Former U.S. presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, founded and owned by the Marriott family, also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” Romney served on the board of directors for the company from 1993 until 2002, when he resigned to serve as the governor of Massachusetts. He joined the company again after an unsuccessful run for president in 2008. He served until January 2011, when he resigned to be in the race for the White House.
The Marriott Corporation was founded in 1927 by John Willard Marriott, a close friend of Romney’s father, George Romney. The company, based in Maryland, has over 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories, with reported revenue of roughly $12 billion in fiscal 2011. It is one of the world’s largest hospitality, hotel chains, and food services companies.
Mormon Mitt Romney made the following statement:
“It is an honor to once again be able to serve in the company of leaders like Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson and to support the work of the tens of thousands of Marriott associates who make Marriott International the renowned success that it is.” (Read more…)
It has been interesting to watch the press coverage of Mitt Romney since he lost the presidential election by a narrow margin. He has mostly spent time with his family in California. The press noticed him at a gas station and commented that he was pumping his own gas. Rather than seeing this as the sign that he is a broken man with few options, the press, which has been so thoroughly engaged in the “Mormon Moment,” should realize that Mormons, no matter what their station, are humble people and used to getting their hands dirty. Romney has been engaged in many projects where dirty hands were the norm and back-breaking work was required. In spite of his wealth, he is at his core a good Christian, family man, with no airs to put on.
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