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Apogee Awards Honorees: Michael Fichtel

Michael Fichtel is a Principle Partner and CEO of Kelley Kronenberg. Michael joined Kelley Kronenberg upon admission to the Bar in 1987. In 2010 Michael was selected to serve as CEO. Michael has led the firm to its current position today of 175 attorneys and more than 35 different practice areas.

 

Fun fact: I love to shop!

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Mr. Chow at the W Hotel.

What do you like to do on weekends? Spend time with my wife, kids and friends at a nice brunch, lunch or dinner.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? A nice homemade dinner and a Netflix movie

What is your favorite quote? If I am the smartest guy in the room, I am in the wrong room.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? People I respect, and people who lead by example

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? The success of our law firm.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? 2003, when the Legislator made a change to the area of practice that was my specialty as well as the firm’s primary practice area. I learned to diversify and to never keep all your eggs in one basket.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Your word and your reputation is all you really have.

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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.