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Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Evelyn Costa

Costa is an experienced Human Resources Executive, she has led and served with multiple corporations in a variety of service-driven industries, including Hospitality, Healthcare, Education, Health & Wellness and Retail. Costa currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Regency, a leading national provider of pet aftercare services. Throughout her career, she has provided talent management leadership and support as a trusted business partner focused on growing and scaling businesses through people and culture.

Costa’s passion for servant leadership and purpose in helping others realize their full potential are the focus of her approach in accelerating talent. She’s a true thought-leader and influencer as demonstrated by her community giving, including serving as a LinkedIn Local host in South Florida, and highlighting the achievements and lessons of Women in Leadership through international interviews, podcasts, and documentaries. In her words, “I believe in people, maximizing talent contributions, and the power of full engagement. At Regency, we’re intentional with our approach as we grow through people and realize our purpose in serving families who need us.”

Favorite Quote: “Dreams don’t work unless you do” — John Maxwell

Fun Fact: Evelyn is multilingual, speaks 3 languages fluently (Portuguese, Spanish & English) and is learning Italian

How do you unwind after a long day of work? Spending time with family over dinner, reading a great book followed by meditation and prayer.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? For me it’s always been about how I’ve impacted people and organizations. If I’m living in that impact zone, that’s monumental for me.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? When I first became a leader my Supervisor told me that Leadership was all about others and not about me anymore. Understanding that leadership is influence and that everything you do should be thinking about the impact on others, made a significant effect in my career.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? Every outstanding professional should have a core foundation in the many functions of Human Resources, as well as great communication skills both verbal and written, time management and self discipline and a servant leadership mindset to train, develop, and mentor the people they serve.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? Pivoting to a virtual world has been a significant change but a tremendous way to stay in contact with our employees throughout the pandemic.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? Some misconception that we are currently facing in the HR world are related to seeing HR as the department that merely listens to employee complaints or that solely exist to protect the company. Showing employees that we care about their well being and that they are the most valuable asset in the organization has helped to overcome these misconceptions overtime.

What do you like most about working in HR? The opportunity to serve others and carry the message that Human Resources leaders is the department that supports the needs of the employees in the organization is what excites me to wake up everyday to go to work.

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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.