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Apogee Awards Honorees: Roland Sanchez Medina

I work at SMGQ Law concentrating in corporate, real estate and tax. I’m listed in Legal Elite, SuperLawyer and Best Lawyers in America. I currently serve as Chairman of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Governors of The Florida Bar and member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

 

Fun fact: I was born in Cuba but left when I was 2 years old and lived in the Belgian Congo and South Africa after leaving Cuba. I spoke Afrikaans as a young boy.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Cafe Abbracci

What do you like to do on weekends? Spend as much time as I can with my family, even if just indoors (which is essentially what it’s been since March).

How do you unwind from a long day at work? I workout quite a bit but if I’m not doing that, I do like to socialize with friends in restaurants/bars in Coral Gables.

What is your favorite quote? Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? My father and mother. My mother, although deceased, was the kindest human being I have ever known and she is never too far from me. My father’s work ethic and commitment to family resonates with me to this day. And my family, my wife and children. They are my most profound blessing.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Raising three wonderful, kind, good children: Mariana, my oldest, recently graduated from Harvard University, Alessandra is a junior at Vanderbilt University, and Christian, my (not so) little boy.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it?Leaving the big law firm environment and opening up my own PA. It’s not easy to leave that environment where all administrative matters are taken care of for you and you just have to bill hours and bring in clients. I was much more shy back then but I learned quickly that regardless of how good a lawyer I was, I had to communicate with people to let them know that I could help them in the areas of corporate, real estate and tax law.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Never lose sight that your reputation will make it everywhere before you do. Honor it, cherish it. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

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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.