Architecture and Design Firm Expands Staff, CoreSRQ Hires First CEO


Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors of Sarasota has hired two additional architects, Richard W. Kuhn and Ram Venkat.

During his 35-year design career, Kuhn has won more than 50 local, state and national AIA awards. Prior to joining Sweet Sparkman, Kuhn was Design Manager/Principal/Senior Designer at Perkins + Will Architects in Boston and several other leading design firms.

Kuhn holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, with honors, from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Venkat comes to Sweet Sparkman from Ithaca, New York, where he spent eight years as a senior project manager for Cornell University, having previously worked for 15 years with several private architectural firms. At Sweet Sparkman, Venkat will serve as senior project manager.

He received a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.


ServisFirst Bank, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares, promoted Lucky Durmaz as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking Services for ServisFirst Bank Sarasota.

He joined ServisFirst Bank two years ago and has 10 years of experience in retail, trading and banking.

Durmaz left Turkey for the United States in 2008 after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. In 2015, he moved to Sarasota with his family.


Seth Carter has been promoted to Head of Product Management and Innovation at JMX Brands, the largest online retailer of Amish furniture and décor at

Carter joined JMX Brands in July 2020 as Product Category Manager for Bedroom Furniture and previously served as JMX’s Green Dig Manager.

Carter will lead the PMI team in increasing skills in e-commerce, strategic marketing, product management and supplier relations. He recently moved from the company’s headquarters in Sarasota to its location in LaGrange, Indiana, which will allow for more personal contact with Amish suppliers.

Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

CoreSRQ, Inc., a local nonprofit health and wellness organization, has hired Sarasota native Michelle Mitchell as its inaugural CEO.

Mitchell holds a business degree from the University of South Florida and has led advertising sales for the media industry for more than 30 years.

She began her career with the Herald-Tribune Media Group in 1991, rose to a senior position at the Tampa Bay Times for more than 10 years, then returned to the Herald-Tribune five years ago to become vice president. regional advertising and sales. .

CoreSRQ is a legacy organization serving the Sarasota community for over 70 years. With the unwavering support of the community, new organizational leadership saved the branches from permanent closure, raised funds to secure the purchase of facilities, and established the framework for CoreSRQ to serve the Sarasota community for decades to come.

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