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Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Beverly Raphael-Altman

Beverly Raphael-Altman is Chairwoman & CEO of RCC Associates, a premier South Florida-based General Contracting firm specializing in restaurant, retail and hospitality projects. Founded in 1971 by her late husband, RCC is now licensed in 33 states with close to 100 employees and one of the top Woman-Owned Businesses in Florida.

Favorite quote: “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Fun fact: I love to laugh. I am the happiest when I am laughing uncontrollably.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I have a glass of red wine and enjoy a hot soaking bath.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? The biggest challenge was taking over as President and CEO of RCC after Richard passed. I overcame it with determination, vision and a supportive team surrounding me.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? My commencement speech at Nova for their master’s graduates and that same day receiving an honorary doctorate of business administration from them.

Who are your role models? Eileen Winkler Youtie

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? You don’t have to be the loudest voice in the room for people to hear you.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Do not let someone discourage you, especially because of your gender, from achieving your goals and dreams.

How has being a woman impacted your career? I have been able to be a positive influence for other women to pursue and grow in careers that were traditionally male dominated.

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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.