Hitting the Peak

If you missed the Apogee Awards, you missed one of the region’s top networking events.

SFBW attracted a who’s who of C-level leaders to our Nov. 6 program at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. With this being the era of teamwork, it’s fitting that Apogee celebrates the whole range of people in the C-suite.

You can read more about what’s behind the Apogee Awards in my introductory letter in the awards section further back in the magazine. We also have some fun photos of the networking.

While I’m on the subject of awards, we are actively seeking nominations for Up & Comers and Leaders in Law. SFBW will take the lead position in further developing these awards programs, which were launched by our Lifestyle Media Group earlier this year.

Both are great events with Up & Comers celebrating those who have achieved great success before the age of 40 and Leaders in Law recognizing the achievements of top attorneys in the region.

I’d love to enlist our readers in helping to drive a great slate of nominees. Is there  someone under 40 who is a big star in your business – or someone with whom you do business? How about your lawyer, does he or she do a stellar job?

You can go to SFBWmag.com and click on “events” at the top of the page to start the nomination process.

We had a lot of fun with this month’s cover of Monroe Gang and Atlantic Partners. The custom chopper in the picture was built by Orange County Choppers and has an estimated value of $150,000. We shot the Atlantic Partners crew at Excell Auto Group in Boca Raton as the chopper was being raffled for charity.

Miami Beach and Brickell have been getting a lot of attention for  condo developments, but this issue features a couple of new projects on Fort Lauderdale’s beach – Ireland’s Inn and the Conrad, which are bringing back the condo hotel concept.

We continue our focus on emerging companies and technology in the region. Check out our list of companies at Rokk3r Labs in Miami and Chris Fleck’s report on the “Internet of Things.”

I’d like to welcome a couple of new additions to the SFBW team.

Leslie Kraft Burke, who was my managing editor for many years at the South Florida Business Journal, is our new contributing editor. It’s great to be reunited.

Allison Albaijes, who has an extensive background in publication advertising, has joined us as our newest market director.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Please email me at kgale@sfbwmag.com or call me at 954.377.9566.?

       Kevin Gale

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