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South Florida Business & Wealth Holds Final CEO Connect Event of 2023

The magazine brought together five top business leaders for a rooftop discussion at ETARU.

The stellar Japanese bar and grill ETARU, located at Hallandale Beach, was the breezy rooftop setting for SFBW’s final CEO Connect—a panel discussion focusing on the current business landscape in South Florida.

Panelists included Robin Dimond, CEO of 5th & Cor; Samuel Howell, SVP of Now CFO; Michael Leoera, EVP of Truist Bank; Bob Venero, CEO of Future tech; and Andy Cagnetta, CEO of Transworld. Cagnetta should be familiar to SFBW audiences from his informative webinar appearances that addressed how to sell your business in a dynamic environment, and the global growth of Transworld.

The discussion was especially animated, as the panelists covered topics including the war for talent, the migration to South Florida, the success of Brightline, and how imperative it is to offer flexibility to your employees, as well as competitive salaries and benefits. These C-suite executive know firsthand how to retain and incentivize their teams, make them feel valued, and provide them a sense of belonging and inclusion. Again and again, these thoughtful leaders emphasized the benefits of inclusion and diversity—including diversity in terms of age, from Gen Z to Boomers and beyond.

The audience stayed engaged and vocal throughout, querying the panelists about such topics as working from home, as well as the hot topic of affordable employee housing—especially for Gen Z and Millennials who are increasingly drawn to South Florida for entry-level jobs in technology and other growing fields.

Photos by Demetrius Borges/Schneider

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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.