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South Florida Manufacturers Association’s Annual Meeting Showcases Local Success Stories

SFMA is the go-to resource for manufacturing companies in the region. 

The South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) celebrated accomplishments from the SFMA and the manufacturing industry in South Florida at its 63rd Annual Meeting and Made in South Florida Showcase, presented by FPL. The event was held in October and it focused on employee culture and achieving results through people. Bob Chapman, the Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a global capital equipment and engineering solutions company with over 12,000 team members, delivered the Keynote Address for this year’s event. Chapman has grown the business from $20 million in revenue in 1975 to more than $3.3 billion.

Book signing for the Keynote Speaker, Bob Chapman.

The Society has recently awarded Chapman various accolades, such as the CEO of the Year for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Chapman is known for intentionally using his platform as a business leader to build a better world. During the upcoming keynote address, he addressed the challenge of using traditional thinking to run a business and being a caring and effective leader.

“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—to send 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 (SFMA), established in 1961, is a top resource for manufacturing companies in South Florida, offering resources, networking, advocacy, and technical and employability skills training to its members. The SFMA has partnered with FloridaMakes, and together, they have been instrumental in creating an economic impact of $2 billion in South Florida since 2016.

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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.