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Leadership
The ORA is governed by a diverse group of industry professionals from across the state. The Executive Committee is made up of the officers of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, and is empowered to act on such matters of business as have previously been authorized by the Board of Directors. Members of the ORA are elected annually by association membership to serve and represent the views and interests of the industry as Directors. 
 
ORA Executive Committee
 


Chair
David Haynes
Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler
Oklahoma City


Vice Chair / Treasurer
Thomas Hunter
Ricardos Restaurant
Tulsa


2nd Vice Chair
Oliver Boudin
OKC Golf & Country Club
Oklahoma City

 


Assistant Treasurer
Craig Bothwell
Bothwell Restaurant Partners
Tulsa


 
 

2021 Elected Board of Directors

Scott Bainbridge
Boom-A-Rang Diner
Seminole

Mike Bausch
Andolini’s Pizzeria
Tulsa

Matt Biard
Charleston’s - Meridian
Oklahoma City

Jon Biegel
Everidge
Edmond

Brian Bogert
The Jones Assembly
Oklahoma City

Alain Buthion
La Baguette Bistro
Oklahoma City

Jeff Castleberry
Caz’s Chowhouse
Tulsa

Momodou Ceesay
Mamadou’s Restaurant
Glenpool

James Como
Urban Management
Yukon

Rachel Cope
84 Hospitality Group
Oklahoma City

Stephen DeGraffenried
Boom-A-Rang Diner
Shawnee

Marty Doepke
Traditions Spirits
Norman

Jason Ewald
A Good Egg Dining Group
Oklahoma City

Kyle Fleischfresser
The Hutch
Oklahoma City

Robert Founds
Tulsa Drillers
Tulsa

John Gaberino III
Topeca Coffee
Tulsa

Tyler Gillespie
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Norman

Steve Griffin
Pearls Restaurant Group
Oklahoma City

Shay Hayes
Viridian Coffee
Duncan

Jeffrey Holloway
Boulevard Steakhouse
Oklahoma City


 

Jared Jordan
Summit Club
Tulsa

Amy Moss
McGill’s
Sand Springs

Seth Nimmo
Rib Crib Corporation
Tulsa

Rohit Patel
Teriyaki Madness/Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Oklahoma City

Keith Paul
A Good Egg Dining Group
Oklahoma City

Erik Reynolds
Smoke Woodfire Grill
Tulsa

John Ross
Packard’s New American Kitchen
Oklahoma City

Matt Schein
Sonic Industries, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Eric Selby
Mazzio’s, LLC
Tulsa

Ned Shadid, Jr.
Ned’s Starlite Lounge
Oklahoma City

Lauren Sizemore
Republic National Distributing Company
Oklahoma City

Alex Stodghill
GoFresh Produce
Tulsa

Blane Thompson
Flint/Vast/Colcord Hotel
Oklahoma City

Brian Treat
Chick-fil-A
Claremore

Katie Walters
Pete’s Place
Krebs

Michael Wehba
The Social Order
Edmond

Barry Willingham
Shangri-La Resort
Monkey Island

Chris Wolford
City Bites/The Cow
Edmond

Kelley Young
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Washington


 
Associate/Emeritus/Advisory Board Members

Joe Abshere
Wayne’s Drive Inn
Lawton

Jim Anderson
Edmond

Bill Biard
Hammett House Restaurant
Claremore

Robert Black
SpringBoard, LLC
Edmond

Jimmy Blacketer
Waterfront Grill & Los Cabos
Jenks

Mark Blevins
City Bites
Edmond

Kathy Bondy
French Hen Bistro & Wine Bar
Tulsa

Sam Bracken
Canebrake Consulting, LLC
Wagoner

Siegmund Brown
EXPOSERVE / PARTYSERVE
Tulsa

John Burdge
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Tulsa

Jim Burke
QSP Capital, LLC
Edmond

David Burns
Outback Steakhouse Regional Office
Edmond

Lori Burson
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine
Oklahoma City

Michel Buthion
La Baguette Bistro
Oklahoma City

Tommy Byrd
Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill
Oklahoma City

Marc Chastain
Watchtower Properties, LLC
Tulsa

Stan Clark
Eskimo Joe’s
Stillwater

Bob Clift
Oklahoma City

Tony Collins
Hirst Beverage Education Center
Stillwater

John Counts
Sysco Oklahoma
Norman

Jim Cowan
Broken Arrow

John Crancer
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
Jenks

Tuck Curren
Biga
Tulsa

Zena Dater
Market Source
Oklahoma City

Joe Davidson
Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que
Broken Arrow

Bo Davis
RB American Group
Tulsa

John Davis
U.S. Beef Corp.
Tulsa

Missy Dickinson
The Core Group
Oklahoma City

Randy Earhart
Taco Mayo
Oklahoma City

David Egan
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Leith Ezell
Tradition’s Spirits
Edmond

Tish Fidler-Tate
Fidler Marketing
Oklahoma City

Kurt Fleischfresser
Western Concepts / Vast
Oklahoma City

Greg Gawey
Jamil’s Steakhouse
Oklahoma CIty

Eddie Hartwick
Marcella Foods Corp
Edmond

Maggie Howell
Aunt Pittypat’s Catering
Oklahoma City

Richard Hunt
Ricardos Restaurant
Tulsa

Gary Jackson
Fireside Dining
Ardmore

Hank Kraft
Hal Smith Restaurants
Edmond

James Kraham
US Foods
Oklahoma City

Alex Kroblin
Thirst Wine Merchants
Oklahoma City

Phil LaRue
US Foods
Oklahoma City

Bill Leib
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Oklahoma City

Chris Lower
Metro Wine Bar & Bistro
Oklahoma City

Ed Lynn
Buffalo Wild Wings / NW Expwy
Oklahoma City

Eric Marshall
Marshall Brewing Company
Tulsa

Joe Martin
Stillwater Hospitality/Hampton Inn & Suites
Stillwater

J Mays
Cafe 7 Delicatessen & Pastaria
Oklahoma City

Kim McLendon
Emerging Brands
Oklahoma City

Jane Mitchell
Moore

Joseph Naifeh
Naifeh’s Deli & Grill
Cushing

Rick Naifeh
Premium Brands
Oklahoma City

Elliot Nelson
McNellie’s Group
Tulsa

Frank Nelson
Pearl’s Restaurant Group
Oklahoma City

Ban Nguyen
Jimmy’s Egg Restaurant
Edmond

Jim O’Connor
McNellie’s Group
Tulsa

Dennis Patrick
Clanton’s Cafe
Vinita

Loretta Pollman
Weatherford

Pat Ponder
Ardmore

Joe Prichard
Pete’s Place
Krebs

Zach Prichard
Krebs Brewing Company
Krebs

Kirk Purnell
Ben E. Keith Foods
Edmond

Bill Ricks
Edmond

Mike Rogers
Hal Smith Restaurants
Edmond

Julia Salas
Salas Urban Cantina
Lawton

Brian Saliba
Freddie Paul’s Steakhouse
Stillwater

Jose Santiago
McDonalds
Edmond

Jim Sellers
The Artichoke Restaurant
Langley

Ned Shadid
Ned’s Catering
Oklahoma City

Nina Shuman
Van’s Pig Stand
Moore

Ed Slyman
Freddie’s BBQ & Steakhouse
Sapulpa

Jim Smelser
Naples

Dick Stubbs
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Dr. Brij Thapa
OSU School of Hospitality & Tourism
Stillwater

Marcus Tilley
Traditions Spirits
Norman

Tom Trimpa
Lawton

Mike Turek
Choctaw

Wes Turner
Baton Rouge

Mark Vannasdall
Traditions Spirits
Oklahoma City

Jay Wagner
McDonald’s
Tulsa

Hal Walker
McGills
Tulsa

Robert Williams
Eskimo Joe’s
Stillwater

Tom Winslow
Dumplings Classic Food
Hulbert

D. Allen Wint
Wint’s Catering
Ardmore


 



 
What's Happening
01.26.21
TulsaFest is an annual members-only event featuring exciting educational programming from top speakers both inside and outside of the restaurant industry. This year's event will engage even more members as it will be held virtually over two action-packed days - March 30 and 31, and will be at no cost to members. We're thrilled for Bill Fournet of Persimmon Group to present the sessions gear specifically to these times and the needs of restaurant operators! Register today!
Hospitality Day & A Tasteful Affair Legislative Reception
01.22.21
Stay tuned for 2021 registration! The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma’s economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. At the same time, it’s vital that we maintain good relations with legislators so that our perspective on various bills and issues is given thoughtful consideration. This year's event will take place on April 14 at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, and the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
01.27.21
The Oklahoma Restaurant Association will host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on Monday, April 26 at the beautiful Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. This has become one of the first big tournaments of the Spring! It promises to be another great ORA Golf Classic!​
11.17.20
The ORA 2021 Strategic Partnership and Marketing Program provides an “at a glance” annual review of ORA’s event calendar and marketing opportunities. It gives you the chance to plan in advance, allocate your marketing budget more effectively. Check out Key Club Partner status! For more information download your copy of the best hospitality marketing program around, or contact Patti Colley at patti@okrestaurants.com or 405.942.8181.
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