Bogdan’s career in footwear, which lasted for more than 40 years, began in New Hampshire, where he sold shoes at a local retailer. After relocating to New York in 1948, he worked at the former Oppenheim Collins as a sales rep. Eleven years later, Bogdan left for Macy’s, where he was the women’s shoe buyer.
In 1966, Bogdan joined Associated Merchandising Corp. as the product manager for shoes. He continued at the company for 24 years, eventually taking the position of divisional product and merchandising manager. Bogdan was also a lifetime member of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.
Overall, his favorite part about the industry was building relationships with colleagues, according to his son Rick Bogdan. He was best known for spearheading international expansion at AMC and often traveled to China, Italy and Spain for the company. “He was a big shot in terms of developing factories overseas,” said Rick.