South Florida Manufacturers Association Holds 63rd Annual Meeting and Made in South Florida Showcase

The organization is the region’s leading resource for manufacturing companies.

The 63rd Annual Meeting and Made in South Florida Showcase, presented by FPL, has been announced by the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA). The event will occur on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Signature Grand in Davie. It will begin at 4 p.m., while the Annual Meeting program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The upcoming SFMA Annual Meeting will focus on celebrating the achievements of the manufacturing industry in South Florida, with a particular emphasis on employee culture and the importance of achieving results through people. Matthew Rocco, president of SFMA, is excited to announce that Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, will deliver this year’s Keynote Address. With over 12,000 team members, Barry-Wehmiller is a global capital equipment and engineering solutions company. Under Chapman’s leadership, it has grown from $20 million in revenue in 1975 to over $3.3 billion.

Having been recently named the CEO of the Year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the No. 3 CEO in the world according to an Inc. article, and a Top 10 Social Capital CEO by International Business Times, Chapman is determined to leverage his position as a business leader to make the world a better place. He plans to challenge conventional notions of business operations and effective leadership during his keynote address. Attendees can expect to learn about innovative strategies for developing safe, healthy, and fulfilling work environments founded on people-centric leadership. His ideas are both simple and groundbreaking.

“Our vision is that business could be a powerful force for good in the world if we developed leaders who have the skills and the courage to care for those in their span of care—with the goal of sending them home each day knowing that who they are and what they do matters,” Chapman says. “When people feel safe, cared for and valued at work, they treat their loved ones better than when they feel used for someone else’s success.” 

The South Florida Manufacturers Association was established in 1961 and has become a prominent resource for manufacturing companies in South Florida. The organization offers its members many resources, networking opportunities, advocacy, and technical and employability skills training. In collaboration with FloridaMakes, the SFMA has driven $2 billion in economic impact in South Florida since 2016.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.