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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.
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.
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.

 
Elizabeth 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. Assists CEO with association accounting, accounts payables/receivables.

 
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.
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
07.10.18
This annual Fall event is the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice, hospitality, and tourism industry professionals, featuring hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular ORA Culinary Cook-off, the exciting ORA Cocktail Shakedown and over 6,000 industry attendees.
09.11.18
Join OKWIL for a seminar on Workplace Etiquette, where you'll learn effective tech-savvy strategies and have the opportunity to network with industry colleagues! From phone calls and text messages to emails and social media sites, technology has given us countless ways to connect with one another. But along with this convenience comes a whole new set of etiquette rules. Employees and their supervisors are faced with the responsibility of knowing the etiquette associated with each method and device. This session will offer savvy strategies for effective workplace use of technology.
08.22.18
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.
08.29.18
OH&LA's September Member Event featured the 6th Annual STR Lodging Industry Forecast. Vail Ross of STR presented exclusive insights on how Oklahoma's lodging and tourism industry is expected to trend in 2019, as well as anticipated results for 2018. Download the 2019 STR Hotel Industry Overview & Forecast here.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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