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Naples Investment Expert Speaks at Gulf Coast Venture Forum Kick-off Meeting


Andrew D.W. Hill of Comerica Bank reviewed the current investment climate, including the fundamental, technical and behavioral economics at work in today’s economy.

Naples, FL, November 15, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Gulf Coast Venture Forum (GCVF) in association with the Florida Venture Forum and the Economic Development Council of Collier County kicked off its 2008-2009 season with a presentation by Naples investment strategist, Andrew D.W. Hill. The October meeting was at the Naples Grande Resort and Club.

Mr. Hill serves as Vice President -Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Manager: Dynamic Strategy at Comerica Bank. With over sixteen years of investment research and management experience, he joined Comerica Bank in September 2006. Hill has a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cansius College.

Hill gave an economic overview in the shadow of the presidential election and discussed the recent volatility in the world stock markets. He also reviewed the current investment climate, including the fundamental, technical and behavioral economics at work in today’s economy.

Hill says, “The combined actions of the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and other worldwide government agencies should begin to improve the credit markets, however the timing of an improvement in the financial markets is more challenging given the massive de-leveraging within the economy.”

Additional Gulf Coast Venture Forum Meetings for 2008-2009 are scheduled for Thursdays on the following dates: November 13, 2008; December 4, 2008; January 8, 2009; February 12, 2009; March 12, 2009; April 9, 2009; and May 14, 2009. These meetings will be held from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. at Tiburon Golf Course Clubhouse, 2620 Tiburon Drive in Naples.

The purpose of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum is to promote the success of Southwest Florida's new and emerging businesses by bringing together the best entrepreneurs, early stage venture capital firms and Angel Investors. They promote the success of the region's new and emerging businesses by bringing together entrepreneurs, educational resources, capital providers, and service providers. The group also offers informative educational programs presented by seasoned, recognized professionals and business people, providing a place for the sharing and exchange of business and technical experience. Members of the GCVF meet monthly to hear about local investment opportunities, and they also offer informative educational programs presented by seasoned, recognized professionals and business people, providing a place for the sharing and exchange of business and technical experience. To encourage capital investments in Southwest Florida businesses, the GCVF seeks to identify sources of private equity investment and venture capital. Gulf Coast Venture Forum is always open to new members. Monthly meetings are scheduled October through June each year. GCVF is also available to provide speakers to local organizations who want to learn more about the purpose of the GCVF and local investment opportunities. Interested parties are encouraged to view www.gcvf.com or call 239-262-6300 for more information.

The Florida Venture Forum, Inc. is Florida’s premier statewide support group for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneurial networking group, the Florida Venture Forum educates entrepreneurs and assists them in identifying sources of venture capital. In the early part of each year, The Florida Venture Forum hosts the Venture Capital Conference. The 18th Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference will be held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples on February 3 and February 4, 2009. Throughout the year, the Forum also provides monthly programs on a statewide basis. For additional information, please visit the Forum’s web site at www.floridaventureforum.org or e-mail pat@floridaventureforum.org.

Since 1992, the Florida Venture Forum has hosted the annual Florida Venture Capital Conference. The purpose of the conference, held every year in January/February, is to showcase high growth companies looking for equity financing before a nationwide audience of venture capitalists and investment bankers. Over the past 17 years, former presenters of the Conference have been successful in raising over $1.6 Billion. The 2007 Conference raised $163.4 million. Since the January 2008 Conference, presenters have raised over $29 million.

The Economic Development Council of Collier County (EDC) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to be an effective force in improving the quality of life for all people in Collier County by promoting economic development initiatives which will diversify the economy, create high-wage value-added jobs, increase the average wage, facilitate capital formation, preserve and enhance the natural environment, and enable all county residents to have a meaningful opportunity for upward mobility. For more information about the EDC's programs and services, please visit www.eNaplesFlorida.com or call 239-263-8989.

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