Julie M. Cary
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
La Quinta Inns & Suites
As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the La Quinta hotel chain, Julie Cary focuses on delivering the customer experience, which begins before a guest arrives at their hotel. Cary oversaw the introduction of LQ Instant Hold, a feature that allows customers to reserve and hold a hotel room for up to four hours using only their mobile telephone number. Cary has also introduced a exclusive rewards program for current military personnel, their families, and veterans.
Cary came to La Quinta in 2006 after twenty years in brand management, marketing, and innovation for companies like Dean Foods, Gerber, and Ralston Purina. At La Quinta, Cary says the focus is on “developing a culture of engaged and motivated employees,” and customer satisfaction has followed.