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Locality Bank Opens Today in Fort Lauderdale

Yesterday, Locality Bank received a bank charter from the State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Cofounder Keith Costello announced that the bank would be open for business starting today. “Lots of thanks to my co-founders, Drew Saito and Corey LeBlanc as well all of our Locality Bank team,” he says. “We are excited to bring digital community banking to South Florida.” Saito, who holds degrees from Florida State (BS) and Nova Southeastern (MBA) and was senior VP at Pacific National Bank, serves as chief lending officer. LeBlanc, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from TUI, and was the chief digital and innovation officer and SVP at Origin Bank, has taken the role of chief operating officer and chief technology officer. Costello, who was the president and CEO of First Green Bank, was educated at University of Tampa (BS) and University of Miami (MBA). Locality Bank is “the first community bank to open in 10-plus years in South Florida with the capital to lend,” Costello says.

Photo of Costello by Brett Hufziger

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

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.