Excellence in HR Awards Honorees: Young-Jean Ransdell

Prior to joining Boyne Capital as Vice President, Human Capital, Young-Jean Ransdell served as Vice President, Recruiting at TalentServed where she executed executive to c-suite level placements for clients across the hospitality, private equity, and venture capital industries. She has fourteen years of human resources experience, with the last seven years dedicated to executive search. Prior to her recruiting career, YJ worked at Pacific Hospitality Group and Merrill Lynch as a human resources professional. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification which demonstrates mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR management, including U.S. laws and regulations.

Favorite Quote: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fun Fact: I am said to be good at many things, but singing is not one. (My husband)

How do you unwind after a long day of work? Spending quality time with my fur babies (rescues) and my other BFF (husband)

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? I was a young, Asian female when I entered the professional workplace, post-undergraduate degree. I looked and sounded like a “young, Asian female” and had to earn the respect of 77 employees that I was responsible for at Chrysler. There were days that I came home in tears because it was brutal in more ways than I can express. I put the time, energy, and effort into getting known and trusted… and yes, I earned it. What I learned from that has transformed the way I think about any challenge that I have encountered since then. My role comes with the responsibility of impacting people and their careers in either a positive way; so long as I do not lose sight of that I can overcome anything.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I have been afforded the opportunity to transfer my HR knowledge, skills, and experience across the manufacturing, wealth management, hospitality, and private equity industries without prior industry specific experience.

What qualities make for an outstanding HR professional? I am work in progress and will have to default to others that work with me on this question.

How have you adapted your HR skills to COVID? Adaptation is inherent to me. Put me in a role or situation where it’s Groundhog Day every day… no thank you. Skills can be applied to any environment and to situations that are devastating.

What are some misconceptions about HR and how do you combat them? HR is the “police.” HR is here to fire us. HR is here to punish us. These are all things that I have actually heard from employees, colleagues, and from members of the Board of Director (yes). Again, it’s about getting known and trusted.

What do you like most about working in HR? I have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on people and their lives.

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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.