Chairman of the Board of Barshop & Oles, L.P.
and Founder of La Quinta Inns, Inc.
Mr. Barshop is founder and retired Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of La Quinta Inns, Inc. In September 1995 he joined forces with Barshop Enterprise of San Antonio and C. P. Oles Company of Austin to form a new company to merge their real estate interests. Mr. Barshop is Chairman of the Board of this San Antonio-Austin based firm, Barshop and Oles, L.P.
Mr. Barshop is a former director of Southwest Airlines, former chairman of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, and the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance. He is very active in local, state and nationwide affairs.
A graduate of The University of Texas, he is a former member of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and currently serves on numerous U.T. boards and committees. Mr. Barshop is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio and until the Fall of 2005 he held the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies at Texas State University. Mr. Barshop is also a Trustee and member of the Advisory Council of the San Antonio Academy. In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Barshop were honored as the key benefactors in the establishment of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies which is located in the Texas Research Park.
Mr. Barshop is a recipient of The University of Texas Ex-Student’s Association Distinguished Alumni Award; Distinguished Alumnus Award-College of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin; College of Business Administration Hall of Fame, The University of Texas at Austin; 2003 San Antonio Business Hall of Fame Laureate; 2003 Inductee-Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame; and 2004 recipient of The Americas Lodging Investment Summit Lifetime Achievement Award.