J. Willard Marriott Jr.
Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International
J. W. Marriott, Jr., the son of Marriott Corporation founder J. Willard Marriott, was born in Washington, D.C., in 1932. He attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Utah in 1954 with a degree in banking and finance. He then spent two years as a ship's service supply officer on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph.
Mr. Marriott, Jr. served in a number of capacities in his father's Hot Shoppes restaurant chain during his high school and college years, joining the company full-time in 1956. Just eight months later, Mr. Marriott took over the company's hotel operations shortly after the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel, Marriott's first venture into the lodging industry, opened in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Marriott was elected executive vice president and member of the Board of Directors in January 1964 and president of the company in November 1964. In November 1972, Mr. Marriott succeeded his father's death two months earlier.
Since he became president in 1964, the company has grown at an annual compounded rate of approximately 20 percent in sales, net income, earnings per share and stock price. In 1964, Marriott had total sales of $84 million, and 9,600 employees. In 1986, sales exceeded $5.2 billion. Marriott now has over 200,000 employees, making it one of the 10 largest employers in America.
Today, Marriott is a diversified lodging and food service company, with operations and franchises in all 50 states and 27 countries. Its businesses include over 175 full service hotels and resorts; a rapidly growing chain of moderate price hotels; over 1,500 fast food, family and turnpike restaurants; in-flight catering operations serving over 150 airlines; over 2,200 institutional food service accounts; airport terminal operations at 48 domestic and 5 international airports; and a fleet of three cruise ships. The company serves five million meals a day.
Mr. Marriott is a director of Outboard Marine Corporation. In addition to his corporate commitments, he is active in public service. He serves as director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) and the United States Marshals Foundation. He also is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, and the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Additionally, he is a member of the Conference Board, the United States Trade Representative Services Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC), The Business Council, The Business Roundtable and the executive committee of the President's Council for International Youth Exchange. He serves on the boards of trustees of the Mayo Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the Federal City Council (Washington, D.C.). He also serves on the advisory council of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is a trustee of the advisory council for the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.
An active member of the Mormon Church, he currently serves as president of its Washington, D.C. stake. He previously served as bishop of the Chevy Chase ward and first counselor of the Washington, D.C. stake.
Mr. Marriott is married to the former Donna Garff. He has four children and six grandchildren.