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Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Rachel A. Sapoznik

Rachel Sapoznik is President and CEO of Sapoznik Insurance, a leader in employee benefits and wellness solutions. Recently acquired, Sapoznik Insurance, now a World Insurance Associates Company, customizes benefits packages while championing education and wellness initiatives that help control costs. Sapoznik has received numerous honors and is a passionate philanthropist.

Favorite quote: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experiences to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Fun fact: For better or worse, I love to sing.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? After a long day of work, I love to paint.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? Success and challenges go hand and hand. However, by facing my fears head on, I’ve been able to overcome those challenges and turn them into opportunities.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I’ve had two monumental moments in my career. The first being fired by a large insurance agency upon having my second child, which led me to start Sapoznik Insurance. The second, that happened last year was having my agency acquired. Joining World Insurance has allowed me to expand my business and take our education first approach nationwide.

Who are your role models? My aunt Juliette has always been a role model for me. She was one of the strongest and most selfless women I knew. She had to work and raise six children on her own as a young widow and be the matriarch of our family.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t give up, and a no is just a yes waiting to happen.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? The best advice that I can give anyone is to make sure that you are passionate about what you do. Otherwise, it is a very long and unfulfilling road.

How does being a woman has impacted your career? Being a woman in a male-dominated industry, I’m held to a higher standard. I’ve had to work much harder to be successful and to prove my worth.

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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.