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In Your Mailbox: The December 2018 Giving Issue is Here!


The holidays bring with them cheer, warmth and togetherness. It seems that everyone’s hearts from “three sizes” this time of year, and this is perfectly captured in the interest our readers show in our annual December Philanthropy Edition. Get to know more about the nonprofit organizations that you probably already appreciate here on the Gulf Coast, and the wonderful people behind their good causes. We hope that sharing this heart-warming edition will add a little zip of extra brightness to your holiday season. Happy holidays SRQ family! #LOVELOCAL


  • Girl Boss: Even in the year 2018, the world of Wall Street CEOs remains a male-dominated field. But the philanthropy world has welcomed female CEOs for a long time, and, over the last decade, the nonprofit sector on the Gulf Coast became dominated by women. Female presidents lead Community Foundations and Education Foundations for Manatee and Sarasota counties. Private and family foundations from Selby to Patterson to Barancik chose to put women leaders at the helm, in some cases since formation.

SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Unforgoatable: Goat yoga at Pineapple Yoga Studio has us stretching and smiling all the way through.
  • Strings Attached: Natalie Kondos believes in the healing power of music.
  • A Home for Seabirds: Save our Seabirds organization talks the need for long-term aviary.
  • Drawing on Hope: Matthew Haines wants to make a difference turning philanthropy to art.
  • Critter Crazy: Cat Depot’s new leader Jackie Ott Jaakola is no stranger to making life better for animals.
  • At the Root: Holistic healing starts from the head down at Caring Hair Foundation.
  • Fostering Success: Freedom Fellows Foundation is on a mission to help the uncertain find their way
  • A Community Cure: In the midst of an opioid crisis, Dr. Joe Smyser wants to help Sarasota help itself.

CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

CARGO- The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Let us take the legwork out of gift-giving with a round up of specially sourced gear of the year.
  • Artful Tides: Meet the outstanding local artists coming to newly-branded Sarasota Art + Handmade Art Show.

FORAGE- At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Boomtime Charity: What does the strong economy and new tax code mean for philanthropy?


  • Plastic Peril: The latest exhibition at Ringling College of Art + Design puts microplastics under the artist’s microscope.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here to access the pages of the DECEMBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.


In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s 2018 November Issue is Here


An eclectic collection of architect and design stories grace this month’s annual edition dedicated to all things house and home. Design trends turn the corner this fall with insight from domicile builders including Nutter Custom Construction, Murray Homes and Yoder Homes. We also dive into trends for tiny spaces—including how to “Get the Look” with treasures from local boutiques. Read on and enjoy! #LOVELOCAL


  • Living Small: Scale down to size with snug staycations in tiny homes, intimate gatherings in backyard sheds, remodeled shipping containers as unconventional work studios and full-service mobile mini-bars. These compact structures remind us to live simply and find cozy splendor in boutique-style spaces.
  • Rudolph Lives On: Paul Rudolph would be walking the earth at 100 this year—Sarasota Architectural Foundation commemorates the maverick of mid-century modern by giving some TLC to his iconic Cocoon House design on Hudson Bayou.
  • Prairie Retreat: The Goodmans left idyllic farmland and their rustic mountain home to migrate to the Gulf for a coastal lifestyle in a custom-built modern abode. There was only one architect for the job.

SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • A Modern Movement: [STRANG], a stylish architect firm brings fresh eyes to Sarasota, having recently moved into the new Rosemary BOTA Center.
  • Social Sales Team: Dealers United discuss innovating car sales in a social media world.
  • A Stronger Mission: Finish Line’s Julie Henry explains how nonprofits can evolve and become stronger.
  • What’s Up Doc?: Amongst the hustle and bustle of academic administration, Dr. Larry Thompson’s finds his own roadmap for Ringling College.

CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • The Jaeger Maestro:  Local artist Tim Jaeger takes the helm of Sarasota’s newest gallery—GAZE Modern.
  • Audio Empire:  Brazilian conductor Alexandra Arrieche makes her Sarasota Ochestra debut.
  • 700 Shades of Grey: From its origins in ancient China to its arrival at ArtCenter Manatee this month, the traditional art of Sumi-e painting remains as demanding as it is delicate.
  • Dual Roles: From SARTQ to the Sarasota Museum of Art, Rae Ramos has his hands full with the local arts scene.

CARGO- The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Rug Revival: Go for a magic carpet ride on any one of these exotically sourced area rugs.
  • Purest Intentions: Purify: An Urban Sweat Lodge brings a hot new hobby from LAX to SRQ.
  • Riding Dirty: Buckle up—a rare Cord 812 Phaeton convertible from the 30’s demands your attention.
  • Solar Light: An increasing number of high-end products allow you to light up your domicile using solar power cells to brighten the lanai through the evening.

FORAGE- At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Culinary Improv: Eatery 84 combines technical prowess with a commitment to fun—and the result is a recipe for joy.
  • Pass the Sriracha: Drizzle red and spice up your feed with some Sriracha sauce, three ways.
  • Love Local Beertail: Check out SRQ’s 20th Anniversary specially-made cocktail with Louies Modern

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Red, Red Tide: Harmful algae blooms went to Southwest Florida’s head this year, impairing business and politics.


  • Voyage to Paradise: A preview of the Paul Gauguin exhibit come to Selby Gardens.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here  to access the pages of the NOVEMBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.



Medical Pioneers- SRQ Magazine’s January 2019 Edition

Medical Pioneers has returned!

Last year, we unveiled a new special section targeting the extraordinary medical community along the Gulf Coast. Great news! We’re bringing it back! Medical Pioneers is a great way to educate and inform our community about new and emerging treatments available at your practice. Whether you specialize in life-saving cardiology advancements or cosmetic procedures for healthy, glowing skin, this section is a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing cutting-edge technology and expertise of area healthcare providers, physicians, researchers, and health and wellness companies.

Space Closing: Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Click to see the most recent Medical Pioneers.

Flip Book_Medical Pioneers-SPREAD AND COVERContact your Business Development Executive or Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your space and article today. SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

SRQ Magazine’s 2018-2019 Seasonal Guide to Arts + Culture


SRQ Magazine is proud to present the 2018-19 Season Culture Primer, the premier index of community arts and culture for the coming year! Culture Primer is tucked into your October 2018 edition and designed as a gorgeous removable guide to the cultural must-do’s in the area.

This season’s debuts from varied stages include: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder; Elf- the Musical; The Music Man; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Circus by the Sea; “John Denver-Coming Home”; Microplastics; Knights; The Nutcracker; Jay Leno; Raisin; Sarasota Chalk Festival and many more!

Humor, artistic talent and a pinch of magic bring the Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice communities to life for a season of unforgettable hits.

For the full list, click the cover below.

Without further ado, SRQ Magazine invites you to sit down, relax, and enjoy a show, we’ll see you there!

-The SRQ team

Click Here  to access the full pages of the OCTOBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.

SRQ MEDIA Announces Keynote and Trailblazer Honoree for the 2018 Hear Me Roar Leadership And Awards Luncheon on April 26, 2018


SRQ MEDIA hosts the powerful Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Francis to recognize exceptional women in the region through the Annual Women in Business competition who have made noteworthy contributions to business, education, philanthropy, culture and health in the community. The Awards Luncheon kicks off with the Keynote Speaker who shares their story of success and the honoring this year’s recipient of the prestigious Trailblazer Award, a luminary who has cultivated distinguished achievements.

It is our great pleasure to announce the Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award Recipient for the 2018 annual luncheon and awards ceremony: Keynote Speaker Cricket Burns, Founder of, a curated treasure trove of highly sought after furnishings, artwork and collectors’ items; and, Trailblazer Award Honoree Patti Cazzato, CEO of Timbuk2, the global handbag enterprise. Past Trailblazer Award recipients include Adrienne Vittadini (2015), Pamela Fiori (2016) and Nancy Bernardini (2017).

“We’re thrilled to host keynote speaker Cricket Burns and Trailblazer Award recipient Patti Cazzato as our honored guests,” says SRQ MEDIA CEO/President Lisl Liang. “Hear Me Roar recognizes the passion within each of us conquer the inevitable challenges in our personal and professional lives. The strong and compassionate women nominated each year are a testament to resiliency, innovation and the spirit of giving back to our community.”


Bio: Keynote Speaker – Cricket Burns, “The Jusher” of


Originally from Greenwich, CT, Cricket Burns graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and attended the University of London and La Sorbonne. With her renowned personal style and her finger on the pulse of collective fashion trends, she became an esteemed fashion editor and stylist in New York City. For three decades held high masthead positions at numerous publications including posts as fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Seventeen magazines, fashion director at Avenue Magazine, style director at Quest magazine and creative director at New York’s Scene Magazine. She conceptualized and styled cover shoots, fashion spreads and wrote her own monthly column “Crickets Crush” which catalogued her highly anticipated “Must Have” items.

In 2004 Burns was diagnosed with breast cancer and her husband was diagnosed 2 years later with stage four throat cancer. These terrifying dual diagnoses and two young daughters at home inspired a soul-searching break from the frantic pace of the fashion industry. At this time she unleashed her unstoppable creativity toward renovating and decorating her family’s apartment. She subsequently found a welcoming audience for her original, colorful and whimsical home décor style and a new business was born. Burns launched her website, a curated treasure trove of highly sought after furnishings, artwork and collectors’ items. At her clients’ request, this quickly morphed into her trademark “Jushing” and staging services. Burns’ original take on this instant and unique home makeover combines the use of items that her client already has with personally curated home decor consignments from Burns’ warehouse and trade resources. The result, in as little as one day, guarantees a unique Wow-Factor with intrinsic market appeal. Burns’ web series, “The Jusher”, is currently in consideration with A&E channel. The series covers all aspects of home style; decorating, art collecting, furnishing and accessories curation, in engaging before-and-after format episodes.

While focusing her laser-chic styling and design expertise on the world of home decor, Burns also finds time to create and sell her collection of affordable diamond jewelry called, of course, Crickets Crush Diamonds on the Home Shopping Network, EVINE. She was recently featured on NBC’s Open House with Sara Gore as a top NYC based decorator filmed in her own home.

While Burns’ home décor and personal style motto has always been “A little over the top is just where I like the view best”, she keeps it down to earth in terms of making her service attainable to just about anyone in need of a home decor facelift. She believes that living in a space that is beautiful, comfortable and organized provides a sense of pride and calm that one in turn brings into the world.

Burns lives (in her entirely jushed homes) in New York City and Southampton with her husband and business partner, Richard, her two college age daughters, Manzi and India, and her beloved and ancient pug dog, Blessed.


Bio: Trailblazer Award Recipient – Patti Cazzato, CEO, Timbuk2

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Patti Cazzato was appointed CEO of Timbuk2 in 2014 to helm the company in its 25th anniversary year. A seasoned executive and retail industry veteran, Patti brings nearly three decades of global retail expansion, creative merchandising, product innovation and sustainable manufacturing expertise to Timbuk2.

Prior to joining Timbuk2, Patti held senior leadership positions at high-profile multi-billion dollar global brands. She launched her career over 25 years ago in San Francisco, cutting her teeth in sales and merchandising positions at Esprit, Sam & Libby and Ann Taylor before being recruited by Gap International in 1993. At Gap, she served as Senior Vice President, leading a team of over 200 corporate employees to grow the business over an eight-year period from $650 million to $1.7 billion in revenue, and from approximately 200 to 650 retail stores. In 2005, she joined Levi Strauss & Co. as Senior Vice President to reinvent the women’s line. She delivered record earnings in Levi’s Women’s Division while claiming the top market share position. She also played an integral role in the team that created Levi’s eco-line.

In 2007, Patti founded and financed Clary Sage Organics, an eco-friendly apparel line and wellness center based in San Francisco. Having toured countless international manufacturing facilities during her corporate tenure, Patti was inspired to act upon her entrepreneurial instincts and launch a company built upon sustainable manufacturing and business practices.

Patti currently resides in San Francisco with her two teenage children. In her free time, she is an avid yoga practitioner and enjoys spending time outdoors.


SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the Women in Business Sponsors for their support of this engaging community platform: Seaside Bank, New Balance Sarasota, CS&L CPAs, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Diamond Vault, Gold Star Limo, Muse Salon, Victoria Blooms, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue and CCAV.

To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit SRQHEARMEROAR.COM.

Event Details: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:30am-1pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. Registration: 10:30am. Pop-Up Boutiques: 10:30 to 11:30am. Luncheon Program: 11:30am -1:00pm. Cocktails: 1-3pm at Louies Modern



In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s February 2018 Issue is Here!


February’s issue not only features a special supplement for the 2018 Localpreneur of the Year nominees and awards, but is also comprised of articles on underrated local bites and recommended cookbooks for Foodies’ delight!



Jane Seymour: Life As Art: Depending on their age, fans of Jane Seymour know her best as a Bond girl a medicine woman or a Wedding Crashers cougar. But the acclaimed actress says the creative expression she enjoys the most happens in a painting studio, not a soundstage. Seymour comes to Sarasota with an art exhibition at Chasen Galleries, and spoke exclusively with SRQ magazine about her career on canvas and on screen. 


La Famiglia: For an Italian restaurant to reach the upper echelons of legitimacy, it must incorporate a generous-old recipe from some quaint village unmarked on a map, or make use of “nonna” or “mama” as a prefix for some of its menu items. SRQ embarks on a giro d’italia amongst three local Italian restaurants that check all of the boxes, passing the unwritten test of authenticity with flying tricolores


Murder On The Food Express: Fast food is dead and the police suspect foul play. Fast casual is booming in a Sarasota saturated by fine dining locales, and Millennials especially are on the hunt for the next new thing to pick up the mantle. In short, profit motive for the murder stands at an all-time high, and the market points to something chef-driven and worldly- tacos. With a recent proliferation of taco offerings on the Sarasota menu, SRQ rounds up the new usual suspects. 


SRQIST– Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Sarasota MOD: Honoring the life and career of an iconic architect in the Sarasota School of Architecture, Edward “Tim” Seibert
  • Virtual Reality: Imerza brings a computer-generated view to a concrete future
  • Standing Ovation: Sarasota’s latest luxury hotel embraces the arts
  • Co-work Space: Coworking throws traditional concepts of the workplace sideways
  • Connections To History: Trumpet Awards founder, Xernona Clayton wants future generations to learn the sacrifices of the Civil Rights era
  • Rockin’ Foodie Life: Head of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Sarah Firstenberger gets the most out of life. 
  • Voice For Teachers: Sarasota County Teacher of the Year, ES Swihart shares her love of the classroom


CULTURE CITY– Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • Out Of The Factory: Selby Gardens exhibition explores Andy Warhol’s artistry
  • Seat At The Table: Sarasota Opera brings the audience behind the scenes with a new series for a new year
  • Cotton’s Candy: Renowned artist, Will Cotton brings his own brand of sinister sweet to Ringling College


CARGO– The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Cookbooks to Savor: SRQ‘s favorite cookbooks for 2018
  • Crystal Classic: An expert collection makes it to the shelves of The Women’s Exchange
  • Book It: A new travel section at local Parker’s bookshop


FORAGE– At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life


RECONNOITER– Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

  • Ripples In The Water: The World Rowing Championships drew cheers, but was Nathan Benderson Park a worth investment?

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s issue today!

-The SRQ team

Click here to access the pages of the February SRQ digital edition.




SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK International Speakers for the 2018 Conference



ProjecTHINK is pleased to announce the featured speakers for the inaugural innovation in learning conference taking place Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design.

projecTHINK is the ultimate journey into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and innovators interested in thinking outside of the box, projecTHINK challenges perceptions and jumpstarts creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

Each year, we curate an eclectic collection of speakers who will share their work in deconstructing, reframing and pushing the boundaries of experiential learning. Each thought leader will share the how, why and what nows of their work and its impact on adapting and transforming the way we think about lifelong learning. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker and INVO8 Speakers.

Keynote Speaker – Nathan Schwagler
Co-Director, The Dali Museum Innovation Labs


Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight (utilized by organizations including: NIKE, Pfizer, GOOGLE, Disney, HP, IBM, Kra, and L’oreal, and academic institutions including: MIT, Stanford, and Harvard). Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In- Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation.


SRQ INOV8 Speaker Line Up

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Jacqueline Lloyd Smith MA, MBA, (ATR), (CMC)
Director of Fun, Strategic Play Group Ltd. and
Master Trainer in LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® Methods

As a successful entrepreneur, Jacquie started her first business at age nineteen and today she continues to grow the global brand StrategicPlay®.  With an interesting educational background in the arts, psychology, and innovation, she now focuses her energy on helping others by revolutionizing how they think to solve messy problems and to improve their business functions. For years Jacquie worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO® Group in Denmark, where she was trained and then became a trainer for the company in the method LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In 2009, Jacquie was appointed to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training board, and is a Master Trainer, trained by the LEGO® Group to deliver facilitator training in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.



Janice Francisco, CEO, BridgePoint Effect and
Certified FourSightTM Facilitator and Administrator 

Operating at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation, Janice brings clarity to innovation for organizations that are struggling to define and bring action to their innovation initiatives. She helps her clients build teams of “innovation champions” who understand the value innovation brings to the organization, and have the eagerness, confidence, skills and creativity to drive results. Janice speaks internationally on applied creativity, and has developed expertise on building innovation cultures within government. She works with clients in the public, private, Fortune 500 and non-profit sectors.


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Cameron J. Camp PhD., Director of Research and Development,
Center for Applied Research and Dimentia

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past-president of Division 20 (Adult Development and
Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association.



Dr. Cyndi Burnett, Associate Professor,
International Center for Studies in Creativity

Dr. Cyndi Burnett is an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, a Master of Science in Creativity, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; all of which she uses to help ignite creativity around the world. Her research interests include: the use of creative models and techniques with children, creative thinking in higher education, and current trends in creativity.  Her work includes projects such as: working with educators to bring creative thinking into the classroom, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media and designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity. Dr. Burnett is devoted to creating engaging lessons in education.


An invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration await you at SRQ MEDIA’S inaugural projecTHINK Conference hosted at the Ringling College of Art and Design’s award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library on Saturday February 10, from 8:30am-12:00pm.

Space is limited, purchase tickets online at

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.