Countdown to the Apogee Awards: Sacco, Kaufman, Blanca honored as CEOs of the year

As SFBW counts down the days to the Apogee Awards celebration on Oct. 21 at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, we’ll have biographies about the winners in each of the eight Apogee categories: chairman, CEO, president, COO, CFO, CMO, CIO and top HR executive.

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Here are the CEO biographies:

Broward: Frank V. Sacco: Memorial Healthcare System


Since July 1987, Frank V. Sacco has enacted dynamic change as president and CEO of the South Broward Hospital District, known to the public as Memorial Healthcare System. It is one of the largest public health care systems in the U.S., with six hospitals, a nursing home, a home health agency, primary and urgent care centers, 11,000 employees and 1,700 physicians.


Sacco began his career at Memorial in 1974 and became COO in 1985. He chaired the Governor’s Medicaid Reform Task Force in 1996 and served on the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and at the 1992 Florida Health Care Summit. He also served on Governor Jeb Bush’s transition policy team in 1998 and 2002.


In 2006, Sacco was honored with the Silver Medallion Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice. He has also been inducted into the Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame.


Miami-Dade: Tere Blanca, Blanca Commercial Real Estate


Tere Blanca is the founder, president and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the leading Miami-based commercial property real estate advisory services and brokerage firm. Blanca has more than 25 years of experience in the South Florida real estate sector. Prior to launching her own firm, she served as senior managing director for Cushman & Wakefield of Florida and as senior vice president at Codina Realty Services.


Blanca is chairwoman of City Year Miami, a director of BankUnited and a past chairwoman of The Beacon Council. She was named on Real Estate Forum“s 2013 Women of Influence: Legends list and 2010’s Women of Influence list; as one of 2013’s Top 25 Women in Real Estate by Commercial Property Executive; as one of 2010’s Top Dealmakers of the Year by Daily Business Review; and as one of 2007’s Ultimate CEOs by South Florida Business Journal.


Palm Beach:  Michael Kaufman, Kaufman Lynn Construction

Michael Kaufman is president and CEO of Kaufman Lynn Construction, a commercial construction management and general contracting firm he founded in 1989. Since that time, the company has grown into one of South Florida’s largest construction firms. It was selected as one of South Florida’s Top Workplaces for 2015 by the Sun-Sentinel.


Kaufman serves on the dean’s advisory board for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and on the boards of the FAU Foundation and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society. He supports the Florence Fuller Child Development Center and the George Snow Scholarship Fund. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in building construction. 

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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.