And just like that, September is over! Can you believe it? In case you missed any of SRQ Magazine’s September Edition, we’ve linked it here. You can expect to receive a wrap-up just like this one at the end of every month. And, be sure to read our October Edition hitting newsstands now!
As visionary arts advocate Patricia Caswell retires, she leaves behind monuments to the creative process. She draws, she cuts, she glues; she’s the amazing X-acto knife collage artist, Philomena Marano.
SRQ readers set a record in last year’s Best of SRQ Local Competition—coming out in greater numbers than ever before to show all the love for their hometown favorites. Can we set another record this year? Nominations for the 2022 Best of SRQ Local Competition are officially open! The people and places garnering the MOST nominations during the first phase of the competition make it to the voting playoffs in January.
SmartHouse Integration was founded in 1998 to answer the call for technology in the home builder market. It is the only choice for those who desire the best performing and most innovative designs in Home Electronics, Security and Home Management Systems. With 20 years of experience, a team of professionals and a true common sense approach to home system design, SmartHouse Integration is featured in some of the finest homes in Florida and across the United States.
SRQ MEDIA is thrilled to announce the addition of three interns, as well as welcome back former interns as freelancers. The internship program at SRQ MEDIA was developed in July 2001 for college students, high school juniors and seniors and post-secondary graduates. Since then, it has provided professional industry experience for over 130 individuals in the areas of editorial, event production, photography, design, marketing, business operations and advertising.
“Real-world experiences guide our interns in cultivating pathways that truly engage their professional passions with the workplace,” says President and CEO Lisl Liang. “ We embrace a truly collaborative spirit where our interns spark inspiration and challenge us to synthesize new perspectives that ultimately amplify our mission.”
Creative Production Intern Shpresa Mehmeti is a student from Kosovo at Ringling College where she is studying Business of Art and Design. She works closely with our video production and marketing teams to plan and execute our videos on SRQ TV. Graphic Design Intern Nilyana Rodriguez is a student at the University of South Florida, Sarasota Manatee studying graphic design. She supports our marketing and design teams by creating editorial layouts and imagery for community engagement programming. Edorital Intern Chloe Cuyler is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a BA in Communications. She works closely with Senior Editor Britt Mattie on our digital platform, SRQ Daily.
Former SRQ interns Gabriella Alfonso and Winona Nasser are returning as contributing freelancers, and will work with team members on a part-time basis. Having participated in the virtual 2020 SRQ MEDIA Summer Internship Intensive Program, they were invited to join the team as they continue their education at local Florida colleges: Gabriella Alfonso as Client Services Associate working with mentor Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon on client traffic and advertising and Winona Nasser as Graphic Design Associate crafting client print and digital banner creative assets.
SRQ MEDIA is growing its strategic marketing capacity with the addition of Digital Marketing and Engagement Manager Hannah Peterson.
Hannah manages the company’s strategic digital marketing, communications and engagement across all platforms. She works with CEO/President Lisl Liang to develop, strategize and implement marketing programming to support the company’s Women Who Roar and SB2 | Giving Coast Symposia community engagement programs and events as well as the many notable reader competitions produced by SRQ MEDIA such as Best of SRQ Local, Home of the Year, Good Hero and the newly launched 35 Under 35 Awards. With her background in broadcast, Hannah also engages with the video production team to launch new series that extend the storytelling reach of the company’s programs. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Hannah graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Electronic Media and Broadcasting. In college, she interned for WDIV in Detroit and afterwards worked for an international women’s nonprofit organization doing digital marketing and event production.
SRQ MEDIA is growing its editorial management capacity with the addition of Managing and Branded Content Editor Barbie Heit.
Barbie oversees the copy for the editorial and branded content divisions of SRQ MEDIA. She works closely with CEO/President Lisl Liang to develop the company’s branded content programs including In Conversation and BrandStory in collaboration with clients to produce stories in print and online. Barbie also strengthens and facilitates key facets of editorial production including deadlines, pitching and the copyediting and fact-checking of SRQ Magazine and its sister publications. Originally from the New York/Connecticut area where she raised her four children (two sets of twins), Barbie relocated to Sarasota, FL in September 2020. With over 30 years of experience as a children’s book writer and editor, she is thrilled to begin this new chapter in her career at SRQ MEDIA.
Do you know a local philanthropic hero? SRQ Media invites the community to nominate individuals with hearts of giving who have made a significant impact with local nonprofit organizations — from volunteers and board members to individual staff members and donors. We will recognize our annual Good Hero Philanthropic Award recipients at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon and Good Hero Philanthropic Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
We are proud to introduce the SRQ Magazine 35 under 35 Competition where we’re recognizing young professionals who are innovators, scientists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists who are leaders in their field. Could you or someone you know be one of our first honorees? There’s only one way to find out. Nominate someone by September 3rd!
Thank you to our Presenting Partner | Fifth Third Bank
Learn about the dynamic minds behind some of the region’s most iconic designs in Fawley Bryant Architecture’s July BrandStory. Now online and available to read and download, the BrandStory delves in to how one of the most trusted firms in Southwest Florida has expanded and evolved with new owernship, cutting-edge technology and laser-sharp strategic vision.
Featuring the 2020 Design Awards Showcase, the ASID Florida West Coast Chapter’s April 2021 BrandStory focuses on the organization’s community of interior designers, industry representatives, educators, and students. Highlighting key updates, trends, and luminaries who are making an impact in the design world, the printed BrandStory is accompanied by a virtual presentation of the ASID 2020 Design Awards, produced by SRQ MEDIA’s Moving Stories division.