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


 
Debra Bailey
President & CEO

Serves as Chief Executive of the association, and is responsible for the fiscal management of the association, as well as directing staff activities, office operations, and communication with officers. Coordinates with contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CFO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

 
Elizabeth Balderas
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe®, and Registration

Maintains all records for Sonic/ServSafe® classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes.
Jillian Bishop
Manager, Training & Accounting

Manages all ServSafe® sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities and materials. Assists CEO with association accounting, accounts payables/receivables.
Patti Colley
Chief Strategy Officer

Directs activities surrounding association meetings and events. Responsible for Strategic Partnerships/sponsorships, marketing collaborations, and industry relations. Also serves as CSO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.
Linda Etherton
Director, Convention

Responsible for association graphic design projects, as well as exhibitor relations. Also serves as Director, Convention of the Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo.
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 of preferred member programs.

 
Jim Hopper
Oklahoma Restaurant Association President & CEO

Represents industry views and interests before state legislative and regulatory agencies. Coordinates with contract lobbyist. 

Julia Jernigan
Contract Lobbyist
Represents industry issues at the state capitol and state agencies.
Theresa Martin
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Assists CSO in managing association meetings and events. 
Shannon Moad
Manager, Industry Communications

Initiates and manages all industry communications including publications, social media, website, public relations and advertising. 
 
Chandy Rice
Director, Education & Student Programs

Directs Hospitality Student programs including Hospitality Tourism Management Program and ProStart®, the nationally recognized culinary and hospitality certifications in high schools and technology centers within the state, as well as OSU HTM. Works to provide job placement and mentoring activities within the industry. Is the primary point of contact for activities involving the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation.

 
Hannah Shillington
Help Desk Coordinator

Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, bookkeeping, and data entry.
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 billing and collection, retention programs, and endorsed partner relations. Assists Director, Membership with state and local regulatory member inquiries.
 
What's Happening
03.17.18
The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is an annual event that helps Oklahoma's tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is held in conjunction with the RedBud Awards.
04.10.18
Concerns and efforts of the lodging and tourism industries were heard as a proposed $5 state lodging tax was defeated in the House, Senate, and signed by Governor Mary Fallin today.
02.13.18
As you may be aware, the White House released its much-anticipated infrastructure proposal on February 12, which sets the stage for action on Capitol Hill. Improving and modernizing our nation's travel infrastructure is a long-held priority that U.S. Travel shares with many elected officials. A summary of the administration's proposal is available here, and an outline of several travel-related provisions can be found here.
02.08.18
The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma’s economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. OTIA members recently visited with legislators to show them the economic impact our industry has on the state and distributed an Oklahoma Hospitality Industry "At a Glance" leave-behind.

3800 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112
 
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