Richard Bilotti, former president and publisher of the Times of Trenton, will speak at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon Meeting on Thursday, April 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center. Cost to attend is $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. RSVP to www.princetonchamber.org or call 609-924-1776.

“The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is focused on bringing to our membership speakers and topics that are timely and directed towards helping our Members grow their businesses,” says Chamber President and CEO Peter Crowley. “We continue to experience increased attendance at all of our Monthly Membership Luncheon meetings and we extend an open invitation to new business associates to attend and experience our Regional Chamber.”

Richard Bilotti, who published the Times of Trenton for nearly a quarter century, will speak about how newspapers are fast becoming a multidimensional media conglomerate with growing Internet sites and stakes in television, radio, magazines and other businesses. Bilotti is one of only four New Jersey newspaper publishers to serve twice as the president of the 150-year-old New Jersey Press Association and is presently its chairperson.

Bilotti, a native of Harrison, spent his entire career in newspapers and publishing, beginning as a copyboy at the Newark Star-Ledger at age 14. He was named president and publisher of the Times in 1984, after serving five years as president, publisher, and editor of the Gloucester County Times in Woodbury.

Before that he was Editor of the Sunday Plain Dealer Magazine in Cleveland, Ohio, a reporter in the Cleveland bureau of the Associated Press, editor of the Yukon Sentinel while serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska, and a reporter for the Evening News in Newark.

Bilotti’s community involvement has been as extensive as his journalistic experience. Among the awards he has received are an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Rider University in 1998; and Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice in 1989.

His community activities include chairperson, The New Jersey Italian/Italian American Heritage and Cultural Commission; and president of both the Trenton Education Dance Institute and the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra.

He is a board member of the New Jersey Press Foundation and a member of the Isles Steering Committee and Passage Theater Advisory Board and during his career as publisher of the Times has served on many other boards and community organizations.

Among his personal interests, he says, are “learning more about my Italian heritage and promoting all aspects of Italian and Italian/American life, which includes:

– Being a founder of the Princeton/Pettorenello Foundation, a sister-city organization over 15 years old;

– Being one of the founders, and then president, of the Community of Italian American Organizations of Mercer County, a coalition of 25 Italian American organizations;

– Serving as chair of the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission;

– Studying the Italian language and reading extensively about modern and historic Italy;

– Traveling to Italy regularly; and

– Mentoring a young Italian conductor from Isernia, Italy, Maestro Fernando Raucci, who is the music director of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. We work together on musical exchange programs between the United States and Italy.”

Bilotti is married to Katherine Hatton, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.

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