LaQuinta_LOGO_June14Kimberly is an Air Force spouse out of Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, who works as a Convention Service Manager (Special Events) for Military Spouse Employment Partnership partner La Quinta Inns & Suites.

“I have been married to the military for nearly 26 years. I bring organizational skills, a ‘can do’ attitude, and a heart for helping military families. I have served as a Spouse Mentor for many years helping newer spouses with military life and military deployments. With another spouse, I wrote a resiliency program for deployed families and produced a video to go along with the program.”

What does Kimberly enjoy about her career?

“I enjoy working with people and making a difference wherever I am. It is very difficult to pick up and start over every two years or less. I have job experience in many different areas. I gained experience as a special events coordinator along the way. With another move, I found myself looking for a job once again. I attended a military spouse hiring fair where I met with a Talent Acquisition person for La Quinta Inns & Suites. I told her of my past job experience, submitted a resume and I was hired. I am thrilled to be working for a company that is focused on hiring military veterans and spouses. I also feel very confident that when we move to another location I will be able to continue working for La Quinta Inns & Suites. Job portability is a very important thing to the military spouse and I’m so glad I have that with La Quinta Inns & Suites.”

What is Kimberly’s advice to other military spouses?

“Military spouses have many challenges as they look for work in a new location. My advice first and foremost is to do your very best work wherever you are. The people you work for currently will be your references on future applications. I recommend utilizing military hiring job fairs and job resources through your Military and Family Support Center. I also suggest looking for companies that are committed to hiring military veterans and spouses.”

For job opportunities for military spouses, visit the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal at or contact a certified career counselor through the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program at 800-342-9647.