CorporateHistory.net’s team of corporate history experts know what it takes to turn your company history or business anniversary into an effective and beautiful book, publication, website, or campaign.
Since 2004, Corporate History.net has been helping organizations large and small create corporate history publications, books, and campaigns and has become a recognized and award-winning leader in the field. We’re “history hedgehogs” — corporate history is our sole focus. (For a deep dive into our own origin story, see this article.) We believe that organizations, like people, suffer when their memory erodes. We specialize in unique company histories that express each client’s special character and culture.
Team and Experience
Marian Calabro, President & 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 14 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.
Our writers are the cream of the crop of corporate history writers. All have extensive experience in business writing and corporate communications. You might call us corporate history talent scouts: We know just about every writer in the U.S. who has written corporate histories and who meets our exacting standards.
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 is familiar with your part of the world. (It can help with the budget, too.) Rest assured that the writer assigned to your project will be a pro – one who understands how a corporate book or website can enhance your brand and your business, and who will turn your history into a page-turner.
Bernie Libster, Vice President
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 or co-author of CorporateHistory.net’s books for Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Sandvik US, and Superior Linen Supply. He also lends his considerable editing talents to our projects.
As a trade journalist for such publications as Pen World and Watch Journal, Bernie has chronicled the work of artisans and entrepreneurs 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 appears at such venues as the New Jersey Storytelling Festival, Puffin Cultural Forum, and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Series.
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 and Place, Race, and Memory: Remembering West Medford’s African-American Community, produced for Tufts University. Prior to founding Reynolds Design & Management she worked in textbook publishing, where she developed superb project management skills.
Christine 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. Her design citations include two Graphic Design USA awards for CorporateHistory.net publications.