Maria Bilotta listened carefully to advice from her father about growing a successful business: “Treat everyone with respect and know that the customer is always right!” Maria oversees sales and manages Bilotta’s Mount Kisco showroom. Her management skills stem from training she received in food service management, followed by years in that industry. Her next job was opening the first Bilotta showroom on Mamaroneck Avenue, the company’s headquarters today. Both in food management and kitchen design, Maria discovered her true calling. In 2005, Maria relocated to Mount Kisco to head the design and opening of the newest Bilotta showroom.
Maria attributes the company’s success to a knack for attracting and retaining the best staff in the business, from designers and drafters to accountants and purchasing agents. “We expect everyone to have a passion for this business, regardless of the department they work in,” she says. “Success depends on the hard work, good attitude, dedication, motivation and commitment of each and every individual who is employed by us. The products we work with are the best in the industry, but so are the designers who use the products to create these dream living spaces.”
Aside from doing her part to run the business, Maria is also credited with overseeing the company’s involvement in support of Friends of Karen, a charitable organization that raises money for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Asked why she has chaired six major fundraisers for Friends of Karen since 2001, she explains, “I am so blessed – I get to sit around my kitchen table with my family and just enjoy each other’s company after a busy day. Not everyone has that simple luxury. I do what I can to help the less fortunate breathe easier.”
In 2007, Maria's own kitchen, complete with a wood-burning pizza oven, was featured in Westchester Home