The Proof of the Pudding Leadership Awards honor the dedicated and talented event and culinary professionals that are leading the way in moving POP forward in the hospitality industry. Every single leader at our annual Leadership Conference, held at Gas South District, deserves a plethora of recognition and accolades. Congratulations to this year’s highlights!

Leader of the Year

Shelia Lockhart (The Carter Center)

Changing the Game

Ashley Sherman (Golf Division)

Team of the Year


Rising Star

Andrew Collins  (Mississippi State University)

Financial Front Runner

Abdullah Burks (Gas South Arena)

The Spirit of Proof Award

Trenise Guerrero (UGA)


Stephanie Hansard (Metro Atlanta Region)

Behind the Scenes

Sammy Dahlberg (Human Resources)

Above & Beyond Award

Ben Mair (Offsite Division)

Swiss Army Knife

Alex Davies (Golf Division)

Staffing & Talent Guru

Krista Lambrecht (Human Resources)

Hunter of the Year

Barbara Yontz (Offsite)

Living by Our Values

Marguerite Wolford (Georgia Int’l Horse Park)

Front and Back of House Leader

Arlo Wesby (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Stepping up to the Plate

Charles Haughton (Offsite Division)

Immediate Impact

Stacey Burscough (Zoo Atlanta)

Farmer of the Year

Diann Jackson (GICC)

Team Player

Jack Livingston (Golf Division)

All about the Numbers

Svetlana Kolpakove (Accounting)

Sales Manager of the Year

Ashley Patrick (Offsite Divison)

Chef of the Year

Matt Finley (GICC)

Green Mile Award

Dave Peterson (Golf Division)

5 Years of Service

Chuck Lockett (Douglasville Convention Center)

Derrick Snipes (Duke)

Ellyssa Kondrick (Zoo Atlanta)

Jimmy Petracci (Sports and Entertainment)

Krystine Bullington (Zoo Atlanta)

Nick Klug (Sports and Entertainment)

Sandra Stasiulis (Atlanta Hawks)

10 Years of Service

Brent Truesdale (Auburn)

Darrell Willms (Gas South District)

Montise Brown (Jacksonville State University)

15 Years of Service

Sharon Pittman (GICC)

Svetlana Kolpakova (Accounting)


People who have experienced Proof tend to stick around for a long-term career. We’re a fun, high-energy workplace that can expose you to a piece of everything in the hospitality business. If you have a love for bringing people together and creating memories, we want to hear from you! View our current openings, apply online or email us your application at Who knows, you just might be the next award-winning POPstar!

by Dina Biondo in Team