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SFBW Advisory Board Meets

South Florida Business & Wealth held its first advisory board meeting with a cocktail hour reception at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The board will meet periodically to provide feedback about the magazine and talk about the latest trends in business.

Among the hot topics at the first meeting were how Florida compares with other regions and how the region needs to recruit more brainpower. That was sparked by a recent trip made by NAI Merin Hunter Codman Chairman Neil Merin to the Research Triangle area. 

Stiles Chairman Terry Stiles talked about the collective impact of the region’s seaports as arguably the biggest economic engine. A proposed rail line along U.S. 27 towards Lake Okeechobee is likely needed to handle future capacity given the widening of the Panama Canal.

Another interesting viewpoint was how South Beach and Miami bring sizzle that needs to be appreciated by the whole region. One comparison was that Palm Beach is to Miami what Greenwich, Connecticut is to New York City.

The meeting was a mixture of old friends catching up and talking about deals plus new acquaintances strategizing about doing business together.

Merin and Jeremy Larkin of NAI Miami and Neil Merin represented opposite ends of South Florida in the real estate field while developer Terry Stiles has business that runs all the way to the Carolinas. Law firms were represented by Tripp Scott President Ed Pozzuoli and firm Strategic Planning Director Heidi Armstrong Porritt plus Greenspoon Marder CMO Rosy Lopez and Shareholder Mark K. Somerstein, who filled in for traveling Managing Partner Gerald Greenspoon. The financial sector was represented by TD Bank South Florida Market President Thomas te Riele and BBX Capital Chairman and CEO Alan Levan. Atlantic Partners CEO Monroe Gang represented the technology and recruiting sectors.

One final note: The SFBW Advisory Board sends its condolences to Jordan Zimmerman, whose father passed away a few days before the meeting. ?

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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.