Team and Experience
Marian Calabro, President and Founder
Marian Calabro believes passionately in the value of corporate history and institutional memory. As a history publisher and author, she’s appeared on The History Channel, cable TV's "Mysteries at the Museum," YouTube, and at many business conferences. Wikipedia cites Marian Calabro as a corporate history innovator.
Marian’s corporate history research takes her not just into corner offices and company cafeterias, but far beyond. On behalf of clients she has explored nuclear power plants, auto supply warehouses, flag factories, workshops for adults with disabilities, and other diverse settings. Her interviewees have ranged from Fortune 100 CEOs to 100-year-old retirees with razor-sharp minds.
After learning the publishing craft as a promotion director and editor at major publishing houses in New York City, Marian Calabro became an author herself. Her bylined books include ten corporate histories and four general histories, including The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party, which won awards from the American Library Association and New York Public Library. She’s a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers College and a member of the Authors Guild. Marian occasionally teaches business writing to staffers at Columbia University and creative writing to adult learners at local colleges and businesses.
Bernie Libster, Vice President and Co-Founder
Bernie Libster comes from the advertising world, where he was a creative director and senior writer on corporate accounts including AARP, Shell Oil, and IBM. Bernie is the author of the CorporateHistory.net book Soap in the Veins: 50 Years at Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply. He researched and co-wrote our company history of Sandvik in the US. He also lends his considerable editing talents to our projects.
As a business trade journalist for such publications as Pen World and Watch Journal, Bernie has chronicled the work of entrepreneurs and artisans worldwide. He brings a narrative flair to his articles and company histories. And that’s no surprise, because he’s also an accomplished storyteller who has appeared at such venues as the New Jersey Storytelling Festival, Puffin Cultural Forum, and New York City's Cornelia Street Café.
Christine Reynolds, Art Direction and Production Management
Known for her "cheerful, steadfast manner under pressure," consulting art director Christine Reynolds specializes in historical publications and exhibitions. In addition to business histories designed for CorporateHistory.net, she has produced anniversary books for Brown Brothers Harriman, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and divisions of Harvard University. Her visual history displays include a dazzling 250-year timeline for Christ Church Cambridge (see it here); Place, Race, and Memory: Remembering West Medford’s African-American Community, produced for Tufts University; and The Jackson Homestead: The First 200 Years. Prior to founding Reynolds Design & Management she worked in textbook publishing, where she developed superb project management skills.
Chris is that rare art director who knows how to use a semicolon: She holds an MFA in graphic design from Boston University and a BA in English from Trinity College. Devoted to the book arts, she often takes part in programs held by such organizations as the Bookbuilders of Boston and the New England Museum Association.
Bill Morris, Video Production
Bill Morris is a master visual storyteller. As a TV journalist at WNBC in New York, he earned Emmy Awards for programs about prison life and America’s Cup racing. That diversity speaks to the broad range of Bill’s capabilities, which have been put to good use by CorporateHistory.net clients Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation and M.C. Dean, Inc., as well as Morris Production Group clients such as Pepsi Cola, Thomson-Reuters, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Stew Leonard’s, and Zagat. A recent project commemorated the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill.
Need a CEO tribute? An ice-breaker or heart-warmer for a company event? Employee appreciation profiles? In-depth histories of key divisions? Fundraising appeals that will have donors reaching for their checkbooks? Consulting producer Bill Morris can produce all these and more – for broadcast and cable television, at corporate and nonprofit Web sites, and across social media.
Kathryn Kauhl, Archiving
Kathy Kauhl establishes and maintains archives for corporations and government departments, including CorporateHistory.net clients Annin (America’s oldest flag maker) and the engineering company Moretrench. Confronted with scattered materials in less-than-optimal storage—indeed, sometimes jammed into boxes and drawers—Kathy consistently produces well-organized and easily accessible results. Her services include initial inventory, appraisal, arrangement, description, indexing, and preservation of clients’ historic materials.
With a masters degree in library science from Rutgers University and two decades of corporate information technology experience, Kathy provides knowledge of best practices as well as practical, user-friendly archiving solutions. A member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives and the Society of American Archivists, she brings to her work a love of history and extraordinary attention to detail. Kathy works as a consultant to CorporateHistory.net and our clients in the northern New Jersey area.
“Who Will Write Our History?”
Our authors are the cream of the crop of corporate history writers. All have extensive experience in business writing and corporate communications. If scheduling allows, Marian Calabro or Bernie Libster will be your author. Each of these company principals writes one project every 12 to 18 months. Geography may also play a role: Sometimes it helps to have a writer who’s super-familiar with your part of the world. (It can help with the budget, too.) How local? We know just about every writer in the U.S. who has written corporate histories and meets our exacting standards.
Rest easy. Your CorporateHistory.net author or scriptwriter will be a pro – one who understands how a corporate book or DVD can enhance your brand and your business, and who will turn your history into a page-turner.