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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, and contract lobbyist as needed. Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.  

 

 
Elizabeth "Bety" Balderas
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®, and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe® classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Manages event registration.
Jillian Bishop
Manager, Training & Accounting

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

 
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. 

 
Linda Etherton
Director, Convention

Primary contact for exhibitors at the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo including convention booth sales and logistics. Also responsible for association graphic design projects. 

 
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.

 
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
04.16.18
The dates and featured chefs for Odyssey de Culinaire 2018 have been set! The first dinner will be Thursday, July 12 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in OKC, and the second dinner will be Thursday, July 19 at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting the Oklahoma ProStart® program!
04.04.18
Would you like to exhibit your product or service during the largest and most important foodservice/hospitality industry trade show in the state? Reserve your booth space online! The annual Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo will be held September 26-27 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City and you don't want to miss this opportunity to get in front of decision-makers!
12.11.17
The ORA Academy is back in January with our popular BOH/Culinary and FOH/Management tracks, and we're excited to bring these training classes to Tulsa - as well as OKC - in 2018! The goal of the Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership.
05.08.18
The ORA has launched its new Oklahoma Hospitality Buyers’ Guide - a valuable, easily accessible, year-round resource featuring updated and expanded supplier and product listings, in addition to other information relating to the hospitality industry. The Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers hospitality suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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