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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, CAE
Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for fiscal management of the association, directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers, directors, and contract lobbyist as needed. Also serves as CEO for the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.  

 
Patti Colley, IOM, CMP
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. 
 

 
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. Assists CSO in managing 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. Is the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.
 

 
Elizabeth Sanchez
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®

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

 
Hannah Shillington
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering member phone calls, other miscellaneous communication, bookkeeping, and data entry.

 
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.


 
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
04.09.19
This annual event is the largest industry exposition in the state of Oklahoma, and the important event for foodservice and hospitality industry professionals. Learn about and experience the leading trends in food, technology, equipment, beverages and more. The ORA Expo also features the informative education and networking, as well as the annual ORA Culinary Cook-off and the ORA Cocktail Shakedown.
03.13.19
Tickets for Thirst for a Cause, an annual event raising funds to help with urgent medical expenses for members of Oklahoma's hospitality industry, are now available for purchase. Stay tuned- There will be an even better line-up than last year! This is THE best wine tasting event of the year! Nowhere else will you be able to meet this many vintners, taste this many great wines, and sample this much amazing food under one roof - right here in OKC!
12.18.18
The goal of ORA Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership, specifically Management/Front-of-the-House training and Culinary/Back-of-the-House education. With the exception of the April Academy, all Management sessions will be from 9-11 am and Culinary sessions will be from 1-3 pm, and each session will be $25.
11.27.18
The CDC has posted additional guidance regarding the romaine lettuce recall.  ORA shares the key action points as well as 5 Tips to Follow When a Recall Happens. 
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