Joe Conti offers strong leadership through an amalgam of experiences in business, serving in the public trust and in higher education. His diverse background as business executive, state official, lecturer and trustee affords innovation and implementation of complex initiatives in both public and private sector entities. He offers years of strategic vision and practical decision making with outstanding communication skills.
Conti is president of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the nations oldest broadcaster trade association representing 36 television and 366 radio stations licensed by the FCC. PAB government relations efforts with state and federal lawmakers and regulatory agencies to ensure the interests of Pennsylvania broadcasters are prepared and well served. He administers PAB services such as access to legal and regulatory counsel, program development for radio and television professionals, advertisement of broadcast career opportunities and the PEP (Public Education Program), which increases awareness and educates the public on state agency and non-profit programs.
Prior to leading the PAB, Conti founded Conti PHL Group, LLC. a government relations firm specializing in hospitality and biotechnology matters. He also served as a senior consultant with Triad Strategies, a public and government relations firm and headed the Hill Wallack Government Affairs, LLC offering services in government relations, procurement, issues management and advocacy
In December 2006, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board appointed Conti chief executive officer of this independent, state agency. The mission of the PLCB is marketing and merchandising a retail operation of over 600 stores with sales of $2 billion, regulation of 17,000 licensees and administration of the alcohol education programs. The current employment complement is 4500 people with four labor associations. Under his direction, the agency has experienced a renaissance of modernization and transformation in direction with a new look for the retail stores, refreshed e-commerce website, added wine boutiques in food markets and implemented a new point of sales system.
Much of his time as CEO of the PLCB was devoted to communications and outreach. Conti represented the agency through interaction with the Governor’s office, the General Assembly, community groups and the media. He convened essential stakeholders such as suppliers, brokers, licensees and the PA wineries for discussions on matters of mutual interest. Known for his openness, Conti fostered an environment of collaboration and recognized the value of listening with these partners.
As a member of the Senate of Pennsylvania, his colleagues elected Conti to the leadership positions of Majority Caucus and Majority Policy Chairman. He served on the Local Government Commission, PA Council of the Arts and was founding member of the Delaware River Basin and Delaware Canal State Park Caucuses. Successful in 19 elections, Conti was elected Township Supervisor, State Committeeman, National Delegate and member of the PA House of Representatives.
Conti served as trustee at Pennsylvania State University, chairing the Campus Environment Committee. He has lectured on Pennsylvania Politics at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and was a founding fellow of the Pennsylvania Leadership Academy.
After working in the family restaurant business since his youth, Conti entered management as Vice President of Conti Cross Keys Inn. With the acquisition of a second property, he became Vice President of Pipersville Inn. His primary responsibilities were administration of the core business functions of human resources, insurance and profit sharing plans.