In 1927, J. Willard Marriott opened the nine-stool root beer stand that grew into the Hot Shoppes Restaurant chain and evolved into today’s Marriott International hotel company. For the next 58 years, he built the Marriott brand on a foundation of guiding principles that remain embedded in the company’s culture today.
Alice Sheets was J. Willard Marriott’s essential partner in both life and business. She had a hands-on role in helping the Marriott company grow, and her volunteer spirit is celebrated each year through the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service.
Raised in the family business, J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. developed an early passion for hospitality. In his more than 60 years at the company’s helm, he built Marriott into a global lodging company with more than 8,000 properties spanning 139 countries and territories.
Woodrow Marriott celebrates the Junior Hot Shoppe 1968 Woodrow Marriott celebrates the Junior Hot Shoppe in Philadelphia’s Progress Plaza, the first African American owned shopping center in the United States, with members of the Plaza’s and the Shoppe’s management teams, 1968.
J.W. and Alice Marriott, along with their son. 1968 J.W. and Alice Marriott, along with their son, company President J.W. Marriott, Jr., stroll the grounds of the newly acquired Camelback Inn near Phoenix, Arizona, 1968.
The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Al Khayyam Casino was the first of Marriott’s African hotels. 1982 The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Al Khayyam Casino was the first of Marriott’s African hotels, which opened in 1982. The central section had been the Gezirah Palace, originally built in 1869.