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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, the 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
Chief Strategy Officer

Manages OH&LA Board of Director communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Directs all association meetings, events, and partnerships. Also serves as the first point of contact as state partner for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Debra Bailey
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
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes.
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 association graphic design needs, as well as the OH&LA Vendor Expo including convention 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.

 
Theresa Martin
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Manages details involved with planning association meetings and events. Coordinates activities for the Oklahoma Chapter of Women in Lodging (OKWIL).
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 for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist 

Represents industry issues at the 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.


 
OPEN 
POSITION
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, entry-level bookkeeping, and data entry. 
What's Happening
11.07.17
The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association's annual Lodging Summit, Vendor Expo, and Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon is our most exciting event of the year, in which lodging operators and their team members have the opportunity to network with colleagues, and others important to the success of your operation. Historically, a high ranking representative from the American Hotel & Lodging Association provides a special address.
11.07.17
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.
12.18.17
Join OKWIL for a Community Outreach Project at one of two locations on February 13. Members will volunteer for either Dayspring Villa Women and Children’s Shelter Tulsa or Women’s Resource Center Norman, deep cleaning and organizing the shelters rooms. Let us know if you can join us!
11.01.17
OH&LA is pleased to present its 2018-2019 scholarship application. Scholarships are open to OSU HTM and OSUIT students. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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