We spoke with Wilson about his colorful career, work ethic and ability to motivate employees:
WS: You had the idea for Holiday Inn in 1951. How did you make that vision real?
Wilson: I don’t know if I’d say I had a vision. To me, vision is a fancy word for common sense. In 1951, most motels weren’t that nice. And they charged an extra $2 per child. That made my Scottish blood boil. Common sense told me there had to be a better way to house families economically when they traveled.
WS: As your company grew, how did you hire the right people?
Wilson: Most people I’ve hired came to me for advice. That’s how we met. They didn’t respond to an ad for a job. They just wanted to talk and share ideas and hear what I had to say. That’s why I advise anyone ...(register to read more)