Wine Watch Is the Venue for a Sophisticated SFBW Networking Event

With memories of last year’s Wine Watch mixer still fresh, SFBW once again welcomed a curated guest list of movers and shakers in various industries to sip, network and learn about a handful of sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Cherry Bekaert, Florida Blue, USI Insurance Services and Paycor.

Julio Ramirez and Jon Merkel, in especially good spirits, were in attendance to represent Fifth Third Bank. Ramirez serves as senior vice president and senior commercial banker, while Merkel is a middle market relationship manager.

Representing Cherry Bekaert—one of the nation’s largest accounting firms—were Arlene Labrador, business development director, and David Appel, partner at the esteemed firm.

Attending in place of Florida Blue’s market leader Doug Bartel were sales manager Lauren Siciliano-Cavieres and her colleague, Adelisa Jimeno.

The gregarious Carlos Castresana, USI’s vice president of sales (and a Wharton School graduate) returned to Wine Watch this year, accompanied by his colleague Brooks Killmeyer, a USI employee benefits consultant.

Finally, Paycor’s regional sales director Kim Vilella was on hand to describe the company’s expertise in workforce management and employee benefits administration.

Wine Watch provided a range of varietals with customized SFBW labels, as well as abundant charcuterie and Mediterranean-inspired hors d’oeuvres. In the midst of a busy events season for SFBW and Lifestyle Media Group—a lineup well north of one dozen gatherings, including live panel discussions and a robust awards program—the company’s jovial Wine Watch evening struck a note of intimacy and exclusivity.

Photos by Eduardo Schneider

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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.