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Breaking News: Florida Panthers Reach Arena Naming Rights Agreement With Amerant Bank

The largest community bank in Florida is headquartered in Coral Gables.

The extensive partnership between Amerant Bank and the Florida Panthers took another significant step forward with an agreement to change the hockey and entertainment venue in Sunrise to Amerant Bank Arena. Amerant Bank Arena will serve as the home of Florida Panthers hockey and a wide range of events, including concert headliners, family events and more.

In October 2021, the Panthers and Amerant Bank formed a partnership, which made Amerant Bank the official home helmet partner for the 2021-22 season. The following season, Amerant expanded its investment in the organization by serving as the home and away helmet partner for the 2022-23 season, becoming the “Official Bank of the Florida Panthers,” and entitling the arena’s premium club area to the Amerant Vault. Amerant Bank will maintain its premium center-ice seating area known as the ‘Amerant Vault’ and remain a supporting partner of the Panthers Kids Club and youth hockey.

“After a comprehensive search with WME Sports over the past year, we felt expanding our experienced and successful partnership with Amerant Bank would be the best business decision to align with both our goals of delivering first-class customer service and serving our local South Florida community,” says Panthers president and CEO Matt Caldwell. “We are grateful to Jerry Plush and the entire Amerant Bank leadership for their investment and shared commitment to South Florida and to the Florida Panthers, as well as the governments of Broward County and the City of Sunrise who worked with us to ensure a premier partnership.”

The Florida Panthers and Amerant Bank have pledged to work collaboratively to give back to South Florida. Amerant Bank has four branches in Broward County, with another opening soon in downtown Fort Lauderdale and an operations center in Miramar. It has recently announced a Broward County Regional Headquarters located in Plantation.

During the 2022-23 season, the Florida Panthers and Amerant Bank collaborated on the ‘Saves for Vets’ initiative, which pledged to donate $40 for every save made by a Panthers goaltender during the regular and postseason. Panthers goaltenders made over 3,011 saves, resulting in a total donation of $120,440, which will be shared among nine nonprofit organizations focusing on veterans in the South Florida area, including Broward County Community Development Corporation, Chariots On Ice Sled Hockey, DELIVER THE DREAM INC, Faith-Hope-Love-Charities, Inc., Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida, Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen Inc., Rebuilding Together Broward County, Inc, Soldiers’ Angels and The 22 Project, Inc.

“Adding naming rights to the arena to the already strong and extensive partnership we have with the Panthers just seemed like the next logical next step for us,” Amerant Bank Chairman and CEO Jerry Plush says. “In addition to showing our support and alignment with Matt Caldwell and the Panthers organization, we are also excited to step up our commitment to the people and businesses in Broward County. We aim to be the bank of choice in the markets we serve and believe this is another big step we are taking to demonstrate that commitment.”

Visit AmerantBankArena.com and follow @AmerantBankArena on Facebook, Instagram and @AmerantArena on X for the latest concert announcements and news.

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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.