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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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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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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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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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! 

 





Dylan Campbell

Intern, 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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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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Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen

Contributing Food Editor and Writer

Kevin Allen is a writer, videographer, actor, and digital content strategist. He's thrilled to return to SRQ Magazine where he covers all the things you might find in a restaurant — most notably the food, the drinks, and the people. You can catch him on stage regularly at Florida Studio Theatre where he performs in the company's mainstage improv and sketch comedy ensembles. His writing credits span newspapers, stage, radio, podcasts and television, and include The Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, ESPN, Fox Sports, Q101 Chicago, The Second City, Florida Studio Theatre, The Chicago Sports Week in Review, The Observer, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine, and much more. Kevin has created content for some of the world's most influential brands, including IBM, Walgreens, Aveda, Jet Blue, IMG and General Mills. He lives in Lakewood Ranch with his wife, Janet; daughter, Summer; a couple of weirdo cats and a pretty awesome dog named Bixby.

Favorite Fictional Character: Ron Burgundy
Aliases: Kev, Kevvy, Kyevyn!
Favorite Quote: My motto: "I'm having a great time."
Pet Peeve: When people say, "That's funny," instead of laughing.
Favorite Historical Figure: The '85 Bears and anyone who wore a Chicago Bulls uniform from 1990-98.
Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: Bad 90s alternative rock.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Kit Kats — especially the fun, exotic flavors you find in other countries.

 





Kyle Shoemaker

Kyle Shoemaker

Project Manager

In his role as Project Manager, Kyle facilitates and assists in project, client and accounts management with a strong emphasis on client services and editorial and video production. Having grown up and spending his most formative years in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, Kyle is absolutely thrilled to be a part of a hyper-local company. He has a passion for the arts and has explored film, theater and writing. Kyle graduated from Valencia College with a film degree and now performs regularly as an improviser and sketch writer/performer at Florida Studio Theatre in Downtown Sarasota. Kyle enjoys cheering on Tampa Bay sports teams, playing Magic: The Gathering and sipping on local craft beer with friends in the Florida sunshine.

Favorite Fictional Character: Special Agent Dale Cooper

Aliases: Shoe, Shoeman, Shoemaker

Favorite Quote: “The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of the child at play” - Neitzsche

Pet Peeve: When people don’t say “excuse me” after they burp.

Favorite Historical Figure: William Shakespeare

Favorite SRQ Office Music Channel: I like variety.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Snack: Fried chicken, Ben & Jerry’s, and Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Swimmers

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Brittany Mattie

Brittany Mattie

Contributing Senior Editor

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. Previously on board full time the company, Britt continues to share her SRQ-love as a freelance writer and consulting in social media and online content.

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.