Monthly Archives: June 2014

Panelists Announced for July 17 SB2 on Philanthropy at The Francis

SRQ Media is pleased to announce the panelists for our next SRQ Magazine SB2 event on Thursday, July 17, from 7:30am-9:00am at The Francis in Sarasota. Join leaders in the regional giving and giving back industries, John Annis, Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Veronica Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community, Sandra Frank, Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, and Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota for a dynamic panel discussion with as they share their insight on the philanthropic dynamics of the community, resource development to meet new needs and trends in the non-profit sector.

Tickets are $35/person and available online at (ticket price includes breakfast buffet). For sponsorship opportunities contact Ashley Grant at 941-780-2008 x204 or We look forward to seeing you there!

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Announcing SRQ Magazine’s Premier Signature Gala: Bal Masqué


SRQ will host their new annual signature soiree on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 8pm-midnight at the historic Sarasota Opera House in Downtown Sarasota. Professorial performance partners, the Circus Arts Conservatory, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet, and Fuzión Dance Artists will dazzle guests at this Venetian inspired evening. Amidst the harlequin entertainment, guests will enjoy tantalizing fare from the culinary connoisseurs of Fête.

Event beneficiaries include the Circus Arts Conservatory, the Child Protection Center, Suncoast Charities for Children, and the Suncoast Science Center.  Doug Staley, Executive Director of Child Protection Center said, “We are elated that the Child Protection Center has been selected by SRQ Media Group as a benefitting charity for their inaugural Bal Masqué Gala. We consider it an honor to have this opportunity to build awareness about our mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.”

Tickets to this gala are $125 with a portion of the proceeds going to a beneficiary of choice, to be selected upon purchasing admission online at SRQBALMASQUE.COM.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Director of Business Development, Partnerships Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x204.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Receives Award of Excellence

TOPRINTER2-Folder-Inside-WatermarkImage.epsThe American Chamber of Commerce Executives recently awarded the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce the “Award of Excellence” for the GSCC’s Rebranded Sales Materials, which were designed and produced by SRQ MEDIA. This year, the ACCE received 163 entries in total, and a two-judge panel made the final decision based on four categories including: advertising, campaigns, electronic, and publications.

Brittany Lamont, Communications Manager for the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce further explained this distinct honor. “We received the Award of Excellence in the advertising and marketing category of the Awards for Communication Excellence. We are so excited to be recognized alongside some of the most influential Chambers in the county. To be recognized for our new Membership Sales Material by ACCE is a big accomplishment.”

SRQ MEDIA provides creative services, non-profit brand development, audience engagement, custom publication design, content management and focus groups as part of its community Engagement Center. To engage with our team, contact Kelly Christiansen at 941-365-7702 x221 or via email at

SRQ Media Group Welcomes Phil Lederer, Staff Writer


Born in Texas but raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Phil graduated from Centre College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. From there, he earned a master’s in public administration with a focus in political philosophy from Morehead State University. Phil spent a year living in Chicago, pretending to be hip, before returning to MSU for another master’s, this time in government. Classes complete and thesis pending completion, Phil left the academic bubble and the Dark and Bloody Ground for Sarasota to work with SRQ. The deadlines and volume of writing are similar, but now people actually read what he writes.

As SRQ’s newest Staff Writer, Phil spends his time covering the arts and culture beat for our portfolio of publications as well as reporting features and departments in both SRQ DAILY and SRQ Magazine. A lover of Nietzsche and Nicolas Cage, Phil dreams of the day when genetic engineering can fuse the two into one whirling mass of psychotic energy and eloquent rage, ostentatiously mustachioed with a dashing widow’s peak. An avid reader, Phil enjoys and is inspired by the works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Cormac McCarthy and James Ellroy.

Phil aspires to be the first resident Martian reporter on the premier space colony hopefully named after Woodrow Wilson.

SRQ’s Kelly Christiansen Meets With US Modern Pentathletes

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Kelly Christiansen, Marketing and Accounts Development Director at SRQ Media Group met with members of the US Pentathlon National Team and World Cup Team during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final. Samantha Achterberg, 22 said one of the best parts of this weekend was “being able to compete in your own country. It’s just not the same in Europe. My parents were here and having the crowd cheering – having the USA behind you is huge.” Teammate and Youth Olympics qualifier Brendan Anderson, 18 said one of the best parts was “the great setting. You’re able to relax and you‘re able to compete”.  We look forward to welcoming the Modern Pentathlon World Cup teams back to Sarasota for the World Cup #2 competition March 22, 2015.

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SRQ’s Ashley Grant and Summer Interns Read at Alta Vista

On May 30, SRQ Media representatives joined volunteers at Alta Vista Elementary School to read and present books to students as part of Goodwill Manasota’s Good Reader’s literacy program. We are thrilled to be part of Goodwill’s Good Reader’s program”, said  Ashley Grant, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at SRQ Media. “Reading is the gateway to opportunity in every area of life. By encouraging children to read, this program provides them with skills that will serve them in whatever they choose to do. To be able to communicate the value of reading with the children of Alta Vista Elementary is a joy and privilege and we applaud Goodwill Manasota on creating this beneficial program for our youth.”
Grant along with SRQ Summer Intern Associates, Stephany Vasquez and Victoria Jones read the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Pen, a story written to reassure children who confront difficult situations, to several 2nd grade classes.  The children were enthusiastic and engaged and after the readings, each one received a book and a sticker in the shape of a heart placed in their palm to remind them to persevere though challenging times.
The program’s mission is to engage students and help develop a love for reading while improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. Ninety-four percent of Alta Vista Elementary students are living in households that are below the poverty line, and the Good Readers program can provide additional support and assistance. “We are so thankful to all our volunteers who are just as passionate about helping educationally at-risk students as we are,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota “Community Partners like the SRQ Media Group can help us make a difference in this community-it is the greatest weapon between success and failure–between economic vitality and prosperity.”
Research has shown that reading is the single most important activity for literacy development and critically linked to children’s later success. Unfortunately, poverty and literacy are closely connected and parents raising children in poverty are less likely to buy or have access to books and more likely to have limited literacy skills themselves.

Kelly Christiansen joins SRQ Media Group


We are happy to announce the hire of Kelly Christiansen, Marketing and Accounts Development Director to SRQ Media Group. “I am delighted to join SRQ Media Group in this dynamic role where I will have the opportunity to implement marketing and event promotions platforms to make a positive impact in this community. That’s what our mission – ‘to engage residents, visitors, arts enthusiasts, and luxury connoisseurs in active, vibrant living on the Creative Coast’ – is all about.”

Kelly graduated with honors from DePaul University where she received a degree in Communications and Spanish. Kelly’s unique hybrid professional experience includes 4 years in hospitality at Chicago’s Drake Hotel followed by 7 years in marketing with Chicago-based agencies CAHG -a subsidiary of Omnicom, Havas, and Laughlin Constable. Since moving to SRQ in May, Kelly joined the Young Professionals Group (YPG), The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and she is about to embark on her term as Public Service Chair with the AdFed Suncoast. She has hit the ground running figuratively and literally – in May she ran on Saks Superstars team in Make-A-Wish’s Glow Run at Nathan Benderson Park and looks forward to upcoming races as a new member of the Manasota Track Club. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Kelly is the third generation in her family to relocate to Sarasota.