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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
04.05.18
Join OKWIL for an interactive panel session at 2pm on May 29 designed to help attendees create just the right recipe in the workplace. Need new employees? You'll learn about the changes in hiring trends and innovative recruiting. Want to move up the ladder? You'll discover interviewing techniques and the importance of succession planning. Our human resource experts tie the ingredients together to create the perfect recipe of savory and sweet!
04.18.18
The Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. This recognition provides evidence of a thorough knowledge of the foundational metrics, definitions, formulas, and methodologies that are used by the hotel industry.
05.02.18
The dates and featured chefs for Odyssey de Culinaire 2018 have been set! The first dinner will be Thursday, July 12 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in OKC, and the second dinner will be Thursday, July 19 at River Spirit Resort in Tulsa. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting Student Programs within the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation!
05.08.18
The OH&LA has launched its new Oklahoma Hospitality Buyers’ Guide - a valuable, easily accessible, year-round resource featuring updated and expanded supplier and product listings, in addition to other information relating to the hospitality industry. The Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers hospitality suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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