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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 have 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. 

Executive Committee

Ryan Parker
Riverwind Hotel/Traditions Spirits


Vice Chair
James Cunningham
Hyatt Regency Hotel

Gerald Rappaport
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Oklahoma City


Michelle Hartman
Indigo Hotel Downtown Tulsa


Immediate Past Chair
Bryan Davis
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
Oklahoma City


President & CEO
Jim Hopper
Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
Oklahoma City

Board of Directors 

Rex Amsler
Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center

Julie Brady
Boarders Inn & Suites

Heather Cain
Homes2Suites by Hilton

Romel Chatterjee
3S Hospitality Group

Jon Davidson
Shangri La Resort
Monkey Island

David Davis
New Century Hotels
Oklahoma City

Mark Dunn
Choctaw Casino & Resort

Rebecca Eastham
Meridian Technology Center

Jeff Erwin
Coury Hospitality
Oklahoma City

Mike Farney
Champion Hotels
Oklahoma City

Christian Harris
Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center
Oklahoma City

Mike Hembree
Smart Brands LLC
Oklahoma City

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

T.J. Kerr

Chris Knipe
Auto-Chlor Services, LLC
Oklahoma City

Steve Kohl
Northwest Inn

Jesse Krewall
Hilton Garden Inn & Edmond Conference Center
Ronnie Krodel
Aloft OKC Downtown/Bricktown
Oklahoma City

Ed Lynn
Buffalo Wild Wings
Oklahoma City

Joe Martin
Stillwater Hospitality

Ross Martin
Hampton Inn & Suites Stillwater

Heather McGregor
McGregor Insurance Group

Arti Patel
Springhill Suites / Pristine Hospitality
Del City

Pete Patel
Promise Hotels

Roshan Patel
Leisure Hospitality Management, Inc.

Chelsea Penn
Metro Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association

Jeff Penner
Greater Oklahoma City Hotel & Lodging Assn.

Kyle Reans
River Spirit Casino & Resort

Shawn Rogers
Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

Robert Slater
Southern Hospitality, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Blane Thompson
The Colcord Hotel
Oklahoma City

Gabby Trad
Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center

Paul VanRaamsdonk
Grand Casino Hotel & Resort

Tanna Vu
Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill

Jim Wheeler
Love's Hotels    
Oklahoma City Dar Yasseri
OSU School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

What's Happening
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The dates and featured chefs for Odyssey de Culinaire 2019 have been set! The first dinner will be Thursday, July 18 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, and the second dinner will be Thursday, July 25 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting the Oklahoma ProStart® program!
The OH&LA held its annual Lodging Summit, including the Vendor Expo and Stars of the Industry Awards, on January 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond - and it was a great day by every measure.
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
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