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The Bouqs Company was founded with the bold intention of bringing romance and delight back to what was once a noble exchange: the giving and receiving of flowers.
Grounded in transparency, responsibility and simplicity, we create genuine moments of emotional connection for our customers, build meaningful relationships with like-minded farmers and florists while empowering them to thrive, and eliminate unnecessary waste along the way.
The Bouqs Company creates a special experience by implementing core values that make flower gifting trustworthy and reliable.
  • Responsible labor practices: Our farm partners respect and care for their employees, offering competitive living wages and some services such as health care, on-site childcare and adult education.
  • Eco-friendly: We only work with sustainable, eco-friendly farms that are certified by third party agencies, such as Veriflora and The Rainforest Alliance.
  • Transparency: The price you see listed is the price you get at checkout – no surprise “care & handling” or shipping fees.
  • Cut-To-Order: Our Farm-to-Table Bouqs are cut-to-order, meaning we only cut what we sell which eliminates unnecessary waste by up to 50%.
  • Quality: A Bouq is just 2-4 days old upon delivery and can last up to 3 weeks with proper care. 
  • Happiness Guarantee: Our customer service team cares about keeping people happy, and it’s one of the top reasons our customers stick with us.

About the founders/CEO:

The Bouqs was founded in late 2012 by John Tabis (CEO) and Juan Pablo Montúfar (Chief Supply Chain Officer). They met at University. 
Prior to The Bouqs Company, Tabis worked in corporate brand strategy at The Walt Disney Co. and ShoeDazzle, and management consulting at Bain & Company. Tabis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned his MBA with honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he studied on fellowship.
Montúfar grew up on his family’s farm in Ecuador, where he currently resides with his family, overseeing the relationships with South American supplier farms and overall operations and logistics for The Bouqs Company. The third-generation farmer moved to the United States to attend the University of Notre Dame, and earned both a B.S. degree in biochemistry and his MBA. Before returning back to his roots in the floral industry, Montúfar worked in the United States as a research associate at biotechnology firm Neugenesis Corporation and then as a finance consultant for international insurance giant CUNA Mutual Group. Montúfar moved back home to Ecuador to work for Fiorentina Flowers, a renowned rose farm, as Director of Sales & Operations for two years before starting The Bouqs Company.
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