Apogee Awards Honorees: Anita Byer

Anita Byer is President of Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, a leading Independent Insurance Agency that provides cutting-edge risk management and insurance solutions. Anita speaks and writes on a broad range of operational and strategic business risks, and is regularly recognized and honored for her charitable endeavors and service on business and community boards.


Fun fact: I am an avid country music listener and fan.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? During COVID, any place with patio seating.

What do you like to do on weekends? Hike, garden, workout and dine out (on an outdoor patio, of course).

How do you unwind from a long day at work? I look forward to a glass of wine and dinner with my husband.

What is your favorite quote? Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I draw my inspiration from the many tireless advocates who serve the charitable non-profit sector. These individuals lead a life of purpose and are committed to delivering hope and support to the disadvantaged. As an individual who has experienced successes at home and in my career, I’ve discovered that I, too, can have immeasurable gratification through acts of kindness, and I have woven this philosophy into every part of my life.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? I have had many, many small accomplishments during my career, and all have culminated into today’s current successes. I can’t recall a single great accomplishment, but rather have had a slow and steady stream of minor accomplishments that have permitted me to build a strong and stable foundation for future challenges and achievements.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging moment in my career was during the 2007 recession. Fearful of financial outcomes and what that would mean to my future and the future of our entire team, we doubled-down and developed strict reporting protocols, workflow improvement processes, business development initiatives and alternative revenue sources. Through this intense effort and the support of a great group of people at Setnor Byer, we came through the storm of the recession with all of our team, and an even stronger company with renewed vigor.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Never stop learning, never stop helping, never stop yearning, never sacrifice your values, know what you don’t know, know your strengths, know your limits, BE KIND.

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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.