Montgomery County, the economic engine of the State of Maryland, is home to a diverse collection of some of the nation’s—and the world’s—most influential businesses. It is also the base for innovative start-up businesses and small businesses that make a huge impact.
County Cable Montgomery (CCM: Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) is spotlighting a variety of these businesses and their innovative leaders in its newest show Made in Montgomery. In the series, host Susan Kenedy gets an inside look at these companies, discovering from where their business ideas originate and getting a glimpse of what makes the businesses work. The show also focuses on why these leaders chose to headquarter their companies in Montgomery County.
The current episode of Made in Montgomery features a rare close-up look at Bethesda-based Marriott International through the perspective of J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., the company’s executive chairman and chairman of the board. The author of the recent best-selling book Without Reservations, Mr. Marriott recounts how his father transformed an A & W Root Beer stand into the Hot Shoppes restaurant chain (the first one was on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda) and eventually, into one of the leading lodging companies in the world.
Marriott International headquarters remains located in Bethesda, and in addition to sharing his insights on business, success, family—and his passion for classic cars, Mr. Marriott explains why Montgomery County has been a great place for the company to do business and for family members to continue to make their homes.
“In the hotel business, you say location, location, location makes for a successful hotel,” he said. “You can be anywhere you want to be in the city in 25 minutes from my house, and that is terrific. It is a beautiful county. Lovely homes. Good schools. Good hospitals. Good healthcare. Friendly people. It is a pleasant place to live. You can be as active as you want to be. You have good shopping, good restaurants—and good hotels.”
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