Category Archives: SRQ Events

Briefs about SRQ Media Event Programs— SB2 Regional Symposia, Bal Masqué, SRQ Home of The Year, Best of SRQ Local and the Annual Hear Me Roar Luncheon.

Calling all Foodies—Join us for Good Eats at LaStrada: SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival, October 20


If you’re a foodie, you’ll love our sneak peek at the Food Trucks coming to our LaStrada Street Festival on Saturday, October 20th!

SRQ MEDIA brings you a night of sensory delights with La Strada our 20th Anniversary Street Festival. It begins just as soon as you step out of the car with the delicious scent of delectable dishes.

Let’s dive in:


Take a tour down memory lane with PB & Jelly Deli, they have reinvented the classics to create a bite that is savory, sweet and reminds you of the best part of home.

Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food

Travel to South America with Kuwai Venezuelan Street Food. No passport required! This dynamic brother duo brings the authentic flavors of their homeland to Sarasota with amazing sandwiches and sauces.

24301463_1737745776267272_3202022582583849635_n.jpgFly back home for a nosh at WingWay. Serving up delicious wings and fries with 27 different flavors to choose from, you could be here all night.


Now that you’re back, relax for a minute with the sweet and savory offerings at Tropical Crepes and Waffles. Embrace our local paradise and try a bubble waffle, delicious crepe, waffles on a stick and more!


Still feeling fruity? Bowl’d Life is our next stop! Take your pick from acai bowls, pitaya (dragonfruit) bowls, smoothies, avocado toast, and a quinoa bowl this truck is anything but basic.

27972987_2077504372483847_6602521662262045221_n.jpgDripping with decadence, Fillaburger is not to be forgotten. Get your burger stuffed with mac ‘n cheese or pulled pork. Try the Cali burger with a side of hot and crispy fries.


There’s always room for dessert with Sweet Niche Baking Company. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade cupcakes and cookies.

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For the love of tacos…no festival night would be complete without them. Enter  Tamiami Tacos, a hidden gem in Bradenton but the secret is out! You won’t be able to get enough of Chef Robert’s tacos made with love.


Ride the FLAVORWAVE all the way to the sweet end with Kona Ice Sarasota. Celebrate the opportunity to mix and match up to all 10 flavors or choose your favorite.


Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 


Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night, Popcraft and Sir Speedy Printing.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at or 941-365-7702 x221.


SRQ MEDIA Announces LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival, October 20


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6pm to midnight on Dolphin Avenue. This sparkling street extravaganza will showcase the experiences, arts, entertainment, tastes and libations that make our area so special.

Chill under the stars at the SRQ Chillounge and roast s’mores under the night sky while viewing fabulous films and clips from Ringling College of Art and Design students projected on SRQ MEDIA’s “Backlot Wall.” Enjoy captivating performances by Florida Studio Theatre, Circus Arts Conservatory and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Stroll Dolphin Street tasting delectable noshes from food trucks such as Fillaburger, WingWay, Kona Ice, Bowl’d Life, Sweet Niche Baking Co, PB & Jelly Deli and Kuwai Venezualan. Indulge in creative libations from local restaurateurs and cold drafts from Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Dance in the streets and catch up with friends new and old.  Musical performances include: Bri Rivera, The Divebombers, Jami Gee, Sound of Fury, Cahoots and many more. Bring the family out for a magical “LOVE LOCAL” evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:00pm to Midnight on Dolphin Street (Downtown Sarasota between Orange Ave and Pineapple Ave just south of Ringling). Admission is $10 per person and kids 12 and under are free.  

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor, Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota Ford, Sabal Palm Bank, Marina Jack, Aloft Sarasota, Al Purmort Insurance, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Chillounge Night. A portion of the proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children. Visit SRQMAG.COM/LaStrada for details and tickets.

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

SMARTgirl Class of 2018 Roars at Annual Mentorship Summit and Luncheon, April 6

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SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

On March 16, SRQ MEDIA hosted the second annual SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency engaging over 60 girls from both Sarasota and Manatee Counties with 28 mentors representing our region’s many diverse industries from graphic design, programming and virtual reality to theatre, marine biology and medicine. The luncheon consisted of a curated mentoring program aimed to engage the young women in soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings.

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SMARTgirl students from Girls Inc. eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SMARTgirl is all about the power of connection and possibility.  In connecting these young girls with mentors who can show them real-life examples of opportunities they may not have been aware of or felt were out of reach, we can help to make their dreams a viable reality and set them on a course of success and fulfillment,” Ashley Grant, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of SRQ MEDIA stated.

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SMARTgirl Mentor and Owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio, Claudia Baeza engaging with SMARTgirl student Rezlyn Krueger during Dream Career Incubator Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 


The summit kicked off with the Dream Career Incubator workshop where girls were able to ask questions, get advice and gain real world experience about their dream career from our mentors. Hailing from organizations such as Mote Marine Laboratory, State College of Florida, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humane Society of Manatee County, SIFT Bakehouse, Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota Police Department and Pineapple Yoga, our mentors were eager to share their bank of knowledge with the next generation of women leaders. 

“This event is about helping girls achieve their dreams. Each of us determines our own happiness, and if we are able to help one girl believe in herself and understand she can conquer any challenge ahead to make her dreams reality, then we have helped her on the journey to true happiness,” explained Women In Business Leadership Circle Member and SMARTgirl Mentor, Joy Randels.


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SMARTgirls search for matching beads during Intro to Coding Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

After a quick snack break, the girls were back in action and onto the Coding Adventure Worksop. Their mission: To plan their dream adventure based by utilizing a series of bead codes for each selection, which included a rocket ship as a mode of transportation and a unicorn as an adventure buddy. Once the girls chose a coding sequence from each category, they created their very own bracelet using the beads to reflect each coding sequence.

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Girls form a superpower group to create team logo, name and mission. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In between workshops and the luncheon, participants formed teams based on their chosen superpower preferences and collaborated with girls from other groups to develop a name, logo and mission as a team.  The result?  Strategic teamwork, analysis and amazing artwork.

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India White speaks on overcoming obsticles during 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of decadent alfredo chicken pasta, participants heard from 3 power house speakers, all emphasizing that we have the power to succeed through empowerment, tenacity and spitfire determination.

Our first speaker, India White, was presented with a huge semi trailer of very sour lemons at a very young age and made the choice, in spite of incredible odds, to become a super achiever. India explained how at the age of 16 she found herself homeless finding refuge at the Sarasota YMCA Homeless Shelter. Refusing to feel sorry for herself, India viewed her circumstances as an opportunity to start fresh and change her life for the better.

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Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gives a powerful message to the SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SMARTgirl Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gave an uplifting presentation on S—M—A—R—T girl with 5 life principles everyone should live by.

  • S- Start your day with a daily affirmation.
  • M- Make good choices.
  • A- Accept yourself.
  • R- Respect yourself.
  • T- Take time to laugh.
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Careeer Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad of StatWeather reminds SMARTgirls to follow their dreams. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

“SMARTgirl embodies who we are as women: resilient and smart, full of hopes and aspirations.  SMARTgirl gives young women access to role models, encouragement and a blueprint for making their dreams come through. SMARTgirl teaches girls to overcome and to be successful in life,” explained CEO of StatWeather and SMARTgirl Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad. She went on to encourage each and every girl to follow their dreams whether it takes a few months or 20 years to achieve. She ended her speach with 3 powerful words: ” Never Give Up.”

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Coding expert, Andrea Cannistra displays Dream Adventures on the screen during the luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan  

To close things out, Andrea Cannistra from atLarge, Inc. took the stage to present the 2018 SMARTgirl Coding Adventures based off of the bracelets particpants had created earlier in the day. Girls raised their hands high in the sky for a chance to come on stage and see their adventure coded right before their eyes.

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SMARTgirl mentors and participants work together during Superhero activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We live in a society that puts pressure on girls at a very young age. 12-year-olds are already going on diets and many believe that they’re valued more for their appearance than abilities. As mentors, community leaders and most importantly, fellow women, we need to break this cycle and help these young women realize that they are more than their looks, more than what society tells them to be. We need to create the standard and guide them along so that they surpass all expectations. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to mentor at SMARTgirl. It wholly reinforced the idea that instead of competing with one another, we need to educate and empower each other. Female empowerment is a force to be reckoned with, said SMARTgirl Mentor Kristen Hogentogler when asked why she thought it was important to mentor.

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Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad and SMARTgirl Mentor Shana Nichols pose with students at 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and University Park and PSAV for investing in over 60 futures and creating a dynamic day for each of these young women.

We would also like to thank the Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida as our founding partner organizations for engaging many of the girls who were in the room. 

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

To view the 2017 SMARTgirl video click here.


SRQ Gets Festive at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, December 6

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Holiday Soiree Guests Kameron Hodgens from Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Noah Riner and Britt Riner from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

SRQ MEDIA celebrated the holiday season in our most outrageous holiday sweaters at a festive soirée with our clients, partners and dear friends on Wednesday, December 6 at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. True to SRQ form, the night was full of music, connectivity, twinkling lights and delicious food. The vintage pieces on display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage perfectly captured the hyper-local essence of SRQ Magazine, each telling its own colorful story about a unique history. Guests were treated to an experience like no other exploring, discovering and stimulating the imagination with a little holiday cheer sprinkled in.

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Sharyn Lonsdale from the Venice Symphony and Robert Olson pose for photos. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

The sound of laughter filled the party as guests enjoyed the interactive photo booth and indulged in a delicious spread of holiday favorites provided by Michaels on EastGeckos Grill & Pub and Sift Bakehouse. From chicken quesadillas, New England lobster rolls, California rolls and caprese skewers with balsamic reduction to the delightful SIFT gingerbread cookie iced in holiday sweaters, food was plentiful and the bar fully stocked with beer from SRQ events partner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

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SARTQ Artists printing silkscreens in honor of SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Talented local artists from SARTQ were on site on-site printing one-of-a-kind silkscreens in collaboration with SRQ’s 20th SRQ Anniversary commemorating two decades of local engagement. Each design presented unique creative inspirations from the SARTQ artists whose organization strives to enhance the local visual arts through the creation of unique art experiences and educational programming.

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Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes win most “outrageous” holiday sweaters. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Special congratulations to 2016 Women In Business Leadership Circle Member, Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes for donning the most “outrageous” sweaters of the evening. Based on votes from guests, they won tickets to the SRQ 20th Anniversary Gala next year.

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Guests mingle and indulge in light bites at the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


We would like to sincerely thank Jesse White, Owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage for allowing us to use his creative space. We are so grateful for his inspiring commitment to the community and continuous support of SRQ Magazine.

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SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts with their children Griffin and Piper at the Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


On behalf of the entire SRQ MEDIA team, we wish you happiness, peace and togetherness this holiday season. Thank you for your unending passion and support for making the place we all call home, so very special.

To view a gallery of photos from the celebration, click here.

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The SRQ MEDIA team poses for photos in the photo booth. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.



Don’t forget to mark your calendars for all of our innovative and engaging events coming in 2018!

An Evening With Audrey
January 11, 2018 | 5:30-8pm | Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

SB2 Luncheon: State of the Region & 1st Annual Localpreneur of the Year Awards
January 25, 2018 | 11am-1pm | The Francis, Downtown Sarasota
Explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

 ProjecTHINK Conference
February 10, 2018 | 9:15am-12pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

SRQ KidsFest
February 10, 2018 | 11am-4pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.

SB2 Reporting Out: Philanthropic Agenda, November 30

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From left to right: Panelists John Annis, Martha Wells, Monica Van Buskirk, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Series Sponsor Brian Mariash. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


On Thursday November 30, SRQ MEDIA launched the brand new 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia Season to a sold-out crowd and took attendees on a journey inside the minds of some of the most notable and innovative philanthropic foundations in our area at SB2 Philanthropic Agenda. Hosted at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota, the discussion centered around the recent debates in Washington D.C. on tax reform and how it could impact deductions and incentives for giving.

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Opening presenter, Brian Mariash from Mariash Lowther Wealth Management welcomes guests to SB2: Philanthropic Agenda. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

After opening remarks from Series Sponsor, Brian Mariash of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, panelists took the stage eager to dive into an innovative and empowered discussion focused on the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.

Panelists hailed from a variety of organizations: Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark Pritchett from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Martha Wells from the Southwest Florida Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals and Monica Van Buskirk from the Van Wezel Foundation. Panelists were passionate about the importance of evoking change in the community and focused on potential tax code reforms and the future of philanthropy.

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From left to right: Wes Roberts (moderator), Martha Wells, John Annis, Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


When questioned about the possibility of new tax legislation taking away funding from non-profits, John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explained, “If you watch some TV channels, this is going to be so good, and we’re going to have so much money, and we’re all going to be so happy and we’ll all be rich and have more to give. If you watch other stations, this is the worst thing that ever happened and we’re all going to be broke and we’re all going to be homeless.”

He went on to say, “Philanthropy is all about bettering life for the next generation. We are a very unique country in that philanthropy plays such an important role in things like that.”

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John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explains what philanthropy will look like in the future. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Mark Pritchett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, said his main concern right now was the increase in standard deductions, which could lead to more people choosing that route instead of opting to file for individual deductions. “The fear is if we minimize, people won’t give individually to charities.”

Martha Wells, representing the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, noted other changes could affect the very mission of nonprofits, particularly a change that could allow charities to engage in more overtly political activity. “Broadening that mission would make it more challenging to have confidence and make sure it (donations) gets used the way a donor intended,” she said.

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Martha Wells discusses donor advisement funds at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

“When the stock market turns we will find out who are running really strong foundations because they will prevail. We will have some fall out but again if you stick to the integrity of your mission and you build those relationships, I think you will survive,” Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation stated.

Another topic of discussion was fair pay among nonprofit employees. Panelists stressed that quality work deserved quality pay from executives all the way down the chain of command. “At non-profits we have to start thinking about paying employees that we want to keep. We have nonprofits that are doing amazing work and they are paying people barely enough to survive,”  John Annis stressed.

“Good people need to be paid well in order to retain them,” agreed Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Carol Butera.

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Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk share a laugh while on the panel at SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


To wrap things up, panelists were asked where they think philanthropy is headed in the future.”Today in fundraising, it is all about relationships. My guess in 2075, it will be the same,” Carol Butera explained when asked about the future of giving. She went on to say that 75% of current donations come from those that earn over $100,000 a year. “My hope is disparity of pay starts equalizing and we will see in 2075 the gifts come from people of all income levels.”

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From left to right: Brian Mariash, Jeremy Shelby and Bart Lowther from SB2 Series Sponsor Mariash Lowther Wealth Management at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this engaging discussion without our incredible 2017-2018 series sponsors: Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and SB2 Philanthropic Agenda event sponsor, CS&L CPAsThank you for supporting 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.

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Representatives from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Event Sponsor, CS&L CPAS. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Click here to read the article about SB2 Philanthropic Agenda in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda is available online.

The next SB2 Luncheon will take place on Thursday January, 25 2018 with SB2: State of the Economy. We will explore the link and symbiotic relationship between Entrepreneurship and Tourism on Florida’s Gulfcoast. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the first ever SRQ Localpreneur of the Year Awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

For tickets and 2017-2018 annual VIP member passes, visit

We hope to see you there!

Building of the Year is Here and We Have the Trophies to Prove It!


The November edition has made its grand debut, and with it comes SRQ Magazine’s, 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition! As part of the celebration for this noteworthy competition, we hosted the finalists and contributors at SRQ Studios for an awards ceremony recognizing their achievements and distributed the very first copies of the November edition to the public.


Representatives from ARCOS, 2017 Building of the Year Reader’s Choice winner at the BOTY awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


“Each year, this competition recognizes some of the most amazing local talent in design and construction along the Gulf Coast. And since our magazine is devoted to living local, it is only fitting that we celebrate and showcase some of the region’s most jaw-dropping structures,” said Wes Roberts, Executive Publisher of SRQ Magazine.


Guests of the 2nd Annual Building of the Year Competition await the announcement of the winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


The 2017 Building of the Year competition delivered some of the most stunning examples of architecture, construction and design that we have ever seen. And we are thrilled to introduce the categories that highlight these major projects in a big way.

  • Residential Building / Complex
  • Commercial Building, includes Hotels
  • Mixed-Use Building
  • Public Building / Public Space
  • 2017 Reader’s Choice

Each entry requires a concept statement that describes the project and often includes challenges that were presented and overcome along the way. Others indicate the inspiration, owner’s preferences and materials used to bring the project to life. Each project is gorgeously showcased through photography that highlights its incredible features and draws our readers in.


Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects accepts the Platinum award for his project, INFINITY. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


The SRQ Building of the Year panel of judges review the submissions and score each project based on innovation, function, architecture, aesthetics, place-making and livability to name the Building of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver award recipients to be featured in the November edition of SRQ. 


Dean Thompson and his team accept the Platinum award for their project, Eilling Eide Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

And without further ado, announcing . . . this year’s Building of the Year award winners!

Residential Building/Complex
Platinum: DSDG Architects | INFINITY
Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS]

Commercial Building, Including Hotels
Platinum: The Schimberg Group, Inc. | Beach House Waterfront Restaurant Deck
Gold: Fawley Bryant Architecture | IMG Academy Performance and Sports Center
Silver: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System | Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion

Mixed-Use Building
Platinum: Dean Thompson, Inc. | Eilling Eide Center
Gold: HOYT Architects | The Mark
Silver: HOYT Architects | SANSARA

Public Building/Public Space
Platinum: Fawley Bryant Architecture | Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Gold: Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. | Ringling College of Art and Design Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Silver: DeAngelis Diamond AND Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System | Sarasota Memorial Hospital Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center

2017 Reader’s Choice 
Platinum: Framework Group, LLC & Forge Capital Partners | ARCOS


Representatives from Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems accept their two awards for the Rehabilitation Pavilion and the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Special thanks again to our 2017 Building of the Year judges and to Sarasota Trophy for providing us with this last night’s awards.

To view a gallery of photos from the Building of the Year awards ceremony, Click Here. And to view the amazing buildings and survey the incredible talent of the architects, builders and design companies in Sarasota and Bradenton, pick up your copy of the November edition of SRQ today!


Steve Padgett, Stu Henderson and their Fawley Byrant Architecture team anxiously await the announcement of the 2017 Building of the Year Award winners. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We will be back together this spring celebrating winners for the Home of the Year Annual Competition showcasing incredible residential spaces in the region—so be sure to share the call for entries, which closes on December 8th. Click here for the official entry packet.

Don’t miss the launch of SRQ Magazines 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Series with SB2: Philanthropic Agenda on Thursday, November 30th at The Francis featuring some of the area’s top philanthropic minds discussing trends in the regional giving agenda. Tickets are on sale at SRQSB2.COM.


SMARTgirl by the Numbers

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On April 14, SRQ Media hosted its inaugural SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. 84 grade school girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida and the Sarasota YMCA participated in a curated mentoring program engaging the young women with 23 women leaders representing our region’s many diverse industries in an afternoon of soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings including workshops, interactive programming and inspirational luncheon.

During the summit, SRQ Media asked our SMARTgirls a variety of questions about their experience and compiled an infographic representing our key findings.

  • 74% of our SMARTgirls feel that school is preparing them for securing a successful career.
  • 43% of our SMARTgirls would like to be able to work in the Sarasota-Bradenton region.
  • 55% of our SMARTgirls are strongly considering pursuing a technical or 2-year associates degree and 74% are strongly considering pursuing a post-secondary college education.
  • 100% of our SMARTgirls would recommend participation in SMARTgirl Initiative to a friend.

Supported through SRQ Women in Business, the SMARTgirl initiative is a collaborative effort to set local girls up for success. SMARTGirl fosters “curated mentorship” and engages middle school girls from Sarasota and Manatee counties in a program designed to educate them on career possibilities and provide the tools they need to succeed. The goal of SMARTgirl is to connect young girls with examples of excellence in our region and provide encouragement, advice and feedback on how to make their dreams happen.

Stay tuned for additional insights and findings gathered from the SMARTgirl Initiative and updates on the future 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship and Leadership Summit.

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

For more information on SMARTgirl and SRQ’s Women in Business Initiative, please visit