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Event Name:OH&LA Member Event
Event Type(s):Event

Lodging professionals and industry suppliers are invited to join the OH&LA Board of Directors for an OH&LA Member Event to discuss industry issues and formulate association activities. These discussions will be followed by an educational luncheon about AH&LA's newly created apprenticeship program, presented by Shelly Weir, Senior Vice President of Career Development for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation.

We hope you'll take this opportunity to get more involved in OH&LA and gather to visit with existing and prospective members. Members are invited to stay for the OH&LA Board of Directors meeting to hear about association and lodging industry activities and initiatives.


Event Date:05-01-18
Event Time:10:15am - 3:00pm
Location:River Spirit Casino
8330 Riverside Parkway
Tulsa, OK 74137

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All functions, including committee meetings, will now be held in Ruth's Chris Steak House within River Spirit on the lobby level. The most convenient parking is in the garage on the north side (hotel entrance).

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Member Services Committee Meeting
The Member Services Committee is responsible for recruiting and retaining Association members, as well as the strategies associated with those responsibilities including evaluating member value-added programs. This committee is also responsible for planning member activities such as the OH&LA Lodging Summit and Vendor Expo, advising properties on preparation for the Stars of the Industry Awards, educational opportunities for members, and other miscellaneous fundraising and event activities when deemed necessary. Allied Members are especially encouraged to attend this committee meeting to help formulate ideas for the Vendor Expo. Only OH&LA members may vote on committee business. 

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting
The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for keeping abreast of proposed or existing legislation that will affect the hospitality industry either locally or nationally. This committee works with the Association Lobbyist and President/CEO in notifying OH&LA members of the status of pending legislation. The committee is also responsible for soliciting personal contributions from to distribute to pro-business political candidates. The ORA PAC is the OH&LA’s State PAC and focuses on state/local political action initiatives. HOTELPAC is the AH&LA’s federal PAC and focuses on national political action initiatives. Members who donate to either PAC must do so with personal funds as dictated by law. Only OH&LA members may vote on committee business.          

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Educational Luncheon
We'll hear from Shelly Weir, Senior Vice President of Career Development for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation, during an educational luncheon at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, also located in the Casino.

Finding and retaining the right talent is tough. The OH&LA and the American Hotel & Lodging Association recognize this fact and understand that maintaining a competitive workforce requires training models that work. In an effort to help our members better address the tightening labor market, AHLA has launched a newly created apprenticeship program for Lodging Managers. Supported by the US Department of Labor, apprenticeships are a powerful solution that equip workers with the skills needed to drive the success of your business. If you face challenges in attracting and retaining the skilled workers you need, the apprenticeship program can be your answer.

What is apprenticeship? Apprenticeship is a training model that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction to increase skill level and economic mobility. Apprenticeships are proven to reduce turnover costs, increase productivity, result in higher job satisfaction and create a more skilled and competitive workforce. The intent with the programs is to help grow the “bench strength” of each industry by cultivating and developing new supervisors into management positions. 

1:30 p.m. (or immediately following the luncheon): OH&LA Board of Directors Meeting 
Although members and guests are invited to attend the board meeting, they are not eligible to vote on board matters, or bring additional business from the floor.

Members - $50
Non-members - $60
Students - $25

Shelly Weir serves as Senior Vice President of Career Development for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation where she oversees the strategic vision of workforce development.  She supports the AHLA and Foundation agenda through career development to help strengthen the lodging industry workforce, and leads efforts to engage with community, non-profit, and governmental organizations where strategies to upskill American workers in the lodging industry align.  In her role, Shelly also serves as the liaison between AHLA and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute to ensure the organization continues to provide hospitality students and working professionals with the critical education, certification and training that fosters long-term career opportunities.

Shelly is a member of the National Network of Business & Industry Associations, National Workforce Needs Coalition, National Advisory Board for DECA, and the Business & Industry Advisory Council of the Association for Career Tech Education.  She has also represented the lodging industry on a variety of tasks forces with the US Departments of Labor and Education.  Shelly obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and her MBA from Auburn University.  She resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and two sons.
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