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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. Coordinates with contract lobbyist as needed.  Also serves as CFO for the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Patti Colley, IOM, CMP
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.
Jillian Coursey
Manager, Training & Accounting

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

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 the Advance newsletter, Destinations e-blasts, social media, web content, public relations, and advertising. advertising and photography.


 
Chandy Rice, CAE
Director, Education

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.

 
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 phones, member 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 billing and collection, retention programs, and endorsed partner relations. Assists Director, Membership with state and local regulatory member inquiries.
 
What's Happening
02.07.19
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.
04.17.19
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association once again partnered with Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell to produce the 2019 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits, which were held around the state. Each half-day program provided tourism education featuring speakers covering a range of topics on best practices to promote tourism in your region, and included a townhall-type discussion by the Lt. Governor on tourism development in each of the areas visited around the state.
08.22.18
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
05.16.18
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) held its annual RedBud Awards gala at the Oklahoma History Center on May 15, 2018. Open to all Oklahoma tourism entities, the RedBud Awards represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma tourism industry.

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