Apogee Awards Honorees: W. Allen Morris

W. Allen Morris is Chairman and CEO of The Allen Morris Company, which in its 62nd year, completing its 85th successful development project. It is one of the largest private developers and multifamily mixed-use projects in Florida and Georgia.

Fun fact: I am a jet pilot, scuba diver, NASCAR licensed driver and a 4th degree black belt. I love adventure trekking.

What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? Joe’s Stone Crab. My father used to take me to lunch there to have long talks. I now take my son there for special occasions and relaxed talks together.

What do you like to do on weekends? Explore new places, watch science fiction movies that stimulate my creative thinking, reading books on spiritual activity, and go to church (Now Online)!

How do you unwind from a long day at work? I enjoy trying different wines with dinner with my wife.

What is your favorite quote? “The most important thing to do is to decide, What is the most important thing to do, then do it.” — From my father

From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? From inspiring architects of the past, present, creative artists and the beauty of nature.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Imagining and executing Alhambra Towers, because it changed all our future projects and defined our mission to inspire, impress, and improve the lives of others.

What has been the most challenging moment in your career and how did you overcome it? The most challenging moment was when I realized I had burned out from the stress of business and personal life. I took a sabbatical for three years to examine my life and reconnect with my passion and my purpose.

What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Get as much diverse experience as you can to discover what you love doing most, then set out to be the very best at it.

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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.