About Us

Locally owned, SRQ MEDIA is a hyper-local media engagement company committed to exploring the relationship between audiences and storytelling with impact in the Sarasota and the Bradenton Area. Founded by Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts in October of 1997, SRQ MEDIA curates print and digital publications, documentaries and branded content to capture the vibrant stories of the people, places and experiences of the West Coast of Florida. SRQ MEDIA cultivates audiences who are curious about the place in which they live and work, and who want to positively impact their hometown by supporting local restaurants, giving back philanthropically, exploring arts and culture and actively participating in producing a robust regional economy.  Our mission is to transform what it means to live and love local.

The flagship publication SRQ Magazine | LIVE LOCAL engages an dynamic group of readers who are primarily residents of the area, either year round or seasonally including creative families, retirees seeking their next passion play, visitors drawn to the natural beauty of the area, young professionals bringing fresh energy and entrepreneurs investing in their companies. Celebrating its 20th year anniversary in 2017, SRQ has garnered print and digital readership of 78,000, connecting readers to new experiences that expand their engagement to the community.

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 LOVE LOCAL a regional visitors and newcomers guide celebrating local experiences and destinations and annually distributed to over 400 different lodging establishments and high-traffic locations,  LIVING LAKEWOOD magazine which serves as the definitive guide to enjoying life in one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, DOMICILE magazine, formerly known as Modern Home magazine, celebrating the art and crafts of home design, interiors, architecture and living outdoors on the West Coast, ROCKETKIDS magazine, a biannual family publication featuring local schools, summer camps, experiences for kids and creativity in Sarasota and Manatee and SRQ DAILY, freshly-squeezed local content, delivered directly to the email in-boxes of a powerful group of opt-in, influential subscribers who want to be in the know. 

SRQ MEDIA recently launched the MOVING STORIES documentary and video production division. Moving Stories is steeped in the craft of storytelling which follows the documentary method to uproot and polish great stories to share with the world. In partnership with nonprofit and for-profit businesses, Moving Stories creates, captures and shares visual stories in a thoughtful, memorable and ultimately moving way to connect with hearts and minds. For more on Moving Stories, click here.

 

Find SRQ at Local Newsstands

SRQ | The Magazine is proud to sold at over 100 local retail locations throughout the region! For a complete list of where to locate your next copy of SRQ, click here. 

Meet Our Staff

Lisl Liang

Lisl Liang

CEO/President, Editor In Chief and Chief Marketing Officer

Lisl Liang is a story engineer, brand strategist and entrepreneur who contributes her expertise in media communications, marketing integration and business development Liang co-founded SRQ MEDIA in 1997 to craft and launch a hyper-local portfolio of print and digital publications that capture the spirit of the Sarasota-Bradenton Area region on the West Coast of Florida with its award-winning flagship city-regional 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, curating storytelling brands and developing revenue opportunities. As Editor In Chief, she is also the senior strategic content director across the company's verticals. Liang currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and has previously served as the Chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  In the past she has chaired the Sarasota Young Professionals Group and has served on the following boards of directors and advisory groups: SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence), SCTI (Sarasota County Technical Institute), The Artists Series, The Art Center of Sarasota and The Downtown Partnership of Sarasota. She was also selected to participate in the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute (2014) and the Florida Executive Leadership Program (2014).

In 2017, Liang was recognized by Folio Magazine as an honoree in an Entrepreneur in the national media arena. Liang was recognized 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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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!






Rob Wardlaw

Rob Wardlaw

Sales and Business Development Executive

Rob is a native of Garden City, NY and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining SRQ Media, Rob was an account executive with Publishers Weekly and then Gulfshore Business magazine where he worked directly with clients and agencies to create innovative advertising and marketing plans that helped to build their businesses. You will find Rob participating in numerous 5k and 10k charity road races around town and he and his wife love to travel, as well as experience all the great things to see and do in Sarasota.

Favorite Fictional Character: Ferris Bueller 

Aliases: My wife and I have several secret names for each other depending on the situation.

Favorite Quote: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan

Pet Peeve: Inappropriate public behavior and road rage of any kind.

Favorite Historical Figure: Benjamin Franklin—a Founding Father, inventor, civic activist and diplomat.

Favorite SRQ Music Channel: I like it all, but I especially enjoy 80s alternative rock and anything U2.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: I do love a good cheeseburger.

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Nichole Knutson

Nichole Knutson

Sales and Business Development Executive

Nichole Knutson is a 'new local' originally from Madison, Wisconsin. Growing up her family would drive down each spring to spend time with her grandmother in Siesta Key. Prior to joining SRQ Media, Nichole worked for the University of Wisconsin System and brought a wealth of media knowledge with her from her roles at Tampa Bay Times, the Wisconsin State Journal, the CapTimes and InBusiness Magazine. She received her bachelors of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and later pursued a Graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from Boston University as well as a Capstone in User Experience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, Nichole enjoys going to local markets, trying new local coffee shops and exploring the Sunshine State.

Favorite Fictional Character: David & Alexis Rose, Andrea Sachs, and Kathleen Kelly 
Favorite Quote: “Everything is figureoutable." - Marie Forleo 
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde 
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pet Peeve: Line cutting (shopping, driving, and at the airport)
Favorite Historical FigureIris Apfel - An American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon still making waves at over 100 years young
Hobbies: Reading, Tennis, Yoga, and Digital Illustration
Favorite Guilty Pleasure SnackJunior Mints. Peppermint Crunch.

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Robinson Valverde

Robinson Valverde

Accounts + Client Development and Services Director

In his role, Robinson helps the publication's new and existing clients grow and benefit from the full spectrum of services offered by SRQ Magazine while fully embracing the "live local" mentality. While an undergrad at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Robinson studied history, and dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but upon realizing how much paperwork was involved, he decided that it wasn’t the path for him. In December 2021, despite never having stepped foot on campus, Robinson graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Master of Legal Studies degree. Robinson's past employment includes serving as a job coach for adults with disabilities, and working for an affiliate marketing agency based in Lakewood Ranch. In the seventh grade, Robinson won the first and only National Geographic Geography Bee held by his middle school, and therefore remains the reigning champion.

Favorite Fictional Character: Niles Crane from Frasier. Intelligent, passionate, neurotic.

Aliases: Growing up I always went by Robin, but no one really calls me that anymore because when people see my name for the first time they tend to ask "Is Robinson your first or last name?" and having to explain "My first name is Robinson, but you can call me Robin" just became too much for me.

Favorite Quote: "Live every week like it's Shark Week."

Pet Peeve: Almonds in trail mix.

Favorite Historical Figure: Howard Hughes

Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: Really anything but silence

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Queso from Tijuana Flats. I know it's far from authentic, but I could drink it straight.

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Gabriella Alfonso

Gabriella Alfonso

Client Marketing and Digital Programs Manager

Starting with the company as an intern back in 2020, Gabriella continued her way up to becoming a full time SRQ employee after graduating from the University of South Florida, May of 2022 studying Advertising and Public Relations. She now serves as SRQ’s Client Marketing and Digital Programs Manager engaging primarily with the client side of marketing and production. Moving to the Bradenton/Sarasota area from a very young age, Gabriella has enjoyed seeing both of these cities expand in their communities and is excited to watch the continuance of this growth through the “living local” eyes.  

Favorite Fictional Character: Kitty Foreman or SpongeBob SquarePants
Aliases: “Gabby” the perfect nickname for someone who loves to talk a lot.
Favorite Quote: “Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.”Doc Brown, “Back To The Future”
Pet Peeve: Snoring is something that always bothered me. It’s crazy. I can wake up from somebody snoring but if we have a thunder storm in the middle of the night I will sleep right through it.
Favorite Historical Figure: Rosie the Riveter
Hobbies: I love playing pool! I’m no pool shark (…yet) but I have been known to win a few games here and there.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Anything spicy! — Hot Cheetos, Hot Fries, Takis… whatever really! I love it so much but my stomach does not.

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Megan Mitchell

Megan Mitchell

Digital Marketing + Events Manager

A native to Sarasota, a rare breed in itself, Megan found herself loving SRQ Magazine throughout her formative years. While studying digital media and communication at Florida State University, she uncovered her passion for videography. Megan began working for a student-run editorial fashion magazine, CLUTCH, directing and editing behind-the-scenes videos of photoshoots. Upon graduating, she began her search for a career in social media landing at a local marketing agency. Through trials and tribulations, Megan found herself at SRQ MEDIA in a position that challenges, stimulates, and excites her. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her friends, being in the sun or simply by the water, and spending time with her four-legged daughter, Loki. No, she isn’t a fan of Marvel and didn’t name her dog after the movie. If you must ask, Loki is a rescue Catahoula Leopard with an escape artist background. So, the Norse God of Mischief was only fitting for such a creature. 

Favorite Fictional Character: Nathan Fielder
Aliases: Meg/Megs
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”
Pet Peeve: When people refer to their parent as mom or dad without using the possessive adjective “my.” We do not have universal parents.
Favorite Historical FigureHannah Montana or Virgil Abloh tough pick :/
Hobbies: Being in the sun. I’m a true heliophiliac, all I need is a good book or the beach and I will be content for hours.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure SnackSushi. All day long. Not necessarily guilty, but I could live off of it. Matter of fact hit @sushiwtihmeg with a follow.

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Virginia Jankovsky

Virginia Jankovsky

Senior Graphic Designer / Art Director

Virginia spent her formative years attending and graduating from the Ringling School of Art & Design with a degree in graphic design. She has worked over 30 years at advertising agencies and marketing firms across the United States and most recently running her own business for the past two decades. After graduating, she worked in New York City, Charleston, Atlanta and Chicago, where she met her husband Jason. She spent a few years in Miami only to come full-circle back to Bradenton in 2019. She lives with three crazy, rickety cats and her dog-ter Cayman. She loves being outdoors, gardening, going to the beach and eating out —a lot! "It's good to be home and I am thrilled to be working with such a talented and committed group at SRQ MEDIA."

Favorite Fictional Character The Velveteen Rabbit

Aliases  “Ginia” “VA”

Favorite Quote “Until one has loved an animal, a part on one’s soul remains unawakened.”—Anatole France

Pet Peeve Rude people

Favorite Historical Figure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel Anything playing is usually good.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack  Nachos & anything cheesy! 

 





Barbie Heit

Barbie Heit

Managing and Branded Content Editor

A children's book writer and editor originally from New York, Barbie and her wife moved to Sarasota two years ago. When she is not writing and editing at SRQ, she can be found in the gym, working as a personal trainer and barre fitness instructor.  She is the very proud mom of two sets of twins (two girls and two boys) and three adorable pups.

Favorite fictional character: June Osborne from The Handmaid's Tale—a brave woman who loves her children unconditionally.
Aliases: Barb, Mamabird, Bad-Ass Barbie (affectionately given to me by the ladies in the barre class I teach)
Favorite Quote: "Everything Happens for a Reason" - my mom
Pet Peeve: LOL and overuse of exclamation points
Favorite Historical Figure: So hard to choose a favorite, but I like strong, pioneering women like Amelia Earhart
Favorite SRQ Office Music: Coffee House, 70's, 80's
Guilty Please Snack: Swedish Fish, Buffalo Wings

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Wyatt Kostygan

Wyatt Kostygan

VP of Photography and Video

Wyatt Kostygan is the VP of Photography and Video at SRQ Media 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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Dylan Campbell

Editorial Associate

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dylan graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media. Although he onced harbored dreams of being a screenwriter, a desire to interact with others and tell relevant stories steered him to the editorial world. A rampant Philadelphia Phillies fan, Dylan has enjoyed travelling to the Sarasota area to attend Spring Training games.

Favorite Fictional Character: Raylan Givens
Aliases: Previously known as ‘Soop’ to members of a travel baseball team. Yes, there are two O’s.
Favorite Historical Figure: It’s not a specific person, but I’m quite fond of the Philadelphia-based privateers that combated the British Navy during the Revolutionary War.
Pet Peeve: When people conveniently ‘forget’ their headphones in a public space.
Favorite Hobbies: Off-roading through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, partaking in landscape photography, and grilling out with my brother.

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Eliana Burns

Eliana Burns

Editorial Associate, Intern

Sarasota-born, Eliana is a college senior majoring in Art and Performance Communications at Florida International University. While writing for The Venice Gondolier, Eliana discovered her passion for community connection, and how it translates through Sarasota’s art scene. In college, she writes for the magazine Her Campus, and looks forward to assuming an editorial position in the Fall. Finally back in her hometown, Eliana is ecstatic to continue developing an integrated cultural perspective only Sarasota could provide. 

Favorite Historical Figure: Charlotte Bronte (or any of the Bronte sisters, really- even Branwell)
Aliases: “Ellie”
Favorite Quote: “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” -D.H. Lawrence
Pet Peeve: Pants that look snatched when you're standing yet suffocate you upon sitting (why can’t I do both??!).
Hobbies: Poetry, writing, reading, beach-loitering, listening to new music, spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Jelly Beans (strictly Jelly Belly), frosted cookies, and hot Cheetos. Combine them and induce a food coma that will last a week!

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Paula Rodriguez-Saenz

Paula Rodriguez-Saenz

Editorial Associate, Intern

Storytelling has always been a way for Paula Rodriguez-Saenz to write her dreams into existence. Born in Colombia, Paula moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she first realized the power of her written words through the struggles she faced as an immigrant. Since moving to Florida, she has focused her time on combining her passion for writing with her passion for politics. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Creative Writing. There, she participated in Student Government as the Vice Chair of the Student Life committee and was also the Writing Executive for Project Patriarchy–a student-run, nonpartisan political platform focused on educating the youth on current events. After graduating, she moved to D.C. where she interned with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute as a press intern on the hill. In Spring 2024, she completed her writing internship at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Paula is excited to learn from the experienced staff at SRQ MEDIA  and hopes this experience will open the doors to more opportunities.

Favorite Fictional Character: Esperanza Cordero - The House on Mango Street.
Aliases: Pau
Favorite Quote: “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream” - Vincent Van Gogh
Pet Peeve: The sound of snoring and the smell of cinnamon. I can’t stand it even when I am awake so if someone is snoring in the room I am in, I have to leave it and go somewhere else.
Hobbies: Booking a plane ticket and exploring an unknown city with my favorite people. The memories created through these experiences last a lifetime.
Favorite Historical Figure: Joan of Arc

 





Vanessa Tasé Sueiro

Vanessa Tasé Sueiro

Editorial Associate, Intern

Vanessa Tasé Sueiro, a self-proclaimed friend of a friend, is an artist from Cuba based in New York City and (occasionally) Sarasota. First and foremost, she is a poet and, when you are not looking, a musician. Her creative work focuses on revealing the ways in which truth should be thrown out entirely in order to tell true stories. Her professional work has centered around philanthropy, working in grant writing and event production at various non-profits during her college years. A recent graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University (where she was knighted as a ‘campus character’ thanks to a feature in a school publication), Vanessa hopes to return to New York City, where she feels most herself. On her best days as a person, she is a child. Her boldest dreams include being a genius, writing fables, and flying a plane. 

Favorite fictional character: Any swashbuckler ever.
Aliases: The Captain, after a character I devised for my college thesis.
Favorite Quote: "When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished." - Czeslaw Milosz
Pet Peeve: Snoring. When people tailgate (on foot) and speak loudly. Umbrellas.
Favorite Historical Figure: José Martí.
Favorite SRQ Office Music: Tchaikovsky. Japanese Jazz.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Anchovies.

 





Solymar Estrella

Solymar Estrella

Marketing Associate

Keeping with our motto, “Love Local,” Solymar Estrella has learned that all roads lead back to Sarasota. While studying Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University, she always felt a pullback to the only place where she does not need a GPS to get around. Now nearing the end of her collegiate career, Solymar serves as a Content Director for the Askew Student Life Center, both writing and designing advertisements. Loving locally also means finding a sense of belonging in a place you call home. For Solymar, that place from a very early age was The Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. Here, she was given a set of tools that shaped her into who she is today. In hopes of giving back a fraction of what the Club has instilled in her, she spent last summer as their Marketing Intern, where she truly found her passion for fostering the community through communication and creativity. With every adventure Solymar takes, and with every mile she strays beyond her home, she will always belong to Sarasota: where the sun and sea meet and where her curls feel complete.

Favorite Fictional Character: Sancho Panza
Aliases: The Sun or the sea, or the stars, the three pillars of my name.
Favorite Quote: “This is what I know: people's hopes go on forever.”
― Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
Pet Peeve: Loud chewing and traffic
Historical Figure: Zora Neale Hurston
Hobbies: Taking a sunset swim on the beach, trying out new places to eat
Guilty Pleasure Snack: Nerd Gummy Clusters

 





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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Philip Lederer

Philip Lederer

Contributing Senior Editor

As a Contributing Senior Editor Phil Lederer covers arts and culture, profiles and features for SRQ MEDIA's portfolio of publications. 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.

Email: phil.lederer@srqme.com