Andrew M. Lovett Age 53, Born in Toronto, Ontario Canada: Director of several mining operations both in the USA and Africa, business entrepreneur for more than 30 years.
Andrew’s business experience started at the age of 22 when he operated his first company AML enterprises Inc., AML was a marketing and advertising firm which he grew to more than 1,200 employees and 11 offices in the state of California, where he grew up.
After selling the company in 1987, Andrew began his life journey into the Mining industry working on several domestic operations in the deserts of California and Nevada. Running and operating heavy equipment and working with complex mining ores to recover Gold, Platinum and other precious and base metals, lead to opening a refinery in Long Beach California.
After several years of work, Mining and Refining ores for his company and others, lead Andrew to seek opportunity in West Africa. Traveling to Sierra Leone to Mine for Gold was the direction of the company, however after establishing a company in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Andrew began mining and buying rough Diamonds in Country. This proved to be a very good direction for the company. Early success was found in Sierra, only to be short lived with the civil war escalating and not wanting to be a part of the conflict, he left Sierra in 1994. Returning back to Guinea, West Africa in 1998 and re-establishing the Company back into mining, buying and exporting of rough diamonds.
Success was again found and Andrew became the largest exporter of rough diamonds from Guinea, West Africa with more than 185,000 carats in 1999. In 2000 Andrew started a jewelry manufacturing and diamond cutting facility in south Florida, Fynex Inc. completing a fully integrated company from “Mine to Market”.
Continuing operations in Guinea till 2004, when the war was ending in Sierra Leone, Andrew returned in 2006 and again re-established operations in Sierra Leone and opened a wholesale diamond office in Antwerp, Belgium where the company operated till the end of 2014.
During this time, in June of 2011 Andrew listed the company publicly on the Open Exchange in Frankfurt, and again in 2013 on the OTC Market in the USA.
Currently, Andrew directs and overseas the company’s projects in Utah and Nevada.
Sean Abbananto was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and joins the Safari Minerals team as CMO bringing with him over 30 years in the marketplace. His varied experience in the speaking, sales, marketing, firefighting, airline, entertainment, major league baseball and behavioral medicine industries give him a unique insight and ability to understand people and market trends.
Sean began speaking and consulting sixteen years ago and this only increased his understanding of how people think and what they truly want. This unique insight has allowed Sean to create major engagement wherever he goes.
As the VP of marketing with Gener8Xion Entertainment Sean created a grassroots marketing street team of over sixteen thousand people across the country in only six months. He then launched EFL Nutritionals in 2011 and with his marketing strategy grew EFL Nutritionals to over a million in sales in the first twelve months.
Sean has traveled nationwide as a keynote speaker for organizations igniting employee engagement and creating a culture of success. He understands the power of and the pathway to engagement. From the trenches to the boardroom he has lived the process and discovered how to create lasting engagement at every level.
Sean is heading up the sales and marketing for Safari Minerals. Safari Minerals is being uniquely positioned as an industry leader not only in its creative approach to mining but in its revolutionary products and marketing strategy in the marketplace.
Gaston Wilson, CPA joins Safari Minerals team as our CFO and brings over 25 years of Finance & Accounting experience from Public and Private practices.
Gaston is the founder and President of Gaston Wilson, CPA, PA, a consulting practice formed in 2003 which provides financial consulting, guidance and interim CFO/Controller functions to business owners, finance departments and entrepreneurial management teams.
His employed positions over his career include various Vice President and Director Level roles in multiple industries. Gaston also is a veteran of Public Practice, having spent 5 years with Ernst & Young in their professional services Business Assurance practice early in his career.
Gaston continues to hold his Certified Public Accountant License issued in 1995 by the state of North Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington (Magna Cum Laude). He is also the sitting Treasurer for Hands On Charlotte, a local Nonprofit Organization in Charlotte, NC.