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."