Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Margie Vargas-Hernandez

Margie Vargas-Hernandez serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Memorial Healthcare System, based in south Broward County with over 14,000 caregivers throughout six hospitals and numerous outpatient care locations. She has over 25 years of HR experience in a number of industries including manufacturing, insurance and retail.

Favorite Quote: Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living. — Albert Einstein

Fun Fact: I’m a foodie.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? Listen to classic jazz like John Coltrane.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? Most recently, leading evolution of personnel to Human Resources to Human Capital Management. Challenge still continues in various forms. First and foremost, leading a team that has garnered organizational trust and confidence due to high level of competency and effectiveness.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? My professional journey in healthcare. There’s an alignment of my personal and professional values to the organization’s values and mission.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t take it personal.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? Integrity, determination, agility & flexibility, empathy, humility, collaborator and so many more.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? Relying heavily on fast decision making and action orientation.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? Not a business partner and not a profit center. We have shown HR’s value and contributions impacting the bottom line with direct correlation to business strategies. Data, data, data. We are charged with supporting the most valuable asset of the organization = people.

What do you like most about working in HR? Ability to deliver services and solutions enabling our workforce the platform to perform life changing and many times, life saving work.

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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.