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Michelle Gonzalez of Floridian First Realty and Arden Karson of Karson & Co. to Be Featured Speakers at MIAMI Commercial’s Marketplace Session

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April 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

MIAMI Commercial is hosting a marketplace session, called “Tabletops to Contracts: Real Estate Essentials for Restaurants,” which will focus on the commercial dynamics of leasing and selling restaurant properties, emphasizing key terms and negotiation strategies.

The demand for dining experiences has been increasing rapidly as out-of-state families and individuals, including top restaurateurs, continue to relocate to South Florida. However, this migration has led to a scarcity of restaurant spaces in our area. Additionally, the high costs of food and labor as well as the budgetary constraints that some consumers are facing translate into challenging times for many restaurant owners. With dozens, if not more, restaurants opening and closing on a monthly basis, this marketplace session will address various techniques and strategies to navigate the ever-changing real estate landscape.

The session will feature Michelle Gonzalez of Floridian First Realty and Arden Karson of Karson & Co.

With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, Michelle Gonzalez is the president and commercial managing broker for Floridian First Realty, a family-owned boutique commercial, luxury and residential real estate firm located in Coral Gables, Florida. Born and raised in Miami, Gonzalez specializes in the retail restaurant sector, representing clients seeking new locations for their expanding brands. Some of the most recent brands she has worked with include Mister O1 Extraordinary Pizza, La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich, Gelato & Co., Nothing Bundt Cakes, and OMG Brigadeiros, among many others. This specialization has expanded into the industrial and office markets, where she secures warehouse and land requirements for redevelopments. Gonzalez is a member of the Board of Governors of MIAMI Commercial.

Arden Karson is managing principal of Karson & Co. Her background includes development, acquisitions, asset management, leasing, sales, marketing, and financing of real estate properties across all asset types. Throughout her career, Karson served in executive and leadership roles at CBRE, Related Group, Advenir, Lennar/LNR, Bank of America, and PWC. Many industry organizations recognize Karson as a real estate power leader and a top businesswoman. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Miami Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism program (Executive Committee), the Urban Land Institute SE Florida/Caribbean District Council (Treasurer), and the Commercial Division of the Miami Association of Realtors. Gonzalez is a member of the Board of Governors of MIAMI Commercial.


April 18
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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.