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Oklahoma Restaurant Association
3800 N. Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 942-8181
(800) 375-8181


The ORA staff is a team of dedicated trade association professionals working diligently on behalf of the restaurant and hospitality industry each and every day. Our staff has expertise ranging from advocacy and governmental affairs, workforce development, certification and licensing - and we assist members in all facets of their day to day operations.
 
Jim Hopper
President & CEO

Key representative of industry views and interests before state legislative and regulatory agencies. Coordinates with officers, the board of directors, and contract lobbyists. Serves as industry spokesperson and coordinates with National Restaurant Association on federal issues and events. Also, serves as CEO of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.
Debra Bailey, CAE
Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for the fiscal management of the association, directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers, directors, and contract lobbyists as needed. Debra also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.
 
Patti Colley, IOM, CMP
Chief Strategy Officer

Responsible for communicating the association‘s mission and elevating its brand. Directs Strategic Partnership Marketing initiatives, as well as all meetings, events, and communications. Also serves as association’s representative on industry and community relations. Patti also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.

Audra Hester
Coordinator, Programs, Meetings & Events

Responsible for support of meetings and events, as well as special programming including OK ProStart, HospitAbilities and Sonic ServSafe.

 
Collin Graham
Director, Member Services

P
rimary responsibilities include new member recruitment, retention, hospitality industry research, and helping members through the challenges of opening and operating a foodservice business. ServSafe certified food safety instructor and teaches ABLE certified ACE alcohol compliance classes. Directs activities surrounding the development and management of membership preferred supplier and discount programs.
Karlie Hart
Manager, Communications & Marketing

Initiates and manages all industry communications including Oklahoma Restaurateur magazine, Restaurant Recovery E-news, Ala Carte and E-Advertisement. Also manages web content, marketing, advertising, and photography.

Roberta Helsley
Manager, Education

Manages member educational experiences and speaker/facilitator considerations. Brings together industry with student classrooms through Oklahoma ProStart and HospitAbilities student programs which foster careers in hospitality, culinary arts, and restaurant management.

Sarai Maldonado
Manager, Member Care

Oversees member fulfillment including member records data, and dues management.Also, manages ServSafe Food Safety enrollment.

 
Lacey Pierson
Manager, Meetings & Events

Responsible for ORA Expo exhibitor relations, exhibit sales, and logistics, as well as management of other association meetings and events. Is also the primary contact for most major event registration.
Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Training & Accounting

Responsible for accounts payables and receivables, as well as Alcohol Compliance and ServSafe certification and training programs.
Julia JerniganSmith
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.
  
What's Happening
05.10.22
Join us August 17 & 18 at the Bennett Center for the 2022 ORA Expo! Don't miss the state's hospitality event of the year! For two days, industry professionals will join together for two efficient and effective days! Digital sales have become the norm but there is nothing more powerful than building relationships within our hospitality community! Click here to learn more!
04.21.22
On July 7 in OKC and July 19 in Tulsa join us for Odyssey de Culinaire! Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the Oklahoma ProStart® Program. This ever-popular event, which is open to the public, features 2 great evenings of dining with many of Tulsa and Oklahoma City's finest chefs being featured in their home cities. Each of the five courses features a chef mentoring a culinary student to treat attendees to an incredible five-course dinner. Experience an energetic evening and make an impact on culinary education in Oklahoma! Join us for one or both Odyssey de Culinaires - the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's only event open to the public!
11.17.20
The ORA 2022 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.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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