Jim Bilotta, co-owner of Bilotta Kitchens with his sisters Maria and Regina, always wanted to operate his own business – and what better business than the one he learned so much about from his father. After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Purchase and working briefly in sales, he helped open Bilotta in 1985.
Jim is guided by two qualities instilled in him by his father: honesty and integrity. He enjoys listening to clients and taking on their challenges.
“I love working with all different people from all different walks of life, creating a custom space that meets their exact needs and desires,” says Jim, who also co-manages the company’s Architects & Designers Building showroom with Regina. “The bottom line is we want our clients to be totally satisfied, totally thrilled.”
Jim is always looking for new exciting products or services for Bilotta to provide to its clients. In 2010, Jim traveled to Europe to work on the design of a new Bilotta offering – custom millwork from Italy. He has a real passion for his heritage and his craft, which is evident in the projects he creates. According to Jim, much of Bilotta’s success can be attributed to a pure, design-focused approach. “Our designers are not sales people, they are designers,” he says. “They design the space for the client; they don’t come in with a preconceived notion of what it should be.”
As a result, “I can’t say that there is one ‘Bilotta’ look,” Jim explains. “A Bilotta kitchen is really a client kitchen.”