Up & Comer Awards 2023

The Up & Comer Awards were created to honor young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. The categories are:

  • Charitable Leadership: Recognizing individuals making a difference in the non-profit sector.
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship: Recognizing individuals who are starting from the ground up to create a new brand, business, or service.
  • Excellence in Rising Leadership: Recognizing individuals who are taking on new leadership roles.
  • Family Business: Recognizing individuals who operate within a family-run business.
  • Diversity Champion: Recognizing individuals who champion diversity within their company.
  • Small (Under 25 Employees) Business Leaders: Recognizing small business leaders.
  • Medium (26+100) Business Leaders: Recognizing medium business leaders.
  • Large (100+) Business Leaders: Recognizing leaders who are running large businesses.
  • Change Maker / Disruptor Champion: Recognizing leaders who are challenging the status quo and forging new paths for their company.
  • Minority Owned Business Leaders: Recognizing minority-owned business leaders.
  • Excellence in Team Leadership: Recognizing individuals who lead successful teams.
  • Corporate Culture Champion:  Recognizing individuals who define their company culture in how they work and lead.
  • Innovator of the Year: Recognizing individuals who have created, developed, or managed a new product, service, or concept in their company.
  • Social Media Influencer: Recognizing individuals who harness the power of social media to grow their brand.
  • Healthcare Leader: Recognizing leaders in the Healthcare Industry.
  • Technology Leader: Recognizing leaders in the Technology industry.
  • Leaders in Education: Recognizing educators or educational administrators who make a difference.


The 2023 Up & Comers Awards will take place on October 5, 2023.


Deadline: Nominations Have Closed

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October 5th, 2023 05:30 PM

Nominations are sought from the public and judging is led by the Editorial and Leadership team at SFBW.

The judging criteria are:

  • Seniority in the organization and the size and scope of the organization
  • Professional accomplishments, included career path and specific achievements
  • Giving back through professional, charitable and civic achievements
  • Educational achievements
  • Nominees must be under the age of 40

We will celebrate the Honorees during a cocktail reception and an awards ceremony. Honorees will also be featured in an issue of SFBW.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.