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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 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.
Debra Bailey
Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers, and contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.
Patti Colley
Chief Strategy Officer

Coordinates with OH&LA Board of Directors and directs communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Directs all association meetings/events, and partnerships. Manages activities and serves as Officer for the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL). Also serves as the first point of contact as state partner for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and serves as CSO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Jillian Coursey
Manager, Training & Accounting

Manages all ServSafe® sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities. Also manages ORA’s accounts receivable.
Linda Etherton
Director, Convention

Manages association graphic design projects, as well as the OH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards. Point of contact for Vendor Expo including booth sales, logistics, and exhibitor relations. Also serves as Director, Convention of the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. 
Collin Graham
Director, Membership

Primary contact for the industry as it relates to member enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment, as well as Alcohol Compliance Training and regulatory and operational research for members. Directs activities surrounding the development of preferred member programs.
Julia Jernigan
Contract Lobbyist

Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.
Theresa Martin
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Assists CSO in managing association meetings and events. Coordinates activities of the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL).
Shannon Moad
Manager, Industry Communications

Initiates and manages all industry communications including Concierge e-blasts, InnSider e-newsletter, social media, website, public relations and advertising. 

 
Chandy Rice
Director, Education & Student Programs

Directs Hospitality Student programs including Hospitality Tourism Management Program and ProStart®, the nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certifications in high schools and technology centers within the state, as well as OSU HTM. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Is the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
Elizabeth Sanchez
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe® classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes.
Hannah Shillington
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, bookkeeping, and data entry. 
Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist

Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.


 
Debbie Weiss
Director, Member Care

Directs member fulfillment including member and non-member databases, dues billing and collection, retention programs, and endorsed partner relations. Assists Director, Membership with state and local regulatory member inquiries.


 
What's Happening
01.16.19
OH&LA presented the Annual Stars of the Industry Awards, designed to honor Oklahoma's outstanding hospitality professionals for their service and commitment to the guest service and hospitality industry, on January 15, 2019. This year, submissions resulted in 54 nominees from properties of all sizes among the 10 categories.
01.16.19
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.
11.05.18
Members of the OH&LA will come together for Hospitality Day at the Capitol, where we will spend time speaking to legislators about issues facing our industry, and then culminate in a fabulous reception with more than 600 members and legislators at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.
11.19.18
The OH&LA is pleased to present its 2019-2020 scholarship application. Scholarships are open to OSU HTM and OSUIT students. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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