Apogee Awards Honorees: David McClymont

A Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt executive, David McClymont has earned a solid reputation for guiding small-to-medium size organizations in creating cultures of high levels of productivity and profitability. As CEO since 2014, he has led Palm Beach Symphony on a transformational journey to become a major cultural institution.


Fun fact: I am a former competitive surfer and still travel the world to surf.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? 1000 North in Jupiter which never fails to deliver great food, attentive service and unmatched views of the sunset on the Loxahatchee River.

What do you like to do on weekends? Spend time with my children and enjoy such pastimes as surfing, golf, tennis, running and other outdoor activities.

How do you unwind from a long day at work? Meditation, exercise and enjoying my family.

What is your favorite quote? “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want” — Zig Ziglar

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? God, family, John Maxwell, Palm Beach Symphony mission and staff, community, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? I hope there are more to come. Helping guide Palm Beach Symphony through the pandemic when the concert halls are closed will be one.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? I am committed to positive relationship building among patrons, board members, staff, volunteers and community partners. When I arrived at Palm Beach Symphony, the 40-year old non-profit had a $700,000 annual budget and was creating deficits of $175,000 per year. It now has a $2.7 million budget with a $1.2 million endowment and achieves a growing community impact that has reached 50,000 students in the past five years.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Slow is fast and fast is slow. Give far more than you expect to get and you will get far more than you expected. There is not substitute for hard work. Be honest. Measure twice and cut once with attention to detail. Think outside the box without changing the box.

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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.