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Jon Paul Pérez named president of the Related Group

One of South Florida’s most well-known developers has a new leader—and it’s a familiar name.

Recently, Jorge M. Pérez and the Related Group announced that Jon Paul Pérez will become the organization’s new president in November.

The announcement comes after a year of planning for the transition at the company’s leadership team.

“Jon Paul has shown time and again he has the passion and vision to carry forward what I started more than 40 years ago,” said the Pérez family patriarch, who will continue as chairman and CEO. “He brings the same tireless energy that defined my early years, but more importantly, injects a new way of thinking that will expand the business far beyond anything I could’ve imagined. There’s no one better suited to take Related into the future.”

Formerley the company’s executive vice president, Jon Paul joined Related in 2012 following a five-year tenure at NY-based Related Companies. He personally spearheaded the expansion into Miami’s popular Wynwood neighborhood, where the team is working to deliver several major mixed-use projects and transform the area into a true live-work-play neighborhood. He also led the development of Residences by Armani/Casa, an award-winning luxury condominium developed in partnership with fashion icon Giorgio Armani and Dezer Development.

“This position comes with a great sense of pride and responsibility, not only to my father, family and our exceptional team of associates but also to the communities we serve,” said Jon Paul. “Each of Related’s developments, from affordable to luxury, are known for catalyzing growth and opportunity and I look forward to continuing this commitment, while expanding the boundaries of what a private developer can accomplish.”

Jon Paul is currently working with leaders across the affordable, market-rate, international and luxury divisions to kick-off the next generation of Related properties. Among these are Solemar, set to bring a new level of design and luxury for Pompano Beach; Ritz Carlton Tampa, a marquee project for the city’s prime waterfront; Boulevard at West River, a multi-towered project within the 120-acre West River redevelopment also in Tampa; SLS Tulum, a condo-hotel hybrid and the next phase of Related’s international expansion; and in Related’s continued commitment to Miami, the first of three towers at 444 Brickell Avenue; and some of the largest affordable housing developments in the country in the Brickell Avenue neighborhood, Miami River and Liberty City.

He is also working to accelerate the organization’s innovation efforts, which include strategic investments in disruptive technologies, forging industry partnerships and recruiting promising talent. Recent milestones include signing on as an early adopter for The International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Health-Safety rating; partnering with Livly to build a completely digital rental experience; and rolling out a Related Living smartphone app across the firm’s condo and rental portfolio.

Outside of Related, Jon Paul is continuing the Pérez family tradition of civic leadership, serving on the Wynwood BID and playing a key role in the organization’s Marketing and Economic Development Committee. As part of his position, Jon Paul works with other BID members to ensure future developments respect Wynwood’s established persona and contribute to the neighborhood’s ongoing evolution. Additionally, Jon Paul serves as an Advisory Board Member of Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean chapter and is an active Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the United Way Young Leaders. He is currently a member of YPO and, together with his siblings, plays an active role in the Perez Family’s philanthropic endeavors.

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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.

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