Event spotlights Miami’s financial future

eMerge Americas founder Manny Medina will keynote a Miami Finance Forum event that will spotlight technology and cutting-edge media in the region.

The Mapping Miami’s Financial Future event fits in with the forum’s mission to promote Miami as a serious financial hub, says Raul G. Valdes-Fauli, Chairman of the forum and the President and CEO of Professional Bank. “What we represent is making Miami an open architecture for 21st century deals to happen.”

Medina, who led Miami’s Terremark before its sale to Verizon, is a key part of the deal-making environment since eMerge promotes Miami as the crossroad for deals and entrepreneurship across the Americas. Medina is also managing partner of Medina Capital.

A technology panel will be moderated by Ranjini Chandirakanthan, a new director at investment banking firm Cassel Salpeter. The panelists will be Melissa Krinzman, Managing Director of Venture Architects, which has raised $1 billion in capital for its entrepreneurial clients; Brad Harrison, founder and managing partner of Scout Ventures, a New York venture capital firm that has established a Miami office; and Celine Armstrong, S&P Capital IQ’s Managing Director, Investments Banking – Product Management.

Alexander Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald will moderate the media panel. The panelists are Peter Blacker, Executive VP of Telemundo; Nathaniel Perez, Global Head of Social for marketing agency SapientNitro; and Victor Kong, President of Cisneros Interactive, which develops digital businesses for the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American audiences.

The Knight Foundation is the platinum sponsor for the event and Matt Haggman, its program director, will give the closing talk, Valdes-Fauli says. 

The foundation and eMerge have played a key role in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Miami, Valdes-Fauli says. “Miami as a financial hub is in its teen years and still figuring things out a bit, but it’s well on its way to becoming a serious financial hub with solid under footings.”

 The law firm Bilzin Sumberg and S&P Capital IQ are gold sponsors for the event. SFBW is a media sponsor.

The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Conrad Hotel Miami. The price is $195 for non-members – individual membership to the group is $245. For more information, visit miamifinanceforum.com.

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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.