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Editor’s Note

So how does JM Lexus stay on top as the No. 1 Lexus dealer nationally? President Jim Dunn, who is on this issue’s cover, says continually examining the way things are done is vital. “If it’s not broke, break it,” he says.

Dunn is a great example of a business leader who worked his way up from the bottom, starting in a position that involved sales at a dealership in the Chicago area. 

JM Lexus also figures into another feature in this issue, which is about the region’s cutting-edge car dealerships. Today, dealerships have a lot of cool amenities (golf, anyone?), but are also introducing innovative technology, such as radio frequency identification tags that allow service people to know who you are as your car is pulling in.

One of the more intriguing developments is one dealership’s plan to clear the showroom of salespeople in favor of shopper-friendly technology.

Innovation is popping up a lot these days.

SFBWmag.com has a report on a South Florida Technology Alliance discussion about our mobile future. Panelists talked extensively about the use of Bluetooth beacons that can interact with smartphones and tablets. Retailers can send offers as your are walking by a store, while Miami International Airport is launching a new app that could tell you whether there’s enough time to stop for a glass of wine while waiting for your baggage to be unloaded at baggage claim. 

Constant innovation was a theme of the South Florida Executive Roundtable (page 34). Four senior-level business leaders talked about the need for constant improvement and empowerment of teams of employees. I’d like to give a shout out to Carlos J. Arboleda, a founding board member of the roundtable and managing partner of COI Access, for inviting SFBW to participate as a sponsor.

This issue’s CEO Connect has an in-depth conversation with Keith Koenig, president of City Furniture. He has to be one of the most cheerful and optimistic business leaders in South Florida. Nice guys do win.

Our “Hot Spots for Your Business” series takes a look at Fort Lauderdale, a city that is emerging from the shadow of Miami with a more laid-back atmosphere and condo prices that are half of what they are on South Beach. There are some amazing projects in the works, including condos at the Galleria mall (check out our opening photo spread). Swedish investor Par Sanda has also spent $100 million renovating dilapidated properties in North Beach Village, a new hip spot.

This issue also has a preview of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which has a new VIP experience. If you plan on buying a yacht, we have some helpful tips.

 Have feedback or suggestions for SFBW? Please feel free to email me at kgale@sfbwmag.com or call 954.377.9566.

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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.