About Us

SRQ MEDIA is an innovative publishing company founded by Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts in October of 1997. SRQ Media Group produces daily, monthly and annual publications, which capture the uniqueness and mystique of a mini-metropolis on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The company strongly believes that media exists to bring together advertisers and consumers through publications full of compelling and vibrant local content. The companies mission is to create and maintain a regional brand with a clear vision that redefines the role of media by bringing local awareness and energy to Sarasota, Bradenton and neighboring regions.

SRQ Magazine | LIVE LOCAL is a monthly publication that engages an eclectic group of readers from many walks of life, seeking to influence their community with the information that surrounds them. Celebrating its 15th year anniversary in 2013, SRQ has served as the flagship of SRQ MEDIA. During its tenure, SRQ has garnered a readership of 78,000, which includes young professionals and families, baby boomers and active retirees, all of whom share a sense of engaging curiosity with local living.

The “SRQ” in SRQ magazine originates from the designated call letters for the local Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Originally, the letters “SR” were used as the airport’s abbreviation, until the growth in total number of airports required the use of a three-letter code - and so the “Q” was incorporated. Much like the national growth of airports in past years, Sarasota has seen a lot of growth and expansion of businesses, culture, and activity throughout the community. As a regional publication committed to the residents and visitors to both Sarasota and Manatee counties, SRQ resonates “home” and serves as a constant reminder of who and what we proudly represent.

SRQ MEDIA's portfolio includes SRQ ACCESS, a regional visitors and newcomers guide annually distributed to over 400 different lodging establishments and newcomer organizations,  LUX LIFE magazine, which serves as the definitive guide to living and enjoying “la dolce vita” the sweet life, on the west coast of Florida, Modern Home magazine and SRQ DAILY, freshly-squeezed content, delivered directly to the email in-boxes of a powerful group of opt-in, influential subscribers. SRQ MEDIA's consumer publications make up a portfolio that the company feels speaks volumes about their commitment to providing Sarasota with a service that benefits individuals and brings them together within the community.

 

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Meet Our Staff

Lisl Liang

Lisl Liang  CEO and Editor In Chief

Lisl Liang is an entrepreneur who contributes her expertise in strategic media communications, marketing, and business and brand development. Liang co-founded SRQ Media in 1997 to bring an urban, cosmopolitan media sensibility to the creative coast of Florida with the launch of the monthly city regional flagship publication, SRQ Magazine. Liang directs the strategic operations and management of the company by identifying new market growth, managing shifts in innovation, developing audience resonance and creating new revenue opportunities. As Editor in chief, she is also the senior strategic content director. Liang currently serves as the Chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce board and on the advisory board for SCTI (Sarasota County Technical Institute). She was also selected to participate in the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute (2014) and the Florida Executive Leadership Program (2014). In the past she has chaired the Sarasota Young Professionals Group and has served on the following boards of directors: SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence), The Artists Series, The Art Center of Sarasota and The Downtown Partnership of Sarasota. Liang received the Chairman’s Cup for community and business leadership in October of 2007 from The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, The Downtown Partnership of Sarasota bestowed upon her their top honor, The Bob Richardson Award for Community Service for her leadership contributing to the economic health and vibrancy of Downtown Sarasota. She was recognized as a “40 Under 40” business leader in 2004 by The Gulfcoast Business Review. Liang earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications and Environmental Policy from The American University in Washington D.C. 

Favorite Fictional Character:  MacGyver: One of the only television shows I was allowed to watch as a kid (along with Airwolf) , I was mesmerized to see how he could get out of any bind with something as simple as bubble gum and a paper clip. It really hard-wired resourcefulness and tenacity.
Aliases: Momma (the sweetest word) and "Lisl" Weapon (the slogan for my high school student government presidential campaign, aack!)
Favorite Quote: Two Favorites: "Make it work."  Tim Gunn. "The New MBA is the MFA," –Daniel Pink.
Pet Peeve: People who don't use turn signals. Small talk. 
Favorite Historical Figure: Maria Montessori.
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: The Brat Pack Sinatra, Straight-Ahead Jazz, B-side 80s
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Cheetohs, Danish Salt Licorice and Enjoy! Arare--not all together.

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Wesley Roberts

Wesley Roberts  Executive Publisher

Wes Roberts oversees the advertising sales and business development operations for SRQ Media's portfolio of publications. As a co-founder of the business Roberts has worked to grow client businesses over the past 15 years by engaging and reaching viable regional audiences. Roberts serves on several boards and marketing committees locally including the board of the Sarasota Film Festival and the State College of Florida Foundation.  He holds a BA in Film and Literature from the American University in Washington D.C. and an MFA in Film from Florida State University. A native of Sarasota, Roberts went to Out-of-Door Academy and Pine View while growing up on Siesta Key. In his free time, he spends time with his two gorgeous children Griffin and Piper, reading about nutrition and traveling.

Favorite Fictional Character: Sir John Falstaff, Don Quixote, Yossarian, R. P. McMurphy
Aliases: None. Best to always be yourself.
Favorite Quote: "Extremities are the trier of spirits; Common chances common men can bear; and when the sea is calm all boats alike; Show mastership in floating." Paraphrased from Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Pet Peeve: Inconsiderate drivers (Use those turn signals even if you don’t see any other cars-I might be on my bike and I care where you are going with your two-tons of steel.)
Favorite Historical Figure: John Adams, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: Troubadour’s from the 60’s 70’s and through to today; from Donovan to the Mountain Goat. Songs with stories.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Frozen blueberries, pecans, dark chocolate chips and heavy cream is pretty great-but not so guilt inducing. Guilt comes in the form of a palmier or pain au chocolate and a large cappuccino.

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Ashley Grant

Ashley Grant  Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Working across multiple platforms, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Ashley Grant handles strategic relationship development and directs initiatives that facilitate collaboration between SRQ MEDIA and local and national businesses, non-profits, and arts and culture organizations. Ashley produces our dynamic Women in Business Hear Me Roar community platform and has been making a positive impact through all of the SRQ Gives Back programs since 2004. After graduating from Rollins College with a BA in English/Business, Ashley directed marketing and PR campaigns in New York for Reebok International Limited, American Express Publishing, The Body Shop International, and Conde Nast Publications, before returning to her hometown of Sarasota. Out of the office, Ashley does yoga, goes horseback riding, and likes to swing by Starbucks. 

Favorite Fictional Character:  Hermione Granger and Elizabeth Bennet
Aliases: "Miss Grace" for my infinite capacity to trip over anything within 5 miles of me. 
Favorite Quote: "Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – St. Francis of Assisi
Pet Peeve: Passive aggression and open mouth smacking of food
Favorite Historical Figure: Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, J.K. Rowling, Coco Chanel
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: 90’s British new wave pop and 1950’s/60’s jazz.  Anything by Erasure, ABC, REM, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker or Miles Davis
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Dark chocolate - but I don’t feel guilty about it. :)

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Ashley Ryan Cannon

Ashley Ryan Cannon  Associate Publisher

Ashley Ryan Cannon has been with SRQ MEDIA since 2009 and loves every minute. As a senior manager of sales development, Ashley manages the business development team, develops marketing special section programs, tracks sales acquisition budgets, develops new business leads and manages client billing. Ashley also co-producing SRQ's 20th Anniversary Street Festival, LaStrada, set to debut this October in celebration of the company's 20 years covering our hometown. A true foodie, Ashley manages the Nosh channel for local restaurants. This dog lover is likely off adoring her two pups, Reagan (yorkiepoo) and Riley (snorkie) or enjoying golf, yogaand all things sun, salt, water and fashion.

Favorite Fictional Character: Jordan Catalano
Aliases: I’ll Never Tell
Favorite Quote: I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.
Pet Peeve: Kids on Leashes
Favorite Historical Figure: Hemmingway
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: The Avett Brothers
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Cheetos.

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Suzanne Munroe

Suzanne Munroe  Sales and Business Development Executive

Suzanne Munroe is a Sales and Business Development Associate at SRQ MEDIA responsible for helping businesses increase brand awareness through advertising and special marketing from our portfolio of publications. Suzanne is a graduate from the School of Hospitality at Florida State University (Go Noles!). Her hospitality career, including hotel sales and management stints, has afforded her the opportunity to work with clients from several regions of the country.  Suzanne’s broad experience with national, military, government and local clientele have built a strong foundation for relationship building and focused customer service, her principal strengths. A native Sarasotan, Suzanne grew up on Siesta Key and attended school at The Out-of-Door Academy before moving to Tampa and finishing high school. To relax, Suzanne loves boating, playing tennis and spending time with her family.

Favorite Fictional Character: Rey from Star Wars

Aliases: Suz…but don’t tell anyone!

Favorite Quote:  "Don’t count the days; make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

Pet Peeve: Not putting things back in the spot they belong.  Unorganized space.

Favorite Historical Figure: Michelangelo

Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: Classic rewind, 70’s and even 90’s

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack:  Warm fresh bread with butter, starburst, chocolate covered pomegranate, anything sweet!

Julie Mayer Magnifico

Julie Mayer Magnifico  Sales and Business Development Executive

Julie Mayer Magnifico is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. She comes to SRQ following eight years as Sales Director at Leisure Media 360, Publishers of The Roanoker magazine, Chamber of Commerce guides, and custom publications. Julie and her husband, Noah, are excited to be residents of the Gulf Coast, a place she originally fell in love with while visiting her grandparents in the Sarasota area. Julie is passionate about working with clients to grow their business through innovative marketing strategies that provide opportunities to share their unique story with the community.

Favorite Fictional Character: Carrie Bradshaw and Clark Griswold

Aliases: Jules or Jul, although those are probably more nicknames than aliases

Favorite Quote: “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself"

Pet Peeve: Email threads and groups texts that keep going (and going) for too long!

Favorite Historical Figure: Henry Ford- In the 1930s, he understood the importance of advertising and marketing a business that still hold true today

Favorite SRQ Music Channel: The movie soundtrack channel is definitely entertaining

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: This is an ever-changing thing, but currently it’s Buffalo Wing-flavored gluten free pretzels

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Ashley Jimenez

Ashley Jimenez  Client Services and Marketing Manager

Ashley Jimenez is the Client Services and Marketing Manager at SRQ MEDIA. Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Ashley grew up enjoying the culture of Washington DC, which prompted her to pursue an education in Art and Art History, History, and Museum Studies. She has lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Burlington, Vermont where she managed galleries, curated contemporary art exhibitions, coordinated public art installations, and developed community-oriented programming. Most recently, Ashley has worked in Membership at the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. She looks forward to bridging her coordination skills in the creative field with her client services experience to keep marketing and public relations projects on schedule at SRQ MEDIA. In her free time, Ashley enjoys testing new recipes in the kitchen with her husband, printmaking, and enjoying the Florida sunshine with her English Bulldog, Mr. Winston.

Favorite Fictional Character: Tony Soprano. He’s a pretty bad guy, but we can both appreciate a good Sunday Supper.  

Aliases Ash, Polly Positive (because the glass is always half full, right?)

Favorite Quote: “The less I needed, the better I felt” – Charles Bukowski 

Pet Peeve People who are oblivious, especially in public.

Favorite Historical Figure: Going to have to put down a few of my favorite female visual artists here: Eva Hesse, Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois, and Joan Mitchell (The painter. But yes, the musician is awesome too.)

Favorite SRQ Music Channel: Honky Tonk, Dream Pop, Reggaeton

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Cheap, store-brand gummy candy

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Kira Forgash

Kira Forgash  Associate Producer, Events, Program and Marketing

As the Associate Producer of Events, Programs and Marketing, Kira Forgash produces and markets the company's portfolio of events and programs including the Women in Business, SB2 Regional Collaboration and ProjecTHINK platforms. From booking mentors for SkillSHARE to managing panelists for SB2, Kira ensures that events run smoothly and programs are maximized for our sponsors, partners and audience members. With a background in hospitality sales and marketing, Kira hails from Ohio State University and just recently relocated to Sarasota. 

Favorite Fictional Character:  Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)- she never doubts herself, puts in the hard work to get what she’s aiming for, and takes all the doubts people had and used them as fuel to better herself.

Aliases:  None 

Favorite Quote: F.E.A.R. has two meanings- Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

Pet Peeve: Line cutters!

Favorite Historical Figure: Audrey Hepburn: She not only worked very hard for her acting career, but also retired from acting to do relief work for UNICEF for many years, and when she was younger she helped fight against the Nazis working with the resistance as a courier to deliver papers. (one of my biggest goals for my life is to help people, and to eventually start my own nonprofit. So I really look up to her desire to help others, even in putting herself at risk to fight for what was right.)

Favorite SRQ Music Channel: 89.7- Public Radio  

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Ice Cream sandwiches (with chocolate chip cookie)

 

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Wyatt Kostygan

Wyatt Kostygan  Art Director / Photographer / Videographer

Wyatt Kostygan is the Art Director at SRQ Magazine with senior roles in videography and photography. Born and raised on the east coast of Florida in a sleepy little town, he ventured to Sarasota to attend New College. Having been long captivated by movies and film, his penchant for photography began in college when he looked for a hobby to take him outside and explore the constantly evolving world of digital photography technology. With the purchase of his first camera, he was hooked and the rest is history. Upon graduation, Wyatt answered the call to big city life and moved to New York City to rub elbows and train under talented photographers and filmmakers. But as it often happens, home came calling back by way of an opportunity with SRQ MEDIA and he relocated back to the sunshine state. Since his return to Sarasota, Wyatt has enjoyed seeing the changes that the city has gone through, and is finding more and more reasons to love this perfect mix of city and country life. When he’s not snapping photos in the SRQ Studio or around town scouting the perfect image for a story, you can spot Wyatt enjoying his motorcycle and spending time with his “wonderful, beautiful and intelligent girlfriend.” 

Favorite Fictional Character: That’s a tough one for me. I don’t really like playing favorites when it comes to anything concerning the nuts and bolts of a piece of art. I can say though that movies are certainly my favorite medium if I had to pick.

A trend I have noticed in myself (to what extent it’s Freudian I am not going to comment) is that I favor male characters that are incredibly pathetic and even tragic types, and I tend to think female characters make for far more interesting “everyman” types nowadays. I guess if we are talking recent movies Riggan Thomson from Birdman, Woody Grant from Nebraska, and “Doc” from Inherent Vice are characters I really enjoy. Likewise Frances Ha from her titular film or Hushpuppy from Beasts of the Southern Wild I both love.
Aliases: Wy Guy maybe? My parents told me they tactically picked the name Wyatt because they abhor nicknames. I guess their logic was Wyatt was short enough, rare enough, and weird enough that it would be hard to coin a catchier moniker from.
Favorite Quote: “Whats the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.” (I have no idea who came up with that but it wasn’t me so I’m calling it a quote.)
Pet Peeve: People who are always late. Being late to something is totally fine, but someone acting surprised that they are late when they are always late drives me up the wall.
Favorite Historical Figure: Being completely honest, I almost certainly don’t have one. Not just because there are too many interesting people to choose from (which of course there are), but because I really have a hard time with idolatry in general. I think I’m just bad with favorites, but of course (no biases here right) I think that’s a good thing.
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: If pressed I’d have to say whichever one plays Sultans of Swing from the Dire Straits. I’m not big on lyrical music, but I got a soft spot for 70s rock regardless.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: These awful little things called “Snappers”. They are just these small pretzels completely smothered in caramel and chocolate, and 90% of the time they are all melted together into one huge mass when you go to open the bag. Can’t get enough of those.

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Philip Lederer

Philip Lederer  Senior Editor

Starting as an intern and working his way to Senior Editior, Phil Lederer coverthe arts and culture beat for SRQ MEDIA's portfolio of publications as well as reporting features and departments in both SRQ DAILY and SRQ Magazine. Born in Texas but raised in Louisville, Kentucky, he graduated from Centre College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. From there, Phil earned 1.75 master’s degrees from Morehead State University: one in public administration with a focus in political philosophy and the other in government. An avid reader, Phil enjoys and is inspired by the works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Cormac McCarthy and James Ellroy.

Favorite Fictional Character: Gregory House M.D.
Aliases: Sheldon Jeffrey Sands, Reverend, Mr. Longbaugh
Favorite Quote: “The world in which you seek to undo the mistakes that you made is different from the world where the mistakes were made. You are now at the crossing and you want to choose, but there is no choosing there. There’s only accepting. The choosing was done a long time ago.” - Jefe
Pet Peeve: Overreactions. Especially loud ones. Self-focused conversationalists.
Favorite Historical Figure: Alcibiades of Athens.
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: Whichever one has the most Jack White
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: An entire loaf of freshly baked bread. In one sitting.

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Brittany Mattie

Brittany Mattie  Special Projects Assistant to the President

We recently welcomed Brittany Mattie as the new Special Projects Assistant here at SRQ Magazine. Britt will be coordinating with our very own President | CEO | Editor In Chief | Chief Marketing Officer to develop special projects and launch new programs, while also taking on assignments in editorial, marketing and promotions, events, operations, community engagement and social media.

Britt graduated from Lasell College in Boston MA, with a degree in hospitality and event management and a minor in fashion merchandising. Studying abroad for a year in Gold Coast, Australia caused an inevitable and incurable travel bug that would lead her to take some extended time as a vagabond after graduation before finding a career path that would fit her wayfarer lifestyle. Spending quality time in places like Hawaii, Central and South America and the Pacific Northwest, she decided to land her feet in tourism and guest services for a boutique hotel in Portland, OR. Becoming the hotel's concierge created opportunities to interact with people from all over the world and to visit a handful of amazing hotel properties. Due to a lack of Vitamin D after awhile, she felt the insatiable need for sunshine again and a chase for a more creative outlet, which landed her here in Sarasota with us! She is looking forward to diving right into a hyper-local publication with fresh eyes and a unique voice.

Favorite Fictional Character  Rachel from Friends, Schmidt from New Girl

Aliases Sydney from Sydney, Australia with an pitiful attempt at an Aussie accent

Favorite Quote “Why would you believe that your eternal flame can be snuffed out? I think it all just goes back to some knuckleheaded idea that we must live insatiable lives (more things, more money, more plans, more problems)–instead of embracing our ability to become more insatiable for life (more experiences, more intention, more interaction, more possibility). Keep burnin’, baby.” —Freelance Writer and Director of Toughness for Columbia Sportswear, Lauren Steele

Pet Peeve Small-mindedness, empty gestures, slow walkers, saying “literally” when what they mean is not literal

Favorite Historical Figure Charles Darwin. I mean the man went on a five year voyage around the world on a boat and established the Survival of the Fittest theory (slow walkers- watch out, natural selection will take you out!)

Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel Tropical House, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Folk/Rock, Country

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack Peanut Butter Chocolate Talenti Gelato pints and street tacos (by the dozen)

Favorite Hobbies: Activities involving being in a body of water or on top of a mountain, photography, adventuring in my Jeep with my pup, people watching, gardening and learning how to cook.


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Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles  Contributing Senior Editor

Jacob Ogles, SRQ Media Group's Senior Editor, was born in Illinois but moved to Florida at the age of 3, which we're pretty sure counts him as a native Sunshine Stater. When he studied magazine journalism at the University of South Florida, he dreamed of covering rock'n'roll all night while partying everyday, but was convinced during the Clinton administration that politicians lead just as interesting lives while holding the fate of the world in their hands. He has lived in Southwest for eight years and worked at SRQ since 2008. When he isn't huddled over his keyboard ensuring high quality product is delivered through your mailboxes, inboxes and web browsers, Jacob raises three children—Logan, Chloe and Nolan—with his wife Jennifer.

Favorite Fictional Character: Miles Vorkosigan
Aliases: Political Guru, Hairy Fat Guy in the Back
Favorite Quote: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out." Credited to Chicago City News editors Edward H. Eulenberg and Arnold A. Dornfeld
Pet Peeve: The word 'unique.' Don't ask.
Favorite Historical Figure: FDR
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: The one with the weird accoustic covers of rock songs
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Politicians, or Cheetos. The small, wrinkly ones are the best to chew up.

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