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70 C-Suite Executives Build New Home for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County

Over 70 CEOs and senior-level business leaders in South Florida ditched their offices to help construct a home for a local mom during Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County’s annual CEO Build fundraising event presented by CP Group and Rack Electric. The event’s co-chairs recruited the leaders, Angelo Bianco, Managing Partner at CP Group, and Jesse Rack, Vice President at Rack Electric, who came together to demonstrate “Corporate Leadership in Action” by raising funds and awareness for the need for affordable housing. 

The house will eventually be purchased by Rose Geneus, a local mother of one. She works as a healthcare facility supervisor and is excited to partner with Habitat to build stability for her daughter. The mother-daughter duo currently lives in a small studio apartment and for the last five years, had to move every year due to continuous increases in rent. After completing a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity, financial education courses and home maintenance workshops, the Geneus Family will purchase the house from Habitat with an affordable 30-year, zero-interest mortgage. 

“It is truly a life-changing opportunity that otherwise would not be possible without the generosity of the CEO Builders, and from the top to the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful,” Rose says. 

During the CEO Build experience, Habitat’s president and CEO, Jennifer C. Thomason and co-chairs emphasized the need for affordable housing by encouraging attendees to support Habitat’s mission year-round. The group was joined by Florida State Senator Lori Berman, Palm Beach Commissioner Mack Bernard, and Faith in Florida Leader Rev. Rae Whitley for an affordable housing panel discussion moderated by Kristyn Cox of Thrive Collective during Friday’s lunch program. 

“We hope by bringing together high-profile corporate leadership, government officials, and the communities we serve through events like CEO Build, we can shine a light on the critical need for affordable housing and collaboratively work together to address it,” Thomason says. 

This year’s CEO Build was sponsored by CP Group, Rack Electric, South Florida Business & Wealth, Akel Homes, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Butters Construction, Capitol Lighting, CJM Construction, Cushman & Wakefield, Distinctive Workforce Solutions, El-Ad National Properties/ALINA Residences, James H & Marta T Batmasian Family Foundation, Mainstreet Capital Partners, Moraca Builders, Penn Florida, Sunflower Landscaping and Maintenance, The Home Depot Foundation, Vertical Bridge, Boca Raton Airport, First Republic Bank, Wietsma & Lippolis Construction, Modernizing Medicine, AvalonBay Communities, First Horizon Foundation, Milwaukee Tools, Imperial Roofing, Pebb Capital, Gator Gypsum, GRS Community Management, Law Offices of L.H. Lodge, P.A., Jerry DeFalco Advertising, Las Olas Capital Advisors, Valley Bank, Square 2 Capital, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Grimes Events & Party Tents. 

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is a 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The nonprofit was founded in 1991 and serves low-income families, veterans, and seniors in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. 

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Drew Limsky

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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.