Pilotti had originally planned to get a bachelor’s degree and enrolled in Philadelphia University’s architecture program ten years ago. But after his father passed away and the economy crashed, he decided to drop out of college.
He moved back to Coatesville where he ran family convenience store while he looked for an outlet for his creativity.
“I started doing woodworking in my mom’s garage, and from there, it was like, ‘I think I can actually make something out of this,’” said Pilotti.
So he enrolled in Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and used his technical education to start his own company.
Today Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers operates out of 12,000-square-foot factory and employs nine people. He has sold furniture to customers across all the states, and last year this success put him on the annual 40 Under 40 list.
“Now I have to just keep steering the ship and make sure that there’s money for payroll,” said Pilotti.