In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s February 2018 Issue is Here!


February’s issue not only features a special supplement for the 2018 Localpreneur of the Year nominees and awards, but is also comprised of articles on underrated local bites and recommended cookbooks for Foodies’ delight!



Jane Seymour: Life As Art: Depending on their age, fans of Jane Seymour know her best as a Bond girl a medicine woman or a Wedding Crashers cougar. But the acclaimed actress says the creative expression she enjoys the most happens in a painting studio, not a soundstage. Seymour comes to Sarasota with an art exhibition at Chasen Galleries, and spoke exclusively with SRQ magazine about her career on canvas and on screen. 


La Famiglia: For an Italian restaurant to reach the upper echelons of legitimacy, it must incorporate a generous-old recipe from some quaint village unmarked on a map, or make use of “nonna” or “mama” as a prefix for some of its menu items. SRQ embarks on a giro d’italia amongst three local Italian restaurants that check all of the boxes, passing the unwritten test of authenticity with flying tricolores


Murder On The Food Express: Fast food is dead and the police suspect foul play. Fast casual is booming in a Sarasota saturated by fine dining locales, and Millennials especially are on the hunt for the next new thing to pick up the mantle. In short, profit motive for the murder stands at an all-time high, and the market points to something chef-driven and worldly- tacos. With a recent proliferation of taco offerings on the Sarasota menu, SRQ rounds up the new usual suspects. 


SRQIST– Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Sarasota MOD: Honoring the life and career of an iconic architect in the Sarasota School of Architecture, Edward “Tim” Seibert
  • Virtual Reality: Imerza brings a computer-generated view to a concrete future
  • Standing Ovation: Sarasota’s latest luxury hotel embraces the arts
  • Co-work Space: Coworking throws traditional concepts of the workplace sideways
  • Connections To History: Trumpet Awards founder, Xernona Clayton wants future generations to learn the sacrifices of the Civil Rights era
  • Rockin’ Foodie Life: Head of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Sarah Firstenberger gets the most out of life. 
  • Voice For Teachers: Sarasota County Teacher of the Year, ES Swihart shares her love of the classroom


CULTURE CITY– Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • Out Of The Factory: Selby Gardens exhibition explores Andy Warhol’s artistry
  • Seat At The Table: Sarasota Opera brings the audience behind the scenes with a new series for a new year
  • Cotton’s Candy: Renowned artist, Will Cotton brings his own brand of sinister sweet to Ringling College


CARGO– The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Cookbooks to Savor: SRQ‘s favorite cookbooks for 2018
  • Crystal Classic: An expert collection makes it to the shelves of The Women’s Exchange
  • Book It: A new travel section at local Parker’s bookshop


FORAGE– At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life


RECONNOITER– Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

  • Ripples In The Water: The World Rowing Championships drew cheers, but was Nathan Benderson Park a worth investment?

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s issue today!

-The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the February SRQ digital edition.





SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK International Speakers for the 2018 Conference



ProjecTHINK is pleased to announce the featured speakers for the inaugural innovation in learning conference taking place Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design.

projecTHINK is the ultimate journey into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and innovators interested in thinking outside of the box, projecTHINK challenges perceptions and jumpstarts creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

Each year, we curate an eclectic collection of speakers who will share their work in deconstructing, reframing and pushing the boundaries of experiential learning. Each thought leader will share the how, why and what nows of their work and its impact on adapting and transforming the way we think about lifelong learning. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker and INVO8 Speakers.

Keynote Speaker – Nathan Schwagler
Co-Director, The Dali Museum Innovation Labs


Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight (utilized by organizations including: NIKE, Pfizer, GOOGLE, Disney, HP, IBM, Kra, and L’oreal, and academic institutions including: MIT, Stanford, and Harvard). Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In- Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation.


SRQ INOV8 Speaker Line Up

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Jacqueline Lloyd Smith MA, MBA, (ATR), (CMC)
Director of Fun, Strategic Play Group Ltd. and
Master Trainer in LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® Methods

As a successful entrepreneur, Jacquie started her first business at age nineteen and today she continues to grow the global brand StrategicPlay®.  With an interesting educational background in the arts, psychology, and innovation, she now focuses her energy on helping others by revolutionizing how they think to solve messy problems and to improve their business functions. For years Jacquie worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO® Group in Denmark, where she was trained and then became a trainer for the company in the method LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In 2009, Jacquie was appointed to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training board, and is a Master Trainer, trained by the LEGO® Group to deliver facilitator training in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.



Janice Francisco, CEO, BridgePoint Effect and
Certified FourSightTM Facilitator and Administrator 

Operating at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation, Janice brings clarity to innovation for organizations that are struggling to define and bring action to their innovation initiatives. She helps her clients build teams of “innovation champions” who understand the value innovation brings to the organization, and have the eagerness, confidence, skills and creativity to drive results. Janice speaks internationally on applied creativity, and has developed expertise on building innovation cultures within government. She works with clients in the public, private, Fortune 500 and non-profit sectors.


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Cameron J. Camp PhD., Director of Research and Development,
Center for Applied Research and Dimentia

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past-president of Division 20 (Adult Development and
Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association.



Dr. Cyndi Burnett, Associate Professor,
International Center for Studies in Creativity

Dr. Cyndi Burnett is an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, a Master of Science in Creativity, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; all of which she uses to help ignite creativity around the world. Her research interests include: the use of creative models and techniques with children, creative thinking in higher education, and current trends in creativity.  Her work includes projects such as: working with educators to bring creative thinking into the classroom, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media and designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity. Dr. Burnett is devoted to creating engaging lessons in education.


An invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration await you at SRQ MEDIA’S inaugural projecTHINK Conference hosted at the Ringling College of Art and Design’s award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library on Saturday February 10, from 8:30am-12:00pm.

Space is limited, purchase tickets online at

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.


SRQ’s 5th Annual Women in Business Competition is Now Open!


Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 5th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.


2014, 2015, 2016 and the newly initiated Leadership Circle ambassadors at the 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

The finalists and winners of the 2018 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Francis where we recognize past Women in Business Leadership Circle Classes as well as the new inductees. All nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in a special Women in Business awards supplement in the May 2018 issue of SRQ Magazine.


Women In Business Leadership Circle Ambassador, Joy Randels offers advise to mentee at SkillSHARE Networking Summit. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. The SkillSHARE program focuses on professional career and personal development mentorship at the speed of life with two mentorship summits each year. Currently in its second year, SMARTgirl will catalyze youth leadership and development by focusing on middle school and high school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for coming on board to support the SMARTgirl program. Thank you also to Seaside Bank for their sponsorship of the Women in Business Initiative throughout the year.


SMARTgirl students from Girl Scouts Gulfcoast Florida eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

To nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. 

Nominations are open through Friday, February 2, 2018; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!

SRQ SYMPOSIUM: What Are My Kids Learning At School?, January 30, 5:30pm

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Join SRQ MEDIA for an evening of conversation and collaboration at the first annual RocketKids Modern Education Symposium. Held next Tuesday, January 30 at SRQ Studios from 5:30-7 PM, this event will give guests the chance to hear from some of our community’s most notable educational institutes while getting an inside look at their culture and ideology.

Structured as a deep-dive conversation on learning, the symposium will allow for each participant to elaborate on their school’s philosophy on education, innovative practices and personal inspiration for the work they do.

Meet the Speakers
The inaugural edition of RocketKids Magazine featured profiles from some of Sarasota and Bradenton’s top private schools. Each with a distinctive focus, these profiles sparked our imagination so much that an event is in order to glean knowledge, perspective and insight on how schools in our region engage with children. A selection of profile participants will present at the symposium:

Bradenton Christian School —Dan Vande PolSuperintendent & Head of School
Hershorin Schiff Community Day School—Dan Ceaser, Head of School
Mangrove School of Sarasota—Erin Melia, Director
New Gate Montessori School—Tim Seldin, Head of School
Sarasota Christian School —Dawn Graber, Director of Academics

This event us FREE to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7pm.

Kindly RSVP by clicking here.

Share your latest kitchen design story with us and our readers! New special section coming out in our April 2018 publication.

Talented designers are working with homeowners to transform and invigorate their kitchens into the ultimate dream space, including state of the art appliances, functional space layouts and trending colors and designs. We want to see the results! This look book section has a full page or half page option. Adorn the pages of this section with submitted images of your new kitchen design along with captions for the images and a company bio.

SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing: Thursday, February 15th , 2018.

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local |  Sarasota and Bradenton

In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s January Tribute to Business Issue is Here!


Hello 2018! Time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and even better stories. From stories on business titans to circus themed goods, take a peak, and glance through the business savvy pages of our January issue.


January Features

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Father & Son, Inc.: Taking over dad’s shop holds a level of mythology in the American dream—a belief in the power and promise of honest entrepreneurship as great as the basic vision of a mom-and-pop store. We spoke with the Gulf Coast’s warmest generational business teams who build up brands, whether in real estate, car sales or manufacturing, that transcend simple surnames.


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Franchise Emperor: Jim Abrams doesn’t just start businesses, he creates national brands. The mind behind such home service franchises as Ben Franklin Plumbing and the vision behind Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers, he’s spent decades successfully building familiarity and trust with companies. It’s a little surprising, then, that the Sarasota businessman has never jumped into the world of chain restaurants, an industry closely associated with the franchising model. That’s why people paid serious attention last year when he announced the opening of two new restaurants downtown: PBnT and Element.


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PINC Possibilities: It can be a difficult sell, the notion that spending all day sitting in a dark theater is good for you. But the annual PINC Sarasota conference may just be the exception. It’s more than entertainment; it’s art and culture and science and business and community. In short, it’s humanity—a  little slice of species-wide affirmation in conference form, letting us all know that somehow, somewhere, some of our fellow featherless bipeds have figured it out and made this existence worthwhile in a way all their own.


SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown 

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  • Rogan Donelly of Tervis: Tervis’ Rogan Donelly raises a glass to football, spearfishing and Wisnlow rifles.
  • The Violin Shop: Sarasota’s newest violin shop aims to keep the luthier craft alive for the area’s deep roster of musicians.
  • Travel Globally, Act Locally: Tom Koski brings his experience and resources to boost education in Sarasota County.
  • Sarasota Cosmos: DeSOL Gallery’s Modern Sol finds inspiration in galactic imagery, Japanese printmakers and the Sarasota School of Architecture.
  • Coastal Commute: Art Conforti, founder of Bloomerang, rides the waves to work.
  • Cheering #SRQHacks: Students gather to code and chart the future of their education.
  • Pushing Through: Donna Cheek and Rebecca Rusch blaze trails into the Women’s Sports Museum MVP Awards.


CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

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  • Crowded Campus: The galleries of Ringling College gear up for a new year.
  • Glass Houses: Ringling Museum unveils the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion for Sarasota Glass Weekend 2018.
  • Lady du Cirque: Dolly Jacobs keeps circus arts alive.


CARGO- The GoodS, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest


  • Circus Inspiration: From vintage figurines to bedazzled boots, celebrate the circus with this collection of Big Top-inspired merchandise.
  • Dance for the Ages: Hidden away in the closet of a historic Bradenton home, two lonely red shoes with over a century of history contained a mysterious note: “For Ma Wagner.”
  • Book It: Learn more about one of the world’s most intense military trials and how to catch a murderer in this month’s selections.


FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

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  • Classic Cuisine for Futurist Foodies: Element’s interior feels like a reception hall for a space yacht, but with a menu that hearkens back to food that feels good.
  • A Talent for Tacos: Malin Parker spices up the Gulf Gate foodie scene with a from-scratch taqueria full of savory meats and house-made salsas at Screaming Goat Taqueria.
  • Blue Marlin: Four reasons we love this fresh seafood hideaway on Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street.


RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

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  • Chamber Chiefs: Sarasota Chamber President Kevin Cooper and Manatee Chamber President Jacki Dezelski on adapting to the market, guarding against future recessions and the ongoing issue of affordable housing.

Start your year right and grab a copy of the January issue today!

-The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the January SRQ digital edition.

Applications Now Open! SMARTgirl 2018 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon



SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the
2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018
from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.

Apply online at —

Limited participant spaces. Free program for those accepted.

Applications close on January 10, 2018
For additional information please call 941-365-7702 x221 or email