"More than ever, the rate of online sales continues to grow worldwide. Yet customers often feel a lack of personal connection on websites. For this reason, we are drawing the curtain open – we want you to know who is doing what at The Pen Family. I am proud to introduce my team, all of whom were brought together by their shared love of fountain pens. In my eyes, there are no team-members here – only gladiators!"
Emmanuel Caltagirone - "Head Honcho" CEO
Emmanuel is better known as Manu. He believes a well-crafted fountain pen is the most beautiful thing your hand can hold. Manu has been making and trading in pens for over 30 years, learning the craft from his father -- Nicolas Caltagirone. Honing his business and sales experience with his father and other pen manufacturers, he knew it was time to branch out on his own when OMAS went up for sale. He seized the opportunity to purchase the prized assets from a Chinese luxury group, and the rest is history. Since 2016, he has been making fountain pens to appease the growing appetite of collectors worldwide. At The Pen Family he does that and more -- we are constantly evolving and adapting. The only constant is the fountain pen and the ink that flows between it all. So...keep writing!
Liz married into fountain pens. She met Manu on a flight, and the rest is history. She helped Emmanuel set-up and grow the brands' online presence in 2016, when it was only Armando Simoni Cub. It is no joke when she says, "We eat and breathe pens in our home." She grew up between Venezuela, USA and Lebanon, attending international schools and working for two top award-winning global ad agencies. Fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French, she's been singing, composing and performing for decades. Her love of storytelling and connecting people through story is as natural as ink flowing on paper. She is happy to call the pen community her third tribe, the first being her family, and second being her film & music community.
Jack is the official Pen Family Guru. A graduate of Missouri Science & Technology University where he studied physics, mechanical engineering and international business. Upon graduation, he joined Procter & Gamble where he worked three decades, mainly in international operations. Since 2000, he has advised business leaders in a variety of industries on growth strategies. Jack has been collecting modern and vintage pens since the 1970s. His vintage pen collection is mainly Omas, Pelikan, Wahl-Eversharp, among others. He is a long-time member of the Pen Collectors of America, where he served on the Board of Directors, and as Editor of their publication, The Pennant. For more than twenty years, Jack had been co-owner of Bexley Pen Company, where he has been active in designing and marketing pens. In 2016, Jack began working with Emmanuel Caltagirone to help bring Armando Simoni Club brand to life. In 2018, Jack facilitated bringing the Bexley Pen Company brand into The Pen Family. Jack and his wife, Kathy, spent years outside the USA before settling in the Cincinnati area.
Sara R. Rice was born in Los Angeles, California and never left. She attended college, graduate school and law school all in the Golden State. Outside of her education, she worked in politics, the public sector and in the private sector. Sara has always had a passion for writing instruments and has been an avid collector since she was eight years old. Sara also repairs and restores fountain pens privately and at pen shows across the US. She is also an accomplished fine art black and white photographer and has had her photography on display in galleries and in art shows.
Norah was born in Haiti and recently graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University. She has been a vital member of our online sales and tradeshow team for years. In her free time, she volunteers at her church.
Christalie Windsor is in the professional world of management and marketing; however, she is also an experienced multimedia artist / designer. Highly skilled in digital graphics / motion graphics design, video production, and web design / development. She creates logos, flyers, banners, billboards, websites, commercials, special video projects. She currently manages and updates The Pen Family’s website, ensuring website quality and efficiency.
Born in Naples, Italy, Rosaria moved to New York with her family at a young age. Relocating to Miami, Florida over 10 years ago, she comes from four generations of jewelers. Plating was very attractive and creative for her. So she began creating her own colors and shades. Three years ago, she met our CEO and the offer was one she welcomed -- to be a part of this great company and family. To our customers, she says: "Thank you for trusting me with your very exclusive piece of art."
Tim Smith is the environmental graphic design team leader at BHDP Architecture, Cincinnati. Formerly, he was principal and creative director of Tim Smith Design. He has held vice-president and director level positions at some of the largest design firms in the United States, including FRCH Design Worldwide, RPA (now Fitch), marchFIRST, and LPK. He has designed some of our most recent packages -- from Bexley to the new ASC Studio line, coming soon.
Christian is a master of all things mechanical. Born in France, he has lived in the USA for over 25 years. When not inventing a racing motor machine, he's at work behind the scenes, making sure the interior mechanisms of all your fountain pens are running smoothly and effortlessly.
A master of the fountain pen industry, Jean-Luc has worked for over 20 years in the fountain pen industry in France. From design, to final assembly, he is a master craftsman of fountain pens, working for some of the top European brands. We are proud to have him in our family.