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


 
Debra Bailey, CAE
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. First point of contact for Oklahoma Tourism Conference, Lt. Governor Summits, and Red Bud Awards. Coordinates with contract lobbyists as needed.  Also serves as CFO for the Oklahoma Restaurant 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 the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association. 

Linda Etherton
Director, ORA Expo

Responsible for exhibitor relations, booth sales and logistics, as well as other various event-related responsibilities. 
Collin Graham
Director, Membership

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.

 
Karlie Hart
Manager, Communications & Marketing

Initiates and manages all industry communications including Tourism Recovery E-news  and SNAPSHOT. Also manages web content, marketing, advertising, and photography.

Roberta Helsley
Manager, Education

Manages association activities, as well as 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.
Jim Hopper
Oklahoma Restaurant Association President & CEO

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

Lacey Pierson
Manager, Meetings & Events

Primary member contact for event registration. Assists CSO in managing association meetings and events. 
Elizabeth Sanchez
Manager, Member Care

Elizabeth oversees member fulfillment including member and nonmember databases, dues billings and collection, retention programs and endorsed partner relations.
 
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.
  
What's Happening
08.27.21
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2021 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summit's a success! Click here for a collection of photos throughout each summit.
05.07.21
The OTIA is happy to offer access to the OHLA Job Bank as a free site for OTIA members to list their open positions.   ORA and OHLA recently launched its "Oklahoma's Hospitality Industry is Hiring" campaign, and we hope you'll participate! The campaign is directly connected to the OHLA Job Bank and is a FREE service which, OTIA members can utilize to post job vacancies along with the job description, requirements and details of the job. As the employer, you can set the length of time for the job listing, and candidates, after viewing the job criteria will be able to reach out directly to you. When posting an opening, please submit as much information as possible about the job, allowing the best possible candidates to contact you. Jobs are typically approved and viewable within 24 hours, or sooner, Monday - Friday. Decide you want to renew the job listing? Just call the OTIA and we'll extend it for you.   Our "Oklahoma's Hospitality Industry is Hiring" campaign launched last week with posts on Facebook and Instagram and on OSU Hospitality & Tourism Management and OSU IT Culinary Arts social pages, as well as other available job sites. Join us in this employment effort and list jobs today!
04.20.21
Visit eLearningU.com and use coupon code OTIA for two new webinars coming up on Social Media Channel Tools, Set Up & Management and Social Media Advertising -- Best Practices. Going forward, now your OTIA membership qualifies you to participate, at no charge, in the new Tourism Digital Marketing Certification Program. To learn more, visit eLearningU.com.

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