Monthly Archives: July 2016

Madeline Crotts Joins the SRQ Team

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Meet Madeline Crotts, Associate Producer-Marketing, Events and Programs. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

It’s always exciting welcoming a new member to our SRQ MEDIA team. We recently welcomed Maddie Crotts aboard as the new Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs. She will be in charge of scheduling, coordinating and executing all of SRQ MEDIA’s marketing, event, public relations and community engagement programs.

Maddie graduated from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality with a degree in Event Management. Upon receiving her diploma, Maddie backpacked through Europe to experience the culture and most importantly the food of various countries. She is an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Alumni Chapter and regularly participates in various local events.

 She is passionate about her work, and is no stranger to meeting tight deadlines all while keeping a positive attitude. Maddie joins us with a background in the non-profit world and media industries. “I love the creativity that comes from events. I strive to gain as much knowledge and experience in this industry as it is constantly evolving,” she says.

 One of the few natives from Sarasota, Maddie is happy to be back in her hometown and excited to become more involved in the community. “This town is so eclectic and unique. SRQ MEDIA embodies the essence of Sarasota, which ultimately drew me in.”

Next time you attend one of our signature events, you will see Maddie working her magic to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Please join us in welcoming Maddie to the SRQ team. We are thrilled to have you!

 

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SRQ MEDIA Welcomes Nicole Carbon and Michael Adno; Editorial Contributors

SRQ MEDIA takes pride in delivering vibrant local content to our readers, which wouldn’t be possible without the help of our hardworking and talented writers. That is why we are so excited to welcome our two newest editorial contributors to the team: Nicole Carbon and Michael Adno. Their attention-grabbing articles will be gracing the pages of SRQ magazine for your reading pleasure in the coming months.

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Meet Nicole Carbon, Contributing Writer.

Meet Nicole: After residing in Pennsylvania, South Florida, California and North Carolina, Nicole Carbon finally made her way back to Florida, and is happy to call beautiful Sarasota home. For over a decade she has been writing for both print and online media outlets about fabulous food, wine, cocktails, hotels, and other lifestyle-related finds. You may recognize Nicole from a few of her TV appearances on local NBC and Fox news affiliates as well as Cooking Channel’s Eat Street. As a self-proclaimed food connoisseur, Nicole admits to constantly getting star struck by local and celebrity chefs. She keeps a healthy balance in her life with regular Bikram yoga, meditation practices and by lacing up her running shoes. In her off time, you can find Nicole eating and drinking her way throughout the Gulf Coast and sharing her food finds.

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Meet Michael Adno, Contributing Writer.

Meet Michael: Michael Adno is an avid artist and writer currently based in New York City. He is a first-generation American and a native to the Sarasota area. Michael ventured from Florida to the Big Apple to study at New York University and serves as a contributing editor for At Large magazineHis work has appeared in a number of publications including Oxford American and Autre and Huck magazines. His project Cracker Politics: The Limits of Colonial Knowledge has garnered numerous fellowships and awards for its unique historical undercurrents. Michael is continuously expanding his portfolio and is looking forward to a fellowship at Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL later this year.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Nicole and Michael. We are happy to have you on the SRQ Team!

Don’t Forget to Buy Your SB2 Ticket- Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation; Next Thursday,7/28 at 7:30am​

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There is still time to purchase tickets to our can’t miss SB2: Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation symposium next Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 7:30 AM at The Francis! SRQ Media is an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think and “do” differently, and let’s be honest, who can resist a well-prepared breakfast?

You will meet the minds behind some of the region’s most inspiring organizations that have challenged conventional thought to bring about progressive change to the region and local community. Keynote speaker, Lilly Weinberg, Director of Community Foundations of the Knight Foundation will give a special presentation on the strategies and cultural shift non-profit organizations can facilitate to manage internal change and transformation. Joining her on stage for discussion is our group of esteemed panelists; Dr. Michael Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and AquariumJohnette Isham, Founding Director of Realize BradentonMireya Eavey, President of United Way Suncoast, and Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and DesignJaime DiDomenico, President of Cool Today will begin the morning with a few remarks as the event sponsor, and SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts will moderate the panel discussion to capture the “rethink” that must occur to navigate change.

If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join us, here are 3 reasons why we think you should set the alarm early for bacon, coffee, and great discussion!

  1. Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation is going to SELL OUT! While we can’t see the future, we’re pretty sure based on the amount of interest and early ticket sales that this event is going to meet capacity. If you are planning to go, learn, enjoy breakfast and network, don’t wait! Make your purchase now.
  1. We Have a Powerhouse Keynote Speaker In support of numerous transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts, The Knight Foundation is a major mover and shaker in the non-profit community. As the Director of Community Foundations, keynote Lilly Weinberg manages the Knight Foundation’s $140 million investment in 18 non-resident communities.
  1. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on July 28th. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious, and the coffee is hot. Trade in that granola bar for a well-balanced breakfast, courtesy of the dynamic team at The Francis. Did we mention there is bacon?

Don’t wait–buy your tickets today at SRQSB2.COM. We promise you’ll walk away with more insightful knowledge than you know what to do with.

The 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAsThe Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

 This event is sponsored by Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today.

Thank you and see you next week!

 

Abby Joins the Casto Family

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SRQ Media Art Director: Anthony Casto with wife Shayne and kids Payton and Dallas. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

When SRQ’s Art Director Anthony Casto returned home from work last Friday after a typical day of design duties for the magazine, there was a surprise waiting for him at the front door. The Casto family adopted a spunky eight-week-old lab mix named Abby from Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, a non-profit that provides rescued dogs and cats with a safe, no-kill sheltered environment. “I am really happy to have Abby in our lives; she is so sweet and has such a warm disposition.” Admittedly, Anthony was a bit lukewarm about getting a dog, but his father in law, wife and kids essentially went on a hunt, and found this sweet little puppy. Casto’s wife Shayne says once she was holding the little black and white spotted puppy, she just couldn’t let her go. The SRQ studio was filled with puppy love when Shayne brought Abby, daughter Payton and son Dallas to introduce the newest member of their family to the SRQ team this Friday.

Get Your SB2 Ticket— Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation; July 28, 7:30am

 

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Calling board directors, donors, non-profit staff and executive leadership! If you are engaged in work with our local non-profits, SB2: Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 7:30 AM at The Francis is a must-attend! SRQ Media is an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think and “do” differently. Get your ticket while you still can—we sold out last year!

We’ll welcome Lilly Weinberg, Director of Community Foundations of the Knight Foundation to the stage for a special keynote presentation on the strategies and cultural shift non-profits organizations can facilitate to manage internal change and transformation. She will be joined by Dr. Michael Crosby of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton, Mireya Eavey of United Way Suncoast, Sarasota and CareerEdge and Dr. Larry Thompson of Ringling College of Art and Design. Jaime DiDomenico of Cool Today will join us for opening remarks as the event sponsor and SRQ magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts will moderate the panel discussion to capture the “rethink” that needs to happen to navigate change. If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join us, we have three reasons why we think you should wake up a few minutes earlier and join us for bacon, coffee and great discussion!

1. The Knight Foundation is a big mover and shaker — don’t miss the chance to hear from one of the key leaders in transformational change!

As the Director of Community Foundations, keynote Lilly Weinberg manages the Knight Foundation’s $140 million investment in 18 non-resident communities. That’s a significant push in moving the needle!

2. Be inspired by cutting-edge thinkers wrangling BHAGs.

The Big Hairy Audacious Goal or BHAG is the feisty beast each of our panelists is wrangling at their organizations. Pushing the envelope is engrained in their leadership DNA. So how do they share that passion with others and align all the fish to swim the same direction? This and more over breakfast!

3. There’s no shortage of bacon and caffeine.

Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on July 28th. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious. And the coffee is hot. You don’t have to wake up and wonder if you’ll have time to scarf down a breakfast bar on the way to work. We’ll take care of a well-balanced breakfast for you, care of the dynamic team at The Francis. We promise you’ll walk away with more a-ha moments than you know what to do with.

Don’t wait–buy your tickets today, visit SRQSB2.COM.

The 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.  This event is sponsored by Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today.

Thank you and see you next month!