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Apogee Awards Honorees: Carlos M. Farah

In 1985, Mr. Carlos M. Farah co-founded Appelrouth, Farah & Co., P.A. In addition to maintaining the firm’s high level of service and integrity, Mr. Farah focuses his practice areas on Audit and Assurance and Business Advisory for privately owned and not-for-profit enterprises, as well as government agencies. Mr. Farah’s reputation in the International Tax and Transaction arena is second to none.

 

Fun fact: I have a green thumb, love plants, and like to work on my garden.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Michael’s Genuine

What do you like to do on weekends? Spending time with family.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Relaxing at home and watching sports.

What is your favorite quote? Life is filled with trials and tribulations, but perseverance will prevail.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? My father.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Starting my firm with my partner, Stewart Appelrouth, and building it to become one of the leading accounting/CPA firms in South Florida.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The 2008 recession was a difficult time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most challenging. The pandemic has impacted not just our business but our people—our employees, clients, families, and friends. COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives—our physical and mental health, our finances, our home life, and our livelihood. To overcome the challenges, we made our team’s safety and well-being the priority by shifting to remote work and virtual communication. We then implemented our disaster plan, generally reserved for hurricanes, to ensure that we continued to provide our clients the service they expect and deserve without interruption.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? In our digital age, emails and texts rule the day. In-person communication with clients, co-workers, and colleagues is vital to developing real and lasting business relationships. Of course, during the pandemic, video calls are a good substitute, but hopefully, we’ll get back to normalcy soon.

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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.