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About Us

The Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association represents more than 1,600 hotel and restaurant properties as well as industry-related service companies. It is these members that help make the hospitality industry the nation's largest private sector employer and one of the state’s most politically active and public service oriented industries. Our members are the cornerstone of the Indiana community and the backbone of our state’s economy.

InRLA strives to provide superior value and effective communication for our membership by being the voice of the foodservice industry in government and public relations, providing programs offering operational benefits, and creating opportunities for member involvement.

Our Staff

Patrick T. Tamm
President & CEO

Katie Beth Maddox
Director of Government Affairs

Elise Shrock
Director of Operations

Tom Johnson
Director of Finance

Sarah Stegmeyer
Director of Advocacy & Communications

Media Inquiries

Sarah Stegmeyer
Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Board Members

Chairman of the Board:
Joe Kurth, Morris Inn
Board Members:

Vice Chair: Randy Shields, McDonald's - Owners Group

Treasurer: Mark McDonnell, LaSalle Grill

Immediate Past Chairman: John BenjaminA Pots and Pans Production 

AHLA Director: Jeffrey Brown, Schahet Hotels, Inc

NRA Director: Craig Huse, St. Elmo Steak House 


Guy Atchison, RNDC Indiana

George Brinkmoeller, Sherman House Restaurant & Inn

Patrick Brophy, Omni Severin Hotel Indianapolis

Lennie Busch, One World Enterprises

Bruce Byrd, Dunn Hospitality

Ron Caldwell, White Lodging Corporation

Jeanna Chandler, Cafe Patachou

Rob Chinsky, Penn Station East Coast Subs

Chris Clifford, St. Elmo Steak House 

Brad Cohen, Arni's Inc.

Michael Crafton, 360 Services

Bruce Dodge, Apple Sauce Inc

Jim Dora, Jr., General Hotels Corporation

Greg Ehresman, Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Blake Fogelsong, Clancys Inc. & Grindstone Charley's

John Frenz, Montana Mike's

Bob Gatto, Texas Roadhouse

Richard Ghiselli, Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt

Ben Hall, Hall's Gas House

Karen Hirsh-Cooper, Homewood Suites Lafayette

Tim Jones, Bob Evans Restaurants

Howard Kaler, Charley Creek Inn

Jeffrey Kelsey, Penn Station East Coast Subs

Mark Luttik, Hilton Fort Wayne

Richard Lux, Lux Restaurants

James Morrison, Hacienda Mexican Restaurants Inc.

Mark Newman, Indiana Office of Tourism Development

Mike O'Donnell, Cunningham Restaurant Group

Chris O'Donnell, White Lodging Corporation

Vicki Overley, Heartland Payment Systems

Joesph Pinto, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Phil Ray, JW Marriott Indianapolis

Jimmie Schindler, Bandido's

Scott ShipleyMonarch Beverage

Todd Stearns, Stanz Foodservice Inc.

Wes Stouder, Penguin Point Franchise

Joe Vezzoso, French Lick Springs | West Baden Resort

Dan Waller, Schahet Hotels, Inc.

Scott Wise, A Pots and Pans Production

Jim Zink, Jr, Zink Distributing


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