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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. 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 marketing collaborations. Oversees activities surrounding association meetings and events. 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.

 

 
Linda Etherton
Director, ORA Expo

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.
 

 
Theresa Martin
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Manages association meetings and events. 


 

Cameryn Rose
Manager, Communications & Marketing
Initiates and manages all industry communications including Oklahoma Restaurateur magazine, and all online publications including Advisor Newsletter Concierge e-blasts, and social media. Also manages all web content, marketing, advertising, and photography.

 


 
Chandy Rice, CAE
Director, Education

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. Serves as the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
 

 
Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Member Care

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

 
Hannah Shillington
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®

Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe® classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. 

 
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.


 
Sarai Maldonado
Help Desk Coordinator

Answers the phones, processes the mail and answers questions regarding membership, training and registration inquiries. 
 
What's Happening
03.16.20
During this unprecedented time, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association continues to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We will vigorously fight for our industry and will strive to provide you with new and relevant information and resources. Check here regularly for updates every foodservice operator/employer needs to know!
03.23.20
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) and Mother Road Market (MRM), in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), unveiled a relief fund Monday to help Tulsa food and beverage workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
ORA Golf Classic Canceled
11.30.-1
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have canceled the ORA Golf Classic. We appreciate your patience during this time!
ServSafe Classes PostPoned
03.16.20
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to postpone gatherings of more than 50 people, ServSafe classes have been postponed for the month of March and April. We will keep you updated on when and where they will be rescheduled in the future. We appreciate your patience during this time.
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