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The Up and Comers: Russell Carpel

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.

 

Russ Carpel is the CEO and founder of LevelFunded Health. Carpel is a serial entrepreneur within the insurance vertical and has started 2 InsureTech platforms within the past decade, both of which have employed extremely disruptive marketing and technology to incumbent insurance carriers within their respective product categories. Over the past 5 years since inception of LFH, Russ and his team has grown LevelFunded Health from idea phase, to multiple-millions in insurance premiums and they have saved their roster of clients collectively over $ 50,000,000, on commercial health insurance costs Prior to founding LFH, Russ founded and ran ForeverCar.com, a national direct-to-consumer retailer of property and casualty insurance auto insurance, vehicle service and auto warranty contracts. Prior to starting ForeverCar.com, Russ spearheaded national advertising and media sponsorship revenue for multiple top-tier, national media brands in the U.S. including; The Economist, Crain Communications and CBS. Before his stint in the national media business, Russ was Director of New Business Development for Robert Brandt and Associates, a full-service advertising and public relations agency, based in Chicago. Russ earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University and has completed coursework towards a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.

 

Favorite quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge

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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.