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Oklahoma Restaurant Association
3800 N. Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 942-8181
(800) 375-8181


The ORA staff is a team of dedicated trade association professionals working diligently on behalf of the restaurant and hospitality industry each and every day. Our staff has expertise ranging from advocacy and governmental affairs, workforce development, certification and licensing - and we assist members in all facets of their day to day operations.
 
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 all meetings and events, communications, as well as industry/community relations and Strategic Partnership Marketing initiatives. 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

P
rimary responsibilities include new member recruitment, retention, hospitality industry research, and helping members through the challenges of opening and operating a foodservice business. Also 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.

Karlie Hart
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.


 
Roberta Helsley
Manager, Education

Manages member educational experiences and speaker/facilitator considerations. Brings together industry with student classrooms through Oklahoma ProStart and HospitAbilities student programs which foster careers in hospitality, culinary arts, and restaurant management.

Sarai Maldonado
Manager, Member Care

Oversees member fulfillment including member records data, and dues management.Also, manages ServSafe Food Safety enrollment.

 

Lacey Pierson
Manager, Meetings & Events

Manages association meetings and events, and is primary contact for all event registration.
Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Training & Accounting

Responsible for accounts payables and receivables, as well as Alcohol Compliance and ServSafe certification and training programs.
Julia JerniganSmith
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
01.27.21
Well, it looks like instead of opening the golf season - the ORA Golf Classic will have the opportunity to close the golf season. Because of unfortunate course conditions brought on by the freeze earlier in the year, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association will now host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on a new date - Monday, October 11, 2021, at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. We hope you'll join us later this year, as members gather to enjoy friendship and a great day on the course. Tee boxes and greens should be in excellent shape by then!
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.
3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
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