Montage International Founder, Chairman & CEO Alan Fuerstman Featured on Inc.

Need a little inspiration to get your Monday going? You should meet Alan Fuerstman.

Before college, Fuerstman worked as a part-time doorman and bellboy at a Marriott hotel in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. Working in a hotel allowed him to meet “a lot of fascinating people”–including Bob Smalls, a guest who soon became that Marriott’s general manager and eventually the CEO of Fairmont Hotels. The two men connected, and the executive became Fuerstman’s mentor.

Four years later, as Fuerstman contemplated going to law school, Smalls offered him a different path: a full-time job in Marriott’s management program. He took it.

Fuerstman, now 62, says it was one of the smartest decisions he ever made. It turned out that he was talented at hospitality management. He doubled the value of one resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, in just four years–which gave him the confidence to start his own company.

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