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2022 Up and Comers Honoree: Gianna Lucia Blanco

Gianna Lucia Blanco was born in Venezuela and raised in Miami by Italian parents. Her parents raised her on a vegetarian diet, which sparked her interest in plant-based cuisine. Throughout college, Blanco worked at different Miami-based hotels and restaurants, which confirmed her passion for food and hospitality. As a commercial real estate broker, Blanco connected her passion to her career by focusing on transactions involving restaurant groups and retailers. She especially loves any opportunity to help a plant-based restaurant concept enter or expand in the South Florida market. Outside of work, Blanco enjoys sunset bike rides over the Rickenbacker causeway and weekend paddleboarding around Sunrise Harbor. She has broad experience representing buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in South Florida’s tri-county retail market. Her primary transaction focus is tenant representation for restaurants and medical retailers.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS YEAR?
My biggest professional accomplishment this year was winning the leasing assignment for “The Harbor Shops of Fort Lauderdale,” with my partners, Jeremy Larkin and Claire Holash. The Harbor Shops is a nationally anchored shopping center previously represented by a corporate real estate firm for many years. This listing was a huge win for the firm and should pave the way for additional strong listings in the Broward market. Since we’ve had the assignment, we’ve closed two deals and have three more in the pipeline.

My biggest personal accomplishment will be delivering my first child in November.

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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.