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2021 Real Estate Awards Honoree: Laurie Dubow

Laurie Dubow brings a unique perspective as a leader and expert. She is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Broker and Business Broker with degrees in Psychotherapy and Business Administration. Laurie mentors her Team of 40 Realtors, teaches workshops, is a published author of more than 40 articles, and has been the Real Estate Editor of Attorney at Law Magazine. With broad experience testifying in court as an expert witness, Laurie has become a go-to person for many attorneys and other professionals. Known as a “Real Estate Concierge,” Laurie’s mission is to help professionals and her clients make critical decisions about their homes, their businesses and their lives. Participating and leading many organizations, boards and charitable organizations, she believes in giving back to the community. Laurie values most her relationships with family, friends, clients and colleagues, and strives to always make a positive contribution to every endeavor.

Favorite Quote: “Real Estate is not about brick and mortar. It is about people making important decisions about their homes, their businesses, and their lives.”

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? There have been many challenges over the years, and whenever I am faced with a difficult career or personal decision, I remember the values that I learned from my parents through their unconditional love and their example of treating others with respect and compassion.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? When I received the honor of being awarded “Real Estate Broker of the Year” by the Realtors’ Association, and when I was recognized with a National Leadership Award from the National Association of Divorce Professionals.

What inspired you to make Real Estate a career? After practicing psychotherapy for 20 years, I became involved in a Real Estate transaction that changed my life! I realized that I could help many more people in a more meaningful way through Real Estate, and this was the perfect way to combine my background in Psychology with my business background. 

What was the most memorable sale or deal you’ve had in the past year? Having the opportunity to work with the owner of the Sports Immortals franchise to list and sell his Landmark Boca Raton building and the accompanying land. Through our mutual understanding, I found a deep appreciation in the fact that the museum represented a lifetime of achievement and a love for everything that sports embody.

When in 2020 did you realize that something major was happening in South Florida Real Estate? About a week after the pandemic was announced, I started to receive phone calls from people asking to buy properties without seeing them in person. At that moment, I knew that I would need to change my paradigm and soon realized that our world would never be the same.

Who was your most helpful mentor in the business? My dad is my mentor and inspiration. He was a Real Estate Attorney, and he taught me that this is not about creating deals, but it is about creating relationships. Finding a win-win in every transaction is accomplished through respect, integrity, and compromise. 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.