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Dynamic Trio: Meet The Meza Group’s Power Performers in Luxury Real Estate

Maritza Meza Giusti's children followed in her footsteps, all with a passion for selling luxury real estate.

They are a trio of power performers in the luxury real estate sector. Maritza Meza Giusti and her son, Gianpierre Giusti are the core of The Meza Group, which Maritza co-founded with Gianpierre, who is president. Giordanna “Gigi” Giusti, daughter and sister to the duo, is a sales manager for new development projects at Douglas Elliman Las Olas.

“All three of us have this overwhelming passion to help others,” says Gianpierre. “And it’s that same mentality we share because we have a huge admiration and appreciation for what we do.”

Maritza is a self-made businesswoman. Her children attribute their success to what they learned from her determination and following her example.

“I moved to South Florida in 1988 when I was married with two kids who were little at the time. I had no money,” says Maritza. She was a housewife raising her children, but after her divorce decided that she was going to pursue something she had wanted to do for a long time—get her real estate license. Maritza already had a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Growing up in Lima, Peru, she remembers her father, a developer, wanting to take his little girl with him to every project. “I grew up in that world. At the time, I wanted nothing to do with it. I just wanted to play,” she recalls. “But then here, he kind of helped me when I definitely saw the opportunity.”

In what she says was being at the right place at the right time, a broker approached her to work in pre-construction sales for the Related Group’s Las Olas Beach Club. “I was going for my real estate exam that Monday and I passed—the rest is history because he hired me.” She sold 11 of the 12 oceanfront penthouses in record time and had more than $125 million in personal sales there. Her career skyrocketed.

Gigi, a University of Florida graduate, and her mother had been working together at a real estate firm while Gianpierre was working in promotions and marketing.

“I thought that real estate was great, but I liked doing other things. I was involved in other businesses.” He referred to the proverb, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be” and added, “So, I let it go and found my way back.”

Out of that eventually came The Meza Group. “We started working successfully alongside each other and penetrating the luxury market in general. It created an opportunity where we not only learned from each other and learned a wealth of information about the locations and the neighborhoods, but I also had the opportunity to really become skilled as a seller’s agent and understand that process.”

He remembers during his marketing and promotions days when he was working with a club owner who hosted Latin salsa contests. “He would be part of the contest himself, and I guess I gravitated to that idea of not only doing something for a living but being part of it, too.”

Out of that came an idea that Gianpierre says sets The Meza Group apart from many others in the same field: They live the lifestyle that they sell.

“It took a lot of sales and a lot of development to get to the level of saying that we can now share the lifestyle with [our clients] and it is a very bold statement that speaks on its own. Almost every development we sell, or every community that we are specialists in, we are also owners ourselves,” says Gianpierre.

Selling and living the Fort Lauderdale lifestyle brings with it a personal passion, and what the family says is what drives them. “Miami is oversaturated and transient; West Palm Beach is beautiful but very expensive. Fort Lauderdale is the best of both worlds,” says Gigi. “You are close to the beach scene, the downtown area, you have access to everything. For us, it is home.”

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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.