March 30, 2015

Executive Women

Trendsetters - Oct. 2006

Mike Vogel | 10/1/2006
Right Moves - Abigail Bogan Ackerman

The Business:
Bogan Supply was founded by her father, M.P. Bogan, and uncle, Lee M. Bogan, in 1932. The wholesale plumbing distributor now has $24 million in annual sales, 65 employees, six warehouse stores and three showrooms at eight sites stretching from Mobile, Ala., to Panama City.

Her story:
A Pensacola native, Ackerman became active in the business in 1974 after graduating from the University of West Florida in 1972, rose to vice president and took over in 2005 as CEO upon the death of her brother, M.P. Bogan Jr. She's 56.

Quote:
"Our numbers in the last six years have doubled. I just feel like we're in the right place at the right time."

Worst part:
"I'm in my office more than I want to be. I don't get to see my special customers as much."

Family:
Husband, County Court Judge David Ackerman; daughter, Carissa Ackerman, a New York clothing designer.

Runner:
Three miles a day.

Recent books:
A biography of Alexander Hamilton, historical fiction on Caesar and Cleopatra and a business book on branding.

Civic:
Guild member for the Manna Food Bank, past board member and longtime supporter of the American Diabetes Association.?

Notables

Laura Kelley, 46, deputy executive director, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, and former executive director and financial adviser for the Florida Transportation Commission

Jan Risi, 46, CEO, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, the 75-employee, Miami-based Subway franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative

CPA Tyra Tutor, 37, senior vice president, corporate development, MPS Group, Jacksonville, overseeing 28 people in marketing, strategic sales, investor relations and public relations

Andrea Orr, 39, director of business sales, Verizon Wireless in Florida.

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