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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, 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
Executive Vice President

Facilitates OH&LA Board of Directors communications, activities and maintains corporate documents. Manages association meetings, events and partnerships. Directs activities surrounding development of preferred member programs. Serves on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Executive Committee. Also serves as Director, Strategic Programs & Events for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

 
Debra Bailey
Deputy Director/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
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, entry level bookkeeping, and data entry. 
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 OH&LA and OKWIL meeting and event activities including the OH&LA Vendor Expo. Also serves as Convention Manager for the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo. 

 
Collin Graham
Director, Membership 

Primary contact for industry as it relates to member enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment. Assists Director, Education with training. 

 
Theresa Martin
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Coordinates event registration.
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 on activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
 
Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist 

Represents industry issues at 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.

 
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.
11.01.17
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.
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.
06.28.17
OH&LA will offer Certification in Hotel Administration (CHA®). The CHA is the most prestigious certification available to hotel general managers and hospitality executives. It identifies the recipient as being part of an elite group of hospitality professionals who, by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry, have achieved a high level of expertise.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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