About Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final

Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final

Bill Marriott, son of J. Williard Marriott who opened a root-beer stand that grew into the Hot Shoppes Restaurant chain and evolved into the Marriott hotel company, grew up in the family business. In his more than fifty years at the company s helm, Bill Marriott was the driving force behind growing Marriott into the world s largest global hotel chain. His vision and leadership expanded the family business to more than 6,500 properties across 127 countries and territories.

Success Is Never Final gives readers an intimate portrait of the life of a billionaire and business titan and shares his definition of success. Bill shares details about his very structured childhood including the private struggles with his domineering father s chronic harsh criticism; his time in the United Sates Navy as an officer aboard the U.S.S. Randolph; how he innovated the hotel industry with resort-like facilities; his dogged courtship with Donna, who would eventually say yes to his marriage proposal over a pay phone; and the boundless passion and energy he demonstrated for his work, family, and faith. Bill also shares spiritual experiences that allowed him to recognize God s guidance in his personal life, helping him bounce back from a life-threatening explosion in a freak boating accident which caused severe burns over his body.

Readers will learn the fascinating details about the successes and failures of Bill s business ventures and relate to his challenges of balancing roles as a CEO, a husband and father, and a man of faith. From his half-billion-dollar venture and bet-the-farm move to build the New York Marriott Marquis hotel, to the heartbreaking loss of an adult son whose body slowly degenerated from Mitochondrial Disease, to the billions of dollars donated to medical research, the biography of Bill Marriott tells the remarkable story of a man who had the vision to create a multi-billion dollar business, who understood the power of giving, and lived the creed that hard work will pay off but success is never final.

My review

I don’t know that I’ve ever given a thought to how a big business, like Marriott Hotels, started and grew into what it is. But I was really amazed by the whole process that was talked about in this book.

I loved that this book starts with J.W. Marriott, Bill’s father. It talks a bit about where his parents and grandparents came from. This kind of thing really helps put the whole person together. There’s no way any of us are going to be quite who we are now without the people who have gone before us.

The book talks quite a bit about J.W. and Allie, Bill’s parents. They seem as though they were amazing people. But they were people, like any of us, and they weren’t perfect. And that made me love them even more as people.

There were so many great parts in this one. One particular chapter really touched me. It’s the one where the author talks about the Marriott that was located right next to the World Trade Center in 2001. Maybe it was because we just had September 11th that I was so touched. Or maybe it was just that there were so many heroes. And they were honored by the Marriotts as well. I don’t know. But that chapter really touched me.

This is an amazing story, from beginning to end. You won’t want to miss it!

I was sent a copy of Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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