About Us

The mission of the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association is to educate, advocate and elevate Indiana's hospitality industry.

The one-stop resource for the hospitality industry

The association has gone through many changes over the years, starting first as the Indiana Hotel Association, then changed to the Indiana Restaurant Association in 1933, and finally to the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association in 2013. The purpose of this final change was to expand the association’s reach to the entire hospitality industry.

Our diverse network of membership ranges from industry owners, operators, staff and suppliers, to educators and students. The restaurant and lodging industries play an integral role in Indiana’s economy, employing over 400,000 Hoosiers and generating nearly $30 billion in revenue statewide.

 

 

Staff

Patrick Tamm
Patrick Tamm
President & CEO Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
President
Sarah Olivero
Sarah Olivero
Executive Director Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Executive Director
Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
Director of Finance
Abbi Raben
Abbi Raben
Director of Government Affairs Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Director of Government Affairs
Colleen Rose
Colleen Rose
Director of Events and Communications Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association 317-559-7808
Director of Communications & Events
Katie McClimon
Katie McClimon
Education Manager Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Education & Office Manager

Board of Directors

Rob Chinsky
Rob Chinsky
Penn Station East Coast Subs (317)581-0370
Chairman
Joe Melton
Joe Melton
General Manager Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites Market St (317)972-0600
Vice Chairman
Kelly Ford
Kelly Ford
Wine Director Owner J Ford's Black Angus (812)235-5549
Treasurer
Jim Dora, Jr.
Jim Dora, Jr.
President & CEO General Hotels Corporation (317)243-1000
Immediate Past President
Ben Hall
Ben Hall
Hall Drive Ins Inc. (260)426-3411
Restaurant Representative
Guy Atchison
Guy Atchison
Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing Acorn Distributing
Partner Division Representative
Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown
CEO Schahet Hotels, Inc. (317)848-9000x7002
Lodging Representative
Jeff Arthur
VP Holladay Properties 574-217-4485
Board Member
John Benjamin
Metro Diner (317)825-8192
Board Member
Gary Bowron
Gordon Food Service (317)869-1278
Board Member
Jeff Bricker
Ivy Tech Community College
Board Member
Lennie Busch
Owner One World Enterprises (812)339-2256
Board Member
Chris Clifford
Huse Culinary (317)635-0636
Board Member
Brad Cohen
Arni's Inc. (765)447-1108
Board Member
David Dunn
CHA President Dunn Hospitality Group (812)471-9300
Board Member
Blake Fogelsong
Blake Fogelsong
Owner/Director of Operations Clancy's Hospitality (317)773-3284
Board Member
Erica Free
Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute (812)230-4289
Board Member
John Frenz
John Frenz
Montana Mike's (812)882-4519
Board Member
Richard Ghiselli
Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt (765)496-2636
Ex-Officio
Martha Hoover
Cafe Patachou (317)925-2823
Board Member
Howard Kaler
Howard Kaler
GM Charley Creek Inn (260)563-0111
Board Member
Chris Katris
Owner Lincoln Square Pancake House (773)562-5955
Board Member
Jeff Kelsey
Penn Station Subs - Evansville (812)453-3824
Board Member
Brian Krider
Ben's Soft Pretzels
Board Member
Mark McDonnell
Proprietor LaSalle Grill (574)288-1155
Board Member
Pat Molloy
Nelbud Services Group (317)519-9031
Board Member
James Morrison
James Morrison
Senior Finance Director Hacienda Mexican Restaurants Inc. (800)541-3227
Board Member
Mike O'Donnell
Mike O'Donnell
COO Cunningham Restaurant Group 3173787274
Board Member
Vicki Overley
RM Heartland Payment Systems (317)997-5626
Board Member
Phil Ray
General Manager JW Marriott Indianapolis (800)817-8554
Board Member
MieYoung Reed
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Board Member
Jimmie Schindler
Bandido's (260)493-0607
Board Member
Randy Shields
Randy Shields
Owner Operator McDonald's - Owners Group (317)436-7164
Past President
William "Butch" Whitmire
VP Contract Sales & Sales Support Stanz-Troyers Foodservice (574)533-0302x8220
Board Member