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Lousy Hotels Inspire Married Consultants to $590 Million Fortune

Amy Pressman
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Amy Pressman and Borge Hald’s billion-dollar business idea sprung from lousy hotel stays.

While living the grueling road warrior lifestyle of a management consultant, Pressman was often frustrated by the dearth of non-smoking rooms at the hotel where she spent most nights of the week. Despite her loyalty card and frequent complaints, she was ignored.