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Philip S. Noyes Proof of the Pudding

Philip S. Noyes

Chairman and Owner
From 1980 until January 2006, Mr. Noyes was President/Owner of MGR Food Services, operator of food and beverage services for one of the world's foremost exhibition, sports and entertainment complexes. The Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park are the Southeast's premier host sites for national and international conventions, expositions, major hospitality and sporting events. MGR was consistently named as the best convention center food service operation in the country by national trade publications and achieves the highest per-capita revenue in food and service for attendees at trade shows in the United States.
Adam Noyes Proof of the Pudding

Adam Noyes

Adam Noyes's hospitality career began early as a young man working in his family's Atlanta-based catering businesses at house parties, The Democratic National Convention, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, NBA Final Fours and Super Bowl XXXIV.
Noyes earned a hospitality degree from Western Carolina University and went to work for the Ritz Carlton Buckhead as a Food & Beverage Intern. Noyes joined Hyatt Hotels in 1999 and worked in many Sales & Marketing leadership roles over the next 13 years at Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Greenville, Hyatt Regency Corporate North American and, lastly, Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. In this role, Noyes was awarded the 2011 Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year Award for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Guy Thomson Proof of the Pudding

Guy Thomson

Proof Ambassador
With an extensive background in food service operations, marketing, and administration, Guy Thomson brings a unique level of expertise to Proof of the Pudding, Atlanta's #1 catering company. A partner/owner, Thomson serves as Senior Vice President of the "upscale" foodservice management company, and is responsible for the overall development of all divisions of the Company that include off-premise catering, exclusive contracts at convention centers and special event venues, retail locations such as Plane Delicious, GetAway Café and Gourmet To Go.
Ben Witte Proof of the Pudding

Ben Witte

Senior Vice President - Operations
  • 25 years experience in food & beverage for Sports Arenas, Convention Centers & Restaurants
  • Proven leadership and organizational skills
  • Highly proficient at large scale planning and organization and execution of events
  • Ability to provide team members with guidance and motivation to achieve high levels of proficiency and customer service
  • Persuasive communicator and excellent presenter in large meetings
  • Accomplished in project development and management
  • Highly proficient in mega-event planning, both from client satisfaction and operational achievability
  • Experienced in overall employee communication and development in marketing the company's vision and goals to employees
  • High energy in accomplishing the standards for achieving the company's budget
  • Proficient in P&L statements
Janice Hammersley Wilmer Proof of the Pudding

Janice Hammersley Wilmer

Creative Director
As Creative Director for Proof of the Pudding, Janice Wilmer has fun every day! From eating out to reading magazines and cookbooks to shopping for the latest trends, Janice is always dreaming! "I believe that the first bite is with the eye, so not only is the taste of the food important, but the look of it is paramount!" Wilmer emphasizes. Since Proof of the Pudding focuses on classic American cuisine and innovative global creations, Wilmer is responsible for making the buffets and dining tables look different and fabulous, regardless of the theme! Sometimes she goes for a traditional approach…"What looks better than a large chilled shrimp dangling from a beautiful martini glass filled with a delicious salsa of fresh tomatoes, black beans and summer corn," Wilmer asks. Other times she wants nothing to do with the traditional approach! She works closely with Chef Vagn to be sure that Proof is serving the best quality food in a visually exciting manner. Wilmer enjoys trends so a new look is always exciting to her!
Vagn Nielsen Proof of the Pudding

Vagn Nielsen

Corporate Executive Chef
As Corporate Executive Chef for Proof of the Pudding by MGR, Inc. Vagn Nielsen emphasizes creativity and flexibility when preparing cuisine for the thousands of clients they serve. From elegant dinners for former President and Mrs. Carter to picnic fare for Chastain Park concert-goers, or a seated dinner for thousands, Chef Vagn Nielsen can create unique, personalized meals appropriate for the various events catered by Proof.