Meet Pepper: Georgia

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Pepper’s Atlanta location opened in 1966, and we settled into our current location in 2009.  We have the unique situation of being the only regional marketing center in the company to be physically attached to a distribution center.  Our customers, visiting college methods classes, and even open house attendees have enjoyed tours of the D.C.!

The Georgia team is made up of Amber Loper, Keith Guier, and Doug McComas, led by manager and Pepper Vice President Kenya Morgan.  We have over 30 years of “Pepperness” and over 75 years of musical experience between the four of us!  Two of us are Pepper catalog editors;  Doug works on the church choral catalog and Kenya works on the orchestra catalog.

Every Friday morning, the marketing staff gathers for a breakfast meeting.  This started in the late 1970s when Miss Kelly, a secretary in the original location, would bake biscuits and sausage for the small Pepper Atlanta staff on Friday mornings.  The tradition changed over the years — Hardee’s and Mrs. Winner’s replaced home-baked, and now with a more health-conscious staff, there’s more fresh fruit and turkey bacon than fried pork chops and sausage.  We all take turns bringing breakfast.

For over 15 years, our customers have enjoyed attending Joy of Singing, Joy of Worship and the John Jacobson workshops in the summer. When the sister choral event in Florida folded a few years ago, we began seeing many of those customers make the trip to Atlanta to continue the experience!  They continue to make the trip, and look forward to it annually.  We recently began the tradition of hosting an annual Editors’ Choice Live sacred reading session which features selections from the current year’s Editors’ Choice.  We invite a well-known clinician to read through the music — this event has grown over the last couple of years to be something that folks look forward to attending each year.

Our facility is off the beaten path in an industrial park near Sweetwater Creek State Park.  We’re surrounded by trees and bordered on one side by Sweetwater Creek, and about a mile from the Chattahoochee River.  Deer, wild turkeys, woodpeckers, hawks, turkey vultures, and kestrels are familiar sights just outside our doors… including a deer in the parking lot one night.

We have a quiet environment for directors to research to their heart’s content.  Hungry?  Our complimentary selection of snacks and beverages are available if you’re tucking in for a few hours of planning, or dashing in for a pickup order and just need a quick snack to take the edge off before getting back into traffic.  Feel free to come in and see us!

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Jen Tolnay
Jen Tolnay has been working for J.W. Pepper since 1991. She previously worked in customer service, and now spends her time on Pepper’s social media efforts. Jen has a degree in music theory from Temple University, and spent many years as musical director and accompanist for a variety of musical theatre productions She also works as the choir director/pianist/organist at a local church.

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