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Apogee Awards Honorees: J.C. de Ona

J.C. de Ona is Southeast Florida Division President of Centennial Bank, a community bank with more than 165 branches in the U.S. He is responsible for overseeing the continued growth and further expansion of the bank in the tri-county area. He has more than 22 years of industry experience, serving clients in various banking positions.

 

Fun fact: I have received gold and platinum music album certifications for overseeing the production of several albums in the U.S and France.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Fiola Miami, an exceptional Italian restaurant located in South Miami.

What do you like to do on weekends? Boating, playing softball, and spending time with the family.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? After a long day, I like to relax and spend some quality time with my family.

What is your favorite quote? Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? My parents are my biggest inspiration. Growing up, they instilled in me the value of hard work and the belief that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? At 38 years old, I was given the distinguished privilege of being named the Miami Market President for Centennial Bank and have since been promoted to Southeast Florida Division President.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? Many times in my career found myself to be in the position of being the younger professional in a new role. I’ve had to prove myself, time and time again, of being able to succeed in any situation I’ve been in, excelling to the top, and having those around me not only trust me and believe in me but also want to join me on the path to success.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Stick to your core values, work harder than everyone else, and always remain confident in yourself.

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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.