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Spotted! SRQ Magazine’s La Strada Video on ABC7 – Sarasota

What are you doing Saturday?  SRQ Magazine hopes to see you out on Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota from 6:00pm to 11:00pm to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary at La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival.

This video can also be spotted on ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB, our new partner!

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 and Sir Speedy Printing.

The beer and sangria proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

For event questions please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at rebecca.brey@srqme.com or 941-365-7702 x221.


SRQ RUMBLE Reports Out: Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals, February 28


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Left to right: Panelists Jacob Grollman, Jag Grewal, Raymmar Tirado, Wes Roberts (center, host), Frank Maggio, Candice McEylea and Doug Grosso battle it out at the SRQ Rumble. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


SRQ MEDIA transformed the Powel Crosley Estate into an academic arena where strategic arguments, amiable jabs and rhetoric were used to debate a topic some consider “too hot to handle” at the launch of the SRQ Rumble on Tuesday, February 28th. The purpose of SRQ Rumbles is to provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of the motion structured around transparent and civil public dialogue.


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Rumble event sponsor, Kelly Clark from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes guests. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


After opening remarks from event sponsor Kelly Clark of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, event moderator, Eric Massey discussed the modified Oxford Style debate guidelines and presented the motion stating “Our region has failed our young professionals.” To further develop perspective-taking skills in advancing civil dialogue, teams were randomly assigned and eager to argue their point in what some considered a polite and cultured intellectual blood sport–winner take all in a battle of wits and ideas.


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Event moderator, Eric Massey presents the format of the Rumble and motion for the evening. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Criminal defense attorney Jacob Grollman, of Glenn and Hibbert PA, began the debate arguing that the region has indeed failed young professionals. “We continue to discuss this problem but nobody offers any solution,” he stated. Jag Grewal, Commercial Real Estate Broker with Ian Black Real Estate, added that county leaders failed to attract North American Roofing which in turn lost high-paying jobs for the region. To close out the argument for the motion, Raymmar Tirado, Chief Disruption Officer for Clear Idea Labs, implied the departure of numerous Sarasota-trained college grads from the region, further proves that the needs of millennials are not being considered. “All you have to do is ask a young person,” Tirado said. “They do not get involved because it is not advantageous to be involved.”

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Criminal Defense Attorney, Jacob Grollman presents the opening argument in support of the motion. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


On the opposing side, Frank Maggio, of Centennial Bank suggested that an infrastructure has been in place for 15 years that empowers professionals, but it’s on young people to become more engaged. “The community is doing what it can to attract and engage young professionals,” he said. “There are many of us that are actually doing something and influencing things.” Doug Grosso, a broker associate with Dwell Real Estate, said many millennials are living in the area, either on their own or with their parents and noted that the Sarasota-Bradenton market lags behind only Orlando and Dallas in terms of business development and job growth. Candice McElyea, owner of ThreeSixOh PR, noted many successful professionals today grew up in the region and chose to stay here because of the opportunities and quality of life. “The people I went to school with, everybody made a name for themselves,” she said.

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Candice McEylea argues that the region has not failed young professionals. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


Audience members were able to ask their hard-hitting questions about the motion during the Q & A portion of the evening. Both debate teams were begging for more time to answer each thought-provoking and concise question that was posed.

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Event host, Wes Roberts facilitates audience Q & A. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


Onlookers weighed in on who made the best case by either voting “for” or “against” the motion upon arrival and again at end of the debate. The winner of the SRQ Rumble was decided by which side swayed the most votes to their side.

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Cheif Disruption Officer, Raymmar Tirado presents closing argument supporting the motion that our region has failed young professionals. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


In the end, it was determined that the region has failed young professionals with an 11 percent sway of the crowd as opposed to the 3 percent sway on the other side. SRQ Rumbles serve as a reminder that we can disagree mightily, and then walk away friends through evoking change in our region.

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From left to right: Rumble champions,  Jacob Grollman, Raymmar Tirado and Jag Grewal celebrate their victory. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


To view a full gallery of images from the February, 28th SRQ Rumble, click here.

The next SRQ Rumble will take place on Thursday, June 22 at the Powel Crosley Estate  on the impact school vouchers would have on public education in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Motion: School vouchers will harm public education more than they will help.

Purchase your tickets at: srqsb2.com and join us for the next “rumble!” Seats are limited at the location, so reserve yours early.

Reserve Your Tickets SB2: Rumble, Has Our Region Failed Young Professionals? February 28


SRQ MEDIA invites you to attend the launch of our brand new initiative, SB2: RUMBLE on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Powell Crosely Estate from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?
Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ’s SB2 Rumbles!

Can You Rock The Sway?
Join us at the Powel Crosley Mansion for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate. The success of the participants is judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister-counties with collaborative programming, now, with our Rumbles, we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, an admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Tickets: $25/person; Students $15/person, use “YOUNGRUMBLE” for the promo code.

Buy your tickets today at SRQSB2.COM.

Thank you to Leadership Sarasota and Alumni for partnering with SRQ Magazine on the February 28 program.

Cool Sh!t – Animation Event at Ringling College 1/30

SRQ Magazine is proud to support events at Ringling College of Art and Design through student and faculty publication, Landline.

SRQ Magazine is proud to support events at Ringling College of Art and Design through student and faculty publication, Landline.

Well, if anyone were to ever know the definition of Cool Sh!t, our money is on the students of Ringling College of Art and Design. On January 30th at 8pm, student organization “The Designimators” are going public with this knowledge and they’re ready to educate the rest of us.

Made up of 40 student members and five officers of The Motion Design Department, The Designimators are showcasing their amazing talents at the upcoming Motion Design Exhibition, COOL SH!T, on Friday, January 30 from 8- 10 pm. Entirely student planned, promoted and produced, the Designimators are pleased to feature over 60 submissions in the exhibition.

With five monitors (one designated for each student level and one featuring all submissions with sound), this event encourages audience interaction and mingling. Submissions highlight the entire motion design process: starting with storyboards outlining the creative process, style frames that carefully illustrate the envisioned piece and the animated segment.

SRQ is proud to promote these and other on-campus events in partnership with Landline and the students of Ringling College of Art and Design.

Stop by Ringling College’s Exhibition Hall next Friday to be blown away by the young talent in our community. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. For a map of the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, click here.

See you there!

Ringling College of Art and Design and SRQ Media Join Forces

Connectivity makes the world go ‘round. And in today’s modern age of technology, staying up to speed on events and news is easier and more important than ever before. At SRQ Media, we are pleased to partner with Ringling College of Art and Design in a media exchange with one goal in mind: engaging both of our audiences in the local creative community.


Enter Landline, an online publication at the college started by the Student Government Association in the 2012-2013 academic year as a printed newspaper aimed at better communicating news, happenings and events with the student population. As Landline has evolved, it has grown into a source of inspiration for and reflection of the college. Now Landline will also feature arts, culture, design, architecture and networking events in the community curated by the editorial team of SRQ DAILY to engage students, faculty, prospective students, alumni and recruiters with the local Sarasota and Bradenton creative class. Robson Tan, second year Advertising Design student and Editor in Chief of Landline notes its potential to connect prospective students to the campus community, “we want to be a source of information that can help them better understand the college and be interested in us.”


Robson Tan and Megan, students of Ringling College of Art and Design and editors of Landline.


Nazanin Varasteh, a former Ringling College alumni and strategist for the Business of Art and Design program, Robson Tan and President of the Ringling College Student Government Meghan Cole approached SRQ Media President & CEO, Lisl Liang about a partnership aimed to connect the student publication to the broader, local audience. By creating a mutual flow of communication between Ringling and the Sarasota community, this collaboration provides students the opportunity to become more invested in the community and likewise to engage the community with the Ringling College community and its students. As Tan put it, “we want to encourage students to explore their interests by going out there—to take in all the sights, sounds, be involved, network, and ultimately, to have fun!” Thank you to Dean Eisner, a Ringling College trustee and local BIG concept founder for making the introductions.

SRQ Daily will promote upcoming Ringling College related happenings weekly (including gallery openings, student art, performances and the like) in a dedicated promotional column called @Ringling. Conversely, SRQ Daily will curate upcoming community events and opportunities to appear in Landline. This exchange of information represents an extended invitation to the community to explore Ringling College, get to know the incredible talent on campus and enjoy the creative work of the student body.

To receive SRQ Daily and explore @Ringling directly from your inbox, subscribe to our free enewspaper at www.srqmagazine.com. Learn more about Ringling College and experience Landline for yourself by visiting ringlinglandline.com and bookmarking the page—you’ll definitely be back for more! Stay connected with Landline on social media by following their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Special thanks to the @Ringling team, Nazanin Varasteh, Robson Tan and Meghan Cole.