Presentation by: Lauren Leitch


- Marriott was born into an impoverished family..

- At age 19, he went east to preach the gospel, and ended up in Washington D.C. and he realized that he could make lots of money selling a drink there.

- He finally got into Weber State College. Marriott cut a deal with the school's president, where he could pay for school by teaching theology classes.

- To earn money for tuition the school he wanted to transfer to (University of Utah), he took a job selling woolen underwear to lumberjacks in the Pacific Northwest.

- During Marriott's senior year at the University of Utah, an A&W root beer stand opened in Salt Lake City. Impressed by its success and remembering his experience as a missionary, Marriott purchased the Washington-area A&W franchise.

What Led Mr. Marriott To This Industry?

- Marriott started off as a franchise owner of A&W Root Beer in 1927. He owned a nine stool Root Beer stand.

- He later introduced Mexican food to the stand and he called it "The Hot Shoppe"

- His business expanded so much that he was given the management of food services to government buildings and even the U.S Treasury.

- In 1957, he was so successful he decided to open a hotel (the first Marriott) in Virginia.

- It was officially named Marriott Inc. in 1967.

J.W. Marriott's Role in Hospitality Industry; Hospitality and Tourism Role

- Marriott was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc.

- Marriott, International, Inc. is the world’s biggest hospitality company that later became the largest food service and hotel chain.

- Marriott worked as a hotelier in the Hospitality Industry.

Obstacles J.W. Marriott Faced

- He was diagnosed with lymph node cancer and was given one year to live, but he persevered and lived for 50 more years.

- September 11

What Has J.W. Marriott Done To Improve The Industry or Educate Others?

- With his hard work and commitment Marriott turned his small Root Beer stand into the most profitable and diversified company in the world. When he died Marriott International had 1,400 restaurants and 143 resorts and hotels.

- Marriott International works and franchises several luxury hotels and resorts such as the Marriott, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

- Marriott International is included in Fortune’s list of most admired companies.

- Marriott International is recognized as one of best places to work and is known for its promise to diversity and social responsibility.