It all begun in September of 1887 when Felix H. Fornaro, a Swiss citizen, left his home in Rapperswil, St Galen and came to Greece to establish a representations office, based in Athens.
Felix H. Fornaro started by representing the ‘Comptoir des Quincailleries Reunies de l’Est’, a union of French factories at the time that wanted to expand its business in East Europe. Felix H. Fornaro, who since 1900 was working with his two sons Edmond and Felix, developed the business for the union in places like Turkey, Russia, and Romania, where he established representative offices, which he managed from Athens. Felix H. Fornaro was also one of the founding members (the only foreigner) of the first Society of Commerce of Athens in 1902.
One of his two sons, Edmond, took personal charge of the representative office in Istanbul in 1910, but the war made him close the office in October of 1914 and return in Athens.
When Felix H. Fornaro passed away in 1912, both of his sons continued his successful course. They formed the ‘F.Fornaro’ agency and further developed the business by expanding its scope on products. Edmond F. Fornaro died in 1924 and it was up to Felix F. Fornaro to drive the business forward. Until the time of his death in 1940, Felix run an excellent business with the agency, while he created and developed other businesses as well.
When Felix’s wife, Lilian Fornaro, and his nephew, Antoine E. Fornaro, took charge of the representations business they formed the ‘Fornaro & Co’ enterprise. Antoine, who was Edmond’s son, was already involved with the business since 1932, and so together with Lilian they managed to get by the difficult years during and right after the war in Greece and keep the business running. After that period, the business, which was now focused in the Greek market, started to grow again.
After Antoine’s E. Fornaro early death in June of 1963, his son, Felix A. Fornaro, took charge of the representations office at a very young age. He named it back to ‘F. Fornaro’ and begun to grow the business both in terms of representations handled and in overall sales. After 40 years in the business, he has peronally built most of what the Fornaro representations is today.
Irene – Louise and Antonios are now the fifth generation of the Fornaro family in charge of the representations business. In 2007, they incorporated the business and named it Fornaro Business Agency. Trained at some of the best institutions of the world and armed with professional skills and years of experience in complimentary industries, they are set to lead the tradition of the Fornaro representations business in the 21st century.