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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 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 industry relations and Strategic Partnership Marketing initiatives, as well as communications, and community collaborations. Also directs association meetings and events. Patti also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. 


 

 
Linda Etherton
Director, ORA Expo

Responsible for ORA Expo exhibitor relations, booth sales and logistics, as well as other various event-related responsibilities.  

 
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 and discount programs.
 
Karlie Hart
Manager, Communications & Marketing

Initiates and manages all industry communications including the Oklahoma Restaurateur magazine, and all online communications including Ala Carte E-news and social media. Also manages web content, marketing, advertising and photography.



 
Roberta Helsley
Manager, Education

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

 

Sarai Maldonado
Manager, Member Care 

Oversees member fulfillment including member and nonmember databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs, and endorsed partner relations.


 

Theresa Martin / Lacey Pierson
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Manages association meetings and events. Also, manages ServSafe Food Safety enrollment.

 

 
Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Training & Accounting

Responsible for accounts payables and receivables, as well as Alcohol Compliance and ServSafe certification and training programs.
 

 
Julia Jernigan Smith
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
05.13.21
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!
05.13.21
The ORA Expo at the OK State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is considered the best opportunity of the year for hospitality professionals to connect with food and equipment manufacturers, and a range of other suppliers who are eager to feature products and services to help you reach that next level of success. With restaurants back in full swing, we know that operators are more interested than ever in products and innovations to help save money and build upon their success. This is one Expo you won't want to miss!
01.27.21
Well, it looks like instead of opening the golf season - the ORA Golf Classic will have the opportunity to close the golf season. Because of unfortunate course conditions brought on by the freeze earlier in the year, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association will now host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on a new date - Monday, October 11, 2021, at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. We hope you'll join us later this year, as members gather to enjoy friendship and a great day on the course. Tee boxes and greens should be in excellent shape by then!
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.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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