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Editor’s Letter Expressions of Gratitude

We couldn’t do any of this without our readers and partners.

When my father would come from work, he never talked about numbers, even though he owned his own accounting firm. He talked about people; he talked about relationships. That’s what we do at Lifestyle Media Group and SFBW, too. Our motto—and Managing Director Kim Sarni’s favorite phrase—is “Connections Done Right.” We live this motto every day.

So given that this November issue drops during the season of thanks, it’s more than appropriate that I offer words of sincere appreciation to everyone in our extended SFBW family.

Relationships are about showing up for each other, and there are business leaders who show up for this magazine and this team, time and time again, especially our event partners Minuteman Press, Best Rentals, Alore, Media Labs, Perfect Look Photos, Balloons Galore & More and Riverside Hotel. (We’d also like to thank the folks at the beautifully designed Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, where we photographed Tom Jalics from Fifth Third Bank for the November issue’s Agenda section.)

Events—both our CEO Connects and our Signature Awards—are the lifeblood of our brand program, and we couldn’t do them without the expertise, talents and enthusiasm of these vendors, hospitality venues and creative services experts.

Our community shows up for us in all kinds of ways, some of which are freshly gratifying to me. We experienced an unprecedented response to our recent digital article, “South Florida Business Leaders React to Hamas Attack on Israel.” Even after the initial iteration of the article went live with powerful quotes from Philippe Houdard, Seth Wise, Kathleen Cannon and Steven Klein, business leaders such as Dr. Ann Monis, Asi Cymbal, Guy Kurlandski and Bill Feinberg wrote in, wanting to add their voices to the ever-growing piece, reminding us that relationships are built on shared values.

When I posted the article on personal LinkedIn, within in a few days it had already garnered more than 3,000 impressions, and anecdotally, we’ve received an outpouring of support for providing an emotional outlet to our audience. (If you haven’t already done so, please Link-in to SFBW, and feel free to connect to my personal LinkedIn page under Dr. Drew Limsky.)

Gratitude is infectious. It’s a theme that runs through our cover story, “New Player on the Field,” which profiles Amerant Bank CEO and chairman Jerry Plush, who attributes his career success to those who mentored him and “open[ed] the door” for him so he could develop new skills and explore new roles.

In appreciation—and Happy Thanksgiving!

Drew Limsky

Editor in Chief, South Florida Business & Wealth

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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.