History & Leadership

History

Incorporated in 1974, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is Oklahoma's trade association for the hotel and lodging industry representing $7 billion in state business sales, more than $7 billion in guest spending and $2 billion in hotel industry wages and salaries. OH&LA members are professionals in all types of lodging businesses throughout the state of Oklahoma.

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.

Other member services include industry-specific education, certification in proper food safety and alcohol service and offers workforce development programs that include opportunities for students with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Through our exclusive partners, members have access to discounts on services such as bank card processing and group insurance programs. OH&LA also co-hosts the state's largest hospitality industry expos.

OH&LA is the exclusive partner state association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the voice of the $483 billion lodging industry, employing more than 8 million American jobs.  

The Executive Committee

The OH&LA is governed by a diverse group of industry professionals from across the state. The Executive Committee is made up of the officers of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and is empowered to act on such matters of business as having previously been authorized by the Board of Directors. Members of the OH&LA are elected by association membership to serve and represent the views and interests of the industry as Directors. 
 


Chair

James Cunningham
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Tulsa

Vice Chair

Gerald Rappaport
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Oklahoma City

Treasurer

Michelle Hartman
Indigo Hotel Downtown Tulsa
Tulsa

Secretary

Arti Patel
Springhill Suites, Pristine Hospitality
Del City

Past Chair

Ryan Parker
Riverwind Hotel / Traditions Spirits
Norman

President & CEO

Jim Hopper
Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
Oklahoma City

Board of Directors

Rex Amsler
Renaissance Convention Center Hotel & Spa Downtown-Bricktown
Oklahoma City

Julie Brady 
Boarders Inn & Suites
Ardmore

David Cable
Auto-Chlor Services, LLC
Oklahoma City

Bryan Davis
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
Oklahoma City

David Davis
New Century Hotels
Oklahoma City

Andrew Stanfield
Hilton Garden Inn - OKC/Midtown
Oklahoma City

Mark Dunn
Choctaw Casino & Resort
Durant

Jeff Erwin
Coury Hospitality
Oklahoma City

Mike Farney
Champion Hotels
Oklahoma City

Christian Harris
Embassy Suites OKC Downtown Center
Oklahoma City

Mike Hembree
Smart Brands LLC
Oklahoma City

Jim Hopper
Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
Oklahoma City

Chad Horvath
Tulsa Club Hotel
Tulsa

Brandon Howe
Heartland
Edmond

Dena Jones
Champion Hotels
Oklahoma City

John Kelly
Hensley's Hospitality, LLC
El Reno

Linsey Kennedy
Best Western Plus
Norman

Trisha Kerkstra
PostOak Lodge & Retreat
Tulsa

Charles Klein
Doubletree Hotel Downtown
Tulsa

Steve Kohl
Northwest Inn
Woodward

Ronnie Krodel
Aloft OKC Downtown/Bricktown
Oklahoma City

Ed Lynn
Buffalo Wild Wings
Oklahoma City

Joe Martin
Stillwater Hospitality
Stillwater

Ross Martin
Hampton Inn & Suites
Stillwater

Heather McGregor
McGregor Insurance Group 
Tulsa

Dr. Li Miao
OSU School of HOSU School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Stillwater

Pete Patel
Promise Hotels
Tulsa

Chelsea Penn
Metro Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association
Tulsa

Jeff Penner
Greater Oklahoma City Hotel & Lodging Assn.
Norman

Kyle Reans
River Spirit Casino & Resort
Tulsa

Shawn Rogers
Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

Chase Rollins
Renaissance Waterford Hotel
Oklahoma City

Maci Slater
Best Western Plus
Weatherford

Robert Slater
Southern Hospitality, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Travis Taylor
Hotel Indigo Tulsa Downtown
Tulsa

Blane Thompson
The Colcord Hotel
Oklahoma City

Gabby Trad
Hilton Garden Inn
Edmond

Paul VanRaamsdonk
Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Shawnee

Tanna Vu
Courtyard by Marriott OKC North Quail Springs
Oklahoma City

Jim Wheeler
Love's Hotels
Oklahoma City