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Oklahoma Travel Industry Association
3800 N. Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 942-1121
(800) 375-8181


 

 
James Leewright
Chief Executive Officer

Leads the association's public policy, advocacy and regulatory efforts on behalf of the travel and tourism industry, and works with the association lobbyist. 

 

 
Debra Bailey, CAE
President

Responsible for the fiscal management of the association, as well as directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers. First point of contact for Oklahoma Tourism Conference, Lt. Governor Summits, and Red Bud Awards. Also serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging 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 Restaurant Association and President of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. 
 

Roberta Helsley
Vice President 

Supports the President while managing association activities including the Lt. Governor Tourism Summits across Oklahoma, as well as member educational experiences and speaker/facilitator considerations. Responsible for initiatives that bring together industry and education through student programs including Oklahoma ProStart and HospitAbilities, each of which fosters careers in hospitality, culinary arts, and restaurant management. Roberta also represents the OTIA through her work on Advisory Boards for OSU IT, Metro Technology Center, Northwest Classen High School, and Francis Tuttle Technology Center-Service Careers.
 

 

Collin Graham
Chief Member Services & Regulatory Officer

Primary 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.
 

 
"Bety" Elizabeth Sanchez
Director, Training & Accounting

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

 
Surge Ali
Manager, Marketing & Technology
In 2023, Surge became an integral part of the ORA team, with a distinct focus on elevating the AMS (Association Management System) initiatives. As an AMS administrator, Surge not only ensures the smooth functioning of this essential system but also spearheads its development and management. His contributions extend to various dimensions of ORA's marketing strategies, encompassing digital and print domains. His scope encompassing responsibilities such as curating content for the Oklahoma Restaurateur magazine, crafting web content, orchestrating photography, and shaping graphic design for the association.
 

 

Jorie Gorman
Manager, Communications & Member Engagement
Jorie Gorman, became the Manager of Communications & Engagement in 2023. She oversees Ala Carte e-News and plays an important role in linking our communications strategically to member priorities and member needs. She also manages many aspects of social media, and is an integral part of our meetings and events team. Jorie, is also your contact for event registration.


 
Sarai Maldonado
Manager, Member Care & ServSafe

Since joining our team in 2019, Sarai plays a pivotal role as your initial point of contact, whether you're reaching out by phone or updating your membership information. She takes the helm in member fulfillment, managing member records, data, and dues. Sarai's expertise extends to overseeing ServSafe Food Safety enrollment and class proctoring. As a Certified ServSafe Proctor, she ensures the highest standards of food safety education.

 
BreAnna Cosme
Expo Sales/Relations  & Events Manager
An addition to our team in January of 2024, BreAnna assumes the responsibility of nurturing relationships with Vendor Expo exhibitors. Her member service is demonstrated through exhibit sales and the seamless coordination of onsite logistics, ensuring the success of this cornerstone event. BreAnna's versatility extends to steering a multitude of association meetings and events and crafting memorable experiences for our members. 

 

Julia Jernigan Smith
Contract Lobbyist
Works in coordination with the CEO to represent industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.
  
What's Happening
04.16.24
The Hospitality Day at the Capitol and the "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception events are members-only events. Online registration closes by the end of the day on Friday, April 12. If you would still like to register after Friday, please call Jorie Gorman at the ORA Office at 405-942-8181 ext. 224 and we will register you over the phone.
03.20.24
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association and the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association are excited to introduce a new feature to keep our members informed: Interactive Bill Tracking. This innovative tool provides real-time updates on legislation that impacts our industry, ensuring you're always in the know. This tool is designed to empower our members by providing detailed insights into bills that could shape the future of tourism and hospitality in Oklahoma. Check out the interactive bill tracking now and ensure you're up-to-date with the latest legislative developments affecting our industry. Together, let's navigate the legislative landscape and continue to drive positive change for tourism and hospitality in Oklahoma.

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