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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

Represents industry views & interests before state legislative & regulatory agencies. Coordinates with officers, board of directors and contract lobbyist.  Serves as industry spokesperson and coordinates with National Restaurant Association on federal issues and events.

 
Debra Bailey
Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer 

Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directs staff activities, office operations, and communicates with officers, board members and contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CEO to the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.

 

 
Elizabeth "Bety" Balderas
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, entry level bookkeeping, and data entry. 
Jillian Bishop
Manager, Training & Accounting

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

 
Patti Colley
Director, Strategic Programs & Events 

Responsible for Strategic Partnerships/sponsorships, marketing collaborations, endorsed programming and industry relations. Also, serves as Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and serves as a director of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. 

 
Linda Etherton
Director, Convention

Manages the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo, including convention booth sales, logistics and exhibitor relations. Also coordinates member meetings and events.  Provides administrative assistance to Director, Strategic Programs & Events.

 
Collin Graham
Director, Membership 

Primary contact for membership, as it relates to enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment, as well as Alcohol Compliance Training and regulatory and operational research for members.

 
Theresa Martin
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Manages event registration.
Shannon Moad
Manager, Industry Communications

Initiates and manages all industry communications including ORA publications, web, public relations, and advertising.

 
Chandy Rice
Director, Education & Student Programs


Directs the training and educational opportunities for members, including speaker/facilitator evaluations. 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.
 
Benny Vanatta
Contract Lobbyist 

Represents industry issues at state capitol and state agencies.


 
Debbie Weiss
Director, Member Care

Manages member fulfillment including member and non-member databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs and endorsed partner relations.

 
What's Happening
10.05.17
Are you familiar with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) industry awards? Each year, winners are selected for these awards and we think YOU, as an ORA member, should be one of them!
11.01.17
The ORA is pleased to present its 2018-2019 scholarship application. Scholarships are open to OSU HTM and OSUIT students. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.
10.31.17
The National Restaurant Association has released “Cybersecurity 201: The Next Step” Guide, which will help independent restaurant operators integrate the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) well-regarded Cybersecurity Framework into their restaurants. The guide is a follow-up to our “Cybersecurity 101: A Toolkit for Restaurant Operators”.
11.07.17
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.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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