Apogee Awards Honorees: Raimundo Onetto

Raimundo Onetto, Principal & CEO of Alta Developers, has over 30 years of development experience. An architect by trade, Onetto has been involved in some ofthe most noteworthy additions to the South Florida real estate landscape. His commitment to environmental sustainability and integrity ensures a benchmark of innovative luxury design.

Fun fact: Father of six—ages ranges from 33 to 6 years old. More than 35 years taking kids to school! They keep me young and active!s.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? KYU in Wynwood is definitely one of my favorite places in Miami. Always great food and service.

What do you like to do on weekends? The best time is spent with family and friends. Grilling “asados” at my house where I serve my famous slow-cooked short rib pizza with avocado

How do you unwind from a long day at work? After biking for 30 minutes, I relax, playing, and talking with the kids.

What is your favorite quote?“Less is more” by Mies van der Rohe. Keeping things simple is being one of my drivers in my life. It allows you to focus on what matters.

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? You can find talent anywhere that gives you a lot of inspiration. You need to have the capacity to observe the creativity of a film, a new piece of architecture, or an art exhibition.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Coming from Chile as an Architect and young developer to the south Florida market and deliver more than 3500 residential units in the past 20 years.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The market took a turn in 2008 raving havoc – Buyers and closings started vanishing. We dealt with it head-on and focused on navigating through the storm out to the other side.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? I always say to young professionals that the only way to accomplish your goals is to be perseverant and love your work. Never give up when you are in front of a big challenge. During your career, you will always have an opportunity that you can take without fear.

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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.