Institute of Financial Wellness Opens Center for Financial Education Programs in Fort Lauderdale

The facility provides unbiased financial education, resources and services in South Florida.

The community can now benefit from the grand opening of the first brick-and-mortar center of the Institute of Financial Wellness (IFW), a comprehensive multi-media network providing financial education, resources and services. The center aims to highlight the Retirement Roadmap Experience, which is the marquee program of IFW. It is near downtown Fort Lauderdale and I-95 at 1400 NE 4th Ave. Informative events focused on retirement education, as well as a range of financial wellness programs, including some tailored to kids and teenagers, will be held on-site by the team.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to establish clear, engaging, fact-based financial education, resources, and services,” Darren Sussman says, IFW President and Co-Founder. “The opening of our first in-person location will only help us bolster this mission.”

The IFW is a unique multi-media platform that offers free access to various financial information and resources to assist individuals in developing personalized strategies for every stage of life. With a team of financial service experts, digital media veterans, and financial professionals, the IFW has created the first-of-its-kind platform. Additionally, customers can utilize the Financial Professional Network to implement their customized plans.

“With the success of our digital platform, we wanted to make a valued connection and get face to face with our audiences,” Erik Sussman says, IFW CEO and Co-Founder. “We are looking forward to all we have planned for this space.”

IFW’s Retirement Roadmap Experience is set to benefit from the new center, which offers programs for both pre and recent retirees and those still in the savings stage of life. The program aims to increase the probability of retirement success by providing strategies to help people lower or possibly eliminate taxes in retirement, protect their portfolio from market ups and downs, and get the most retirement income while ensuring they never run out of money. In addition, the team is preparing to launch its “Kids & Money” program, which will provide fundamental financial education and student loan support for ages 5 to 18.

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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.