Apogee Awards Honorees: Kirk Brown

Kirk Brown is the Chief Executive Officer at HANDY, Inc. in Broward County. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Social Work from Barry University. He has twenty-three years of experience working with economically disadvantaged families and communities. Mr. Brown helped to guide the development of the HANDY LIFE program and focus primarily on building a community of hope with engaging community partners, donors and policy personnel to become involve in the mission of educating, empowering and embracing communities of need. Mr. Brown has served on the National Governor’s Policy Academy, taught as a Professor of Social Work at FSU, was the Statewide Director of Independent Living for DCF, was also Policy and Performance Analyst with DEO and the Lead Behavioral Management personnel with Big Bend Community Based Care. He develops community partnerships in order to secure housing options and job opportunities, and identifies vocational training programs for youth with specific career interests. Mr. Brown is married proud father of Kirk Mikyle Brown (19 yrs old), Malachi Miles Brown (17 yrs old), and Daxton Solomon Brown (3 years old) and Zoey Brown (4 months old). Kirk’s leadership style is a servant leadership, people first leads to amazing productivity.


Fun fact: I am a polymath nerd and a home-body.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Coopers Hawk in Coconut Creek.

What do you like to do on weekends? Spend time with my best friends: my wife and kids.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Relax with my family.

What is your favorite quote? SOLUM OPTIMA PETENDA SUNT: Only the Best is Good Enough.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I look to the leaders in the Bible as my leadership example. I admire Marcus Aurelius’ approaches and the never-give-up mentality of the people I work with and the families that we serve.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Assisting in the formation and implementation of the Statewide Tuition Waiver to include youth aging out in Relative care.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? Transitioning from State government to local non-profit management. I overcame it by focusing on the people in the process. The staff, client and community at the local level are all direct contributors to the desired outcome of the organization. Therefore the process alignment has to have actionable and visible outcomes that speak to all the participants.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Be open to failure, evolution comes in those hard times of uncertainty.

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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.