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Co-founder of J.R. Dunn Jewelers Dies at 78

James ‘Jim’ R. Dunn, who helped establish J.R. Dunn Jewelers as one of the most successful companies in South Florida, died on May 21 at 78.

Dunn co-owned the business with his wife Ann Marie Dunn and their son Sean Dunn. The company was established in 1969 and its success helped propel the jewelry store into one of the most well-known businesses in the community.

Dunn’s charitable work impacted many residents across the South Florida community with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Humane Society of Broward County and other nonprofit organizations reaping the benefits of his philanthropy.

As part of his community outreach, Dunn created Dunn’s Run, a 5k walk/run event that has raised over $3 million of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The upcoming run on Oct. 3 will be dedicated to his legacy.

Along with his wife and son, Dunn is survived by his daughter-in-law Viviana Dunn and grandchildren, Nico and Briana Dunn.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County at https://www.bgcbc.org/jim-dunn.

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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.