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History in the making

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How did your family get started in the automotive business?

In 1945, when George Williamson, Sr., returned from WWII he bought into his father-in-law’s International Harvester/Cadillac Dealership in a small town in Northeastern Indiana. In 1954, George, Sr., bought a Cadillac-Oldsmobile Dealership in Lake Wales, FL. Then in 1967, he built Williamson Cadillac on North Kendall Drive across from Dadeland Mall. At this point, Ed joined the company. In 2002, our son Trae gave up his law practice in LA and moved back to Miami to become our partner.

 

Tell us about the historic property that Williamson Cadillac-Buick-GMC is located on?

When Henry Flagler built the Overseas Railroad he used this property as a staging area. It later became the site of Dadeland Farm and Garden Supply. Next, the property was bought by the Davidson brothers who built their Davidson Lumber store. They tore this down in 1981. We bought this site from Stanley Davidson in 1997 and built the current dealership in 2001. Earlier this year, we bought the A1 Fargo Warehouse immediately north of us to expand service and parking.

Your son Trae joined the family business in 2002. What is his role?

Trae is our partner and President of Williamson Automotive. He gives us as much time as he can, but he is also a professor in the School of Business at UM, something he is very passionate about. ?

 

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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.