By Jake Paine
Director of Global Sales, Federal Government
La Quinta Inns & Suites™
For those of you who aren’t familiar with us, La Quinta Holdings Inc. (LQ) is a leading owner, operator, and franchisor of select-service hotels primarily serving the upper-midscale and midscale segments under the La Quinta brand. The Company’s owned and franchised portfolio consists of more than 880 properties representing approximately 87,500 rooms located in 48 states in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. These properties operate under the La Quinta Inn & Suites™, La Quinta Inn™ and LQ Hotel™ brands.
At La Quinta Inns & Suites, where I oversee the Federal Government segment for the brand, we’re not just military friendly. We’re military family friendly. Our military families are provided with portable, flexible careers with the potential for advancement. La Quinta also participates in Hiring Our Heroes Job Fairs, military spouse networking events, spouse-specific hiring fairs, and more.
Military veterans working within the organization, such as Drew Saldana, a Brand Experience Consultant for La Quinta Inns & Suites; continue to thrive as a team member. Following his tenure as a soldier in the U.S. Army, he joined La Quinta Inns & Suites in 2011 as a General Manager and became such a proficient and successful leader that he was asked to join the Training Team at our company headquarters. Further progression in his career led him to become an Operations Development Manager, training new General Managers and Assistant General Managers throughout the U.S., and at new hotels opening in Mexico and Central America.
La Quinta Inns & Suites is also honored to be a member of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Businesses. We support them in their mission to provide economic opportunity to veterans, their families and the communities in which they live by offering leadership and a national platform to support veteran, service member, and military spouse-owned businesses; entrepreneurs; and suppliers.
With La Quinta Returns Military Rewards™, current and former members of our military, as well as military spouses, earn extra savings, benefits and recognition when they stay with us. Instant La Quinta Returns Gold status, 12% percent off best available rates, and 20% more points for stays are just some of the benefits.
If you want to learn more about our military initiative, we’d love to talk with you. Visit us online, and join us at this year’s NDTA Expo Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri – we’ll be at booth 319.