Becky Roseberry wasn’t necessarily looking for a job in hospitality at the beginning of 2014 when she interviewed for the financial reporting manager position at La Quinta Holdings Inc., but it seems to be the right industry for her as she has climbed up the ranks to the role of VP, finance.
“I started my career in public accounting as an auditor, gaining exposure to several industries,” she said. “When I interviewed for the position at La Quinta, I found a team of professionals who lived to the standards of what I now know to be prevalent in hospitality: It is a willingness to do whatever it takes to help and to be part of a team. At La Quinta, our term for this is being ‘Here For You,’ and that not only means being here for our hotel guests and franchise partners, but also to be here for all employees.”
A graduate of Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business, Roseberry learned a lot from her previous positions. “Public accounting is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career in finance,” she said. “Beyond the exposure to the technical aspect of accounting, the structure of public accounting provides leadership opportunities at the early stages of your career. As a second-year staff, you are already expected to teach the new staff. That structure engrains the concept of teamwork, which I think is vital for any growing and dynamic organization.”
Her current role has her partnering “with the financial planning and analysis; financial reporting; and investor relations leadership teams to bring a cohesive view and strategic analysis to the finance function as a whole,” she noted.
It’s a position for which there is no typical day, she added. “It’s one of the things I like the most about my role. During earnings season, we are focused on gathering information, analyzing the results and determining the most efficient and clear ways to communicate with our board of directors and investors,” she said. “Between earnings, we are analyzing and enacting different strategic options that are designed to provide long-term value to our stakeholders.”
Moving forward, she said, “I am hopeful that I will still be working with people who I enjoy and having opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the success of a business that is focused on doing the right thing for its customers and stakeholders.”