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Miami-based Executives Ring Nasdaq Bell in New York City

Courtesy of Nasdaq, Inc.

While thousands of companies receive the privilege of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market exchange, few get to experience the thrill of ringing the bell to signal the start of trading. Yet, that’s where South Florida’s Maggie Vo and Jeff Ransdell recently found themselves.

Vo and Ransdell are the managing general partners of Coconut Grove-based Fuel Venture Capital, which consists of over 26 portfolio companies and startups underinvestment, including South Florida-based Taxfyle, Bolt, Ubicquia, Boatsetter, SoStereo and more.

“I came to the United States when I was 17, not even being able to speak the language,” Vo says. “Ringing the bell at the Nasdaq was a momentous occasion not just for me, but for immigrants of all walks of life. It shows that with hard work anything is possible.”

Along with Fuel Venture Capital, Vo and Ransdell manage Maquia Capital Acquisition, which targets tech-focused middle market and emerging growth businesses in North America and was founded in 2020. The company is listed on the Nasdaq under the symbol MAQC and recently raised $175 million by offering 20 million units at $10.

“I am so proud to have an opportunity to be a part of the Maquia team, a tier one leadership team of truly diverse individuals with an incredible track record in the public market, SPAC market and private market,” Vo says. “South Florida is such a blessing to me. To be able to have a company based here in Miami with investors from all over the world, and to do things like ring the Nasdaq bell in New York, it’s the best of all worlds.”

For Ransdell, who spent two decades at Merrill Lynch in various senior roles, the honor of ringing the Nasdaq bell was the culmination of a long and rewarding financial career.

“I’ve been doing finance a long time, almost three decades,” he says. “Getting to celebrate our own company being listed on the NASDAQ was a legendary moment in my journey of life.”

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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.