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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
Marcus Tilley
Traditions Spirits
Norman

Vice Chair/Treasurer
Elliott Nelson
McNellie's Group
Tulsa

2nd Vice Chair
Kurt Fleischfresser
Western Concepts/VAST
Oklahoma City
 

2018 Elected Board of Directors
Joe Abshere
Wayne's Drive Inn
Lawton

Sean Bacon
University of Oklahoma Housing Food Services
Norman

Matt Biard
Charleston's Meridian
Oklahoma City

Jon Biegel
Carlisle Foodservice Products
Oklahoma City

Sam Bracken
SJS Hospitality Hotel Indigo
Tulsa

Siegmund Brown
EXPOSERVE/PARTYSERVE
Tulsa

John Burdge
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Tulsa

Lori Burson
Stella Modern Italian Cuisine
Oklahoma City

Jeff Castleberry
Caz's Chowhouse
Tulsa

Momodou Ceesay
Mamadou’s Restaurant
Glenpool

James Como
Interurban #21
Yukon

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

Jon Davidson
Shangri-La Resort
Afton

Bo Davis
Arby's/U.S. Beef Corp.
Tulsa

Marty Doepke
Pops
Arcadia

Jason Ewald
A Good Egg Dining Group
Oklahoma City

Leith Ezell
Emerging Brands
Oklahoma City

Tish Fidler-Tate
Fidler Marketing
Oklahoma City

Gary Goldman
Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
Oklahoma City

Eric Marshall
Marshall Brewing Company
Tulsa

 
J Mays
Cafe 7 Delicatessan & Pastaria
Oklahoma City

Jim O'Connor
McNellie's Group
Tulsa

Keith Paul
A Good Egg Dining Group
Oklahoma City

Tiffany Poe
The Grandview Inn Bed & Breakfast
Pawhuska

Zach Prichard
Krebs Brewing Company
Krebs

John Ross
Packard’s New American Kitchen
Oklahoma City

Julia Salas
Salas Urban Cantina
Lawton

Jose Santiago
McDonald’s
Edmond

Matt Schein
Sonic Industries, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Eric Selby
Mazzio’s, LLC
Tulsa

Ned Shadid, Jr.
Ned’s Catering
Oklahoma City

Alex Stodghill
GoFresh Produce
Tulsa

Scott Tallent
US Foods
Oklahoma City

Mark Vannasdall
Traditions Spirits
Norman

Jay Wagner
McDonald’s
Tulsa

Michael Wehba
Fuzzy's Taco Shop/Jones Assembly
Edmond

Chris Wolford
City Bites/The Cow
Edmond

Kelley Young
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Washington


 
Associate/Emeritus/Advisory Board Members
Jim Anderson
Stillwater

Kevin Barker
University of Oklahoma Housing Food Services
Norman

Bill Biard
Hammett House Restaurant
Claremore

Robert Black
Oklahoma City

Jimmy Blacketer
Waterfront Grill & Los Cabos
Jenks

Mark Blevins
City Bites
Edmond

Tad Blood
Tad's Bodacious Burritos
Oklahoma City

Kathy Bondy
French Hen Bistro & Wine Bar
Tulsa

Craig Bothwell
Bothwell Restaurant Partners, LLC
Tulsa

Oliver Boudin
Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
Nichols Hills

Jim Burke
Waterloo Holdings, LLC
Edmond

David Burns
Outback Steakhouse Regional Office
Edmond

Michel Buthion
La Baguette Bistro
Oklahoma City

Tommy Byrd
Tommy's Italian American Grill/TBRG, LLC
Edmond

Marc Chastain
Rib Crib Corporation
Tulsa

Stan Clark
Eskimo Joe’s
Stillwater

Bob Clift
Oklahoma City

John Counts
Sysco Oklahoma
Norman

Jim Cowan
Mazzio's, LLC
Tulsa

John Crancer
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
Jenks

Tuck Curren
Biga
Tulsa

Zena Dater
Market Source
Oklahoma City

Jeff Davis
Arby’s/U.S. Beef Corp.
Tulsa

John Davis
Arby's/U.S. Beef Corp.
Tulsa

Missy Dickinson 
The Core Group
Oklahoma City

Randy Earhart
Taco Mayo Franchise Systems, Inc.
Oklahoma City

David Egan
Cattlemen's Steakhouse, Inc.
Oklahoma City

Greg Gawey
Jamil's Steakhouse
Oklahoma City

Dr. Ben Goh
OSU School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Stillwater

Eddie Hartwick
Sonic Industries, Inc.
Oklahoma City

David Haynes
Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler
Oklahoma City

Peter Holloway
Boulevard Steakhouse
Edmond

Maggie Howell
Aunt Pittypat's Catering
Oklahoma City

Richard Hunt
Ricardos Restaurant
Tulsa

Thomas Hunter
Ricardos Restaurant
Tulsa

Gary Jackson
Fireside Dining
Ardmore

Hank Kraft
Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Inc.
Edmond

Alex Kroblin
Thirst Wine Merchants
Oklahoma City
 
Phil LaRue
Kelley Brokerage
Oklahoma City

Bill Leib
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Oklahoma City

Gene Leiterman
OSUIT
Okmulgee

Chris Lower
Metro Wine Bar & Bistro
Oklahoma City

Ed Lynn
Buffalo Wild Wings/NW Expwy
Oklahoma City

Joe Martin
Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association
Stillwater

Greg McGill
McGill’s
Tulsa

Kim McLendon
Emerging Brands
Oklahoma City

Jane Mitchell
Moore

Joseph Naifeh
Naifeh’s Deli & Grill
Cushing

Rick Naifeh
Premium Brands
Oklahoma City

Frank Nelson
Pearl's Restaurant Group
Oklahoma City

Ban Nguyen
Jimmy's Egg Restaurant
Edmond

Dennis Patrick
Clanton’s Cafe
Vinita

Loretta Pollman
T-Bone Steak House
Weatherford

Pat Ponder
Ardmore

Joe Prichard
Pete's Place
Krebs

Kirk Purnell
Ben E. Keith Foods
Edmond

Bill Ricks
Braum’s
Oklahoma City

Mike Rogers
Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Inc.
Edmond

Robert Ross
Interurban Restaurants
Norman

Brian Saliba
Freddie Paul's Steakhouse
Tulsa

Mike Samara
Celebrity Club
Tulsa

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
Sapulpua

Jim Smelser
Naples

Dick Stubbs
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse
Oklahoma City

Tom Trimpa
Lawton

Mike Turek
Old Germany Restaurant
Choctaw

Wes Turner
Baton Rouge

Jerry Vandegrift
Van’s Pig Stands
Naples

Hal Walker
McGill’s
Tulsa 

Robert Williams
Eskimo Joe’s
Stillwater

Tom Winslow 
Dumplings Classic Food
Hulbert

D. Allen Wint
Wint’s Catering
Ardmore



 
What's Happening
06.29.18
We will host an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. Each 2-hour session will cover the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1, and include plenty of time for Q&A. The session will be held in five (5) locations across the state; simply choose the date and location that works for you!
04.16.18
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 Casino Resort in Tulsa. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting the Oklahoma ProStart® program!
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.
12.11.17
The ORA Academy is back in January with our popular BOH/Culinary and FOH/Management tracks, and we're excited to bring these training classes to Tulsa - as well as OKC - in 2018! The goal of the Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership.
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