Countdown to the Apogee Awards: Armstrong, Katz, Hayduk honored as presidents of the year

As SFBW counts down the days to the Apogee Awards celebration on Oct. 21 at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, we’ll have biographies about the winners in each of the eight Apogee categories: chairman, CEO, president, COO, CFO, CMO, CIO and top HR executive.

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Here are the president biographies:


Broward: J. David Armstrong Jr., Broward College


J. David Armstrong Jr. brings more than 25 years of experience as a state and national leader in higher education and economic development to his presidency at Broward College. He leads one of the largest and most diverse colleges in America, enrolling nearly 70,000 students from more than 150 different nations of origin.

Under his leadership, the college has transitioned from being a traditional community college to offering baccalaureate programs in targeted workforce areas. The college has been ranked among the top 10 community colleges in the nation, after having been named among the top 10 percent of community colleges for the past two years by the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.


Previously, Armstrong was the chancellor of the Florida Community College System and chairman of Leadership Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.


Miami-Dade: Michael D. Katz, Katz Barron

Michael D. Katz is a founding member of Katz Barron, a full-service law firm with offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Katz began his practice in 1970 in Miami and Boca Raton. He was general counsel to Leonard L. Farber Company, a major developer of regional shopping centers.


Katz currently represents major commercial, retail and multifamily developers, lending institutions and general contractors. His areas of practice include commercial litigation, real estate acquisition, financing, development, leasing and litigation involving real estate, construction and business organization. He has experience in generational wealth transfer, administration of estates and trusts and business succession planning. He is counsel to the Ocean Reef Club and the Fisher Island Club.


Katz is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been included in Florida’s Super Lawyers annual list since 2006 and has been listed as a Best Lawyer in America since 2009.


Palm Beach: Richard Hayduk, Boca Raton Resort & Club


Richard Hayduk is more than a steward of the iconic Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, he is ensuring the resort reflects the energy and vibrancy of Boca Raton. He has overseen the completion of a $30 million renovation and the addition of a FlowRider and surf lessons to help broaden the resort’s family appeal.


Hayduk has more than 25 years of experience in international luxury resort, hotel and country club management. He was previously regional managing director for LXR Luxury Resorts in the Sanibel area, vice president for the Cliffs communities in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and general manager of Grand Caribbean Resorts Ltd. in Great Exuma, Bahamas. He also spent 16 years at The Breakers Palm Beach and has international experience at Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Grand Hotel Continental in Munich, Germany.


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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.