Meet the Government Affairs Team
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association's Government Affairs team consists of a group of professionals dedicated to promoting and protecting the food service and lodging industry. Whether it is in Salem at the State Capitol, at regulatory agency meetings, or on the local level ... the team is working on behalf of the hospitality industry in Oregon!
ORLA President & CEO, ORLA
Steve has been an advocate for business, tourism and the hospitality industry in Oregon for more than 30 years. Steve began his trade association career with the Oregon Grocery Industry Association, serving as CEO for 16 years. He has served as lobbyist, chief operating officer, and is now in his current position as President & CEO of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). Steve has been instrumental in developing strategies to assist and advance the prosperity of restaurant and lodging operations in Oregon. He has a keen sense of how policy, operations and profitability are interrelated, and uses his expertise in Salem and statewide on behalf of the hospitality industry. Steve serves on two non-profit coalitions – the Community Action to Reduce Substance Abuse (CARSA) and the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, both dedicated to addiction treatment and prevention. Additionally, Steve serves on the Health Exchange’s Oregon Small Business Advisory Committee. SMcCoid@OregonRLA.org
Contract Lobbyist, Balance Point Strategies
Bill has been involved in the Oregon legislative and political system since 1989. From his earliest post as a legislative intern for now Congressman Greg Walden to his nearly 19 years with the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Bill’s experience includes interaction with all levels of government. He negotiates deals like no one else in the Capitol and is successful because he builds genuine relationships with people, stands behind his word, and advocates for common sense solutions. Bill’s affiliation with ORLA provides him insider’s access to participate in campaign strategy development, agency advocacy, and the legislative process.
Outside of the marble walls of the State Capitol, Bill’s two biggest passions are his family and the Oregon State Beavers, and not necessarily in that order. As the pitching coach for both of his sons’ baseball teams over the years, he teaches the importance of starting from a place of balance and concentration if a pitcher wants to throw strikes. When it came time to begin his own company in 2014, the name Balance Point Strategies made sense because his baseball pitching philosophy is also applicable to his style of advocacy.
ORLA Executive Coordinator, ORLA
Glenda is responsible for tracking the issues in Salem in order to provide up-to-date information to ORLA members that contact the Wilsonville office with questions, concerns or comments. She assists the Government Affairs team, as well as ORLA’s governance boards and committees. After serving as a legislative staffer for several years in Salem, Glenda has a list of resources available to all ORLA members for the asking. GHamstreet@OregonRLA.org
Best Little Roadhouse, ORLA Board of Directors Chair and Policy Committee Chair
Ralph is in his fourth legislative session serving as the ORLA Policy Committee Chair and is also ORLA’s Board Chair for 2014-2015. Ralph guides both of these groups in a workgroup-style format that allows members from the various sectors of the hospitality industry to provide their views on what matters. Ralph is a successful operator and motivator with the knowledge of what it takes to succeed, and he brings these skills to the table in Salem and beyond on behalf of ORLA members throughout Oregon.
Attorney, D. Michael Mills Lawyer, PC
Michael has spent his entire career representing our industry, and is highly-regarded as an authority in his field. His excellent advice, strong counsel and his ability to testify on short notice with a close proximity to the Capitol make his involvement in ORLA crucial to our success. Michael has the unique ability to take a complicated issue and break it down to the points that matter most … which is an effective strategy for testimony before any legislative committee.