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Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Adalyn Tello

In all my years in human resources, I have been extremely hands-on and instrumental in either creating policies and procedures from scratch and/or auditing and updating existing practices to help achieve company structure and increase morale. I have elevated the human resources department by becoming part of the strategic planning and management teams of the companies I’ve worked for. For the past 11+ years with RCC, I have run the Human Resources Dept solo (all HR functions, i.e. payroll, benefits, onboarding, employee relations, recruiting, etc. – everything under the HR umbrella).

Favorite Quote: Shine your light bright!

Fun Fact: I love spontaneity!

How do you unwind after a long day of work? Reality TV

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? Large downsizing and re-structuring. I have faced these challenges by being well-prepared during and after the changes to ensure good communication to those affected as well as those remaining.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? It’s hard to pick just one. There are several that stand out, but unfortunately they have all been related to a company downsizing or restructuring. I have been instrumental in de-escalating difficult situations many times, and I always ensure employees exit with dignity.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? You can only control you!

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? Good communication, honesty, strong ethics, professionalism, and level-headedness.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? I have given our staff clear guidance and support through the pandemic. It has made them feel safe and being part of the process has also made them feel empowered.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? A common misconception is that HR exists solely to protect the company. I build friendly, yet professional, rapport with employees. I make fair and sound decisions by remaining objective and neutral through all situations, while still safeguarding RCC’s best interest.

What do you like most about working in HR? Employee Relations

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Drew Limsky

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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.