Know Your Show-er: Nina Castrucci
When she's not servicing your trade shows and conferences, she's busy spending time with her family and catching up on her favorite shows. Here's a closer look into the life of one of our top-notch Account Managers, Nina Castrucci.
Name: Nina Castrucci
Occupation: Account Manager
Years of Service: 10 (3 at MYS and 7 at GBM)
Do you have a favorite MYS-specific story/memory?
Oh gosh, there are so many great MYS stories. Probably my favorite, though, is the first time I had a training call with a client and had Chad sat in on the call with me. I was so nervous and when we were on the call, I started talking, panicked, and literally just stopped talking. My nerves got the best at me and I just looked at Chad to take over for me. Luckily, Chad saved the day. I didn’t find it funny at the time, but now that I look back, I think it’s pretty hilarious. Chad doesn’t let me forget it either!
What are the best parts of Cincinnati and its surrounding area?
I think the best part of Cincinnati is that you get the city vibes, but small-town feel. It’s not too big of a city. I like that it doesn’t take me too long to get places. Where I live, I’m pretty central to everything. I also love the local specialties here. I love Skyline, Frisch’s Big Boy, United Dairy Farmer’s Ice Cream, and so many other things. Everything is great in Cincinnati except the weather and potholes!
If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be?
There are so many to choose from. I think it would be cool to be in a show like Gilmore Girls (I mean, who wouldn't want Lorelai Gilmore as their mom?), Grace & Frankie, or Hart of Dixie. Those shows touch on serious things but are light-hearted.
Was it odd growing up around this company and now coming to work for it every day?
Not at all! My mom has worked for Gardner Business Media, our parent company, for over 40 years, so a lot of people here have known me since I was born. I loved growing up around this company. I always felt at home and still do. When I was a kid, I used to joke around with the president of the company and leave him funny notes on his desk. Now that I work here, I love it. So much so that I brought my boyfriend, now husband, on to work here.
You and your husband have a newborn baby; any stories or advice you’d share with soon-to-be parents?
Everyone is going to give you advice on what you should do or shouldn’t do. My best advice is to do what you feel is best for you and your baby. Every baby is different. Every situation is different. What works for one may not work for you or your baby. You don’t have to listen to what everyone else tells you. Just enjoy every moment with your baby. It goes by so fast.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’m a pretty open book so there really isn’t much that people don’t know about me. When I was younger I was a heavy sleepwalker. I would always sleepwalk from my bedroom to the living room or my parents' room. One time on vacation, I slept walk out the front door of our condo and walked to the railing. When I woke up, I was leaning over the railing. Had I not woke up, I would have fallen. I spent the next 10-15 minutes running up and down the hall banging on doors and windows because I couldn’t get back into my condo and I was so scared. Eventually, my grandma woke up and let me back in. Safe to say, I don’t sleepwalk anymore.
Who should be featured on the blog next?
I know he is going to be so thrilled, but let’s go with my pal Tony Melvin.