President & CEO
Leads the association's public policy, advocacy and regulatory efforts on behalf of the lodging industry, and works with the association lobbyist. Works to drive profitability, while managing organizational structure, and strategy. Coordinates with officers, the board of directors, and communicates advocacy initiatives with the National Restaurant Association, and also serves as CEO of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. James represents the industry through his service to the Oklahoma Foodservice Advisory Council.
|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 of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.
|Patti Colley, IOM, CMP|
Chief Strategy Officer
Responsible for communicating the association‘s mission and elevating its brand. Directs efforts with regard to 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 President of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.
Chief Member Services & Regulatory Officer
Primary 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.
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.
Director, Workforce & Education
Manages member educational experiences and speaker/facilitator considerations while also leading the association's workforce development initiatives. Responsible for initiatives that bring together industry and education through student programs including Oklahoma ProStart and HospitAbilities, each of which fosters careers in hospitality, culinary arts, and restaurant management. Roberta also represents the ORA through her work on Advisory Boards for OSU IT, Metro Technology Center, Northwest Classen High School, and Francis Tuttle Technology Center-Service Careers.
Manager, Member Care
Oversees member fulfillment including member records data, and dues management. Also, manages ServSafe Food Safety enrollment.
Manager, Expo, 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.
Coordinator, Programs, Meetings & Events
Responsible for support of meetings and events, as well as special programming including OK ProStart, HospitAbilities, and Sonic ServSafe.
Director, Training & Accounting
Responsible for accounts payables and receivables, as well as Alcohol Compliance and ServSafe certification and training programs.
|Julia Jernigan Smith|
Works in coordination with the President & CEO to represent industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.