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Countdown to the Apogee Awards: Wallace, Vargas-Menoud, Lebersfeld honored as CMOs

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 CMO biographies:

Broward: Brian Wallace, Magic Leap Inc.

 Brian Wallace brings years of experience at leading technology companies as chief marketing officer of Magic Leap Inc., which has been backed with a $542 million investment from Google and has a highly anticipated Cinematic Reality human computing interface.

 

Wallace was previously vice president of global digital marketing and media at BlackBerry when it was ranked by Forbes as the world’s fastest-growing company. In 2011, he became vice president of strategic marketing at Samsung, and the company’s overall Android market share increased by 300 percent. In 2013, Google named Wallace vice president of brand and product marketing at its newly acquired Motorola Mobility division.

 

In 2012, Wallace was named to Business Insider“s list of 17 People Who Redefined Advertising and to iMedia 25’s Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators list. He was also named to the Advertising Age Marketer A-List in 2011.

 

Miami-Dade: Maylynn Vargas-Menoud, Roig Lawyers

 Maylynn Vargas-Menoud has more than 16 years of experience in the South Florida legal market, focusing her efforts in marketing, public relations, practice and business development and legal recruiting. Throughout her professional career, she has worked for a multitude of national and regional law firms, including Greenspoon Marder Law, Greenberg Traurig, Hunton & Williams, Stearns Weaver Miller and GrayRobinson.

 

As the practice development and marketing director for Roig Lawyers, Vargas-Menoud has led the development of the firm’s rebranding initiative, including its website redesign and internal and external communications for brand positioning consistency. Her primary focus has been in promoting and executing practice groups” marketing and media plans, which drive and support the firm’s overall growth and long-term vision. She has built a strong and dynamic infrastructure to accomplish many of the firm’s objectives.

 

Palm Beach: Eric Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting

 Eric Lebersfeld is on the leadership team at Capitol Lighting, a 91-year-old lighting and home furnishings retail chain founded by his great-grandparents.

 

During Lebersfeld’s 28-year tenure at Capitol, he has held numerous positions, from cashier to manager to buyer to vice president of marketing to, now, president and chief marketing officer.

Lebersfeld has been instrumental in building an omni-channel retail business with 300 brands and more than 1 million products. The company interacts with 12,000 designers who are served by 170 lighting professionals.

 

Capitol has illuminated more than a million homes and offices and thousands of iconic commercial businesses and is opening new showrooms in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

 

Along with serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity, Lebersfeld is co-chairman for the business and professionals division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

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.