The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra has just announced the appointment of four new members to its board of directors, including Peter Hildebrandt, Marilyn Margolis, Karen Wall and Diana Weitz — effective July 1.
“Our newest class of board members brings a high level of expertise to the organization from the business, financial, insurance and healthcare communities,” said Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Board Director Craig Carter. “We look forward to working with them next season to benefit the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.”
Hildebrandt is both a businessman and freelance string bassist who has been a member of the Johns Creek Symphony for five years. A “serial entrepreneur,” Hildebrandt has built several companies and sold them.
He owns a consulting firm which works with larger companies to bring new products to market and a music stand light manufacturing business serving both freelance musicians and professional orchestras.
He is the former president of the Georgia Philharmonic and chairman of the Associated Chamber Music Players Foundation based in New York City, an endowment which provides grants to help promote the playing of chamber music for fun.
He is the founder of the annual Georgia Chamber Music Retreat, now in its 17th year in north Georgia. He volunteers with SCORE to mentor small business owners one on one and teaches workshops on financial, marketing and starting businesses.
Margolis is CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She began her career at Emory Healthcare more than 35 years ago at Emory University hospital as a staff nurse in CCU.
After caring for patients at bedside for 15 years, she went to the emergency department as the unit director and began a career in leadership roles at EHC that included director of nursing for emergency services and neurosciences, and nursing director for operations.
She has experience leading initiative teams throughout the Emory Healthcare system in areas such as emergency services and ICU at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
She has also worked with teams to develop operational changes with patient flow and transfer services. Margolis has been a champion for patient and family centered care and has worked with patient/family advisors to institute change with patients and family input.
Wall is vice president of investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. She has been in the financial services industry for over 40 years and with her current firm for 25-plus years. She is currently in the process of pursing the Certified Financial Planner professional designation. She began her career on the municipal trading desk at Kidder Peabody, and then she moved to Dean Witter Reynolds on the retail side.
She grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for over 45 years, including Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Milton. She has three successful children: one in the medical sector, the other two in the small business sector.
Weitz is a learning team manager at State Farm Insurance. In her 20-year career at State Farm she has held various leadership roles, currently leading a team responsible for the facilitation of new and existing employee training across the enterprise. An insurance professional, she has obtained her Chartered Property and Casualty designation and is near completion of the Fellow, Life Management Institute designation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University and her MBA from Dowling College. A northeast native raised in New Jersey, she relocated to Alpharetta in 2015. She and her husband spend most weekends on various bleachers supporting their two active daughters.
Now entering its 13th season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra, made up of professional musicians from all over the greater metro Atlanta area. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Founder and Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, provides musical enrichment for the community of Johns Creek through performances as well as additional educational programs and special events each year.