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Renowned Broward County Business Leader, Susie Levan, Dies at 73

The wife of Alan Levan, Chairman of BBX Capital, Inc., left an indelible mark on the community.

Susie Levan devoted her life to empowering women throughout South Florida while working in the business community. Through the Susie and Alan B. Levan Family Foundation, she supported numerous organizations in South Florida, making a profound and lasting impact on the area. Her commitment to philanthropy and her drive to create positive change touched the lives of many. She had a strong passion for empowering women and was actively engaged with Nova Southeastern University. On Sunday, at the age of 73, Levan passed away at her home, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, five children and stepchildren, and 12 grandchildren.

“Susie Levan is an extraordinary philanthropist, businesswoman, mentor, coach, author, and friend,” Kathleen Cannon says, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County. Susie’s latest project with United Way of Broward County was a program for women veterans called Operation Refresh. She completely redecorated and refurbished women veterans’ homes to help them in civilian life. She befriended each client she did so she could really get to know them and their tastes, personalities and likes and dislikes. She wanted each home to be a vibrant, beautiful representation of the woman veteran and their children. She became Auntie Susie to the kids. She transformed lives in such a way that people became her forever friends. She gave selflessly and abundantly and always had beautiful words of wisdom for each veteran she helped.”

Lifestyle profiled Levan’s charitable and business endeavors in a 2020 article.

“Susie was a force like no other in Broward County,” Laurie Jennings says, former TV personality and friend. “Her impact will live on as one of the grandest philanthropists we’ll ever know and a leader who empowered other women by teaching them life-altering lessons. One of her favorite titles was “Chief Soul Officer,” and if you were lucky enough to be in Susie Levan’s close circle of friends, you knew every encounter with Susie would leave you enlightened and inspired to be the best person, the best soul, you can be.”

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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.