Staff Member Spotlight: Sondra Dillon
For someone who is retired, it seems like Sondra Dillon works a lot. But for Sondra, who can sometimes be found assisting guests at the concierge desk at Cobb Galleria Centre by day and showing patrons to their seats as a volunteer usher at Cobb Energy Centre at night, it’s all in the pursuit of fun.
“I can honestly say, I’ve had a great life. What I do now is all for fun,” she said.
Dillon has had several career reincarnations, from starting out as a teacher in Long Island, N.Y., to becoming a parent of three children, then an Atlanta realtor for 20 years, and finally an office manager at H&R Block. After becoming a widow in 2007 after 51 years of marriage (she married after knowing her husband for just three months!), Dillon moved to Smyrna and joined her new neighbor in volunteering at the soon-to-open Cobb Energy Centre.
“I’ve been there since day one,” she said. “I’m one of the top 5 people in number of hours volunteered.”
About three years ago, Dillon was recruited to become a concierge at Cobb Galleria Centre. She was retired, not looking for a job, and she didn’t have a resume. “But I don’t like to sit around and watch TV, I’m not one of those ladies who lunches. Being here keeps me out of trouble,” Dillon joked.
When Dillon is not at CGC or CEPAC, she enjoys travel, going to the movies and the theater, and spending time with her four grandchildren. “I’m also an ardent supporter of ArtsBridge,” she said.
“Through Cobb Energy Centre and Cobb Galleria Centre, I have met so many interesting people whom I never would have met otherwise,” she said. “You walk into both of these buildings, and you feel good vibes. So I feel at home, and I feel safe.”