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2011 board named

Carol Smaglinski March 9th, 2011

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA) installed the 2011 board of directors. Named to the executive committee were: Chairman Jim Sellers of The Artichoke Restaurant, Langley; Vice Chairman/ Treasurer Michel Buthion of La Baguette; Second Vice Chairperson Kathy Bondy of Arby’s/U.S. Beef Corp., Tulsa.

The board of directors are: Tim Baker of The Brasserie, Tulsa; Kevin Barker of University of Oklahoma Housing Food Services, Norman; Jon Biegel of The Restaurants at Chesapeake; Robert Black of A Good Egg Dining Group; Jimmy Blacketer of Los Cabos, Jenks; Mark Blevins of City Bites; Jim Burke of Emerging Brands, Edmond; David Burns of Outback Steakhouse Regional Office, Edmond; Alan Cantrell of Sonic Industries, Inc.

Others named to the board are: Marc Chastain of Rib Crib Corporation, Tulsa; John Counts of Sysco Food Services of Oklahoma; Jim Cowan of Mazzio’s Corporation, Tulsa; Ross Crain of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill; John Crancer of Outback Steakhouse, Jenks; Jeff Davis and John Davis of Arby’s/U.S. Beef Corp., Tulsa; Steve Davis of Curveball Restaurants, Muskogee.

Also Blake Ewing of The Engine Room, Tulsa; Tony Henry of Full Moon Cafe/Wolfgang Puck Bistro, Tulsa; Maggie Howell of Aunt PittyPat’s Catering and Trattoria il Centro; Thomas Hunter of Ricardos Restaurant, Tulsa; Verej Jazirvar of Petroleum Club; Hank Kraft and Mike Rogers of Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Edmond; Phil LaRue of Foodservice Solutions & Ideas; Devin Levine of BOK Center, Tulsa; Chris Lower of The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro; Ed Lynn of Buffalo Wild Wings; Tony Nab of Outback Steakhouse, Norman.

Finally, Rick Naifeh of Premium Brands; Elliot Nelson of McNellie’s, Tulsa; Frank Nelson of Pearl’s Restaurant Group; Ban Nguyen of Jimmy’s Egg; Dennis Patrick of Clanton’s Cafe, Vinita; Brian Saliba of Freddie Paul’s Steakhouse, Stillwater; Jose Santiago of McDonald’s, Edmond; Nina Shuman of Van’s Pig Stand; Rodney Stephens of Carino’s Italian Restaurants; Marcus Tilley of Traditions and Autographs, Norman; Robert Williams of Eskimo Joe’s, Stillwater.

The annual meeting also named association directors to the board. They are: Bill Biard of Hammett House Restaurant, Claremore; Tad Blood of Tad’s Catering & Concessions; Craig Bothwell of Bothwell Saxton Restaurants, Tulsa; Bill Bunch of Bunch Enterprises/ KFC, Ponca City; Tommy Byrd of Bellini’s Ristorante & Grill; Stan Clark of Eskimo Joe’s, Stillwater; Tuck Curren of Biga, Tulsa; Zena Dater of Oswalt Restaurant Supply; Missy Dickinson of Carino’s Italian Restaurants; Randy Earhart of Taco Mayo Franchise Systems; David Egan and Dick Stubbs of Cattlemen’s Steakhouse; Sam Erwin of U.S. Foodservice; Kurt Fleischfresser of Western Concepts.

Also named were: Greg Gawey of Jamil’s Steakhouse; Eddie Hartwick of Mid-America Christian University; David Haynes of Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler; Wayne Hirst of Hirst Again; Peter Holloway of Boulevard Steakhouse, Edmond; Richard Hunt of Ricardos Restaurant, Tulsa; Gary Jackson of Fireside Dining, Ardmore; Greg McGill of McGill’s, Tulsa; Kim McLendon of Emerging Brands; Jane Mitchell of Harry Bear’s All American Grill, Moore; Loretta Pollman of T-Bone Steak House, Weatherford.
Finally, Joe Prichard of Pete’s Place, Krebs; Kirk Purnell of Ben E. Keith Foods, Edmond; Bill Ricks of Braum’s Ice Cream Stores; Robert Ross of Interurban Restaurants, Norman; Ned Shadid of Ned’s Catering; Ed Slyman of Freddie’s BBQ & Steakhouse, Sapulpa; Mike Turek of Old Germany Restaurant, Choctaw; Hal Walker of Food & Beverage, Tulsa.

Named to the ORA Advisory Board are: Rebecca Eastham of Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater; Mike Hembree of Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association; Bill Ryan of OSU School of Hotel & Restaurant Administration, Stillwater; Mollie Hager of Culinary Institute of Platt College.

—Carol Smaglinski

 
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