San Francisco Bay Area company LQ Digital is planning to open its new Downtown Albuquerque office at the beginning of October, with at least 30 employees on board.
The digital marketing firm hosted a tour of the 15,000-square-foot office, located on the fifth floor of the First Plaza high-rise, on Tuesday morning. During the event, LQ Digital CEO Katy Keim said the still-under-construction office near Civic Plaza will eventually house 100 employees, who will be primarily tasked with calling customers on behalf of client companies.
“We have six weeks to get ourselves ready to be fully operational on Oct. 1,” Keim said. “I know I don’t plan to miss that deadline.”
LQ Digital, which works with companies ranging from anti-virus software company McAfee to health supplement and fitness brand Onnit, announced earlier this year it will be opening an office and hiring 100 employees in Downtown Albuquerque. The Journal reported in January that LQ Digital is receiving $417,164 in state funding through the Job Training Incentive Program to support the project.
Keim said the company looked at other cities to expand into, including Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Boise, Idaho, but ultimately settled on Albuquerque. Keim cited Duke City’s diversity and embodiment of the company’s four primary values – truth, pride, ownership and hustle – as reasons it won out.
“Our job here is to embrace what Albuquerque has built, build upon it and see what we can learn from all of you,” Keim said.
The office will have an open floor plan, with large windows designed to maximize views of Civic Plaza and the Sandia Mountains. Keim said the office also has a handful of smaller rooms for one-on-one conversations or small team meetings. At the back of the office, a large classroom will allow LQ to bring groups of employees through a rigorous onboarding process.
Keim said the company currently has eight employees working remotely in Albuquerque, and is looking to have 30 to 40 on the team by opening day. Keim said the jobs come with a salary range of $13 to $15 per hour, plus a $1,000 referral bonus.
Keim said these early hires, known as “ground-breakers,” will help set the tone for the Albuquerque office as it grows.
“They’ll not only come and work for us, but they’ll help build the culture,” Keim said.
City leaders, including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, were on hand to celebrate and visit the planned office space. Keller said the company represents the sort of economic diversification that can help the city combat systemic issues like crime and homelessness.
“The answer, in many ways, is that rising tide of diverse economic growth that activates areas of our city,” Keller said. “And Downtown is ripe for that.”