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The Up and Comers: Brian Montalvo

SFBW’s Up & Comer Awards honors young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. To learn more about this year’s event, taking place Oct. 14, click here.

 

Brian Montalvo has worked in higher education since 2000, and in career services since 2004. He joined the Career Center at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in July 2006 and currently serves as the Senior Director.

Recognized for his outstanding leadership skills, as the Senior Director, Brian oversees the daily delivery of career counseling and career advising services through FAU’s career services office. This includes leading a team of very talented professionals who orchestrate over 30,000 FAU students’ career needs.

Brian is actively committed to the education profession, especially in leading teams developing and implementing programs and platforms to help students build toward successful futures. Active with the National Career Development Association (NCDA), they selected Brian into their Leadership Academy, class of 2013. Additionally, from 2015 – 2017, Brian served on the Board of Directors for the National Career Development Association and as a Trustee for Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists. In addition to working in career services, Brian has taught in Career Development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has published national and international articles and essays and updated a book chapter on multiple career development topics.

Brian regularly presents career indecision, creates powerful partnerships, and innovative career programming at professional conferences and webinars. As the first person in his immediate family to go to college, he feels strongly about all causes that help marginalized populations gain access to quality career information.

Brian earned an Ed.S in Counseling and Human Systems, an M.S. in Counseling and Human Systems with a concentration in Career Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology, all from Florida State University. Brian is a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Career Counselor.

 

Favorite quote: “He or she who has a why can handle any how.” — Viktor E. Frankl, M.D. (psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, creator of Logotherapy, and author of Man’s Search for Meaning)

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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.