Companies to Watch: Marriott

Industry: Hotel/Hospitality

Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.

CEO: J.W. Marriott, Jr.

Founded in 1927 by the current CEO's father, J. Willard Marriott, the company owns and maintains one of the largest hotel operations in the world.

Marriott employs more than 130,000 people and operates in over 70 countries and territories worldwide.