Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon Recap  | Thursday, May 2, 2019

SRQ MEDIA hosted the fifth annual Women In Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday May 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota featuring nationally-recognized keynote speaker Geralyn Lucas, noted luminary Dorothy Butler Gilliam and the announcement of the winners of the 2019 Women in Business Competition.

After guests were treated to a morning of shopping at the Pop Up Boutique Lounge, the Hear Me Roar Luncheon began with a warm welcome from Steve Altier of Hear Me Roar Champion Partner Seaside National Bank & Trust Bank.  

SRQ MEDIA was pleased to introduce Geralyn Lucas as this year’s Hear Me Roar Keynote Speaker. Lucas is the best-selling author of Why I Wore Lipstick: To My Mastectomy and an accomplished producer whose book was made into an Emmy nominated movie and inspired collaborations with Betsey Johnson and Stella cosmetics. In a compelling and inspiring keynote speech, which she aptly named “Finding my Roar,” the Hear Me Roar audience was brought to laughter and tears as Geralyn Lucas shared her journey of finding confidence and strength during her battle with breast cancer as a 27 year old. Encouraging attendees to “always take that risk,” Lucas emphasized the importance of making small but powerful differences. “When I wrote my book, I wanted to reach out to one woman and hold out my hand to her,” she remarked. 

Next, SRQ MEDIA had the great pleasure of honoring legendary journalist, civil rights activist and the first female black reporter for the Washington Post, Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Gilliam was the recipient of the 2019 Women in Business Trailblazer Award. As an agent of social change, Gilliam’s story of overcoming the adversities of racism and sexism is impactful. Gilliam accepted the award on behalf of black women journalists and women of color who had lived their life with such remarkable courage. Gilliam recalled early civil rights activist and investigative journalist, Ida B. Wells as well as other women who helped pave a new path in journalism. Gilliam recently published a memoir, Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America and has been widely acknowledged as a pioneer in her field, a champion of social justice, and a true Trailblazer.

Powered by SRQ’s Women In Business Initiative, the Hear Me Roar luncheon culminated with the announcement of the 2019 finalists and winners of the Women In Business Competition Awards Program. This year’s distinguished award nominees, finalists, and winners have made a meaningful and significant contribution to our region in business, education, philanthropy, arts and culture and healthcare. SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce this year’s twelve inductees into the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle: The 2019 Women In Business Competition Winners Luz Corcuera, Johnette Isham, Terri Najmolhoda, Christine Robinson, and Sally Schule, and seven Women In Business Competition Finalists Lynn Hobeck Bates, Mireya Eavey, Ashley McCollum, Lisa Moore, Kay Rosaire, Renee Snyder, and Rachel West.  Congratulations!

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the 2019 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon event sponsors for their support of this community platform: Champion Partner Seaside National Bank & Trust, Innovator Foundation Partner Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Collaborator Partner New Balance Sarasota, Leadership Pin Partner Diamond Vault, Trophy Partner Sarasota Trophy & Awards Inc., Hospitality Partner The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, After Hours Partner Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, Audio Visual Partner PSAV, Club Partner Waterworks Sarasota, Transportation Partner Gold Star Limousines, Hair Partner Muse Salon & Spa, Make Up Partner Saks Fifth Avenue,  and Floral Partner Sue Ellen’s Floral Boutique. Thank you as well to the participants in the Hear Me Roar Pop-Up Boutique: Diamond Vault, Camilyn Beth Studio, Saks Fifth Avenue, New Balance, Paint Nail Bar, Philosophy & Vines, Pineapple Yoga, Apricot Lane, Lash Boutique, MAAHS Cosmetique, Barb McSweeney Jewelry, Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, Architectural Salvage, and Lilly Pulitzer. Thank you to the 2019 Hear Me Roar table sponsors, the SRQ Women In Business Leadership Circle, and to our audience of over three-hundred attendees.

A full list of the SRQ Women in Business Award nominees, finalists and winners can be found in the May edition of She Roars magazine.

Visit CLICK SRQ to view more photographs from the event.

Photographs by: Evan Sigmund and Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ’s Annual LOVE LOCAL | Live Local Hometown Guide, Now Closing May 8, 2019

SRQ MAGAZINE’S Love Local | Hometown Guide is a carefully curated book of vibrant images and quotes that comes with a powerful social media engine. Love Local | Hometown Guide is SRQ‘s love letter to our local community, featuring pages devoted to the most magical things to see, do, taste and enjoy in our region. Through this publication we invite the reader to celebrate the people and places of our hometown.

Powerful Distribution—Love Local | Hometown Guide will have a print run of 30,000 copies, distributed through 60+ high-frequency locations including hotels, accommodations, venues, the SRQ Airport, rental car locations, and arts and culture organizations and 30+ community events.

Powerful Social Media—Advertisers in the Love Local | Hometown Guide will receive significant exposure featured in SRQ MAGAZINE’S LIVE LOCAL Instagram channel. Your gorgeous Instagram images will also appear on the official #LOVELOCAL Reel, on-screen during all events produced by SRQ MEDIA throughout the year.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to leverage powerful local influence and credibility from the LIVE LOCAL—LOVE LOCAL team!

Early Space Closing: May 8, 2019

Materials Deadline: August 15, 2019

April BrandStory: Horizon Mortgage Corporation

Horizon Mortgage Corporation has led the way in commercial mortgage banking on the West Coast of Florida since 1979. With a milestone of 40 years to celebrate, the Sarasota-based enterprise’s SRQ BrandStory looks back on Horizon Mortgage’s humble beginning and its upwinding success as a father-daughter powerhouse—grown to be one of the most trusted and sought-after mortgage lenders in the region.

With four decades of building contacts, market insight, operative leverage and customer relations in the financial marketplace, Horizon Mortgage Corporation remains a force as a full-service real estate advisory group at its core. Having developed the ability to secure loans not typical of what most banks offer, which are inclusive of land loans, mezzanine or second mortgage financing, portfolio loans, equity raises, construction financing and more, it continuously pioneers what it means to be a mortgage broker in such a fluctuating and variable market. Horizon’s invaluable capability to close any type of commercial transaction can be ascribed to the unique background and story of President/Founder N.J. Olivieri and daughter Kelly Gilliland, Executive Vice President. Together, they’ve created a collaborative balance in business, using both their strengths to excel as a household name in the industry. From genuine customer service and taking the time to understand every client’s personal and financial situations as well as their goals, to their tireless focus on eliminating risk, and providing intuitive expertise in underwriting both the asset in question, as well as the credibility of the borrower and the marketplace, customers find themselves in caring and capable hands at Horizon Mortgage.


Best of SRQ Local TGIF Party Recap

We had a blast at the 2019 Best of SRQ Local TGIF Party! On Friday, April 5 the SRQ MEDIA team and 250+ foodies and local enthusiasts gathered at ALoft Sarasota to taste signature dishes and cocktails courtesy of fifteen winning restaurants from this year’s Best of SRQ Local competition.

Celebrating the best locally owned establishments in the region, every year SRQ MEDIA asks our astute readers to vote for their favorite local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the buzzworthy special “Best of SRQ Local” awards feature published in the April magazine. This year, to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th anniversary, the Best of SRQ Local feature and TGIF party shared a 90’s theme. DJ Rus Deep kept 90’s throwbacks spinning throughout the evening giving guests the opportunity to rekindle their love for the decade of Ace of Base, Nirvana, and TLC.

A very big thank you to our awesome food and drink vendors who served up some seriously delicious tastings: Patricks 1481OfKors Bakery, Pazzo Southside, JPan, Calusa Brewery, El Toro Bravo Restaurant, Zildjian Catering & Consulting, The Overton, Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood., State Street Eating House, Five-O Donuts, Mattison’s, CROP, Ophelia’s On The Bay, and Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill.

Thank you to our amazing host, ALoft Sarasota and a big thanks to Mojo Photo Booth for the fun photo ops and DJ Rus Deep for keeping the 90s soundtrack rolling during TGIF. Click HERE to see more photos from the event. To view the full list of Best of SRQ Local winners, check out the April feature online HERE.

RocketKids Summer Magazine has launched!

Getting into some Summertime planning? Check out SRQ Magazine’s new edition of RocketKids. Now available to view onlineRocketKids is your family’s ultimate guide to Summer 2019.

Explore the latest summer camp options and family programs scheduled at destinations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. We’ve created an all-in-one guide to local camps and activities for children of all ages. Summertime will be here before we know it – check out the exciting opportunities that our region offers and register soon to join the fun!

Check out the magazine HERE

We’d like to get to know you! Complete the SRQ Readers Engagement Survey

Our Dearest Readers,

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of the SRQ Magazine story!

As your hometown media company, we are committed to creating experiences that transform how we live and love local—both in the magazine and within our events and programs.

We’d like to get to know you. And, we’d like to know how you engage with the content we produce in the magazine and how we can better connect you with more stories you’d like to read and events you’d find interesting.

We’ll set aside a special gift for you when you submit your completed readers survey—it’s a surprise, but it’s something that celebrates love local!

Estimated Time:  4-5 minutes, thank you in advance!

Click Here to complete the Reader Engagement Survey

Thank you for sharing your insight!

With appreciation,

The SRQME Team

Live Local. Love Local.

In Your Mailbox: April Best Of SRQ Local Issue is Here!



  • BEST of SRQ LOCAL: It’s been 20 years since SRQ Magazine first hit Mailboxes in the (941) and beyond, and the sunshine’s only gotten sweeter since–as evidence each year with the annual best of SRQ Local competition, giving mad props to the bangin’ local businesses that make each season better than the last. This year, we celebrate the here and now with a little trip to the way back when, to where it all started, to that weird and wonderful superunknown we remember simply as the ’90s. Hold on Hella tight and stay frosted, this trip ain’t for scrubs. #LOVELOCAL #SRQ20 

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

  • Pig Pen: Local humorist and author Lee Volpe finds her favorite book character in Officer, the mini pig.
  • Darwin’s Theory of She-Volution: Descended from circus artists and international magicians, Erika Cain was naturally selected to become an inveterate performer.
  • Whisked Away: The Ringling Museum hosts an exclusive choreographic ceremony of Chanoyu to learn the Japanese mastery of matcha. 

CULTURE CITY: Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Art-sheet

  • Building a Movement: The women of Moving Ethos Dance Company make it personal at Ringling Residency with girlwoman.  
  • Regarding Henry: The lost art of Post-Impressionist artist Henry St. Claire finds its way to Sarasota.
  • With Attitude: Artistic Director Janet Eilber on the future and philosophy of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
  • Colors of Exploration: In the lab with the gladdest mad scientist in Sarasota. Andrea Dasha Reich. 
  • Modern Day Medici: An interview with Sam Alfstad on the gallery game.

AGENDA: Insight on Politics, Government and Business

  • Golden Opportunity: What will consolidating University of South Florida campus mean for Sarasota–Manatee?

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

  • Top of the Morning: Size daybreak’s early hours with goods that get you rewed and going.
  • Fashion Runway: Our favorite fashion runway trends of Summer 2019.
  • Modest Modern: Firmo Construction and architect Lunardi invest in a new model in historic Indian beach–sapphire shores.
  • Mining Magic: McCarver and Moser celebrates 40 years with the inclusion of Robert Procop’s Exceptional Jewels Collection.

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

WANDERLUST: Florida Staycations and Weekend Getaways

  • Treasure in the Keys: Reclaiming the Florida keys from Hurricane Irma with an extensive renovation of Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key.

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 APRIL 2019 SRQ digital edition.