Protecting Communities & Lions Event

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As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, a gathering of minds and hearts took place on April 17th. The event, dedicated to wildlife conservation and community development, featured the esteemed Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, a visionary in the field of conservation.

Dr. Lichtenfeld, co-founder of African People & Wildlife, has spent over two decades in Tanzania, fostering a world where communities and wildlife not only coexist but flourish together. Her approach is holistic, integrating the needs of wildlife with the aspirations of local communities.

The evening began with Dr. Lichtenfeld sharing captivating stories from the African savannah — tales of majestic lions, elusive leopards, and communities working hand-in-hand to protect these creatures. She emphasized the importance of empowering rural communities as environmental stewards, highlighting successful initiatives that have turned former poachers into protectors.

One of the key messages from Dr. Lichtenfeld’s talk was the concept of “win-win” solutions. These are strategies that benefit both the wildlife and the people who live alongside them. By using innovative techniques like building living walls to prevent human-wildlife conflict, African People & Wildlife has created a model for conservation that others can follow.

The audience was particularly moved by Dr. Lichtenfeld’s passion for elevating rural women as leaders in conservation. She shared the inspiring program of women who participate in the Mama Asali Enterprise Center assisting women with honey production, an effective path to both increase cash income and protect wild habitat. With the right support and resources, have become powerful agents of change in their communities.

As the event concluded, the attendees were left with a sense of hope and a call to action. Dr. Lichtenfeld’s insights provided a clear path forward for conservation efforts — one that involves collaboration, respect for local knowledge, and a deep commitment to the natural world.

The Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, with its commitment to community engagement, proved to be the perfect backdrop for an event of this magnitude. It was a night that will undoubtedly ripple through the waters of change, inspiring all who attended to play a part in the conservation of our planet’s precious wildlife.

Conclusion

Dr. Lichtenfeld’s work reminds us that the future of wildlife conservation is intertwined with the well-being of local communities. Her message is clear: when we work together, we can create a sustainable future where both wildlife and people thrive.

Resources

For more on Dr. Lichtenfeld’s work and African People & Wildlife, visit their website.

To learn about upcoming events at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, check out their calendar.

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OUR TEAM

Andrew Hill

Andrew “Andy”
D. W. Hill, CFA

President and
Co-Founder

Jennifer Figurelli

Jennifer R.
Figurelli, CTFA

Managing Director
and Co-Founder

Elicha D.
Moore

Client Concierge
Representative

Sean
O'Brien

Associate
Financial Analyst

Andrew Hill

Andrew “Andy” D. W. Hill, CFA

President & Co-Founder

Andrew (“Andy”) D.W. Hill has more than 30 years of portfolio management experience. He currently serves as the President of Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, a Naples-based boutique investment advisory firm that he co-founded in 2010 with long-time business partner Jennifer Figurelli. Since its inception, the firm has steadily grown to more than $180 million in client assets under management.

Prior to forming his own firm, Andy was a Senior Portfolio Manager and regional Chief Investment Officer with two regional Trust banks. While working at both institutions, Andy served in various nationwide investment strategy capacities, including forming asset allocation recommendations and political research.

Andy holds an MBA from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius University and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a Past President of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Naples. Andy has been honored with induction into the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society and induction into the Canisius University DiGamma Honor Society.

Frequently interviewed by the media on the financial markets, Andy’s comments are often quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, Naples Daily News and Fort Myers News-Press. He also has appeared on CNBC and FOX.

In addition to his responsibilities with Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, Andy is a frequent speaker on the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into equity research. In 2023, he was re-appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on the Big Cypress Basin Board. Andy also currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Andy is married to Dr. Susan M. Liberski and they have a German Shepherd dog, “Ranger”. In his spare time, Andy enjoys spending time with family, fishing on his boat and relaxing at his second home in Chokoloskee, Fla.

Jennifer Figurelli

Jennifer R. Figurelli, CTFA

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Jennifer R. Figurelli, CTFA, has more than 25 years of experience in Trust and Estate Administration. She currently serves the Managing Director of Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, Inc., a Naples-based boutique investment advisory firm that she co-founded in 2010 with long-time business partner Andrew Hill. Since its inception the firm has steady grown to more than $180 million in client assets under management.

Prior to forming the firm, Jennifer was a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with a national Trust bank. A native Floridian, Jennifer has lived in Naples since 1976. She has significant experience working with individuals who are undergoing a transition, such as retirement, death of a spouse or loved one, divorce, college expense planning, and special needs situations.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern College and holds a Legal Assistants Certificate from Florida Atlantic University. She is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association Graduate Trust School and has earned the Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) designation. Figurelli also is a licensed Investment Advisor Representative in the State of Florida (Series 65).

Outside of her responsibilities with Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, Jennifer is actively involved in her community. She has volunteered with various organizations, including The David Lawrence Foundation, Youth Haven, Habitat for Humanity, Ave Maria University and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Trinity Life Foundation of Naples, Inc. and is a Committee Member for Southwest Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America in Troop 165. Jennifer also is a graduate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Collier Class of 2015.

Jennifer has been married to Michael Figurelli for 20 years and they have two children, Dante and Ginger, as well as a Shih-Poo dog “Popeye” and a domestic cat “Lovey “Dovey”. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors.

Elicha D. Moore

Client Concierge Representative

Elicha Moore joined Andrew Hill Investment Advisors in July 2017, bringing several years of professional experience to the financial firm. Most recently, she served as an office manager at Cinnabar Design. Previously, she worked as an administrative associate at Leo Jr. Landscaping, as an executive assistant at La Mer and as an administrative assistant at Taylored Food Concepts in Champaign, Illinois.

As a student at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, Sean O’Brien has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Sean has internship experience as a Logistics Coordinator and Financial Analyst, and equity analysis through the Golden Griffin Fund program – Canisius’ student-run investment portfolio. Alongside his position at Andrew Hill Investment Advisors, Sean currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Economics & Finance department at Canisius while pursuing his MBA.

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