Apogee Awards Honorees: Samael Tejada

Samael Tejada is president and founder of Liquivida Lounge, a state-of-the-art preventative health, wellness medspa and lounge headquartered in South Florida. Liquivida employs top board-certified chief medical experts in the fields of preventative wellness, optimal health and aesthetic services at nine retail locations spanning four states and services over 1,500 doctors through their distribution pharmacy.


Fun fact: I played the violin for 14 years growing up.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? While there are so many great restaurants, I recently dined at a classy and trendy place in Miami called Papi Steak. The food is beyond delicious.

What do you like to do on weekends? I enjoy doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and just being out on the water.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Like most people, I work out, but I prefer to do it in the morning to start my day right and put me in a good mindset. At the end of the day, I’m a foodie and I truly enjoy ending my day with a good meal.

What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote in business is “Work on the business, not in it.”

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I draw inspiration from other C-Level executives. Whether they are people that I know personally or entrepreneurs that I read about in books and articles, I love to gather as much insight as possible and find out how they became successful in their roles. I learn a lot from observing their thought processes and methods. I really get inspired by their stories and unique perspectives.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? My biggest accomplishment is two-fold in that I was able to retire from the fire department and then able to create hundreds of jobs for people.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging moments have been when partnerships go bad. I’ve been able to overcome and handle this with my mentors that give me advice on how to handle it and what not to do and how to keep pressing forward. I also have a lot of faith in God, so I believe as long as you put God first, everything else is kind of planned out.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Stay focused and motivated. The time will come where you get so frustrated and just want to give up. Just stay focused and stay motivated and remember why you started this in the first place.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.