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!