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. In April we recognized many outstanding individuals – please join us in congratulating them!

Team Player

Genise Garcia (Golf, MSU)

POP Leadership Awards - Genise Garcia

Rising Star

Will Smith (Golf)

POP Leadership Awards - Will Smith

Rain or Shine Award

Alex Davies (Golf)

POP Leadership Awards - Alex Davies


Financial Front Runner

Brooke Speyerer (Boat Show)

POP Leadership Awards - Brooke Speyerer

The Spirit of Proof Award

Veronica Jackson (Auburn)


Marguerite Wolford (Horse Park)

POP Leadership Awards - Marguerite Wolford

Behind the Scenes

Lynn St. John (1175)


Above & Beyond Award

Ellyssa Kondrick (ZOO Atlanta)

POP Leadership Awards - Ellyssa

Swiss Army Knife

Krista Lambrecht (1175)

Staffing & Talent Guru

Samantha Dahlberg (Golf)

Pop Leadership Awards - Samantha

Hunter of the Year

Dina Biondo (1175)

POP Leadership Awards - Dina Biondo

Living by Our Values

Michael Scott (OP)

POP Leadership Awards - Michael Scott

Front and Back of House Leader

Brian Kacinko (DCC)

POP Leadership Awards - Brian K

Stepping up to the Plate

Dilyasah Poe (MSU)

POP Leadership Awards - Dilyasah Poe (MSU)


Immediate Impact

Chef Daniel Massie (Gas South)

POP Leadership Award - Danie Massie

Saving Lives, Changing Lives 

PAE Team (POP UP Emergency Services)

Team of the Year

Duke University

POP Leadership Awards - Duke University Team

All about the Numbers

Amy Bush (1175)

POP Leadership Awards - Amy Bush


Sales Manager of the Year

Jenna Hansen (Golf)

Chef of the Year

Chef David Stasiulis (ZOO Atlanta)

GM of the Year

Jimmy Petracci (GTech)

POP Leadership Awards - Jimmy Petracci

5 Years of Service

Jason Kozlowski

Javier Luevano Rodriguez

Diann Jackson

Davis Stasiulis

Hoaward Garnel

5 Years of Service - Proof of the Pudding Leadership Awards

10 Years of Service 

Stephanie Hansard

Shelia Lockhart

Barbara Yontz

10 Years of Service - Proof of the Pudding Leadership Awards

15 Years of Service

Albert Ciccone Jr. (Pictured)

Chelie Gillespie

Trevin Freeman

POP Leadership Awards - 15 Years of Service

20 Years of Service

Lidell Underwood

Bin Liu

Archie Cuthbert

25 Years of Service

Lynn St John

Elizabeth Macconaugha

30 Years of Service

Janice Wilmer

35 Years of Service

Vagn Nielson


Larry Larsen



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