Monthly Archives: August 2016

2016-2017 SB2 Season Launches on Sept 22 with Good Growth: Economic Indicators at 7:30am


Regardless of what business you’re in, the current economic climate is a hot topic and of critical importance in the community. From diversification of the marketplace, workforce readiness, jobs, the expanding healthcare sector and economic development priorities, this massive topic is dominating  C-suite discussions.  Join us as we take look at the economic indicators currently leading our region’s growth and diversification at SB2 Good Growth: Economic Indicators on Thursday, September 22, 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.

Introducing Keynote Speaker Tammy Sweet

Tammie Sweet serves as Director for GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and leads the program throughout Florida, which helps local communities build entrepreneurial efforts centered on the Economic Gardening philosophy. This philosophy embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state. A 20–year veteran of economic development, Tammie holds numerous awards for her leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tammie is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Collier and was part the Leadership Florida Class XXV. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Virtual School and is former Chairman of the Florida Economic Development Council.

Meet our Good Growth Panelists

We are excited to announce our powerhouse line–up of panelists who share a common dedication to economic growth within the region.

If you’ve ever attended SB2 before, you know that these events start early (7:30 AM kickoff), but that the hot coffee, friendly faces of fellow movers and shakers in the community and unbeatable conversation are well worth the wake-up call. Don’t wait, purchase your tickets today by visiting SRQSB2.COM.

The 2016-2017 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport 





IN YOUR MAILBOX: TrendSport, Kerry Kirschner After Argus and Korean Bulgogi

Our September issue shines the spotlight on noteworthy trends in fashion, food, art and innovation, keeping you in the loop on local buzz. From craft cocktails to macho motorcycles, sweltering yoga sessions and theater stages full of film favorites and polarizing politics, there’s a lot to not miss this season. TRENDSPORT lets you live it all in style. Inside, you’ll find a spread dedicated solely to fashion, where local model Emily Shaw sports high-end workwear—zooming down the street on her cherry-red Vespa in ankle-bearing culottes and a chic off-the-shoulder top, making calls and taking names in a Diane von Furstenberg ‘70s-inspired jumpsuit and working on business proposals on her lunch break in a matching Akris Punto set.
For even more daring looks, head to the @TheTable section, where writer Phil Lederer gets up close and personal with Chef Angelo DiFiore’s table-side flames in My Dinner With Angelo and wades through the exotic waters of the often forgotten Korean food scene in Hidden Kingdom. Editor Aviel Kanter heads to the Rosemary District’s newest haunt in Sprig of Soul, uncovering a rich medley of Bermudan, Texan and Carolinian flavors at The Rosemary. Finally, Chef Marco Vedovo of Osteria 7.13 deftly navigates the world of fresh veggies at the farmers market (The Hunt for Veggies).
The September issue is also all about people—people who are educating, leading and improving our community, from the not-so-retired Kerry Kirschner (After Argus) and the Senior Friendship Center’s Chief Operating Officer Erin McLeod (Busy Bliss) to writing coach Eric Sheridan Wyatt (Putting Pencil to Paper) and photographer Alyssia Lazin (Peculiar Perspective). We immerse ourselves in the pearly white couture world of fashion designer Karen Roth (Noblesse Oblige) and tour the mid-century modern sanctuary created by woodworker Dale Rieke and photographer Jenny Acheson within their Lido Beach home (Bespoke Esprit). And just when you think you’re overloaded with stories, find peaceful dreams with the in-depth health symposium on good sleep, Overnight Rituals.
September is the perfect primer for all things fall—and we can’t wait for you to experience it with us!
The SRQ Team

SRQ MEDIA’s GOOD | GALA- The Independent​ Spirit Awards, Coming October 8


SRQ MEDIA is officially kicking off season with our annual philanthropy awards evening GOOD | GALA – The Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8pm to midnight recognizing non-profit achievements and innovation. Join us at the Historic Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota for an evening of giving good stories highlighted by performances of live music, contemporary dance, circus arts and visual art installations featuring Main Stage performances by the Artist Series, Moving Ethos, The Players, Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Sarasota Orchestra, Swingtide Combo and the Circus Arts Conservatory.

Before the curtain opens, a tempting spread of inspired bites provided by Boca Kitchen will fill the Opera House with sustainable, fresh, local flavors for the discerning palate.

The Independent Spirit Awards
Juried by notable figures in Florida’s engaged philanthropic network, The Independent Spirit Awards recognize innovation, sustainability and integrity in our region’s non-profit sector. Organizations are nominated by readers who share their good story with us. These stories capture the ways in which each non-profit positively impacted a life, a family or a friend through hope, inspiration and caring. Finalists and winners in each of the following categories will be announced and recognized on stage: animal welfare, children and families, arts and culture, education, medicine and health and human services.

We would like to give special recognition to Mariash Lowther Wealth Management as the presenting sponsor for the Children and Families
 category of the Independent Spirit Awards.  As a company, our mission is to educate, connect and contribute. This event is a great opportunity for us to do all three as we connect with many of the great nonprofits in town all in one room, contribute to the gift of recognition as well as educate the community on all the good that is being done here every day,said  Senior Vice President of Wealth Management Brian Mariash.

Share your good story and help us honor our non-profits by going clicking here.

Supporting Giving Back Locally
The soul of the SRQ GOOD | GALA is a one-of-a-kind celebration, but at its heart is the Sarasota and Bradenton community. A portion of ticket proceeds from the GOOD | GALA will be set aside through the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation to benefit each of the winners of the SRQ Independent Spirit Awards (SRQISA). Aside from monetary support, Independent Spirit Award winners will receive considerable promotion to connect with readers and future patrons through SRQ MEDIA’s powerful engagement platforms.

We hope you will join us at GOOD | GALA to recognize and celebrate this year’s Independent Spirit Award (SRQISA) award winners. Tickets are on sale now at SRQGALA.COM—purchase online.

Reserve your VIP Harlequin Package online and join us at the private GOOD | GALA VIP Party at Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Kick off the season with stellar performances and a night of giving good!

—The SRQ Team

SB2 July 28 Symposium on Transformational Change is a Big Success


From L to R: Keynote speaker Lilly Weinberg, moderator Wes Roberts, panelists Dr. Michael Crosby, Johnette Isham, Dean Eisner and Mireya Eavey, and opening presenter Jaime DiDomenico.
Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

It is no secret that the Sarasota and Bradenton communities pride themselves in supporting nonprofits and their missions. The high occurrence of philanthropically planned discussions and forums throughout the year are an indicator that our community and nonprofits are hungry for innovations in maximizing giving potential and managing the inevitable change that can further grow their outreach.


CoolToday President & CEO Jaime DiDomenico stressed the importance of community giving. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Last Thursday, SRQ magazine hosted a packed-out SB2: Inspiring Transformational Change breakfast symposium at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. As guests filled their plates with a delicious spread of morning favorites, event sponsor Jaime DiDomenico of Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today welcomed those in attendance and spoke to the importance of company-wide giving. Cool Today is known for giving to a variety of organizations including Goodwill Manasota that foster a strong sense of community and develop our region through the economic and business sector.


Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation delivered the keynote presentation. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Keynote speaker Lilly Weinberg, Director of Community Foundations for the Knight Foundation gave a presentation focused on transformational change within our communities. Part of the Knight Foundation’s mission is to invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.

Lilly emphasized that talent actually seeks place first and then find their job, therefore place can really determine upward mobility. “We live in America – the American Dream, but that’s dependent on your zip code,” she said.

Weinberg shared her five tips for innovation within our community and the non-profit world.

  1. 1. Take Risks: start with small incremental change
  2. 2. Think big: clearly define your goals, outcomes and then measure
  3. 3. Fail fast or iterate, see what works and then scale
  4. 4. Develop and lean on a diverse cohort and network
  5. 5. Embed learning and communications within your organization


Panelists answer questions at Inspiring Transformational Change. From L to R: Dr. Michael Crosby, Johnette Isham, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Dean Eisner and Mireya Eavey. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites guests heard from the minds behind some of the region’s most inspiring organizations. Panelists hailed from every sector: Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton, Dean Eisner of Ringling College of Art and Design’s Board of Trustees, Mireya Eavey of United Way Suncoast and Dr. Michael Crosby of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Panelists were passionate about the importance of evoking change in the community.


Dr. Michael Crosby of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium dspeaks to accepting change. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“Changing is not always easy but change is the law of life,” a said Dr. Michael Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. “If one looks only at the past or even at just at the present, you will miss the future.” This was a consistent theme among panelists when discussing the future of our community and the organizations within it. 

Dean Eisner, Chairman of Ringling College of Art and Design’s Board of Trustees referenced the disconnect between young talent in the area and local businesses seeking that young talent. “Our community has assets we are not deploying as effectively as we could,”  he said. 

To that point, Johnette Isham, Founding Director of Realize Bradenton agreed that success is achieved through community involvement. “I don’t like the word change; I like the word evolution,” she said, it should be an organic process with input from multiple people with a singular purpose. 

When faced with the tough question as to whether nonprofits should hold themselves to the same demanding market-based accountability and professional operations as for-profit businesses, Mireya Eavey, President of United Way Suncoast couldn’t wait to jump in. “I don’t know . . . maybe we all need to be in a little tent and not have office space, but at the end of the day we are a business, and I think we are a very important business, and the work that we do is so important to the companies that live in the communities that we work in, because we are taking care of and the people and we are taking care of the workers.”


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor The Resort at Longboat Key Club at Inspiring Transformational Change. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this motivational discussion without our series sponsors: CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and of course our event sponsor Cool TodayThank you for your support of the SB2 series, but most importantly, thank you for the ways you give back and help people in our community each and every day. Your example inspires us.


Representatives from SB2 Series Sponsor CS&L CPAs at Inspiring Transformational Change.
Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

A gallery of images from SB2: Inspiring Transformational Change is available online. The 2016-2017 SB2 season will be launching on Thursday, September 22 with SB2 Good Growth: Economic Indicators. For 2016-2017 SB2 season passes and more information, visit

August is Heating Up!


Yeehaw, August is galloping into your mailbox now! This issue is all about land, specifically Floridian land that is being both endangered and staunchly protected. In Ranch Life, we take an in-depth look at modern ranching in Sarasota and Bradenton as Senior Editor Jacob Ogles goes on a ride-along at three working ranches—Hi Hat Ranch, the Longino Ranch and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch—to get a taste of the farming world, from cattle to citrus. Take a drive to the point of the state in Headed South, where Contributing Editor Michael Adno unpacks the tenuous relationship between the Big Sugar industry and the fate of the Everglades, begging the question of who is responsible for the quick-approaching toxic algal blooms currently making headlines.

Foodies won’t be disappointed with August either—flip through our four gastronomically inspired sections and remember why you love the Sarasota culinary landscape. In The Cool Kids, you’ll find an arctic roundup of incredible artisanal ice cream creations: chill out with buttermilk basil custard at Indigenous, wild ice cream sandwiches at The Table Creekside, sweet corn-infused scoops at Beach Bistro and an out-of-this-world ice cream salad from Michael’s on East. Garden of Eden enters the lush wonderland of the garden at Shoogie Boogies while Notorious Egg Cream packs a Brooklyn punch with an NYC-style egg cream from Sol’s NYC Deli. Round out the sweets with a clean, healthy acai bowl from Island Organics or the Green Zebra Cafe, showcased in All I See is Acai.

Our culture stories are explosive this month, following along with Kevin Kohler, better known as the Backyard Scientist in Do It Yourself as he spices up the educational science game, and shining the spotlight on Italian artist/sculptor Massimo Meda’s new gallery space in Maximum Meda. And who could forget the ever-radiant Katherine Harris, who in To the Races invites us into her home to talk about her passion for plant life, her role in bringing the Modern Pentathlon to Sarasota and her beloved Bouvier des Flandres pup.

Pick up the August issue and feel the heat! We can’t wait for you to be blown away by the incredible stories within.
The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the August digital edition.