About


With a strong presence at the state capitol, the OH&LA constantly monitors regulatory and legislative issues, as well as advocating on behalf of the lodging industry both on a state and national level. Your representatives spend time every day speaking to legislators on your behalf about issues facing our industry. For more information, contact Jim Hopper at 405-942-6462.


Meet Your Representatives


Jim Hopper
President & CEO
Represents industry views and interests before state legislative and regulatory agencies. Coordinates with officers, board of directors and contract lobbyist. Serves as industry spokesperson and coordinates with American Hotel & Lodging Association on federal issues. Also serves as President & CEO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.


Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist
Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.

Julia Jernigan Smith
Contract Lobbyist
Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.