Peters' first year volunteering at the Philadelphia Folk Festival was 1979. He has been on the Camping Committee ever since then, filling numerous roles varying from the very bottom of the organization as a Foot Volunteer to his current position of Co-Chairman. It has been and continues to be a wild and crazy ride. Supported by an amazing and dedicated Senior Staff throughout the years and Co-Chair Craige Keith, the Committee and the Campground it supports, is and always will be a large part of his volunteering soul.
In 2010, Pete was elected to the Board of the Philadelphia Folksong Society where he is now finishing up his second term. That part of the volunteering journey came about from the realization of the importance of the Philadelphia Folksong Society and what it has meant to the regions’ folk music past and what more it means to the years ahead of the amazing Folk Scene in this region of the country.
Over the years Pete has served on the Governance and Budget Committees. This year he is Co-Chair with Phil McLaughlin, of the Development Committee. He is currently head over heels for our New Home and helping to build the funding foundation to support it and the organization, for this year and beyond.
Additionally, the last several years he has been organizing a series of Folk Festival Volunteer run, fundraising musical events at the Ardmore Music Hall, culminating with the 3rd Annual event in early April of 2016. This year he is also partnering with our Executive Director, Justin Nordell, to run the Heartwood Music Festival at the Awbury Arboretum.
In the business world, Pete has been in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has had varying roles, from Computer Operations, Software Development and the last ten years of it working as a Productivity Consultant at Vitalyst LLC. What the years in the industry have taught him is the importance of customer service. The understanding that perception and results can be influenced and changed with a consistent effort to provide every customer with the service they need.
In his personal life he recently had his 30th wedding anniversary married to Karen Reichardt and is a parent and subject to his two wonderful daughters Lizzy and Julia Schechner. He has been learning to play the guitar for 30+ years (the practice part has stretched it out) and one day hopes to get on a stage and perform.
He looks forward to meeting as many of the members of this organization in the year ahead as possible and finding a way to have them become partners in the wonderful work of continuing to build the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s future.