J.Willard Marriott

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Biography on CNBC â?? J. Willard Marriott
It wasn't until age 57 that J. Willard Marriott entered into the hotel business. With immediate success, Marriott went on to create the hospitality empire that we know today.

Marriott started his career with an A&W root beer stand which led to a successful career in the food service and restaurant business. He was one of the first to supply food to airlines for its passengers. If that wasn't enough at the age of 57 he opened his first hotel. With a combination of hard work and motivation, J. Willard Marriott created a worldwide hospitality empire.

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