Meet NinaCarmen Monroe

Get to Know NinaCarmen Monroe!

At, we love letting our employees’ passions and talents determine where they’ll work best. In that spirit, Carmen began working for GBO writing product descriptions for the online catalog. Over the years, she’s helped with content creation, editing, training, and has assisted the Corporate Gift Specialists' team. Now, she’s very happy to be our Manager of Marketing and Business Development, where she devotes her sophisticated styling to managing content development, customer relations, and advertising.

Tell us about yourself. What's interesting or fun about you? What do you love to do and why?

I love my family, I love my job, I love animals, and I love to be busy! I have a houseful of cats and books and a kitchen where I whip up gourmet meals for my household whenever I have the time. I am almost never without a book or my e-reader so I can get a few pages in at the grocery store line or doctor’s office. I can never be completely still, so even when I watch movies or TV, I usually also make chain maille jewelry by hand.

What are your favorite holidays?

I’m a fan of what I call the American Winter Trifecta: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You might as well put any diet on the shelf and get ready to have some fun when these three holidays are coming. Halloween is unlike any other holiday I celebrate – I believe you’re never too old to dress up and become someone (or something) else for a little while. And – of course – there’s candy! Since I love to cook, Thanksgiving is like the pinnacle of the year. My family loves the traditional meal, but they also love to mix it up a bit, so finding the perfect balance between our age-old favorites and a delicious new tradition is always a fun challenge. And then Christmas! What’s not to like? Fun with family, cooking and baking, and finding the perfect gifts for the people you love.

What are your favorite products in the GBO catalog?

Every Christmas I drool over our big holiday hampers for delivery to UK like the Ultimate Gourmet Party Gift Box. It’s a delicious celebration in a box – smoked salmon, wine, shortbread, and just a ton of other gourmet goodies…one of these days, I’m going to London, just to have one delivered to me there.


Gourmet Platinum Gift Basket to USAChampagne Orchard Gift Basket to USAAll-Star Christmas Wine Trio Gift Basket to USA

What do you wish customers knew when they call in?

I wish every customer knew that economies are different around the world, and that we source our products locally. That means that the cost of one item can be markedly different depending on where you purchase it. Many of our customers are from America, and they – like me – are used to American prices for things like fine chocolates and spirits. Because of import and shipping costs at the wholesale level, these kinds of goods are more expensive, particularly in island countries; so when you see the same gift basket for different prices, remember – we’re not doing anything funny, we’re simply pricing each made-to-order basket based on the current prices of local goods.


Since you're so awesome and talented, and could clearly work anywhere, what makes you love working at

At GBO, every team member is important – and you can feel it. My ideas and opinions are respected and even used to change the website and the company itself. I am free to make my own schedule (except at the busiest times of the year). Most importantly, I love the people I work with. My colleagues aren’t just co-workers, or even friends – here at GBO, we really are a family. Who could ask for anything more?

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