Senior Leadership Team

Joel Thompson

Joel Thompson has more than 20 years of successes achieving goals, enhancing business performance, and leading top talent work teams. Broad-based expertise spanning turnaround management, P&L management, relationship cultivation, account management, trend analysis, and project management. Accomplished leader with propensity for delivering bottom-line results that consistently exceed expectations.

Selected Career Highlights:

  • Known as a leader who brings divergent interests into consensus. Demonstrate strong relationship building skills with the ability to motivate and support teams to embrace goals. Use effective problem-solving techniques with internal and external customers and cross-functional teams, gaining buy-in from stakeholders.  
  • Earn excellent business reputation for work ethic, strength in service, quality, and knowledge. Recognized as trusted performer who can establish strong network capabilities resulting in opportunities for growth.
  • Guide process improvements and cost cutting initiatives. Delivered savings by analyzing areas of opportunity and improving operational processes
  • Joel has spent  4 years serving as a senior-level executive with Sara Lee Corporation. His positions included Director of Sales and Zone Vice President.  Prior to that Joel  served as a senior-level executive with George Weston Incorporated he served as a Regional Sales Manager responsible for the States of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida pan handle.

Joel Thompson’s vision for Pro Form Group LLC

The Pro-Form Group partners have more than 80 years of combined experience leading sales organization turnarounds, managing change, revitalizing deteriorating relationships, and developing millions of dollars in new business.  With this experience we will utilize our learning to bring regional and national distribution to cutting edge consumer packaged goods products to the retail market.  While at the same time move up and invest in the supply chain to maximize investor profits and returns.  The Pro-Form Group is dedicated to delivering and maximizing profits in each and every company and venture we partner with in business.

Ed Hager

Ed Hager has 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the food and beverage industry, beginning his business career with Merchants Distributors, Inc. in 1974 as a Director of Grocery Sales. Ed then accepted an assignment with Kimberly Clark Corporation in 1981, where he held many key positions within the company, including Area Manager, National Training Director, Division Training Director, and Sales Associate.

Ed began his career with The Coca-Cola Company in 1987 as an Area Market Development Manager. Ed began to develop his skill as a sales manager throughout the state of Georgia, spending seven years in Coca-Cola’s sales department before becoming the Director of Key Accounts in Atlanta. In 1997 Ed moved into an executive-level position for Coca-Cola.

Ed has spent the last 11 years serving as a senior-level executive. His positions included Vice President of Sales and Marketing Atlanta Division and Vice President and General Manager Michigan Division. After more than 21 years of service, Ed retired from Coca-Cola in December of 2008 as the Vice President of Supermarket Sales for the Atlanta Division of Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Ed Hager’s vision for Pro Form Group LLC

Pro-Form will provide a variety of cutting edge services with a primary focus on start up companies that are launching new and unique brands into the market place.  Our expertise will allow our clients to move quickly from thought concepts to cash register sales.  Pro-Form will deliver concept marketing, sales, distribution and manufacturing expertise that is widely recognized as the industry “leading standards”.

Kevin Soles

Kevin Soles has 25 years of sales, marketing, and operation experience in the beverage industry, beginning his business career with Coca Cola in 1986. Kevin started his career in roles that developed key experience in warehouse and logistics knowledge before moving into a customer and sales role in 1990.

As he moved through the Coca Cola System in various roles related to customer sales and market execution, he progressed to a Sales Center Manager role in 1998 that included leading sales and operations teams with responsibilities of growing share and revenue across South Atlanta and Mid Georgia markets.

Kevin has spent the last 10 years serving as a senior-level executive in the Coca Cola system. His positions included Area Vice President of Sales and Operations Atlanta Division, Vice President of Cold Drink Operations Southeast U.S., Vice President of “On Premise” Sales Southeast, Vice President Foodservice Eastern U.S., and most recently the Director of Business Development for the East and Central U.S. Markets.

Kevin Soles’ vision for Pro Form Group LLC

Pro-Form will become the premier market leader for launching new brands with relevance in either or both the international and domestic markets.  Proform will provide expertise in areas such as market relevance, go to market plans, marketing, sales, and logistic planning to drive consumer demand. Pro-Form’s goal is to be recognized as a key vehicle for taking a concept or idea and bringing to life the business plan needed for a successful launch.