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John Willard Marriott (1900)

A Mormon farm boy from Utah, Marriott left behind the life he knew to open a root beer stand far from home in Washington, DC, in 1927. His gamble quickly paid off. He soon had a chain of family-style drive-ins up and down the US East Coast. In 1957, he opened his first hotel. This too was a great success, and today Marriott International, Inc., is one of the world's largest hospitality companies. Why did he choose Washington, DC, as the site of his first root beer stand? More...
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From a root beer stand to the chain of Marriott hotels? This is the kind of ambition I do not have.
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He had an experience in Whascinton DC who led him thinking that in W.DC there would have been a lot of tourists who should have enjoied a nice cold drink, as a root beer!
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To their everlasting credit: some people never give up!!!

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happy birthday
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HAPPY US FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY MR. MARRIOTT!!

After experiencing the hot, humid Washington summer, he thought to himself that if he could find a nice cold drink to sell there, he could make a lot of money. But the idea would have to wait. When Marriott returned to Utah, he discovered that his father, along with most sheepherders, had gone bankrupt because of an economic downturn that had caused the price of sheep to plummet.

Willard Wisdom
On Management: "Take care of your people and they will take care of your customers."
On Innovation: "Great companies are built by people who never stop thinking about ways to improve the business."
On work: "No person can get very far in life working 40 hours a week."
On success: "It's the little things that make big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class."
On entrepreneurship: "I have always felt that America is the land of unlimited opportunities for those who will 'pay the price.' "


http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/197668
Gary98
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Many have much to learn from this guy
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A&W Root Bear Floats were sought after treats in The District & Baltimore. I remember them fondly. His story is another impressive reality of American success.
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That's a great story.
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