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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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.