It’s been one year since SFBW 2.0 debuted with its new look, feel and structure, and we hope that we’ve lived up to our tagline, “Aiming Higher, Living Well.” In a year of challenge, frustration, and justified impatience, we met and addressed the difficulties, but also told stories of inspiration and aspiration. We’re particularly proud of our cover subjects—their candor as well as their stature and achievements. They came from the worlds of health care, education, government, hospitality, venture capital, tech, philanthropy and wellness—and their words have been memorable.
We took special care with our feature stories that documented our robust series of live and digital events and panel discussions. We thank everyone who has partnered with us for these occasions and roundtables, all gifted thinkers and speakers. We were especially gratified by the impressive turnout at our recent gatherings at Wine Watch and Panorama Tower, and everyone from the South Florida business community who logged on for our Virtual Connects on education and transportation.
We continue with these themes in our current issue, the cover of which is graced by Fortune International Group founder and CEO Edgardo Defortuna (“Fortune Smiles”), perhaps our most prominent luminary yet. A true visionary, Defortuna came to Miami nearly 40 years ago and quickly foresaw the global business and luxury destination it would become. Of course, he not only was prescient about South Florida’s future; he was instrumental in making it happen, especially in the then-underdeveloped Brickell neighborhood and Sunny Isles Beach. In this issue, we also explore the ways in which businesses in various sectors connected to health care were able to adapt and even thrive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic (“In the Round”). And we hear success stories from companies including Grubbrr, Levenger, Compass and Holland America Line.
That’s the Aiming Higher part. On the flip side, our Living Well content describes the quality of life that wealth brings, with stories on a new Aquila catamaran, the venerable Breakers resort, and a tantalizing 5,600-square-foot guest house on Star Island, Miami Beach, with interior design by Dunagan Diverio. And that self-care extends to body and soul, as we check in with master trainer Patrick Frost for guidance on strength and fitness.
This issue illustrates what we all seek—a life in balance.