2016's 40 Under 40: Travis D. Peterson

Travis Peterson Marriott

Travis Peterson MarriottTravis D. Peterson 38, Citywide Sales Executive Marriott and Renaissance Hotels of Washington. D.C., Arlington, Va.

How I got here: “I started my career with Marriott International after leaving my post with Disney Destinations. I spent the previous 11 years with Hyatt. I’ve held many roles in my 16 years in the industry, so my current promotion into the citywide executive role was a natural progression.” Bragging rights: Starting in 2013, Peterson worked in a new role on “miniwides” in D.C., where he grew a new market from inception to generating $11 million annually in only two years.

I’m inspired by: “I’m a proud member of One Marriott, a group focused on LGBTQ associate issues and concerns in our company. This organization, the friendships and the business partnerships I’ve made are part of why I love what I do and working for this company.”