2021 Apogee Awards Honoree: Mario Cartaya

One sunny April morning in 1979, five friends and I met with Bill Maus wanting to execute a collective lease for a 1,000 square foot second-floor office space at 808 East Las Olas Blvd. I was 27-years-old and scared out of my mind. With none of us wanting to be solely responsible for the lease, Mr. Maus came up with an ingenious and hilarious solution, deciding to identify the lessee as “We the People” (as long as the six of us signed as equal partners below it.) That day Cartaya and Associates Architects PA was born. It was the realization of my childhood dreams, the need to express myself through my designs, and forging a legacy career in the beautiful city I had chosen to live, play and work in a couple of years before. During the forty-two years that followed that unassuming first day of Cartaya and Associates Architects PA, I grew a firm based on humanist designs, uncompromising integrity, and an unrelenting drive for excellence. I consider myself fortunate to have been entrusted with the commissions to design over 1000 buildings in South Florida and beyond. I am thankful for my designs being recognized with numerous international, national and local awards; published in various magazines, newspapers and even the front page of the Wall Street Journal; and will forever be humbled by having my life, career, and community involvement read into the Congressional Record of the US House of Representatives; forever enshrined in the US Library of Congress. Receiving the South Florida Business and Wealth Apogee Award means the world to me. It is the recognition of a career that surpassed even my greatest youthful ambitions on that memorable April 1979 day.

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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.