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"The demand will be no different than when I held a full time executive position in the insurance industry,"

- Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County School Board

[Exec Moves]  Ziegler Takes National Post With Leadership Institute
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Fresh off a major political win in Sarasota County, School Board Member Bridget Ziegler took a job as director of School Board Programs for the Leadership Institute. The organization has trained conservative political candidates nationwide, and boasts providing support for some 250,000 activists, leaders and students since its founding in 1979.

“Leadership Institute has trained hundreds of conservatives across the country online and in person through its school board programs; this includes 260 graduates from LI’s four in-person School Board Activism Workshops in Florida alone,” said Morton Blackwell, president and founder of the Leadership Institute. “With Bridget spearheading a big wave of more LI school board training across the United States, I look forward to seeing this trend continue throughout the country as parents take back their schools."

The position will not require a move for Ziegler, and she will retain her position on the School Board, where she won election to a third full term on Aug. 23. She said she will lead a national team based out of Sarasota. “The demand will be no different than when I held a full time executive position in the insurance industry,” she said. 

The hire comes after Ziegler established herself as a fixture on conservative cable news on political issues surrounding education, such as critical race theory. In Florida, she helped found the state chapter of Moms For Liberty, and was among a slate of candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsed in a statewide push to elect more conservatives and proponents of “parents’ rights” on school boards.

Notably, Ziegler for years worked to establish an alternative to the Florida School Boards Association, and previously helped found the now-defunct Florida Coalition of School Board Members. The Leadership Institute holds a similar mission of offering training and support for conservatives who want to serve on school boards.

Ziegler dug into that topic in a Twitter thread announcing her hire.

“Too often - School Board Members run and get elected as Conservatives, but once they are in office, the only training available to them is generated from left-leaning activist organizations who label concerned parents as ‘Domestic Terrorists,’” Ziegler said. “That influence then leads to liberal group-think and even more dangerous, liberal group-policy (led by radical left special interest groups), which quickly spreads from one school district to all school districts. This ends now.” 

[Staff Announcement]  All Faiths Food Bank Welcomes New CFO to the Team

As its longtime chief financial officer embarks on his retirement, All Faiths Food Bank has hired Timothy Taylor as its new CFO. Taylor brings extensive professional experience in finance, logistics, operations, and business analytics to his role with the area’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization. In this position, Taylor will be responsible for providing leadership for the financial reporting and operations of the organization, including managing all day-to-day financial and accounting functions, recording, and reporting for the organization, in accordance with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and other regulatory requirements. He will work collaboratively with department leaders to create budgets and department reports, provide strategic direction, and support the mission of All Faiths. Taylor will also be responsible for the analysis of financial trends as well as managing IT.

“I’m very excited to be joining such a great organization and its outstanding senior leadership team," Taylor said. "I am looking forward to working with all of the work areas at AFFB and with our neighbors in the community, to optimize benefit delivery through efficient financial stewardship of contributions from our donor partners.”

Prior to coming to All Faiths Food Bank, Taylor served the Director of Finance, HR & IT for Sun Bulb Company – Better-Gro (Arcadia, Fla.), CFO/COO of Premier Beauty Supply, Inc. (Lincolnshire, Ill.), Controller for Wurth Baer Supply Company (Vernon Hills, Ill.) and, most recently, as the Senior Director of Finance & HR for the Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Taylor is a member of the Institute of Managerial Accountants and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks in Punta Gorda, and has served as a volunteer for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and his Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. 

[New Hire]  Jordan Murga Joins SVN Commercial Advisory Group

SVN Commercial Advisory Group has added Jordan Murga to the growing office, and retail and industrial investment sales team for the Sarasota and Tampa Bay-based brokerage firm. Murga joins other advisors across the state and country who have embraced the SVN difference of open collaboration among all brokers. Prior to joining SVN Commercial Advisory Group, Murga worked for a family-owned development and construction company. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Murga specialized in Communications and Real Estate. While attending UCF, he was a team captain for the UCF Men's Club Lacrosse Team. Jordan Murga originally from Vacaville, California, now resides in Sarasota, Florida. 

To learn more click here.

[Expansion]  Southwest Waste Services Expands to Sarasota!

Southwest Waste Services recently celebrated the grand opening of their newest facility in Sarasota located on 3100 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234.  Southwest Waste Services offers waste hauling, disposal, construction and demolition debris recycling services to construction partners, commercial businesses, and residents. Southwest Waste serves customers from Marco Island to Bradenton. 

[Flood Assistance]  Manatee County Helps Businesses Prepare for Floods

Manatee County Economic Development is working with business owners and operators in flood-prone areas to help protect their properties. Staff is reaching out to companies in the county’s Southwest District that have experienced flooding issues in the past to help their personnel proactively prepare for future high-water events… with the offer of free sandbags. Those interested will be able to pick up free sandbags at three self-serve locations beginning next Wednesday, September 14, through Friday, September 23:

Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5831 15th Street East, Bradenton 34203
Desoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205
Stormwater Facility, 5311 39th Street E, Bradenton 34208

There is a limit of 10 bags per business. Participants can register online or call 941-742-5655 for more information. 

[Season]  Art Center Sarasota Announces 2022-2023 Exhibition Season

Art Center Sarasota’s 2022-23 exhibition season considers the big picture and the small picture as well. Some of the featured artists explore global issues and seismic shifts in history. Others open the viewer’s eye to the triumphs and struggles of unique individuals. In the season ahead, Art Center Sarasota celebrates their full spectrum of artistic vision. These diverse offerings include both one-person exhibits devoted to the deeply personal expressions of individual artists and group shows curated by jurors of stature in the regional art landscape. The 2022-2023 season features exciting work that spans the range of artistic mediums—from abstract ceramic sculpture to documentary photography. According to Kinsey Robb, Art Center Sarasota’s executive director, this tapestry of artistic expression reflects ACS’s greater mission. “We’re a community arts center,” she says. “The community we serve is amazingly diverse. We honor that diversity with our selection of art and artists.” Robb adds that she’s excited to present a series of artist talks this season—a program that “provides audiences the ability to dive deeper into the minds of our artists in an intimate and friendly setting.” 

[Staff Announcement]  The Venice Symphony Welcomes Development Manager

The Venice Symphony is pleased to announce that Brad Clark has joined the organization as Development Manager. Clark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay and brings to the Symphony experience working with non-profits and in event-planning with several high-profile organizations around the Country including MLB’s San Diego Padres. He most recently served as Director of the North Port, FL Club of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Clark also has extensive experience as a business owner and manager. As Development Manager, Clark will work with the Philanthropy and Events Team and with Venice Symphony patrons. “I am very excited to be working on our first social event of the season, to benefit our Youth Symphony,” said Clark. “I look forward to meeting many more patrons and members of our community at this fantastic event.” Christine Kasten, President and CEO of The Venice Symphony, said “Since joining us this summer Brad has already become a valued member of the Symphony, overseeing critical donor appeals, two distinct special events and working with the Chair Society and our volunteers, The Friends of The Symphony.” Added Clark, “The Venice Symphony has provided me with opportunities to utilize my experience in high-end event planning and design. I know that working together we will be able to bring some extraordinary events to this community. I am thrilled to help people celebrate life through The Symphony’s music and the sense of connection it brings to people of all ages.” 

[RocketKids]  Leading From Youth
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

LEADING FROM YOUTH | Outstanding young ladies and gentlemen show what it takes to be a leader.

Learn more about these rockstars through this link, on our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Performing Arts Center: RENT , September 14 – October 2, Varies

La Vie Boheme! Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: MOTE MARINE: Meet the Women of Mote , September 14 – October 7, Varied

MEET THE WOMEN OF MOTE This year, we are celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of  Mote’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark. Thanks to her amazing legacy, many women have followed in her wake. This fall, we introduce you to the marine science educators, researchers, and ocean explorers that we call "The Women of Mote".  You’ll learn about their journeys, career challenges, and their incredible accomplishments impacting marine environments in our own backyard and around the globe. We hope you'll join us- and find yourself inspired- as we celebrate these talented and pioneering women during the second season of Women of Mote. The three-part series will include two virtual events, and one hybrid event held in the WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium while being broadcast to our virtual audience. Sept. 14 and 21 and one hybrid event Oct. 7. More event details can be found at mote.org/womenofmote

Mote Marine , 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Friday Fest 2022 , June 17 – September 16, 5pm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront. Our Friday Fest lineup includes: Yesterdayze - June 17, Kettle of Fish - July 15, Big Night Out - August 12, and Jah Movement - September 16 at 5pm. 

Van Wezel

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Venice Theatre: The Revolutionists , September 16 – October 2, Varied

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson. Four bodacious women lose their heads (literally) in this irreverent, women-centered tragicomedy set during the French Revolution. This witty, thought-provoking, raucously funny adventure was inventively conceived by one of today’s most-produced American playwrights. * Includes adult language/themes. Audience discretion advised. September 16-October 2, 2022. Tickets Adult $29 College/Educator $21 Youth $15 For more information visit venicetheatre.org, Ph. 941.488.1115, email info@venicetheatre.net 

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W Venice, FL 34285 (The Box Office is currently closed for walk-up business)

[SOON]  THEATER: CreArte Latino Cultural Center: MADENUSA , September 16 – October 15, Varied

CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents MADENUSA A Play by Claudia Soroka September 16-17, at 8 p.m., September 18 at 5 p.m., and October 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. MADENUSA is an amusing and fresh take on the immigrant experience that delves into the intricacies of adjusting to a different culture. The comedy is directed by Carolina Franco, president and artistic director of CreArte Latino Cultural Center. The play will be performed in Spanish with subtitles in English. The playwright will attend the show on September 17 with a bilingual Q & A after the performance. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, visit www.creartelatino.org. CreArte Latino Cultural Center is at 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota. The show is sponsored, in part, by a $3,000 grant from Bradenton Area Arts & Culture.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center, 8251 15th Street East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite 1, Sarasota.

[SOON]  FILM: From Script to Screen , September 16, 7:00 pm

Like an opportunity to discuss a film based on a classic Rainer Werner Fassbinder Play? How about Friday September 16 th 7 pm? Q&A directly following the film. By Bookseller Roxanne @ Burns Court Theater following the film: Peter Von Kant, Directed by Francois Ozon. Tickets available at: https://filmsociety.org/movies/showing.cfm?shoID=91977.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  SPORTS: WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup , September 9 – September 18

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton’s LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Table Talk Bistro: 80's Themed Murder Mystery Dinner , September 23, 7pm-10pm

Audience involved murder mystery dinner show all 80s theme. Tickets include dinner, show & a choice beverage. Participation Encouraged! We are time traveling back to the 80s! So, dress in those bright color and break out the hairspray for that big hair!! If you attended our last sold-out show, we have a twist for you! Each guest will either be a suspect or a detective! The food will be plentiful and amazing, we do our best for that always! If you have special dietary needs, please let us know upon booking.Seating will not be assigned; tables will remain in our normal restaurant set up and guest will pick their seat as they arrive. You may be meeting new people at your table. Most of our tables are 4 or 6 tops. Message us Directly at Info@tabletalkbistro.com with any questions. Tickets $70 Eventbrite

Table Talk Bistro , 3999 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210

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