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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, CAE
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, IOM, CMP
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.
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).
Cameryn Rose
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Initiates and manages all industry communications and all online publications including the InnSider e-Newsletter Concierge e-blasts, and social media. Also manages all web content, marketing, advertising, and photography.


 
Chandy Rice, CAE
Director, Education

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. 
Julia Jernigan Smith
Contract Lobbyist

Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.
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
04.16.19
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05.08.19
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!
03.14.19
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.
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.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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