand was opened so many years ago... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Listen To Blog Please take a look at the two pictures below. One is a picture of our original Hot Shoppe in 1927. The other is Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J. which opened in 1910. Don’t they look a lot alike? Buddy Valastro is much more of a character than my father. He’s also a reality TV star. The TLC television show is called “Cake Boss” and Buddy’s the boss. There are a lot of colorful moments working in Buddy’s bakery with members of his family. Even with all the drama, what comes out of the oven is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Today it’s exciting to know that we can devote all of our attention to managing and franchising our lodging brands. With the spinoff of our timeshare unit, we’re now closer to a pure lodging company than we’ve ever been before. Which, in my opinion, is where we ought to be. A new public company has been created, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, and it’s poised for terrific growth. The Marriott name will remain above the door. The company will be led by Steve Weisz, a nearly 40 year Marriott veteran. My daughter, Debbie, sits on the board and the past president and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Listen to Blog One of the best things Marriott can do to improve the lives of people and communities around the world is to open up a brand new hotel. Right away we create hundreds of new jobs, provide skill training and help improve the environment for doing business. That's why I'm so very proud to announce that Marriott will open a hotel in Haiti. It will be the first hotel in Haiti since the earthquake and the first international hotel to be located there. When we open our doors, it will signal that Haiti is also open for business.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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Listen To Blog Brian Orakpo stands 6’3” and 260 pounds. He came by headquarters to welcome Courtyard as the official sponsor of the NFL. I’ve been a longtime Redskins fan, in fact, since 1942. I’ve seen them win some Super Bowls and I’ve seen them struggle like they’re doing this year. Putting a winning team together isn’t easy. You need to find talent at every position and keep adapting your game plan. A football coach and a CEO are always drafting or recruiting; they are coaching or mentoring; they are creating new plays or in our case at Marriott, new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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The other day I received a totally undeserved standing ovation as I spoke to students at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. I think the students just wanted to stretch their legs after 45 minutes of listening to my stories. I was really surprised and stunned by the applause. But as I later thought about it, the clapping wasn’t for me but the incredible growth of our hospitality industry. A big reason for that growth is the increasing number of colleges and universities that offer degrees in hotel management. Marriott works with Cornell and many other schools to develop and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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India is truly an incredible country. There’s something old and something new everywhere you turn. It’s experiencing tremendous growth and our hotels are right in the middle of it. Most people’s impressions of India are not nearly as up to date as the changes taking place there. They may have been formed in school while watching a long, boring documentary. In an attempt to dispel some myths and stereotypes, our Indian associates took to the streets and produced their own mini-documentaries. The things they do and the places they go … well, let’s just say they know where to have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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My career began in the restaurant business. As the company transitioned over to hotels, I never wanted to lose those roots. To this day when I visit a hotel, I often go straight to the kitchen to see what’s cooking. Now you can see what’s cooking by visiting our new website. http://www.marriott.com/restaurants It showcases many of our restaurants and bars and gives you the chance to share them with your friends on Facebook and make a reservation on OpenTable, an online reservation system. We have so many incredible hotel restaurants many run by the world’s best chefs -- Laurent Tourondel,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Marriott on the Move Old
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