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
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.
ORLA Vice President of Government Affairs
Bill is ORLA’s lead lobbyist and is best known in Salem as the “process guy” for his extensive knowledge of how the system works. Legislators on both sides of the aisle respect and confide in Bill, which proves to be of great benefit to ORLA members and their issues. Bill is also highly regarded as a leader among Oregon’s business lobby, a position he’s earned through his hard work and dedication in his combined 18 years of working at ORA and ORLA. Bill’s experience and understanding of the state budget, as well as how legislative decisions shape Oregon’s economy, makes him an invaluable voice in Salem for the industry.
ORLA Executive Coordinator
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.
Best Little Roadhouse, ORLA Policy Committee Chair
Ralph has served the past three legislative sessions as the ORLA Policy Committee Chair and is also an officer on the ORLA Board of Directors. Ralph guides the Policy Committee 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 on behalf of ORLA members throughout Oregon.
Martin Hospitality, ORLA Board of Directors Chair
Ryan is president of Martin Hospitality, operating a family of resorts in Cannon Beach including the Stephanie Inn and Dining Room, Surfsand Resort, Wayfarer Restaurant and Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill in Cannon Beach. In addition to his role as Chair of ORLA, Ryan serves on the Oregon Tourism Commission, the board of the Make–A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization as well as an advisory board member to U.S. Bank in the Columbia Pacific Region. He was recently honored by the Portland Business Journal as a Forty Under 40 profile.
Attorney, Mills Jacobson Halliday Lawyers
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.