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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.
 
Lara Blubaugh
Manager, Communications & Marketing

Manages association communications, marketing, web content/design, graphic design, digital marketing, advertising and publications.




 

 
Theresa Martin
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.
 
Sarai Maldanado
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
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.
12.14.20
Governor Stitt's Latest Executive Orders At his press conference last week, Governor Stitt announced his new Emergency Executive Order would include additional mandates affecting the hospitality industry. The order will take effect on Monday, December 14, and includes the issues below which affect our industry. Read more about the Governor's new executive order 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.
06.05.20
Oklahoma has implemented a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, and is currently in Phase 3 as of June 1, 2020. Click here to view the most up-to-date restaurant and bar guidelines.
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