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Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
3800 N. Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 942-6462
(800) 375-8181

Jim Hopper
President & CEO

Represents industry views & interests before state legislative & 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 and events. Also serves as President & CEO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Patti Colley
Executive Vice President

Facilitates OH&LA Board of Directors communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Manages association meetings, events and partnerships. Directs activities surrounding development of preferred member programs. Serves on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Executive Committee. Also serves as Director, Strategic Programs & Events for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Debra Bailey
Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer 

Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directs staff activities, office operations, and communicates with officers, board members and contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.


Elizabeth "Bety" Balderas
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, entry level bookkeeping, and data entry. 
Jillian Bishop
Manager, Training & Accounting

Manages all ServSafe sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities and materials. Also manages accounts receivable.

Linda Etherton
Director, Convention

Manages OH&LA and OKWIL meeting and event activities including the OH&LA Vendor Expo. Also serves as Convention Manager for the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. 

Collin Graham
Director, Membership 

Primary contact for industry as it relates to member enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment. Assists Director, Education with training. 

Laura Halaoui
Administrative Assistant

Provides member and staff support.
Theresa Martin
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Coordinates event registration.
Shannon Moad
Manager, Industry Communications

Initiates and manages all industry communications including OH&LA publications, web, public relations and advertising.

Chandy Rice
Director, Education & Student Programs

Directs Hospitality Student programs including Hospitality Tourism Management Program and ProStart, nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certifications in high schools and technology centers within the state, as well as OSU HRAD. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Is the primary point of contact on activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist 

Represents industry issues at state capitol and state agencies.

Debbie Weiss
Director, Member Care

Manages member fulfillment including member and non-member databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs, research and endorsed partner relations.

What's Happening
Join OKWIL for an interactive panel session at 2:30 on October 5 designed to help attendees embrace the benefits of “engaging” with colleagues, clients, and social circles for the betterment of their career and personal relationships. Attendees will hear from two former hotel executives, now making their careers as directors of event management, who are champions of true engagement.
OH&LA will offer Certification in Hotel Administration (CHA®). The CHA is the most prestigious certification available to hotel general managers and hospitality executives. It identifies the recipient as being part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who, by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry, have achieved a high level of expertise.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has released federal per diem rates for FY 2018 that will go into effect October 1, 2017.
The AHLA Information Center is a free resource to members and can provide information on this and many other topics, however, neither the Information Center nor this article should be taken as a substitute for advice from a qualified legal professional. For more information, contact Kyle Howton and the AHLA Information Center (713)743-6797 or
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