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Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Kim Tripodo

Tripodo is a professional Human Resources Leader with multi-industry national experience. She enjoys building, coaching and leading dynamic teams who can deliver excellence through intentional idea creation combined with strategy implementation.

Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”

Fun Fact: I don’t watch television.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I am an avid Crafter of all things personalized.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? The biggest challenges I have faced are motivating and encouraging resistant leaders to continue developing their skills and adapt to innovation and change.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I don’t think there has been one big moment but a series of smaller wins that encourage me to keep developing in this profession. Those accomplishments have been around helping leaders break through transition to find success, helping employees through career and/or personal crisis and bringing hard-to-find talent in your industry to your organization.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Never give up in forward movement toward life goals. Challenges will always be present but it’s your job to overcome them with humbleness and determination.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? You have to enjoy people and have an internal drive to help others succeed. You must be adaptable to change and have an ever-present improvement mentality. HR requires you to think strategically, often several steps ahead of the current issue at hand.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? Certain skills did need to be honed to find success during COVID. I found I needed to be more patient with people and process. I found I needed to learn how to be more present while on virtual meetings. Overall, COVID has enabled me to learn new ways of managing people, goals and tasks in a compatible way.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? People often think HR is there to support either the employee base or the employer but the truth is, it is a fine combination of both. When employees are supported there are short and long-term benefits to the employer that create achievements.

What do you like most about working in HR? HR has so many facets and every day brings a variety of opportunities and challenges where no day ever looks the same as the previous day.

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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.