SRQ Magazine’s Initiative Honored 12 Local Finalists for Its Prestigious Award Program 

(Sarasota, FL)May 3,  2017 –  Erin McLeod, president and CEO of the Friendship Centers, a non-profit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida for more than four decades, received the Women in Business Leadership Circle Award during SRQ Magazine’s Annual Hear Me Roar Awards Luncheon on April 27. McLeod, who was named president and CEO of the Centers in 2015, is serving as only the second president and CEO in the 44-year history of the organization.

“I am so honored to have been nominated for this award, and being named as a winner was a complete surprise to me,” said McLeod. “I am so impressed by the experience, knowledge and dynamic leadership shown by my fellow nominees and winners,” she added.

The women in business initiative was formed in 2014 by SRQ Magazine to engage women business leaders in the Sarasota area. Each year, women business leaders are nominated for the awards, and 12 finalists are selected by a national jury of women leaders. The winners and finalists are invited to join the Women in Business Leadership Circle for a year-long business initiative.

The Friendship Centers was founded in 1973 by Bother Geenen and was the first activity center for those over 50 in Sarasota. The Centers continued to grow under Brother Geenen’s leadership, adding home delivered meal services, medical facilities and caregiving centers. Today the Centers offer services in five counties in Southwest Florida to more than 15,000 older adults each year.

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About the Friendship Centers

The Friendship Centers serve older adults in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. Its mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.  For more than four decades the organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services that include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, and case management.  Almost 700 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit or call 941.955.2122.