Charles Bogoian

Member Since 2012

Charles Bogoian

Co-Founder/COO

Kenai Sports

Hartford, Connecticut Area

After graduating from Babson College in 2008, Charles Bogoian teamed with another graduate, Phil Tepfer, to launch SailProud, a nautical sportswear company focused on transitional clothing able to be worn “both on and off the boat.” Before joining SailProud, Mr. Bogoian worked in the Finance Department for Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines in East Hartford, CT, as well as for the New Business Development Team at Madico, Inc., a window-film manufacturing company in Woburn, MA. Using the experiences of his advisory board as well as his own research, Charles began developing a green logistics network that he felt would be in line with the company’s mission and vision. His efforts were recognized when SailProud was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Greenest Businesses of 2009” by Startup Nation, a well-known entrepreneurial media outlet. Similar to Mr. Tepfer, Charles received numerous awards in 2010, including acceptance into the MassChallenge Incubator Program, as well as also being named one of the “Top 25 US Entrepreneurs Under 25” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. During 2011, Charles was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Businesses, and was named one of the “Visionary Entrepreneurs of the Year” by AMD. In November of that year, Charles was recognized by HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) through the Business Launch award, given to one new business in CT that demonstrates strong growth potential and the opportunity to flourish. Recently, Charles’ work at Kenai Sports earned him recognition as one of reSET Social Enterprise’s “Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” within the state of CT. Kenai Sports was simultaneously given the “Technology Trailblazer” distinction by CT Innovations, awarded to one young company throughout CT displaying a unique and innovative business model.


SKILLS

  • Agile and Lean Startups
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Development

RECENT CONTENT

August 25th, 2021

Looking For A COO? 10 Tactical Steps To Ensure You Hire The Right One

Chief operating officers (COOs) are important assets to every organization. This critical C-level role oversees the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the business they serve, as well as manages departmental leaders under their areas of purview.

August 3rd, 2021

13 Important Soft Skills to Look for in Job Candidates

When you are interviewing job applicants, there are certain “soft skills”—that is, non-technical skills that relate more to how you work with others and solve problems—that you should be on the lookout for, as these attributes are not usually spelled out on a candidate’s resume. Here, members from Young Entrepreneur Council share 13 underrated but important soft skills they look for when they are hiring new employees.

July 22nd, 2021

Eight Ways Leaders Can Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone

As a business leader, you may already possess ideal traits, such as assertiveness, adaptability and conscientiousness. But perhaps you've noticed that you're lacking in other areas in which you could become a better leader. The first step is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

June 3rd, 2021

15 Effective and Creative Ways to Market to Local Customers

As a new small business, engaging your community is crucial to getting your business off the ground. The goal is to nurture lasting relationships that will drive your revenue and increase brand awareness; however, forming genuine connections with members of your community requires strategy and patience.


COMPANY INFO

Kenai Sports

Kenai Sports is a unique and innovative sportswear brand that makes clothing out of trash - yes, trash - pulled from landfills across the country. Every day, we take tons of plastic bottles, cell phone cases, keyboards, and organic waste like coconut shells, corn husks, soybean shells, and more, and turn it into the world's best sportswear, here in North America - building jobs, supporting a weak economy, and strengthening our future. Our customers are college and university athletic programs, corporations, non-profits, and government offices, where we custom design performance sportswear for their teams, clubs, and employees. With product capabilities that range from simple t-shirts to sustainable jerseys, jackets, shorts, vests, and polos, Kenai is a one stop solution for quality, proven performance sportswear.


AREA OF FOCUS

  • Sustainability
  • Manufacturing
  • Social Innovation

INDUSTRY

Apparel & Fashion