by Mary Bailey
Originally published: July 31, 2017
David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President & Global Chief HR Officer, Shares the Marriott Family Legacy
When J.W. and Alice S. Marriott began building their business 90 years ago, they chose to establish their foundation on family values that embrace growth and empowerment for all – employees, partners, suppliers, and guests. It’s the cornerstone of their rise from a single root beer stand, to a multinational hospitality company that manages and franchises a global portfolio of more than 6,100 hotels. “Diversity and Inclusion is the number 1 factor of success in our 90 years,” says David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President & Global Chief HR Officer for Marriott International. “It started in 1927 as a family business, and with the notion of taking care of each other. They treated their employees like family, which included hiring doctors on the payroll to take care of their employees.” This extraordinary level of commitment remains deeply embedded in Marriott’s corporate DNA, and has expanded as the faces of diversity and inclusion continue to evolve.