Without Reservations: How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company (Hardcover)

How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew Into a Global Hotel Company

By J. W. "Bill" Marriott Jr

Luxury Custom Publishing LLC, 9780983303336, 204pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2013



In "Without Reservations," global business leader and hotel industry icon J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr., shares both the story of and the recipe for the success of Marriott International, one of the world's leading hotel companies. In 1964, on the eve of being named president of the company, Marriott's father, founder and then-CEO J. Willard Marriott, Sr., tucked a letter in his 32-year-old son's desk drawer. The letter, printed in this book, provides timeless advice for any person in any business who aims to achieve success. "Without Reservations" is a compilation of engaging stories that takes the reader behind the scenes as events and decisions unfold. Part biography, part business digest, "Without Reservations" presents a frank and candid perspective on achieving the pinnacle of one's profession and lessons learned along the way. Marriott reflects on a range of compelling topics, including the impact of 9/11, the recent economic downturn, and decisions made--and not made.

About the Author

J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr. became executive chairman of Marriott International, Inc., in 2012 after being the company's chief executive for forty years. He is an American business icon who has successfully created a multi-billion-dollar global hotel company. He divides his time between the Washington, D.C., area and New Hampshire with his wife, Donna. They have four children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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