CGI Merchant Group names new senior managing director

A Miami-based global investment management firm welcomes a veteran in private equity and investment banking to its ranks.

Last week, CGI Merchant Group announced Euclid Walker (pictured) as senior managing director, who brings nearly 30 years of experience to his leadership of strategy and acquisition efforts for CGI’s signature $650 million Hospitality Opportunity Fund (H-Fund), which includes properties under Hilton’s brand throughout the Caribbean and North America.

According to a release, Walker will also manage CGI Merchants’ fundraising and investor relations initiatives, helping to “solidify partnerships across the firm’s growing list of institutional investors, capital market players and other high-profile collaborators.” Walker is also tasked with advancing Nexus Workspaces, the firm’s flexible office portfolio.

“CGI’s strategic, yet bold approach to investing also extends to our people. Building our team with like-minded and proven visionaries, like Euclid Walker, will pay dividends for our clients and their portfolios for years to come,” said CGI founder and CEO Raoul Thomas in the release. “Euclid joins CGI at a unique and opportune time. His diverse skillset and breadth of expertise will be invaluable as we unlock the potential of our groundbreaking hospitality partnerships and progress our various industry-changing ventures currently in the works.”

Before joining CGI, Walker founded Renascent Capital Group in 2004, “which executed transactions and co-investments for global private equity funds and assisted top Wall Street firms with international mergers and acquisitions assignments.” He also worked at Parkway Investment Management, which holds ownership stakes in Opportunity Zone Advisors, LLC, and Global Oak Capital Markets, LLC. The Palm Beach Board of Commissioners appointed him to the Palm Beach County Investment Policy Committee to set the county’s investment policy. He also serves on the board of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, his alma mater.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with families, companies and governments from nearly every continent, yet I have rarely seen the combination of innovative investing and thoughtfulness exhibited by CGI,” said Walker. “CGI not only has a proven track record of delivering top-quartile returns but also is committed to creating a measurable impact with mindful initiatives that advance both the communities in which they operate and the hospitality industry as a whole. I am thrilled to be part of a team that shares my commitment to going beyond the bottom line and look forward to proving what conscious investing can achieve.”

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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.