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The New Issue of SRQ is Here! (And we’re FLIPPING for it!)

The July issue of SRQ | The Magazine and Modern Home Magazine hits newsstands on July 1st.

The July issue of SRQ | The Magazine and Modern Home Magazine hits newsstands on July 1st.

Do you remember the last time you FLIPPED OUT? We do. Because we just did.

The brand new issue of SRQ Magazine and Modern Home Magazine is here and this one is going down in the SRQ History Books. We can’t contain our excitement, so we decided to share with you the top five reasons that we can’t wait for you to see it!

1. Two words: FLIP BOOK. The July issue of SRQ Magazine has quite a trick. Flip it over to reveal the newest of SRQ Media’s portfolio of publications, Modern Home Magazine. That’s right! More to love. Enjoy your regular installment of all things local in SRQ and then flip over to Modern Home. 

2. Did we mention Modern Home Magazine? You may have heard that the same good folks who deliver SRQ to your mailboxes and newsstands each month were developing a new magazine devoted to the modern vernacular of architecture and home design. This is it! Trust us, you don’t want to miss page upon page of breathtaking photography, enviable dwellings across the Gulf Coast and the unparalleled talent of architects right here in our backyard. If you love houses and design, if you’re looking for an architect or builder or if you just love thumbing through breathtaking home photography, you’re going to love it.

3. Gorgeous Cover Girl: Adrienne Vittadini graces (and we really mean it) the July cover! She is the epitome of beauty, style and success. We swooned when we met her at the SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon in April, and this glimpse into her storied career and home is every bit as warm and inviting as she is. One thing is for certain, she is humble and kind and sincere – despite her influence as one of the top style icons of the twenty-first century. And of course, we take pride in the fact that she’s a hometown girl.

4. ASLA Design Medal Winner Thomas Balsley: When we interviewed Thomas Balsley, we had no idea he was destined to win the 2015 ALA Design Medal. But we aren’t surprised in the least. His talent is astounding. His instincts on how people engage with parks and public spaces are uncanny. And his demeanor, perfection. Tom has seen and experienced more than we can fathom in his 30+ years of work as a Landscape Architect. He has worked with the likes of the Samsung’s R&D Campus in Seoul, South Korea, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump, and closer to home his firm was the mastermind behind the successful redevelopment of Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa. He dreams big, and always delivers. You won’t want the feature story on him in Modern Home to end.

5. It’s Peachy: Once again, staff writer Phil Lederer has hit it out of the park. This time, he’s written pure poetry on the summer’s most juicy fruit – the peach. And since this story was penned by Phil, we know that you’ll walk away having learned a thing or two, had more than a few laughs and a new appreciation for this slightly furry fruit.

Of course, there’s more than five reasons why we can’t wait for you to see this special issue–but it’s hard to type and jump up and down at the same time. All of the departments you love to savor (like Out & About, At The Table and SRQ&A) are in the July issue so that you won’t miss a beat when it comes to the best ways to live local. We hope you cherish this issue as much as we do.

Catch you on the flip side,

The SRQ Team

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SOLD OUT Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon, April 23

The 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Not pictured: Stefanie Overturf and Kim Hopper. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

The 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Not pictured: Stefanie Overturf and Kim Hopper. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Yesterday, SRQ | The Magazine hosted our first ever Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards luncheon to a sold-out audience at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. Originally planned as the awards ceremony for the 2015 Women in Business competition, the Hear Me Roar event boasted an inspiring keynote address from Pam van der Lee, Chief Marketing Officer for iMatchative in San Francisco and honored local fashion icon Adrienne Vittadini with the inaugural Women in Business Trailblazer Award.

SRQ was incredibly proud and honored to introduce new inductees to the 2015 Leadership Circle, comprised of the finalists and winners of this year’s Women in Business Competition. As each recipient was recognized, a quote or snippet of self-delivered advice (in the form of a letter written to their former selves) was projected, allowing each finalist and winner to be celebrated in a very personal way.

Meet the 2015 SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle

  • Mary Dougherty-Slapp, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange; winner
  • Kameron Hodgens, The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center; winner
  • Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; winner
  • Jo Ann Koontz, Koontz & Associates; winner
  • Denise Kowal, Avendia de Colores; winner
  • Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, Selah Freedom; finalist
  • Mary Forristall, Forristall Enterprises; finalist
  • Kim Hopper, Regions Bank; finalist
  • Tammy Kovar, Biological Tree Services; finalist
  • Stefanie Overturf, Overturf’s Floor & Fabric Care; finalist 
  • Sandra Rios, The Resort at Longboat Key Club; finalist
  • Gabriele Vest, Grapevine Communications; finalist

Upon arrival, luncheon guests sipped champagne and shopped wares from some of our favorite local retailers, including Diamond Vault, Philosophy & Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Pecky, Paint Nail Bar and Saks Fifth Avenue. The program began on a high note with Pam van der Lee’s address. Ashley Grant, SRQ Vice President of Strategic Partnerships introduced Pam through her “road less traveled” path to success. Early in her career, Pam rejected the allure of Wall Street and took a job with a then-smaller company, Nickelodeon Studios, and as the company grew, became the head of marketing for Viacom. She made a segue into non-profit work and followed her passion into the unknown, “I believe that passion is the very best driver and the most reliable predictor of success,” said Pam. Throughout her address, luncheon guests were moved by her thoughtful honesty and a summation of her life that is familiar to many many women navigating their own road to success:

Pam van der Lee shares a keynote address at Hear Me Roar. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Pam van der Lee shares a keynote address at Hear Me Roar. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

“My career path can resemble the freeways in LA. Confusing, circuitous, busy, sometimes terrifying and not terribly well marked. Moving from entertainment marketing to the world of non-profit, to a start up that straddles both finance and technology, I think most would agree that my path doesn’t follow the “a straight line is the shortest distance between two points” rule. But the one thing that has been clear in all of my choices is that passion has been my driver.” — Pam van der Lee

As her speech concluded, Pam charged all in attendance with a few challenges:

  1. Feel passionate about something that you do. Identify and engage in the activities, situations and/or environments that thrill you, that make you giddy or even a little scared.
  2. Surround yourself with people whom you admire and connect.
  3. Be fair and decent.
  4. Lead by example. Be the driver of your success and help others along the way through setting a good example, brining others to the table to participate in decision making and by valuing others.

Moved by Pam’s words, the luncheon warmly congratulated Adrienne Vittadini as the very first recipient of the SRQ Women in Business Trailblazer award. SRQ Media CEO and Editor in Chief Lisl Liang reflected on Adrienne’s longstanding and impressive career – turning a lifelong hobby into an impressive and celebrated international corporation. Accepting her award, Adrienne attributed a great deal of her success to reinventing herself. Taking risks, being adventurous and not being afraid are all actions she encouraged us take – and to take often.

Adrienne Vittadini accepts the Trailblazer award at SRQ Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Adrienne Vittadini accepts the Trailblazer award at SRQ Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Sandra Rios accepts her finalist recognition by SRQ Magazine Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Sandra Rios accepts her finalist recognition by SRQ Magazine Publisher Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

We look forward to getting to know each of the winners and finalists and learning about their incredible and unique success stories in the coming year. SRQ Magazine would like to thank our incredible sponsors for their support of  the Women in Business initiative and the incredible nominees, finalists and winners: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sophie’s, and The Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Hear Me Roar luncheon guests mingled and shopped in the Pop-Up Boutique prior to the awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

Hear Me Roar luncheon guests mingled and shopped in the Pop-Up Boutique prior to the awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund

To view a gallery of photos from the Hear Me Roar Luncheon, click here

Check out the Women in Business Special Awards Section in the May 2015 edition of SRQ, on newsstands and online next week. Stay tuned for announcements from the Women in Business mentorship initiative in the coming months.

SRQ Honors Adrienne Vittadini at Hear Me Roar Luncheon

Sarasota resident Adrienne Vittadini will be honored with the SRQ "Women in Business" Trailblazer award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015.

Sarasota resident Adrienne Vittadini will be honored with the SRQ “Women in Business” Trailblazer Award at the Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015.

SRQ is thrilled to announce Adrienne Vittadini as the very first recipient of the SRQ “Women in Business” Trailblazer Award. The honor will be bestowed at the SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon on April 23, 2015 at The Francis.

Known for her amazing thirty-year career in fashion design, Adrienne embodies the spirit of the SRQ Women in Business program. With an entrepreneurial spirit she began her own fashion business, Adrienne Vittadini Inc., after years of design work in New York and Italy. For over three decades, Mrs. Vittadini curated a classic, stylish design aesthetic that seamlessly transitioned women from home to office to leisure with an air of smart sophistication.

Mrs. Vittadini is the recipient of countless prestigious fashion awards, including the Coty American Fashion Critics Award (1984), Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award for Design and Business (1987), Metropolitan Home: The Design 100 Award (1992) and the Moore College of Art Visionary Woman Award in 2003. Currently, Mrs. Vittadini and her husband, Gianluigi, concentrate their efforts in developing luxury residential properties in Florida and the Italian Alps. She is a resident of Sarasota.

Luncheon guests will enjoy a keynote address from Pam van der Lee, Chief Marketing officer at iMATCHATIVE. Winners and finalists of the 2015 Women in Business competition will be announced and recognized at the luncheon. Hear Me Roar is sponsored by The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee with The Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.srqhearmeroar.com – $55 per person; half tables, $250; and, full tables, $500.