BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), has been chosen by Ernst & Young, one of the largest international accounting firms, to receive the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® Award in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction category and the U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award. Mr. Marriott was selected for pursuing business excellence and his achievement in innovation, fiscal growth and serving his company and community. A panel of judges identified the hospitality industry icon as an exemplary model of these characteristics and recognized his leadership at the Annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year Gala. ( Click to see Mr. Marriott EY Entrepreneur of the Year Video.)
"I am humbled by this honor and that it underscores the philosophy of our company - that success is never final," said Mr. Marriott. "It was wonderful to share the stage with so many remarkable business people doing such innovative work. And the theme of the night was deep gratitude for the countless people who stand behind these entrepreneurs helping their companies flourish and grow. For Marriott International, that has always been our associates who every day take care of our guests in over 6,000 hotels around the world."