Career Advancement

Whether you're interested in corporate careers at our headquarters in Dallas, Texas or in a hotel position at one of our 400+ managed locations across the nation, La Quinta has a wide range of opportunities for skilled, motivated candidates.

  • Front Desk Service Representative
  • Front Desk Supervisor
  • Housekeeping Attendant
  • Housekeeping Supervisor
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Assistant General Manager
  • General Manager
  • Area General Manager
  • Regional Vice President

La Quinta takes great pride in its ongoing commitment to providing career advancement opportunities for its employees. See what a few of our employees have to say about their experiences with La Quinta:

Terri St. John - Operations Training & Development Manager
Terri first joined the La Quinta team in 1989 as a Front Desk Service Representative at the La Quinta Inn™ - Atlanta/Peachtree Industrial location. Over the next 23 years, Terri has since been promoted to the positions of Front Office Manager, Assistant General Manager, General Manager at various La Quinta hotels in the Atlanta, GA area, and now is part of the Operations Training & Development Team. She has also played instrumental roles in many other company-wide projects, including new & acquired hotel openings, NiteVision PMS training, INNitiation curriculum development, and other corporate training initiatives.

"I constantly have goals in mind, and I continually seek ways to grow," Terri says. "I was always interested in doing more, and I've had great managers at La Quinta who have helped me along the way."

As a Training & Development Manager, Terri is training and mentoring newly hired La Quinta managers on all aspects of the La Quinta system and operating culture. Terri and the team, provide hands on, one on one dedicated training to our new managers.

"I enjoy mentoring people and watching them grow and develop a love for the company," she says. "I take great pride in watching other managers succeed."

And with more than two decades of experience with La Quinta, Terri is often asked what keeps her at La Quinta.

"It's the people. The culture here is fantastic," she says. "It starts at the top. Our President and COO are very down-to-earth people. We're always treated as valuable members of a team, not just numbers in a company."

As Terri has experienced in her 23+ years with La Quinta, career advancement opportunities have never been in short supply for employees eager and willing to take on new challenges.

"With La Quinta, there's always something new," Terri says. "If you're interested in advancing your career and willing to put in the effort, there are always opportunities around the corner with La Quinta."

James Begin - Regional Vice President
Employed with La Quinta since 1999, James started his career with La Quinta as the General Manager of the La Quinta Inn & Suites™ - Seattle/Tacoma location.

"I enjoyed being a General Manager very much," James says. "And I still appreciate working for a company that has a 'Whatever it Takes' service culture for its guests."

In 2005, James was promoted to Regional Director of Operations over 10 properties in Washington, Utah, and Nevada. Less than one year later, James was again promoted to Regional Vice President of Operations for 24 properties.

"With the support of others and the right tools from La Quinta, I was very successful," James says.

As a Regional Vice President, James is also committed to providing the same level of support and career development opportunities to the managers and employees in his region.

"I am happy to see so many people have the opportunity to follow their dream of becoming Assistant General Managers, General Managers, Area Managers, and beyond," James says. "I am proud to be part of a team of such great leaders."

So where does James see La Quinta positioning itself in the hotel industry?

"It has been truly exciting to watch La Quinta grow in size, quality, and success," James says. "La Quinta is the best - and we're going to be even better!"