About Us

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.




  • Patrick Tamm
    Patrick Tamm
    President & CEO Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
  • Sarah Olivero
    Sarah Olivero
    Executive Director Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
    Executive Director
  • Tom Johnson
    Tom Johnson
    Director of Finance Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
    Director of Finance
  • Abbi Raben
    Abbi Raben
    Director of Government Affairs Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
    Director of Government Affairs
  • Katie McClimon
    Katie McClimon
    Education Manager Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
    Education & Office Manager
  • Jairo Ruiz
    Jairo Ruiz
    Events Coordinator Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
    Events Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Joe Melton
    Joe Melton
    General Manager Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites Market St (317)972-0600
  • Kelly Ford
    Kelly Ford
    Wine Director Owner J Ford's Black Angus (812)235-5549
    Vice Chair
  • Rob Chinsky
    Rob Chinsky
    Bridgestone Restaurant Group (317)581-0370
    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.
    Lodging Representative
  • John Benjamin
    John Benjamin
    Metro Diner (317)825-8192
    Board Member
  • Jeffrey Bricker
    Jeffrey Bricker
    Ivy Tech Community College
    Board Member
  • Lennie Busch
    Lennie Busch
    Owner One World Enterprises (812)339-2256
    Board Member
  • Chris Clifford
    Chris Clifford
    Huse Culinary (317)635-0636
    Board Member
  • Brad Cohen
    Brad Cohen
    Arni's Inc. (765)447-1108
    Board Member
  • Jim Dora, Jr.
    Jim Dora, Jr.
    President & CEO General Hotels Corporation (317)243-1000
    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
  • David Holt
    David Holt
    COO & Chief of Staff Indiana Destination Development Corporation
    Board Member
  • Amy Isbell
    Bottleworks Hotel (317)556-1234
    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
    Jeff Kelsey
    Tri-State Cheeseteaks LLC (812)453-3824
    Board Member
  • Brian Krider
    Ben's Soft Pretzels
    Board Member
  • Mark McDonnell
    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
  • Vicki Overley
    Vicki Overley
    Regional Manager Heartland Payment Systems (317)997-5626
    Board Member
  • John Phair
    Chairman Holladay Properties (574)217-4475
    Board Member
  • Phil Ray
    General Manager JW Marriott Indianapolis (800)817-8554
    Board Member
  • MieYoung Reed
    MieYoung Reed
    JW Marriott Indianapolis
    Board Member
  • Eric Schamp
    Eric Schamp
    Business Solutions Specialist Gordon Food Service (765)760-5285
    Board Member
  • Jimmie Schindler
    Jimmie Schindler
    Guadalupe's Mexican Grill (260)493-0607
    Board Member