Bill And Richard Marriott Remember Mom

By Michael Rosenwald

One of the true feel good events in Corporate America is Marriott International's annual Awards of Excellence program, when the company honors employees throughout the world who do the Marriott name proud.

I've attended the awards for the last few years. The food is generally good, but the stories are even better. Last week, the company handed out awards to employees ranging from a lounge attendant in Greenbelt who learned English on the job to a shoe shiner from the Istanbul Ritz-Carlton.

The Marriott family -- Bill Marriott, his wife Donna, his brother Richard, their children and grandchildren -- are always on hand, ready and willing to tell some stories from the good old days. This year, Bill and Richard Marriott's mother Alice would have turned 100, and before they gave out an award in her name a video was played in which her family looked back on her life.

The story of how the company was formed 81 years ago as a tiny root beer stand in the District has been told many times. But Alice Marriott's role in those early days -- she introduced Mexican food in the winter, when root beer sales were slow -- is not often fully appreciated.

Take a look at this short video of Bill and Richard Marriott as they remember their mother. She was there from the beginning, and she became one of the most influential women in Washington history -- a close friend to Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, early champion of the Kennedy Center, a builder of fortunes.

By Dan Beyers  |  June 9, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  | Category:  Marriott International Corp.
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I've seen this video several times and everytime I see it I'm proud to be a Marriott employee.

Posted by: Dawn | June 11, 2008 10:04 AM

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