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Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors 

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Board of Advisors is a self-governed board responsible for planning and implementing activities in cooperation with faculty, staff and students in the School. The elected officers and committee chairs foster collaboration between the School, alumni and industry partners to:

  • Enhance Outreach and Engagement efforts by fulfilling a crucial role on behalf of HRAD by serving as informed internal and external advocates for students, faculty and staff.
  • Contribute to Student Success by providing knowledge and skills that enhance the curriculum and enriches the classroom experience.
  • Increase Stewardship and Development activities by facilitating relationships with alumni and external partners as a means to raise awareness of and stewardship for the advancement of OSU and HRAD.


Bill Ricks
Vice President, Retail
Oklahoma City, OK

Vice President

Bill Biard
Hammett House
Claremore, OK


Bob Slater
Oklahoma City, OK

Board Members

Keith Ashburn
Chief Operating Officer
12 Oaks Senior Living
Dallas, TX

Jim L. Barnard, CHA
Persimmon Ridge
Stillwater, OK

Debi Bostick-Bennett
Senior Area Manager
Taj Hospitality Management
Lubbock, TX

Bryan Close
CloseBend, Inc
Tulsa, OK

Charles Davis
Charles T Davis & Associates
Edmond, OK

Rebecca Eastham
Director, Business & Industry Services
Meridian Technology Center
Stillwater, OK

David Egan
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

Gary Goldman
Cultivar Mexican Kitchen
Oklahoma City, OK

Mike Hamblin
Argyle, TX

Jim Hopper
President & CEO
Oklahoma Restaurant Association
Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association
Oklahoma City, OK

Joseph Khairallah
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Milwaukee, WI

Mark Kreul
Manager, Food Safety
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Alex Kroblin
Thirst Wine Merchants
Oklahoma City, OK

Ellis Langston
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Joe Martin
Stillwater Hospitality LLC
Stillwater, OK


Lou McLeod
Lou McLeod Floral Design and Event Planning
Alto, NM

Peter McMahon
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Ban Nguyen
Jimmy’s Egg
Oklahoma City, OK

David North
General Manager/Executive Chef
Oakwood Country Club
Enid, OK

Pete Patel
President & CEO
Promise Hotels
Tulsa, OK

Toni Brinker Pickens
Dallas, TX

Joe Sebestyen
Regional Director of Operations
Hotel Equities
Norman, OK

Paige Shepherd
Director of Corporate Development and Tourism
Chickasaw Nation
Oklahoma City, OK

Beth Stephens
Recruiting Director
Pappas Restaurants
Dallas, TX

Robert Williams
Eskimo Joes
Stillwater, OK

Dar Yasseri
Executive in Residence
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Stillwater, OK

James Young