New Member Spotlight: Andrew Boccia

10/05/2017 3:39 PM | Jessica Lawson

Time to get to know another new EMERGE Lakeland member! You'll never believe all the places Andrew has lived! Read below to learn more about him.

Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
A: I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I have lived in Las Vegas, Miami, Thailand, Hungary, and Malta before moving to the area. I did a lot of regional traveling in each area as well.

Q: What do you do?
A: I launched a Real Estate Private Equity Fund last year which I work actively on to both raise capital and find sufficient investment opportunities to deploy the capital raised. We raised 200K at launch and are currently up to almost 900K in capital raised in under 1 year.

Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
A: It's challenging!

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I was a professional poker player for 9 years and still sometimes play for fun, including a recent 4th place right here in Florida. I enjoy most forms of competition.

Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
A: My involvement is mostly business related through both counsel of friends/acquaintances, and the employment of others.

Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
A: They should ask me about how alternative investments work (but disclaimer Andrew is not a registered investment advisor and does not hold himself out to be one) and how they can compliment various portfolio strategies. Alternatives are pretty misunderstood and most of the advice out there is pretty poor.

Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
A: It's a very dynamic city making most real estate decision quite tricky and speculative, but thats okay, I enjoy puzzles!

Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
A: I want to be better at networking.

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