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


 
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 lobbyist. 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
Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers, directors, and contract lobbyist as needed. Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.  

 
Patti Colley
Chief Strategy Officer

Works with the President/CEO to communicate the association’s mission and strategies. Directs activities surrounding association meetings and events. Responsible for Strategic Partnerships and sponsorships, marketing collaborations, and community and industry relations. Also, serves as Chief Strategy Officer of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. 
 
Jillian Coursey
Manager, Training & Accounting

Manages all ServSafe® sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities. Also manages ORA’s accounts receivable.

 
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 and management of membership preferred supplier 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. 


 
Shannon Moad
Manager, Industry Communications

Initiates and manages all industry communications including Oklahoma Restaurateur magazine, À la Carte e-blasts, ORA Advisor newsletters, website, public relations, and advertising.

 
Chandy Rice
Director, Education & Student Programs

Directs the training and educational opportunities for members, including speaker/facilitator considerations. Also directs Oklahoma’s ProStart Program, a nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certification in high schools and technology centers within the state. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Is the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.

 
Elizabeth Sanchez
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®, and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe® classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Manages event registration.
Hannah Shillington
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering member phone calls, other miscellaneous 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 billings and collection, retention programs, and endorsed partner relations. Assists Director, Membership with state and local regulatory member inquiries.


 
What's Happening
11.13.18
Members of the ORA 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.
09.21.18
Beginning October 1, first-time applicants applying for an alcohol server license will be required to attend a mandatory ABLE approved training course to receive their license. ServSafe Alcohol, a partnership between the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association, is an on-line training course now approved to meet this new mandate. Those registering by 12/31/18 receive a 33% discount with code OKALCOHOL. Click on the title above to begin your training today!
10.01.18
Jason Nguyen of The Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City took first place with his creation, “Farewell to Summer,” which included strawberry, vermouth, and basil in the fifth annual Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown at the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo on September 26, 2018.
10.01.18
Chef Danh Do of GOGi Go! in Oklahoma City took first place in 21st annual Culinary Cook-Off at the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo on September 27, 2018.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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