People, Places & Really Big Things

There’s not much that misses the eye of David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins.

During SFBW’s CEO Connect at Marlins Park, we were served up a variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres, including grilled cheese sandwiches with thick slices of bread.

That was just comedic material for Samson when he was asked how well manager Don Mattingly was doing and a server was in sight.

“I can’t believe the food we are serving. It’s not finger food!” Samson exclaimed, eliciting laughter from the audience, which only prompted him to continue his shtick. “Did anyone take this while you are walking around? Are you telling me someone is going to take this while we have a conversation? That’s good networking! Sorry about that. We’re going to have to cut those in quarters. I have to do everything. I’m just kidding. I’m totally not, though.”

Eventually, Samson says Mattingly has been great, although it’s “super hard” not to want to get involved.

There are some other great personalities in this issue as well.

If you have wondered how Perfect Vodka’s name ended up on the amphitheater in West Palm Beach, meet Dennis Cunningham. He has a track record of success in entrepreneurship, but talks openly about how he got hammered by economic downturns as well.

He’s doing well enough now, though, that he’s ordered a million extra liters of his vodka just in case any supply issues emerge.

I met Don Cook at the launch party for the business accelerator at Broward College’s Las Olas campus and, during an interview, I gained a deeper perspective on his background with startup companies, one of which is next door and is helping hospitals bring their systems into the cloud.

I didn’t get to meet Rogerio Fasano in person, but I had an amiable telephone chat with the hotelier, who was in Sao Paulo and getting ready to go to his other home in Rio de Janeiro and catch some of the Olympics. Fasano might be a bit of an unknown quantity in South Florida, but he’s a rock star in the hotel and restaurant field in South America, especially Brazil. Our table of contents page shows an image of the Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro.

The renderings of the Fasano Hotel and Residences Miami Beach show the area is going to get another amazing project. (Add to the list our Spaces feature on the new condo at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.)

There’s also a new feature in this issue: six pages of One-Liners – our tweet-like synopses of key news you might have missed throughout the region.

  Kevin Gale

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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.