Andrea Bogard LeBlanc
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 and receiving much positive feedback, in 2004 she officially launched the company 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 - and accomplished careers in both areas - 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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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Meet Lily, our in house pup. With a keen ear she listens for the showroom doorbell and is always prepared to greet our local wholesale customers and delivery service drivers with the wag of her tail. Lily has grown up in the business and has been coming to work since she was eight weeks old. When she’s not chasing squirrels on the property or napping she can be found making the rounds from the office to the warehouse to say ‘hello’ to the team.