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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.
 
  

 
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
05.08.20
In order to serve our members in recovery and restart efforts, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has developed a “live” google document of businesses who offer products and services specific to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as a list of providers for menu and promotional solutions. Relative businesses may at any time add themselves to this list, which can be accessed by clicking here.
04.29.20
The ORA is proud to announce its Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP) campaign. The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates your restaurant's pledge for the safety of your staff and customers, by each following the Promise.
04.22.20
The Cresap Family Foundation (CFF) and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA) have created the Oklahoma Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Learn more.
03.30.20
Visit "Keep Calm Carry Out" for our dining guide! Let it be your guide to restaurants throughout the state of Oklahoma who are currently offering to-go options in food, beer, and wine. You'll find hours, services and temporary carry out menus. Because we're all in this together, we encourage you to continue supporting your favorite Oklahoma restaurants when they need you most. Keep Calm, Carry Out!
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