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

Michelle Hartman
SJS Hospitality
Tulsa

Vice Chair

Arti Patel
Pristine Hospitality
Del City

Treasurer

David Davis
Fused Top Line Solutions
Edmond

Secretary 

Mark Dunn
Choctaw Casino & Resort
Durant

Past Chair

James Cunningham
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
Tulsa

President & CEO

James Leewright
Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
Oklahoma City


Board of Directors

Rex Amsler
Wyndham Grand OKC Downtown
Oklahoma City

Scott Blevin
Heartland
Oklahoma City

Julie Brady
Boarders Inn & Suites
Ardmore

David Cable
Auto-Chlor Services, LLC
Oklahoma City

Matt Cowden
The Ellison
Oklahoma City

Bryan Davis
Traditions Spirits
Norman

Charles DiClemente
Doubletree Hotel Downtown Tulsa
Tulsa

Joe Dutka
Staybridge Suites Bricktown
Oklahoma City

Jeff Erwin
Villa Teresa Hotel Development
Oklahoma City

Mike Farney
Champion Hotels
Oklahoma City

Christian Harris
Embassy Suites OKC Downtown Center
Oklahoma City

Neel Jain
Jain Hotels/Hi-Tech Hospitality
Catoosa

Dena Jones
Champion Hotels
Oklahoma City

Steve Keenan
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
Oklahoma City

John Kelly
Hensley's Hospitality, LLC
El Reno

Trisha Kerkstra
POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat
Tulsa

Ronnie Krodel
Aloft OKC Downtown/Bricktown
Oklahoma City

Ed Lynn
ELSR Management
Oklahoma City

Joe Martin
Stillwater Hospitality
Stillwater

Ross Martin
Hampton Inn & Suites
Stillwater

Heather McGregor
McGregor Insurance Group
Tulsa

Nora Miller
Ambassador Hotel Tulsa
Tulsa

Ryan Parker
Riverwind Hotel / Traditions Spirits
Norman

Pete Patel
Promise Hotels
Tulsa

Rohit Patel
Hero Hospitality
Oklahoma City

Chelsea Penn
Metro Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association
Tulsa

Jeff Penner
Greater Oklahoma City Hotel & Lodging Assn.
Norman

Kyle Reans
River Spirit Casino & Resort
Tulsa

Chase Rollins
Renaissance Waterford Hotel
Oklahoma City

Robert Slater
Southern Hospitality, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Dr. Kevin So
OSU School of OSU School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Stillwater

Travis Taylor
Hotel Indigo Tulsa Downtown
Tulsa

Blane Thompson
The Colcord Hotel
Oklahoma City

Gabby Trad
Hilton Garden Inn
Edmond

Paul VanRaamsdonk
Tulsa Club Hotel
Tulsa

Jim Wheeler
Love's Hotels
Oklahoma City