President & CEO, OTIA; Deputy Director/CFO, ORA & OH&LA
As President & CEO, Debra serves as the Director of the association and manages board relations. She represents industry views, directs staff activities, oversees the day-to-day operations of the association and continued management of Oklahoma Travel Industry Association meetings and events.
|Elizabeth "Bety" Balderas
Help Desk Coordinator
Responsibilities include answering phones, member communication, entry level bookkeeping, and data entry.
Manager, Training & Accounting
Manages all ServSafe sanitation training classes and other educational training opportunities. Also manages accounts receivable.
Director, Strategic Programs & Events
Responsible for Strategic Partnership Program, marketing of endorsed programs; and directs ORA meetings and events. Also serves as Executive Vice President to the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.
Linda manages ORA meetings and events including convention booth sales/invoicing, logistics and exhibitor relations. Responsible for OH&LA meeting and event activities. Provides administrative assistance to Director, Strategic Programs & Events.
Primary contact for industry as it relates to member enrollment, retention, research and discount program enrollment. Responsible for Member Services Representatives and assists Director, Education with training.
Provides member and staff support.
Oklahoma Restaurant Association President & CEO
As President & CEO, Jim represents industry views and interests before legislative and regulatory agencies. He communicates and coordinates with the ORA's government affairs representative, and he works with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors on a daily basis.
Coordinator, Sonic/ServSafe and Registration
Maintains all records for Sonic ServSafe classes and coordinates Alcohol Compliance Education “ACE” training classes. Coordinates event registration.
Manager, Industry Communications
Initiates and manages all industry communications including publications, web, public relations, and advertising.
Director, Education & Student Programs
Directs the training and educational opportunities for members, including speaker/facilitator evaluations. 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.
Benny works daily at the state capitol to ensure that the laws passed by government officials represent the best interests of the OTIA's members.
Director, Member Care
Manages member fulfillment including member and non-member databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs and endorsed partner relations.