Celebrating Our People: JASON KOZLOWSKI
The “Celebrating Our People” series is aimed at highlighting the many talented employees that make up Proof of the Pudding’s teams across the southeast. We hope you enjoy learning more about our hospitality and culinary POPstars!
Infinite Energy Center Banquet Manager
POP: Good morning Jason! We appreciate you taking some time to share with our readers more about you. To start, what advice would you share with others at the beginning of their career?
JASON: Be a sponge! Absorb all the knowledge you can from peers and mentors and don’t be afraid to share things you have learned – sometimes using a different lens can bring the task at hand into focus.
POP: What values have shaped your life?
JASON: Honesty, respect, compassion and loyalty.
POP: What was your favorite meal as a kid growing up?
JASON: Homemade Rigatoni with Bolognese.
POP: Who has influenced you the most in life?
JASON: My biggest influence would be my former mentor and close friend Chris Kantner. He completely transformed how I approach life’s challenges and also taught me the importance of pacing oneself. He instilled in me core building blocks that can be applied to any challenge: create a strategy, communicate that strategy down to the smallest detail and most importantly remain calm, re-analyze the situation and adapt quickly when the strategy is no longer applicable. Make the impossible task…elementary.
POP: What is your favorite inspirational quote or lyric?
JASON: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer, I will face my fear, I will let it pass through me. When the fear is gone there will be nothing…only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert
POP: What’s something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
JASON: I’m a pianist, singer, writer and in my teens through my mid-twenties I had a band in Pennsylvania (where I’m originally from before I moved to GA).