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Editor’s Letter: Face Time

The importance of showing up.

When I page through the December issue, I feel especially connected to it because it reflects so many of my in-person experiences. It reminds me how important it is to move past emails and texts and phone calls and Zoom calls and actually show up, face-to-face.

I learned so much from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) manager Rufus James as he toured me around the impressive, sprawling facility. This warm and gracious army vet shared something about aviation I should have known: that virtually every national airport we use today came into being in order to aid in the war effort during World War Two. Facilities we blithely pass through to transport us for recreation and business were originally built to save democracy. I found that very moving.

The day before my tour, I had used FXE for one of those frivolous only-in-South Florida experiences: flying to Staniel Cay in the Exumas for a day of ocean-based adventures, from caving in the incomparable Thunder Grotto to swimming up close and personal with nurse sharks and personable pigs.

More refined was my cruise on Scenic Eclipse II between Bermuda and Miami, when the gastronomical highlight was an 11-course tasting menu at the chef’s table—an interactive meal that required our participation to put the finishing touches on everything from burrata to Wagyu beef to foie gras. You couldn’t just be a passive eater; you had to participate.

We also got down to business for this issue: I had the pleasure of conducting a live interview with economist Tom Jalics from Fifth Third Bank for our latest CEO Connect. These evenings can be pretty social, and this one certainly was, but it was also notably substantive, as Tom, in his easy, accessible way, held forth on topics such as the inverted yield curve and the impact of interest rates, as he advised “to take what the market is giving you” in terms of short-term bonds and CDs.

And finally, everyone who attended the cover shoot can agree that there’s nothing quite like being in the company of unguarded, effervescent Susan Renneisen, the live-wire vice president of community affairs and special events at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—and her wardrobe. This had to be the first time we’ve featured feathers, silver heels and a rock-star ensemble in the magazine. You had to be there.

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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.