Andrew L. Boutwell

Andrew L. Boutwell

Senior Managing Director, Head of Investment Management
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Andrew L. Boutwell

Senior Managing Director, Head of Investment Management

Andrew joined Forest Investment Associates in 2004 and currently serves as the Senior Managing Director, Head of Investment Management with responsibility to lead the company’s investment strategy and execution. Throughout his nearly two decades of forest investment experience, Andrew’s focus on understanding market dynamics and developing valuation strategies have resulted in the successful closing of over $3 billion in forest investments on behalf of FIA clients. His team has responsibility for the management and investment analysis for all FIA client portfolios, and this includes oversight for FIA’s in-house team of forest operations, aiming to deliver value for FIA clients through rigorous, active management. Andrew previously led FIA’s Real Estate Transactions Team before he took leadership of the combined Investment Management Team. Andrew is a member of FIA’s Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Board of Directors. 

Andrew majored in Forest Engineering and received an M.B.A. from Auburn University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and is a candidate member of the Association of Consulting Foresters.

What is your business philosophy?

My investment philosophy is based on value investing principles.  All land is not created equal, and due to the highly variable nature of the asset the market cannot value it efficiently.  Success over the long-term is best achieved by making decisions based on an understanding of intrinsic value and a rational assessment of the variables that will determine future cash flows.  To execute on a value investing strategy in a niche asset class, understanding behavioral motivations is especially important because of the limited number of market participants.  It’s possible to know the factors motivating your competitors and to incorporate this knowledge into your investment management strategy.  Bias exists and when investors rely on their sentiment (whether optimistic or pessimistic) it impacts how they assess probabilities.  Following a data driven, systematic approach while avoiding emotional assessments is the best approach to making rational long-term investment decisions, and results in better investment results for the investors.

Why did you choose this field / career path?

My mind has always been analytical, but my passion and my interests have always been in the land.  Aldo Leopold best describes my personal interest in land management: “What more delightful avocation than to take a piece of land and by cautious experimentation to prove how it works. What more substantial service to conservation than to practice it on one’s own land?”.  This interest to better understand how land works and recognize its value has driven me through my career.

What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned during your career?

I started my career with a strong desire to understand the asset and all the factors that impact the performance of investing in forests.  While understanding these things are important, I have learned that building long-term relationships and good systems are the two most important factors to the successful execution of an investment strategy.  It doesn’t matter how much you know about an investment or how it works if you don’t have the relationships and systems to execute the strategy.


“The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.” – Benjamin Graham


Forest Engineering
Auburn University, 2003
M.B.A. Business Administration
Auburn University, 2004


Society of American Foresters
Association of Consulting Foresters – Candidate Member


Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Investment Committee
Investment Management Team
Risk Management Committee

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