Monthly Archives: May 2014

SB2: Regional Conservation and the Environment


On Thursday, May 15, SRQ magazine hosted the next event in its 2014-15 series of SB2 symposiums on regional collaboration in the environmental conservation industry. This gathering of top regional leaders throughout Sarasota and Manatee County generated synergies on efforts both counties are making to support conservation, science and research to protect the environment and preserve the our area’s natural surroundings. During the discussion, panelists shared their insight on a substantial mix of topics, including the sustainability and longevity of our environmental-based programs and organizations, the increase in “green” building and construction throughout our area, and the synergy between environmental conservation, our community and its residents. The audience received a collaborative mix of perspectives from panelists Dr. Michael Crosby, Christine Johnson, Julie Henry and Steve Ellis.

Two of our panelists provided some great feedback on the event:

Christine Johnson, President of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast: “Today’s discussion on the topic of conservation was good because it touches our lives in ways most are not cognizant of.  The SRQ SB2 discussion on Conservation connected the dots between our environment and the economy, ecology, health, and beauty of our region.”

Steve Ellis, Co-founder of “The discussion generated great conversation about the benefits of conservation from several angles—environmental, economic and aesthetic—and how to engage the community to take action and support organizations that are attempting to improve regarding what Sarasota has to offer in open spaces, healthy water and sustainable building practices that support all of us that get to live in and enjoy this special place.”

The next event in the 2014-15 series of symposiums, SB2: Surverying the Political Landscape, takes place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at IMG Academy Golf Club (11:30am-1pm). Tickets are $35/person and available online at (ticket price includes lunch buffet). For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or We look forward to seeing you there!


SRQ Media Welcomes the Summer Internship Class 0f 2014


SRQ Media Group has a recognized professional internship program developed to provide college and high school students, as well as graduates, with hands-on experience in the areas of editorial, event production, photography, design, marketing and advertising. This summer, SRQ welcomes nine new interns coming from a diverse mix of prominent local and cross-country universities, including Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, Ohio University and Rollins College. We’ll be sharing more about our fabulous interns over the summer. Internships for the upcoming fall are currently available in the following departments: marketing, design, photo and editorial. Interested individuals are invited to send a cover letter stating their interest, resume and samples, as applicable, to


Meet four of our interns:

Stephany Vasquez, Marketing Associate: Stephany is a public relations major at the University of Florida. She was raised in Sarasota, but her family is from the Dominican Republic.  She will be graduating in the spring 2015, at which time she hopes to come back to Sarasota and work. Stephany seeks to expand her public relations skills while working at SRQ Media. She is excited to learn more about marketing and events in the magazine publication industry

Angela Misch, Advertising Associate: Angela is majoring in advertising and minoring in business and economics at Florida State University. This summer Angela is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and skills in advertising, as well as interacting with clients and increasing her proficiency with Photoshop and Illustrator programs. Her career goals include: going to graduate school for advertising research and working in business-to-business advertising.

Victoria Jones, Marketing Associate: Victoria is majoring in spanish/business and minoring in leadership studies, global pathways and hispanic marketing communication at Florida State University. She is a certified group fitness instructor at the Florida State Leach Center and chair of the event planning committee of the SOAR (Student Organization Advisory Resource) board. She hopes to gain experience and insight on how a successful, local media company operates on a short and long term basis. She is looking forward to helping clients with ads and sponsorships, as well as helping the community in a positive way while working at SRQ Media.

Chloe Weber, Advertising Associate:  Chloe is a returning intern with SRQ Media. She is majoring in advertising and minoring in art history at the University of Florida. After graduation, She would like to work in advertising or public relations and eventually get her masters degree. While at SRQ Media, Chloe is most excited about working with creative minds on creative projects. She is eager to see all that goes into producing a monthly magazine.

SRQ | The Magazine Hosts Women in Business Reception

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On April 24, SRQ magazine hosted a reception at SRQ Studios honoring the 2014 Women In Business Competition nominees and announcing the finalists and winners of this year’s Leadership Circle. When the doors opened at 5:00 pm, the room was filled with dynamic women leaders representing business, non-profit and education industries in Sarasota and Bradenton. They were greeted with a glass of bubbly, and were then encouraged to indulge in a decadent mini-cupcake or two, compliments of Heavenly Cupcakes and Bijou Café. It was inspiring to be in the company of so many leaders who have made such meaningful contributions to the community through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. According to one of this year’s Leadership Circle Winners Angelo Massaro-Fain, “It is an absolute honor to be recognized as a winner of the 2014 SRQ Women in Business, where I stand alongside some of our region’s most dynamic, kind-hearted and respected leaders. I take such great pleasure in contributing to the well being of our community and its people. Thank you for this esteemed privilege.” After the reception, all attendees were provided with a sneak preview copy of the May edition of SRQ magazine. This is just the beginning of the conversation. We look forward to engaging with our women leaders throughout the year!