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Hall of Famers

Nova Southeastern University has been honoring local business leaders and their accomplishments for 30 years at its Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame. Part of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, named after perhaps the most well-known South Florida business leader, the university continues this tradition this month with its 31st annual induction on Oct. 26.

“I want to welcome these established and well-respected business leaders into the Huizenga College’s 2020 Hall of Fame class,” said Andrew Rosman, dean of NSU’s HCBE. “These new members exemplify leadership and ingenuity in our community and will join a distinguished group of past honorees.”

This year’s inductees are James F. Allen, Dan Doyle Jr. and Kristin Johnson. Read more about them below.

 

Dan Doyle Jr., CEO of DEX Imaging, Inc. What began as a start-up with 15 employees at a single location in Tampa has grown into 38 DEX Imaging sites throughout the eastern United States with more than 1,800 employees and more than $350 million in annual revenue. Doyle Jr. has been instrumental in conceiving and overseeing DEX’s Community Outreach Program, which donates one third of the company’s profits to charities and educational programs within the communities it serves. In 2013, Doyle Jr. was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Technology Industries category. Prior to founding DEX Imaging, Doyle Jr. was the founder and managing partner of a real-estate development and holding company based in St. Petersburg, Florida, that was responsible for developing, building and managing some of the most distinguished landmark properties in the Tampa Bay area. Doyle Jr. is a chair of the Young Presidents Organization and also serves on the Board of Directors for National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tampa, Big Brothers Big Sisters, St. Paul’s School, and The Doyle Foundation.

Kristin Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Hotwire Communications. Johnson’s innovative leadership made Hotwire Communications the first all fiber optics telecom for new construction in the United States, the first in Florida to offer Internet Protocol Television, and the first to offer gigabit and 10 gigabit speeds residentially, making Hotwire the fastest ISP in the country. Currently, Hotwire Communications employs more than 1,000 team members, servicing residential, commercial, hospitality, governmental, and institutional customers. Recognized in the industry for her leadership and business acumen, Johnson’s most recent achievements include the 2020 Ultimate CEO, awarded by the South Florida Business Journal, Cablefax’s 2019 Most Powerful Women—an award she also received in 2018—the SFBJ’s 2019 Power Leader in Technology, and the 2019 South Florida Business & Wealth Apogee Award. Outside of Hotwire Communications, Johnson is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and is active on many community boards including Make-a-Wish Foundation, Broward Workshop, and the Urban League.  Johnson founded Hotwire’s Empowering Community Foundation in 2020 with the objective to help bridge the digital divide in markets where Hotwire operates.  Johnson is an avid proponent of women in STEM and engineering roles.

James F. Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming. Since 2001, Allen has led all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations at the Seminole Tribe of Florida and guided the development of Seminole Gaming into one of the world’s most successful casino and integrated resort operators. Allen envisioned the Guitar Hotel expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and the guestroom tower expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and he was the guiding force responsible for their development.  The simultaneous expansion projects opened in 2019 as the cornerstone of a $2.2 billion capital investment. Under Allen’s leadership, Hard Rock has expanded its global presence from 46 to 76 countries since its 2007 acquisition, and grown from 125 cafes to 211, nine hotels to 32 and from four casinos to 12. Allen also negotiated the 2016 naming rights agreement and is responsible for the name “Hard Rock Stadium,” home of the Miami Dolphins.

 

 

 

 

To purchase tickets to the virtual induction event, click here.

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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.