Kent Bogdan

Freelance Graphic Designer & Industrial Designer

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Location:Troy, Michigan, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/kentbogdan
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Accomplished professional with global experience in strategic planning, design and product development and cross-functional team leadership. Knowledge of multiple manufacturing processes, advantages and limitations.Consistent track record of building strong collaborative partnerships implementing highly effective results.

Design Director 2010-2012
Shinerich International Detroit, MI | Birmingham, AL | Shenzhen, China
- Responsible for product development and design for outdoor heating programs for
Lowe’s, True Value, Academy and Home Depot
- Developed and designed grill programs for True Value, Academy, ACE Hardware, Walmart
Canada and Viking Culinary Group
- Delivered several new product offerings resulting in nearly $15 million increase in revenue
- Directed multidisciplinary design teams of 8 designers in the United States and China
- Launched outdoor product line for private retail brand including portable propane heaters
and camping stoves
- Created multiple product brands, corporate identities and graphic designs for internal private
brands and retail use
- Planned, coordinated and attended trade shows throughout the United States, Europe
and China

Design Director 2006-2010
Sagittarius Sporting Goods - Fujian Chantai Chenyi Industries Detroit, MI | Xiamen, China
- Successfully developed and launched Adidas lacrosse protective line
- Developed and designed gas grill program with Lowe’s, increasing production of 225,000 units
- Awarded 3 new SKU’s with Lowe’s for 2010 selling season
- Established client partnership with Sear’s to develop multiple gas grill styles for the
Kenmore brand
- Awarded 2 new SKU’s with Sears for 2010 selling season
- Designed “Lexington” brand pontoon boats, interior color and trim on all models
- Energized and led the internal design and engineering team of 10 people
- Managed and designed graphic design components to support products, packaging,
POS, and logos
Design Manager

Design Manager 2005-2006
New Balance | Warrior Lacrosse Detroit, MI
- Managed design and manufacturing teams throughout product design and production
- Increased ergonomics and technology for protective eye wear and player gloves with new
materials and sizing standards
- Defined design and aesthetics of men’s and women’s product and equipment lines in 2005
and 2006
- Responsible for increasing women’s lacrosse equipment and apparel line by 25% in 2005
- Negotiated materials costs with vendors and determined inventory needs for entire protective
equipment line
- Raised brand awareness and marketplace superiority across product line with innovative
equipment features, trends and design styles
- Designed and managed all product packaging, e-commerce, sales collateral and
trade show materials
- Hired and mentored 3 junior designers and expanded product development group by 150%

Senior Designer 2002-2005
Push Twenty Two Pontiac MI
- Responsible for expanding and producing integrated corporate media and brand management
across multiple design disciplines
- Established strategic partnerships with clients incorporating identity standards and usage
guidelines creating business value and increased recognition
- Maintained and increased client relationships with in-depth and cutting edge creative work and
professional business acumen
- Played a key role in the merger or creative teams of Greenspot marketing and Ideas & Images to create Push Twenty Two, doubling client list and increasing staff
- Implemented “Hours Per Client” initiative resulting in a design process achieving increased
productivity, yet minimized overall project hours throughout project phases
- Increased revenue through exceptional client communication, creative development and design
team execution

Senior Designer 1999-2001
Cohere Networks Englewood, CO
- Worked with developers to define, create and apply a daily working model and process, unique
for the core business objectives
- Contributed to staffing entire creative and development teams, assigning responsibilities,
expectations and accountability
- Responsible for creating corporate identity and usage guidelines while aligning company with
key market assets
- Created online identities, organizing features and capabilities focusing on clients’ core
applications, uses and benefits
- Managed the design and programming process, identifying effective procedures and aligning
both departments

College for Creative Studies College of Art and Design Detroit, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Design

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Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Industrial Design