Your Next Innovative Idea Could Be A Restaurant Visit Away

Starwood Hotels' VP and creative director Stephen Gates has some unorthodox sources for creative inspiration that are paying off big.

Kindergarten was a confusing time for Stephen Gates. While most children simply read storybooks, Gates was making them in his basement with his dad. Gates is what he calls a second-generation creative: His father was a creative director and his mother was a toy maker. How Gates sees it, "I'm not really sure I had much choice but to go into design."

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