Meet Bogati

Andrea Bogard LeBlanc

Owner


Bogati Urns owner and founder, Andrea Bogard LeBlanc came up with the idea of selling urns when only about 30% of Americans opted for cremation. After testing the concept at a funeral trade show in 2003 and receiving much positive feedback, she officially launched the company the next year from a small commercial location in St. Petersburg, FL with only two lead crystal urn designs. Since then, Andrea has grown the company to its fourth office/warehouse, which now houses hundreds of urn designs, styles, and memorial jewelry for humans and pets that are sold to funeral homes and crematories throughout the United States. Beyond the ever-growing demand for cremation, Andrea’s background and experience have been key to the company’s success. Her B.A. in Advertising and an A.S. in Nursing combine for the perfect skill set to creatively build a business in an industry rooted in care and empathy. Andrea also credits Bogati’s success to the people who help her make the business run. She particularly enjoys being able to offer talented people good positions throughout the company to forge a highly motivated, knowledgeable, and creative team to serve the funeral industry. A third-generation entrepreneur originally from Peoria, Illinois, Andrea moved to Florida in 1991. She’s married with two children and one spoiled rotten beagle-mix dog, Lily, who comes to work with her daily. She loves road trips and would rather take back roads than the interstate any day!

Kimber Dudek

Marketing and Promotions


Kimber joined Bogati Urns in 2019 with versatile corporate experience, from 15 years at assisting corporate clients with their incentive gift needs, to turning brides’ decor and flower visions into reality, both at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. She’s also a bookbinder who had her own handmade paper, books, and accessories shop in Alexandria, VA for many years. It is with these diverse credentials that Kimber leads Bogati’s Marketing and Promotions. Kimber lived in the Sarasota area as a teen and returned in 2018 to be closer to family.

Ken Dudek

Operations Manager


With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and 15 years’ experience in sales/sales management, Ken is in charge of ongoing client and prospect outreach as Bogati’s Sales Manager. He and his wife, Kimber, have lived in Sarasota since 2018 after spending the previous 15 years just south in Naples. When not at the office, Ken visits with his parents who retired in Ave Maria and spends as much time outside as possible golfing, walking the trails at Benderson Lake, doing minor landscaping projects at home, and grilling. His musical tastes run the gambit, from Vivaldi to Shinedown to Black Sheep. Ask him about it when you talk to him!

Zachary Lutz

IT Manager


Zack is proud to call Bogati Urns his first real job. As Bogati’s IT Manager, Zack is incharge of making both the user and office experience as optimal as possible. He manages everything from the websites, user experiences, and so much more. In his free time Zack consumes many different forms of media (Video Games, Movies, Youtube, etc...).

West Short

Graphics


West is a Sarasota based artist and illustrator in charge of the graphic design at Bogati Urn company. What started as an interest in drawing and linework eventually grew into a full fledge creative career ranging from freelance illustration work to website design and book publication artwork. Some of his work can be found under the artist series link.

Debbie Graff

Office Coordinator


As Bogati’s Office Coordinator, Debbie keeps the office shipshape by managing the shipping of 100’s of orders that leave our warehouse each day, and coordinating vendor and supply orders that are necessary for the day-to-day operations of the office. Originally from Rochester, New York, Debbie moved to Florida in 2015 with her husband, Ed. She has two daughters, two grandchildren, and three kitties, Rocky, Rose, and Autumn. She also loves the color purple and collects unicorns!

Silvia Engel-Suarez

Bilingual Customer Service Specialist


A native of Veracruz, Mexico with a degree in Education, Silvia is our newest member of our customer service team. Her proficiency in both English and Spanish is a benefit for our Spanish-speaking wholesale customers who prefer to conduct business in their native language. As a former owner of an insurance agency Silvia understands the importance of good customer service and her multiple business skills translate well into her current position. Silvia is also an artist and owner of Love Ashes, a company that sells high-end one-of-a kind fused glass jewelry, to businesses within the funeral industry. Married with three grown children, Silvia enjoys spending time with her family, the visual arts and baking.

Darcy Jahn

Territory Account Representative


A native Floridian who received her education from State College of Florida, Darcy has a varied background in sales from newspaper advertising to real estate and insurance, to most recently working with an entrepreneurial friend to grow a local brand of vodka. Darcy’s sunny disposition and joy of life translates well into her position in the jewelry department where she works with the team to manage inventory and fulfill orders for our customers. When she’s not working Darcy loves the outdoors, whether it’s being on the water, fishing, running, or playing golf. She’s also a proud mom to four grown children.

Alejandra Ter Hofstede

Sales - Latin America


Charlie Miller

Customer Service


Born in Dayton, Ohio, Charlie moved to Venice, Florida in 1970 where he graduated from high school. Retired from Merita Bread, where he worked for 27 years, Charlie wasn’t quite ready to retire for good and has been part of the warehouse team since 2018. An avid bowler and poker player, Charlie is a proud father and grandpa and enjoys spending his time with his family and friends discovering new things to do and places to discover around town.

Judy Harris

Customer Service Specialist


From strategic planning, to sales and retail management, to independent business ownership, Judy offers a diverse spectrum of professional expertise to the Bogati Urns team. Every day is unique, challenging, and fun in her role as Bogati’s Customer Service Specialist, and she particularly enjoys working and building relationships with the clients she serves.

Peggy Pascuzzi

Customer Service/Jewelry Dept.


Originally from Brooklyn, Peggy went to secretarial school and worked at a law firm before her two boys were born. She and her husband Jerry moved to Sarasota in 1994 where she had worked in different types of office settings (from a church to health care) before starting at Bogati Urns in 2013. Peggy has been a part of the company growth and is always willing to lend a hand and pitch in where help is needed. She splits her days between customer service and the jewelry department. And when she’s not working, Peggy loves to read, walk, exercise, and spend time with her family.

William Roker

Warehouse Assistant


A Florida native William grew up in Fort Lauderdale and moved to Sarasota in 2018. He started working with us in 2018 through a temporary labor company and as our business grew, he was able to come aboard as a full-time employee in 2020. As part of our warehouse team, William pulls, packs and checks customer orders and keeps errors to a minimum with his focus on attention to detail. A proud father of four, William enjoys riding his bike, going to church, as well as sewing and crocheting.

Marco Smith

Warehouse Assistant


A 2020 graduate of Booker High School where he was a linebacker, Marco is the newest team member of our growing warehouse department. You'll find him assisting with incoming shipments, pulling orders, and restocking shelves. He also helps prepare gifts for our quarterly customer appreciation program. When he’s not at work, Marco is an avid fisherman and enjoys playing video games, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

Randy Paine Jr.

Engraving


A Sarasota native and 2021 graduate of Sarasota High School, Randy is our newest member of our warehouse team and chose to begin his career with Bogati Urns. His proficient computer skills, attention to detail and willingness to learn, make him a natural for our engraving department where he has mastered our rotary engraver to personalize both metal urns and brass plates for customers. In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing guitar, and when possible, heads to Daytona to enjoy a Nascar race.

Charlotte Teets

Jewelry Department


A native of Sarasota, Charlotte has an extensive career in animal care, most recently working for Petco. A career change brought Charlotte to Bogati Urns where she fills customer orders for our vast and ever-growing selection of memorial pendants, bracelets, bangles and key chains in our jewelry department. A proud mother of three grown sons, Charlotte loves listening to music and spending time at many of the beaches along our beautiful coastline.

Martin Dzyr

Marketing Intern


Martin’s enthusiasm and love of marketing and business make him a good fit for our internship program. While at Bogati he’s learned a variety of skills from packing orders in the warehouse to social media marketing. A 2021 high school honors graduate, Martin is a student at the University of Tampa and studying International Business. Outside of school and work, Martin has varied interests that he shares with his family and friends from photography to going to the beach.
 
 
 
 
 

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