Monthly Archives: April 2014

SRQ Announces 2014 Annual Women in Business Competition Judges


This May, SRQ | The Magazine will recognize women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Local community residents were asked to nominate women who they believed were deserving of recognition from demonstrating leadership in the past year. Those nominees were asked to submit a formal application for review by our panel of judges who identified the final Leadership Circle. Our judges, this year, are successful women in business with extensive backgrounds and professional experience working in and around Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. Nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in the upcoming May 2014 issue.


Samantha Bond, president and owner, SB Recommend: Samantha is president and owner of SB Recommend an agency focused on fulfilling small business insurance needs and an Associate Member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO). Samantha currently serves as president of the Network of Executive Women based in Tampa.

Linda Simmons, president and CEO, R.R. Simmons Construction Corporation: Linda is president and CEO of various entities that comprise the R.R. Simmons family of companies. She has been a member and/or board member of a number of business and professional organizations including the Tampa Bay Chapter of CREW, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Florida Chapter of Associated General Contractors among others.

Jeannette Kraar, program director, IGNITE 360 Mentoring Program: Jeannette is the Program Director of the IGNITE 360 mentoring Program developed by the Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology. Jeannette is also the owner and president of Performance Management International, LLC, and a highly acclaimed business consultant, entrepreneur and author.

Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, program coordinator, Women’s Business Center at FIT: Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez is the program coordinator, Women’s Business Center at FIT where she consults start-up businesses and works with the Women’s Business Center to grow the IGNITE 360 mentoring program. As co-owner of Acureach Consulting LLC, Wanda helped small to mid-size companies develop effective business models and profit-driven cost structures through a research-based approach.

SRQ’s President and CEO, Lisl Liang, Selected to the GCCF’a Leadership Training Program

Sarasota Chamber Chair and SRQ’s President and CEO, Lisl Liang, has been selected to participate in the 2014 class of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, which begins on April 4. Lisl will be among 25 other community leaders that will participate in an inclusive leadership-training program led by faculty from the University of Georgia’s nationally recognized J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. “My colleagues think I’m out of my mind for accepting the invitation to engage in the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute this year while chairing the board of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, but there’s actually an incredible synergy,” says Lisl. “I’m actively exploring new ways to adapt the leadership training I’m receiving from the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute in real time to advance our effectiveness not only at the Chamber board table but with other groups working to catalyze community change. I love this community—it’s where I’m planning to raise my children, so I’m invested in making every moment count.” The Gulf Coast’s leadership training program aims to strengthen the connection between these participants, enhancing the network of community leaders throughout our area.

SRQ’s Wes Roberts Sparks Discussion on Leadership Conference Panel


On Thursday, April 10, SRQ’s Publisher, Wes Roberts, and Realize Bradenton’s Johnette Isham participated in a panel discussion at the second annual Spark Growth Regional Leadership Conference held at the Manatee Center for Performing Arts. The conference was organized to educate and connect business leaders in need of technology solutions. “It was a delight to discuss important issues of place-making and regionality with such great panel partners as Johnette Isham and Anand Pallegar,” stated Wes. “The Spark Growth Regional Leadership Conference is definitely going to make waves of difference. Nothing made this more evident than the on-rush of major regional leaders that approached me after the panel to continue the conversation.” The Leadership Conference drew an exceptional turnout, attracting a gathering of creative minds with strong opinions and willingness to discuss and debate those opinions in a spirit of positivity. This event was such a success that it should be repeated for years to come.


SRQ | The Magazine Supports Sailor and Sandals Gala

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On Saturday, April 5, SRQ’s Client Development Manager, Ashley Ryan, attended Take Stock In Childrens’ 2nd Annual Sailors & Sandals Gala, sponsored by SRQ Media Group. The event was held at the Sarasota Yacht Club and featured a delightful evening of cocktails, dinner, mingling and dancing in swank sandals, all in support of raising scholarship funds for Sarasota County youth in need. “This was one of the best events I have attended this year! I learned so much about this amazing program and was honored to meet the alumni who have graduated from this fantastic program,” stated Ashley. “This was a fun and educational experience that informed me about how much Sarasota invests in the children within our community to help create a future that they may not have had otherwise, delivering life changing results. Go out and mentor these fabulous students and watch them succeed and grow!”

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes details of future SRQ-sponsored events.

Space Closing: June Roundtable

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The Summer Health and Wellness Roundtable provides insight from practitioners serving our ever changing and wellness needs. Our readers will learn about ways to stay healthy and fit this summer, maintain quality of life and prevent illness. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your expertise. The Summer Health and Wellness Roundtable will run in the June edition of SRQ magazine. Profiles include a 250-300 word Q&A, a 250-300 word Company Profile, a Profile Photo, Company Logo and Contact Info. The space closing date for the Summer Health and Wellness Roundtable is Thursday, April 17, 2014. Contact our sales division at 941-365-7702 x211 or for more information.