Edwin D. Fuller is one of the most effective leaders in the hotel business. While earning a business degree at Boston University, he worked as a Pinkerton guard. After serving in the U.S. Army, including a tour of combat duty in Vietnam, he joined Marriott in the airline hotel division. As president and managing director of international lodging, he runs 350 hotels in 70 countries on six continents - and has another 173 under construction. When he took charge of the International Lodging Division in 1991, Marriott had 16 hotels outside the United States with gross sales of $325 million - today they lead in most markets and gross $6.6 billion.