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Apogee Awards Honorees: Jacqueline A. Travisano

Jacqueline A. Travisano is a recognized leader in the South Florida community. Dr. Travisano is the Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Miami and sits on the Board of AutoNation where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. Dr. Travisano holds a Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, an M.B.A. from Chatham University, a B.S. from Robert Morris University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Fun fact: You can find my husband, P.J., and I riding around South Florida on our Harley Davidson when the weather cooperates.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Il Gabbiano [on Biscayne Boulevard].

What do you like to do on weekends? Being on or near the water on the weekends if my favorite place to be.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Long, hot bath

What is your favorite quote? Perfect is the enemy of the good.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? First and foremost, my husband and my children, but I am blessed to work with outstanding colleagues at the University of Miami that inspire me every day.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Reaching the highest levels of leadership while raising a family of outstanding young adults

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? Certainly, the period of March 2020 to August 2020 comes immediately to mind. The university community dealt with uncertainty, unprecedented work modalities, financial mitigations, and more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We overcame these challenges through a team approach to leadership that enabled us to execute quickly and successfully.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Become a professional that gives back to your community in whichever way fits you best.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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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.