JEZE August 2013 : Page 82

20 Most eligible AtlAntAns 2013 82 Each year at JEZ , we have the daunting task of sorting through hundreds of eligible applications, interviewing a plethora of single ladies and gents, and selecting an elite group to hold the title of 20 Most Eligible Atlantans. But, hey, someone’s got to do it! Here, we give you the smart, successful lookers who won our stamp of approval. Now, pick a babe fave and, on Aug. 23, meet us all at Havana Club to mingle with our singles in person. Let the dating games begin! Produced and coordinated by Allison Mitchell Photography by Austin Holt Writing by Kelsey Bjelland, Caroline Cox and Allison Mitchell Hair and makeup by Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency and Alicia Igess, The Green Room Agency/Urban Tangles using M·A·C Cosmetics Shot on location at Huff Furniture, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Roche Bobois shot at mitchell gold + bob williams

20 Most Eligible Atlantans

Each year at JEZ, we have the daunting task of sorting through hundreds of eligible applications, interviewing a plethora of single ladies and gents, and selecting an elite group to hold the title of 20 Most Eligible Atlantans. But, hey, someone’s got to do it! Here, we give you the smart, successful lookers who won our stamp of approval. Now, pick a babe fave and, on Aug. 23, meet us all at Havana Club to mingle with our singles in person. Let the dating games begin!

Produced and coordinated by Allison Mitchell
Photography by Austin Holt
Writing by Kelsey Bjelland, Caroline Cox and Allison Mitchell
Hair and makeup by Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency and Alicia Igess, The Green Room Agency/Urban Tangles using M·A·C Cosmetics
Shot on location at Huff Furniture, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Roche Bobois

Harrison Sapp
LEASING CONSULTANT, THE FINGER COMPANIES

Age: 26

Originally from: Spartanburg, S.C.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: College of Charleston

Perfect mate: Has a sense of humor, is loyal and is tall (I like heels.)
I am complimented most often on: My smile, even though it’s crooked

Biggest turn-ons: A guy with a good smile and a quick sense of humor—I live for banter, and guys who are close with their families.

Biggest turnoffs: Insecurity, being rude to servers and bad kissers
Longest relationship: Five years

Where do you hang out? Anywhere Champagne is served, the W hotels, Buckhead bars and the occasional club scene

Ideal date: Anything involving sushi and wine— the road to my heart is paved with spicy tuna.

Hobbies: Decorating my apartment; shopping; my kitten baby, Coco Chanel; brunching as a verb; and going to the lake with my family Favorite restaurants: Cibo E Beve, Prime and Verde Taqueria

Favorite sports team: Clemson Tigers

Best pickup line: ‘Nice bum—where ya from?’

Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, quick-witted and loving
Who inspires you? My mom

My greatest ambition in life: Open my own boutique

Signature drink: Prosecco

The best gift I’ve ever been given: A painting that my aunt did of my dad and me at my college graduation. He passed away in 2011 and having him at my graduation is something that I will be forever thankful for.

The key to my heart is: A good sense of humor, a love (or at least tolerance) of adorable kittens, an understanding of my relationship with heels and a willingness to listen when I need to break down who wore it better

Andi Dorfman
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, FULTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Age: 26

Originally from: Atlanta

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Louisiana State University and Wake Forest University School of Law

Perfect mate: Someone who is confident (but not cocky), funny, athletic and knows how to change a light bulb

I am complimented most often on: My feistiness or my face

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Fly halfway across the country to surprise a guy for his birthday

Deal-breakers: Cheaters, insecure guys and anyone who turns off my family

Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, in shape, good family and someone you can be goofy with

Longest relationship: Three years

Where do you hang out? Buckhead, mainly, but I love venturing out to Midtown for great dinners with friends.

Ideal date: Dinner at a hip restaurant, followed by dessert at Café Intermezzo

Hobbies: Going to the lake, happy hours with girlfriends and shopping

Favorite restaurants: 10 Degrees South, Aria, Tomo Japanese Restaurant and Café Intermezzo

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Braves

Most proud pro moment: Landing my dream job right out of school and getting the chance to make the community I live in a better and safer place

Part of the body you notice first: His face

You know you’re in love when: I feel sad when the guy leaves, whether he’s going out of town or just leaving for a few hours.

Celebrity crushes: Josh Duhamel, Ryan Gosling and Tom Brady Something people would never guess about you: I can eat more than anyone at the table, and I am the worst singer you’ll ever meet!

Personal style: Pretty eclectic. Preppy, but I can dress with some edge—I love a great pair of black leather pants.

Describe yourself in three words: Feisty, loyal and considerate

When I want to feel sexy, I… put on my highest stilettos.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? My mom taught me the word integrity. She said, ‘It’s what you do when no one is watching.’

My greatest ambition in life: Be happy, regardless of where I am in my career, who I am with or what I have

Guilty pleasure: Reality TV

I can’t get enough of: Chocolate, Diet Coke and going to the lake

Signature drink: A glass of chardonnay or a Cosmo

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: Tennis shoes with jeans

The key to my heart is: Just loving me—that goes for everyone, whether it’s a guy, a friend or a family member.

Joseph L. Wilson
ATTORNEY, FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP

Age: 27

Originally from: Atlanta

Lives in: West Midtown

Education: Jacksonville State University and Washington University School of Law

Perfect mate: Someone who is ambitious, sweet, in shape, pretty, smart, has a relationship with God and who likes children

I am complimented most often on: My smile

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: When my last relationship was on the rocks, I drove from St. Louis all the way to Atlanta to try to meet up with my girlfriend at the time and work it out.

Deal-breakers: Bad breath, stained or crooked teeth and people who are uptight

Biggest turn-ons: A pretty smile, dimples and a woman who carries herself with class and confidence

Longest relationship: Two and a half years

Ideal date: Go to a nice restaurant and have some wine and a good conversation

Hobbies: Playing basketball, hanging out with my friends, working out and traveling

Favorite restaurants: Houston’s, California Pizza Kitchen and STK

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Braves

Most proud pro moment: Law school graduation—I have never been more proud and happy than when I walked across the stage and got my J.D.

You know you’re in love when: You constantly put that other person’s feelings and best interests before your own and you would rather be in pain than to see that other person hurting

Celebrity crushes: Paula Patton, Halle Berry and Porsha Stewart

Something people would never guess about you: I am naturally a pretty shy and quiet person, until you get to know me.

When I want to feel sexy, I… go get a haircut.

Who inspires you? I have two big inspirations: the first being my father, who I respect so much. The second would be Johnnie Cochran—he inspired me to be a lawyer.

My greatest ambition in life: Simply follow my destiny and do what is planned for my life

I can’t get enough of: Godiva chocolate Signature drink: Cîroc coconut with pineapple juice

The key to my heart is: A woman who has a relationship with God and who has the ability to put others before herself; someone who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside

Tia Jarvis
CHEERLEADER, ATLANTA HAWKS; SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER, SPRAY STUDIO ATLANTA; AND BARTENDER, THE IVY BUCKHEAD

Age: 23

Originally from: Dacula, Ga.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Georgia State University

Perfect mate: Someone who isn’t lazy—I like active men and someone who has ambition and passion for something.

I am complimented most often on: My freckles, even though I hate them, or my eyes

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Had a long-distance relationship in high school... what was I thinking?!

Deal-breakers: Someone who can’t support themselves and who is immature

Biggest turn-ons: Nice legs, good hands, someone who accepts me for me, and a guy who loves his mom and is good with kids

Longest relationship: One year

Ideal date: I’m simple! If it were up to me, I probably wouldn’t even leave my house; I’m definitely a homebody.

Hobbies: Cheerleading, working out and playing with my black Lab

Favorite restaurants: Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, Noche, Goldfish and Chipotle

Part of the body you notice first: Arms and shoulders

Best pickup line: ‘Feel my shirt—that’s boyfriend material!’

You know you’re in love when: I’m constantly thinking about someone and could see myself with them in the future

Celebrity crushes: Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum

Describe yourself in three words: Charismatic, trustworthy and unforgettable

Who inspires you? Marisa Miller—she has made an empire out of what she does, even with freckles!

My greatest ambition in life: Seek out new opportunities. I am always looking for ways to be a light to those around me.

I can’t get enough of: Oreos or Tin Lizzy’s guacamole

Describe your dream partner in five words: Underdog, loving, goofy, mature and genuine

Signature drink: Stoli Blueberry with Sprite, soda water and tonic water

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: A Florida Gators football jersey

The key to my heart is: Sincerity

Geoffrey Greene
REAL ESTATE ADVISOR, ATLANTA FINE HOMES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Age: 33

Originally from: Lancaster, S.C.

Lives in: Old Fourth Ward

Education: Wake Forest University and The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia

Perfect mate: Someone who is smart, witty, adventurous, loves to travel and who constantly helps me improve myself

I am complimented most often on: My eyes or smile

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Planned a trip to Africa about a year out and told a guy I was interested in that he was going with me

Deal-breakers: Bad teeth, someone who doesn’t get along with my friends, dishonesty and rudeness

Longest relationship: Two years

Ideal date: Just sitting and chatting for hours, with a nice bottle of wine, a sunset and preferably a beach view

Hobbies: Running, working out, traveling and cars

Favorite restaurants: Campagnolo, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Murphy’s and Watershed on Peachtree

Favorite sports team: Florida Gators

Most proud pro moment: I’ve been a top producing realtor in Atlanta for 10 years.

Part of the body you notice first: Eyes

You know you’re in love when: My cheeks hurt from smiling so much

Celebrity crushes: Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello and Bear Grylls

Describe yourself in three words: Happy, charismatic and fun

When I want to feel sexy, I… do a juice cleanse from Arden’s Garden, hit the gym twice a day, work on my tan, cross my fingers and hope for the best.

Who inspires you? My mother—she has taught me so many valuable life lessons about love, relationships, trust, perseverance, forgiveness and success.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Ellen DeGeneres or Michael Jackson, so I could experience one of his concerts from the front row

Guilty pleasure: Yoforia with lots of Oreos, The Real Housewives marathons on Bravo and good red wine

Describe your dream partner in five words: Cultured, successful, loving, handsome and funny

Signature drink: Ketel One up with a twist

The key to my heart is: Someone my friends also love

Webb Worthington

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER, SWH RESIDENTIAL PARTNERS

Age: 26

Originally from: Dunwoody

Lives in: Midtown

Education: The University of Georgia

Perfect mate: Honest, trustworthy, compassionate, generous and humble

I am complimented most often on: My fun and silly personality

Biggest turn-ons: Athletic, good sense of humor, and someone who enjoys sports and is low-maintenance

Biggest turnoffs: Smoking, being high-maintenance and self-absorbed

Longest relationship: One and a half years

Ideal date: Something that incorporates interactive competitive fun, like putt-putt golf

Hobbies: Tennis, wakeboarding, snowboarding, fishing, hunting and scuba diving

Favorite restaurants: All burrito establishments, Fogo de Chao, Chickfil- A and Yogli Mogli

Most proud pro moment: Performing as a diver for half a million people over a two-year period in a Cirque show onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

You know you’re in love when: You find yourself saying, ‘Let me check with [girl’s name here] and make sure it’s OK with her.’

Celebrity crushes: Brittany Snow, Zooey Deschanel and Kaley Cuoco

Describe yourself in three words: Analytical, adventurous and outgoing

When I want to feel sexy, I… exercise.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Conan O’Brien

My greatest ambition in life: For my wife and children to have half of the amount of respect for me as I do for my father.

I can’t get enough: Tennis—if I could play every day, I would.

Describe your dream partner in five words: Giving, trustworthy, outgoing, athletic and funny

Signature drink: Maker’s Mark

The key to my heart is: Ice cream and back-scratches

Kelsey Grubbs

IMPLEMENTATION/ACCOUNT MANAGER, PEOPLENET

Age: 25

Originally from: San Antonio, Texas

Lives in: Brookhaven

Education: Georgia Southern University

Perfect mate: Someone who is confident, independent, the life of the party, always down for an adventure and takes time to do the ‘little things’

I am complimented most often on: My eyes and my smile

Biggest turnoffs: If a guy has to be right by your side at social events because he isn’t confident enough to go off on his own

Longest relationship: Two and a half years

Where do you hang out? The Ivy Buckhead, Stagecoach, Lost Dog Tavern and Hudson Grille

Ideal date: Going to a casual restaurant with a porch and splitting a pitcher of beer

Hobbies: Reading, running, cooking and day-drinking at the lake

Favorite restaurants: Wisteria Restaurant, Antico Pizza, Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill, Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub and Sushi Kiku

Most proud pro moment: I comanaged the implementation for several of our company’s largest accounts, including two of the largest staffing agencies in the world. As a result, in the three years that I have worked with PeopleNet, our company has almost tripled in size.

You know you’re in love when: I let them know the real me.

Something people would never guess about you: I play the alto sax and love big band jazz music.

Who inspires you? My parents inspire me every day.

Guilty pleasure: I love to watch marathons of Chopped on the Food Network—even if I’ve seen every episode several times.

Signature drink: Dirty martini with extra blue cheese olives

The key to my heart is: Being committed to family—I’ll fall fast for a man who has a good relationship with his family and is passionate about spending time with mine.

Lindsey Licht
CLINICAL SALES SPECIALIST, IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS

Age: 31

Originally from: Athens, Ga.

Lives in: Brookhaven

Education: The University of Georgia

Perfect mate: Someone who is honest, fun-loving, Christian, charismatic, ambitious and faithful

I am complimented most often on: My eyes

Deal-breakers: Smoking, bad hygiene, no religious beliefs, no ambition and arrogance

Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, genuineness, funny, loves sports, and someone who is ambitious, faithful and a Southern gentleman

Longest relationship: Two years

Ideal date: A sporting event or drinks on a patio

Hobbies: Working out at the gym, playing tennis, golfing and going to the shooting range

Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, Holeman & Finch Public House and Verde Taqueria

Favorite sports team: Georgia Bulldogs

Favorite movies: The Shawshank Redemption and Gladiator

Most proud pro moment: Achieving President’s Club (top 10 percent of sales force), for which I won a trip to Rome

Parts of the body you notice first: Teeth and smile

You know you’re in love when: You would sacrifice or do anything for that person

Celebrity crushes: Josh Duhamel and Jared Followill

Something people would never guess about you: I’m a neat freak.

Personal style: Classic, but trendy

Describe yourself in three words: Loyal, compassionate and hardworking

When I want to feel sexy, I… wear red lipstick.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Live your life with no regrets—everything happens for a reason.’

I can’t get enough of: My 2-month-old nephew

Who inspires you? My dad—he is the most selfless and hard-working man I’ve ever known.

My greatest ambition in life: Be an entrepreneur in women’s fashion

Guilty pleasure: Traveling

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: Tattoos

Signature drink: Vodka soda with a splash of cranberry and a lemon slice

The key to my heart is: Honesty

Ben Ingram
BROADCASTER, BRAVES RADIO NETWORK AND MLB NETWORK

Age: 33

Originally from: Madison, Miss.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Mississippi College

Perfect mate: Someone who has the same beliefs, principles, morals and ethics as I do, and also someone who’s driven, has their own uniqueness and knows what they’re worth

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: I flew across the country to surprise a girl I was dating long-distance.

Deal-breakers: Smoking and girls who are too ‘proper’ to break a sweat

Biggest turn-ons: Positivity, a beautiful smile and long hair

Longest relationship: Two years

Ideal date: A restaurant with a great atmosphere is a must. An ideal date should be an adventure where you experience new things together and have two or three stops along the way.

Hobbies: Traveling, training in the gym, collecting vinyl records, concerts, playing guitar, movies, cars and trying out new restaurants

Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Bistro Niko and The Big Ketch

Favorite sports teams: Atlanta Braves and the Ole Miss Rebels

Most proud pro moment: Making it to the big leagues as a broadcaster

You know you’re in love when: I change my Facebook relationship status—as a guy, I can say that we hate doing that. That’s a big commitment!

Celebrity crushes: Minka Kelly and Marisa Miller

Describe yourself in three words: Driven, loyal and entertaining

Who inspires you? My dad—he’s so talented and works really hard, yet he’s easily the most humble person I know.

My greatest ambition in life: Win a Ford C. Frick Award

I can’t get enough of: Atlanta—I’m relatively new here and am really enjoying experiencing new places and making new friends.

Describe your dream partner in five words: Affectionate, patient, loyal, sexy and humorous

Signature drink: Johnnie Walker Gold Label, neat

The key to my heart is: A girl who loves God

Marissa May
PUBLICIST, ALLIED INTEGRATED MARKETING

Age: 28

Originally from: Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Perfect mate: Focused on family, smart, good sense of humor, sarcastic (or can at least appreciate my sarcasm), athletic and driven to succeed

I am complimented most often on: My hair and booty

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: I went on ABC’s The Bachelor, all in the name of love!

Deal-breakers: Smoking, drug use and not wanting children

Biggest turn-ons: Intelligence, humor and confidence

Longest relationship: Two years

Where do you hang out? You can usually spot me at a movie theater (for work purposes), the dog park, shopping at Morgan Kylee or grabbing drinks at Whiskey Blue and the typical Buckhead bars.

Ideal date: Start off the day with something outdoorsy (catch a ball game, head to a festival or go on a hike), and wrap it up with a great dinner and drinks at a location where we can actually hold a conversation

Hobbies: Watching reality TV and sports, going to sporting events, attempting Pinterest craft projects and social media

Favorite restaurants: The Big Ketch, Empire State South and Holeman & Finch Public House

Favorite sports teams: Tampa Bay Rays, all UNC Chapel Hill sports teams, ASU Sun Devils football and, of course, the Atlanta Braves

Favorite movies: I work in the film industry, so I have many, but my all-time favorites are Dumb and Dumber, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Most proud pro moment: I planned and organized Brad Pitt’s visit to Atlanta that included a large-scale event—an advance screening of World War Z that brought in more than 700 attendees and a surprise appearance by him.

Part of the body you notice first: I’m a sucker for eyes.

You know you’re in love when: I’m willing to spend holidays with his family rather than mine. My family time is very precious to me, so passing that up is a big sign.

Celebrity crushes: Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling

Something people would never guess about you: I received a softball scholarship (and played all 4 years) in college.

Personal style: Relaxed and flirty

Describe yourself in three words: Intelligent, outgoing and sassy

When I want to feel sexy, I… buy a new outfit (including heels).

Who inspires you? My mother is a huge inspiration to me. She not only raised my siblings and me by herself, but she did so with grace, humility and selflessness, all while having 25 additional kids to take care of as a school teacher.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? My dad’s parents passed away before I got to know them, so I would love to have time with them.

Guilty pleasure: Reality TV and cupcakes I can’t get enough of: Traveling—I love seeing new places and people.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘What is for you will not pass you.’ Signature drink: Depending on my mood, I rotate between wine, Champagne and cider.

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: Heels at a pool

The best gift I’ve ever been given: My siblings and an authentic 2008 Tampa Bay Rays World Series autographed jersey

The key to my heart is: Being great with kids and animals

Tim Charleston
PHYSICAL THERAPIST, PIEDMONT HOSPITAL

Age: 38

Originally from: Peoria, Ill.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Georgia State University, North Georgia College & State University

Perfect mate: Understanding, loyal, compassionate, adventurous, active, educated and open-minded

I am complimented most often on: My smile

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for

love: Flew to Thailand

Biggest turn-ons: Great cook, active lifestyle, well-groomed, soft and clear skin, great-smelling perfume, intelligence and great personality

Biggest turnoff: Sarcasm

Longest relationship: Five years

Ideal date: Going on a hike or walk, talking and having lunch at a park

Hobbies: Bike riding, working out and hiking

Favorite restaurants: Hudson Grille and Taco Mac (mainly because of the Tvs and great sports atmosphere)

Favorite sports teams: Boston Celtics and Chicago Bears

Favorite movies: Gladiator, Love & Basketball and Love Jones

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Graduating from graduate school

You know you’re in love when: You consider your significant other nearly 100 percent of the time when you’re making decisions, such as buying something from the store or cooking a meal

Celebrity crushes: Sanaa Lathan, Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Sandra Bullock

Something people would never guess

about you: I was born with six toes on one foot.

When I want to feel sexy, I... put on a nice pair of hard-bottom shoes.

Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, persevering and humble

Guilty pleasure: Ice cream

Who inspires you? Many of the patients that I see—I am always inspired by their will to overcome the immeasurable odds that they face. It also reminds me that I don’t have much to complain about.

Who, dead or alive, would you most

want to meet? Muhammad Ali

My greatest ambition in life: Have a family

The key to my heart is: Trustworthiness

Kelly Travis
PRECONSTRUCTION COORDINATOR, CHOATE CONSTRUCTION

Age: 27

Originally from: Conyers, Ga.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Georgia Perimeter College

Perfect mate: Someone with intelligence, passion, spontaneity, and a perfect balance of confidence and humility

I am complimented most often on: My hair

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Let down all the walls and the ‘idea’ of what I thought love was and actually experienced it unconditionally and openheartedly

Deal-breakers: Lying, infidelity, inability to control anger and not being supportive

Biggest turn-ons: Smile, good hair, intelligence and humor

Biggest turnoffs: Laziness, poor hygiene and lack of ambition and goals

Longest relationship: Four and a half years

Where do you hang out? Buckhead mostly, and Virginia-Highland

Ideal date: Dinner on a patio with live music

Hobbies: Baking and encaustic painting

Favorite restaurants: Aria, JCT. Kitchen & Bar and Fritti

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons

Favorite movies: Drive and Almost Famous

Most proud pro moment: Starting a successful business (Bronzed Atlanta) and handling every aspect of it, from business planning and financials, to website, marketing and client interaction

Part of the body you notice first: Height

You know you’re in love when: You’re OK being exactly who you are and know the other person supports that

Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling

Something people would never guess about you: I just started eating vegetables three months ago.

Personal style: Constantly changes, depending on my mood—my staple items include skinny jeans, a cool T-shirt and a leather jacket.

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, sassy and ambitious

When I want to feel sexy, I… wear red lipstick.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Do what makes your heart beat the fastest.’ I don’t think you can go wrong if you follow your heart.

Who inspires you? My mother—she empowers me by saying, ‘I love you, and I support whatever path you take.’

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? William Shakespeare

My greatest ambition in life: Leave behind a legacy, whatever it may be

Guilty pleasure: Those tiny chocolate cupcakes from Trader Joe’s

Describe your dream partner in five words: Patient, supportive, ambitious, intelligent and empathetic

Signature drink: Grapefruit martini

The best gift I’ve ever been given was: Friendship that remains supportive, nonjudgmental and fun

The key to my heart is: Honesty and thoughtfulness

Steve Messer
REGION DIRECTOR, BACARDI USA INC.

Age: 34

Originally from: Boca Raton, Fla.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Tulane University and University of Miami

Perfect mate: A partner in crime who is easygoing and supports my sometimes-crazy schedule, and someone to explore Atlanta— and the world—with

I am complimented most often on: My eyelashes

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Drove eight hours overnight through a snowstorm in order to make it in time to make my girlfriend breakfast in bed for her birthday

Deal-breakers: Insecurity, lack of perspective, bad breath, someone who doesn’t enjoy good food and drinks

Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, natural beauty, elegance, compassion and quick wit

Longest relationship: Two years

Where do you hang out? Piedmont Dog Park with my bulldog, Ruby, and my lake house at Lake Lanier

Ideal date: Sitting outside on a patio in the sun enjoying good food, good conversation and, of course, great cocktails

Hobbies: Running (I just ran my third marathon), traveling and trying new restaurants Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, Genki Noodles & Sushi and JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Favorite sports team: New York Rangers

Most proud pro moment: Becoming the youngest region director in the company

You know you’re in love when: You’re constantly looking at your phone for a text or a call from that person

Celebrity crushes: Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis

Something people would never guess

about you: I’m a former spelling-bee champion.

Describe yourself in three words: Witty, sensitive and spontaneous

My greatest ambition in life: Visit all seven continents

Who inspires you? My grandfather

Describe your dream partner in five words: Kind, intelligent, driven, independent and sophisticated

Signature drink: Bombay Sapphire gimlet

The key to my heart is: Loving my dog as much as I do

Kelly Wallace
MARKETING MANAGER, YEAH! BURGER

Age: 24

Originally from: Everett, Pa.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: The University of Alabama

Perfect mate: Someone with strong faith, confidence and a generous spirit

I am complimented most often on: My legs The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: I made a major move to a new city to pursue a relationship.

Deal-breaker: Overprotectiveness

Biggest turn-ons: When a guy can walk into a room and own it, a good conversationalist, respect for me and everyone I’m with, and a strong faith

Longest relationship: Three years Where do you hang out? Atlanta festivals and concerts, Buckhead Church and the gym

Ideal date: I’m pretty traditional: Pick me up; bring me flowers; and take me to one of Atlanta’s great restaurants.

Hobbies: I love to work out, and I enjoy competitive races. I also volunteer at Children’s Healthcare.

Favorite restaurants: JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Krog Bar, Barcelona Wine Bar and Yeah! Burger

Favorite sports team: Alabama Crimson Tide

Most proud pro moment: The professional endeavors I’ve been able to experience in such a short time since college—among them is working for Diane von Furstenberg in New York City and creating a large network of professional contacts through my PR career in Atlanta

You know you’re in love when: He is the first person with whom I want to share the details of my day and my heart skips when I see him.

Something people would never guess about you: I love the outdoors. Camping was one of my favorite things to do growing up in Pennsylvania.

When I want to feel sexy, I… put on my favorite pair of high heels and wear red lipstick.

Describe your dream partner in five words: Affectionate, athletic, witty, spontaneous and confident

Signature drink: Vodka soda with lime

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: An Auburn jersey

The key to my heart is: Thoughtfulness

Brian Huband
MAJOR ACCOUNTS DISTRICT MANAGER, ADP

Age: 29

Originally from: Atlanta

Lives in: Brookhaven

Education: Auburn University

Perfect mate: Energetic, spontaneous and compassionate

I am complimented most often on: My eyes

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Dressed up like Khloé Kardashian for a party at the request of a girlfriend

Deal-breaker: Dishonesty

Biggest turn-ons: Someone who is self-motivated and driven Biggest turnoff: Laziness

Longest relationship: Two and a half years

Where do you hang out? I make the rounds from West Midtown to Old Fourth Ward and, occasionally, Buckhead

Ideal date: Drinks at Krog Bar, dinner at The Optimist and a nightcap at Northside Tavern

Hobbies: Traveling and anything outdoors, including hiking, biking and snowboarding

Favorite restaurants: The Optimist, Serpas, Abattoir, Heirloom Market BBQ and Antico Pizza

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons

Favorite movies: Gladiator, The Shawshank Redemption and Saving Private Ryan

Most proud pro moment: My career path and the places around the world it has taken me

Part of the body you first notice: Eyes and smile

Worst pickup line: ‘Can I have your phone number? I seem to have lost mine.’

You know you’re in love when: She’s the first thing I think of in the morning, and I start to base decisions around her

Celebrity crushes: Jessica Biel and Brooklyn Decker

Something people would never guess about you: I’m a clean freak.

My personal style: Easygoing and casual

Describe yourself in three words: Driven, genuine and fun-loving

When I want to feel sexy, I… plan an intimate moment with someone special.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t be afraid to fail.

Who inspires you? My parents and Richard Branson

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? My great-grandfather, who I am named after

My greatest ambition in life: Start my own business

Guilty pleasure: Ice cream

I can’t get enough of: My friends and family

Describe your dream partner in five words: Ambitious, selfless, confident, trustworthy and adventurous

Signature drink: Ketel One on the rocks

The best gift I’ve ever been given was: A spontaneous trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The key to my heart is: Someone who puts others before themselves and makes me laugh

Brittiney Wall
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, BARCLAYS CAPITAL AND CHEERLEADING CAPTAIN, ATLANTA FALCONS

Age: 25

Originally from: Eden, N.C.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: East Carolina University

Perfect mate: Charismatic, family-oriented, well-spoken and career-driven

I am complimented most often on: My eye color

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Join a dodgeball league to get my crush’s attention

Biggest turn-ons: A guy who steadily walks the fine line between confidence and cockiness

Biggest turnoffs: Being a momma’s boy—I love that you love your mom, but cut the cord.

Longest relationship: Three years

Ideal date: Dinner and dancing—I’m a bit of an old soul, so cover bands are my favorite.

Hobbies: Cleaning, organizing and dancing— 20 MOST ELIGIBLE ATLANTANS 2013 I’m in my fourth season as an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader.

Favorite restaurants: King + Duke, Eclipse di Luna and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

Most proud pro moment: Choreographing a nationally ranked routine for my alma mater’s dance team

You know you’re in love when: I’m willing to introduce the guy I’m dating to my dad

Celebrity crushes: Channing Tatum, Columbus Short and Kevin Hart

Something people would never guess about you: I play the made-up, glamorous cheerleader role most of the time, but I’m a tomboy at heart.

Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, organized and authentic

When I want to feel sexy, I… put on my favorite Al Green album, light some candles and sing as loud as I can.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

‘Life goes on.’ It’s applicable in all situations: losing a loved one, spilling coffee on my favorite blouse or dealing with a broken heart. Regardless of what happens, the world keeps spinning.

Who inspires you? My mother. Her work ethic is unmatched, and I aspire to be just like her.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Otis Redding—he’s my favorite singer!

My greatest ambition in life: Have my own dance studio—I want to share my passion for dance every day until I retire.

My guilty pleasure is: CamiCakes!

Describe your dream partner in five

words: Humble, hardworking, funny, bold and a snuggle-master

Signature drink: Peach martini

The key to my heart is: Good conversation

Paul White
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION RESIDENT, EMORY UNIVERSITY AND CO-OWNER, TOTAL LASER CONCEPTS & MEDSPA

Age: 29

Originally from: Charleston, S.C.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: Louisiana State University

Perfect mate: I like women who are humble, and tall brunettes who love their mom and dad. Family values are important!

I am complimented most often on: My hair

Deal-breakers: Bad teeth and smokers

Biggest turn-ons: Confidence—a woman who is secure with herself is extremely attractive.

Biggest turnoff: Bad breath

Longest relationship: Four years

Where do you hang out? Buckhead bars Ideal date: Driving down to my beach house in Seaside, Fla., at the last minute. I love spontaneous things.

Hobbies: I play tennis, work out daily and do yoga. I love spicy and exotic foods.

Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, Bones, Tomo Japanese Restaurant, Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt and Nick’s Food To Go

Favorite sports teams: LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints

Favorite movies: American Psycho, Crazy Stupid Love and Step Brothers

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I’m an LSU threetime All-American athlete.

Part of the body you notice first: Hair

Best pickup line: ‘Was that an earthquake, or did you just rock my world?’

You know you’re in love when: I start getting butterflies in my stomach

Celebrity crush: Angelina Jolie Something people would never guess about you: I’m really good at yo-yoing.

Personal style: Sleek and slim-fitting

Describe yourself in three words: Confident, aggressive and thoughtful

When I want to feel sexy, I… wear white jeans.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘In the end, the business will pass, but your friends and family will last forever.’

Who inspires you? My father—he is the most compassionate person I’ve ever met.

Guilty pleasure: Anything peppermint flavored—I seriously have an addiction, especially when Girl Scout cookie season comes around.

I can’t get enough of: Yogurtland

Describe your dream partner in five words: Humble, faithful, supportive, confident and tall

Signature drink: Extra dirty vodka martini on the rocks with three blue cheese olives in a snifter glass

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing: Pleated pants with a three-button suit

The best gift I’ve ever been given was: My family heirloom pocket watch

The key to my heart is: Through my sweet tooth

Christen Wrensen
SENIOR SEARCH CONSULTANT, JACKSON & COKER

Age: 29

Originally from: Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Lives in: Buckhead

Education: The University of Georgia

Perfect mate: Integrity, intelligence, sense of humor, outgoing, kind and a loving heart

I am complimented most often on: My eyes

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Surrender my heart to it!

Deal-breakers: Smoking, atheism, laziness, neediness and controlling behavior

Biggest turn-ons: Passion for living, humility, confidence, thoughtfulness and ambition Biggest turnoffs: Arrogance, lack of dependability, poor manners and untidiness

Longest relationship: Almost three years

Where do you hang out? Chastain Park, Piedmont Park, Yebo, The St. Regis Atlanta, JCT. Kitchen & Bar and The Big Ketch

Ideal date: Ocean paddleboarding, followed by a beach picnic of charcuterie, cheese and wine during sunset

Hobbies: Horseback riding, traveling, water sports, exercising and live music

Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, Tomo Japanese Restaurant, Ecco, Barcelona Wine Bar, Pure Taqueria, Watershed on Peachtree and Rathbun’s

Favorite sports team: UGA Bulldogs

Favorite movies: Seven Pounds, Gladiator, Top Gun, The Hangover, The Blind Side and Legends of the Fall

Most proud pro moment: Becoming the top physician recruiter in a prominent firm as a rookie in the industry within a threeyear period

You know you’re in love when: You begin placing someone else’s needs above your own

Celebrity crushes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp

Something people would never guess about you: I was a huge tomboy growing up.

Describe yourself in three words: Balanced, determined and compassionate

When I want to feel sexy, I… buy myself a new outfit.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’

I can’t get enough of: Traveling to new places

Who inspires you? Those who have much less than me, yet have found true contentment. It’s a reminder of what is most important and valuable in life.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Jesus

My guilty pleasure: Frozen yogurt

My greatest ambition in life: Leave a footprint by having positively affected the lives of others.

Signature drink: Vodka soda with lime

The key to my heart is: Being loved unconditionally, imperfections and all, by a man who embodies the most important qualities to me and who continually challenges me to be my best

Paul D. Hourigan
SENIOR ATTORNEY, SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

Age: 35

Originally from: Blackpool, England

Lives in: Midtown

Education: Washington and Lee University, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and School of Law

Perfect mate: Humorous, honest, driven and athletic

I am complimented most often on: My sense of humor

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Deal-breakers: Smoking, dishonesty and arrogance

Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, being in shape, good family and someone I can be goofy with

Biggest turnoff: Being self-centered

Longest relationship: Three years

Where do you hang out? Midtown

Ideal date: Doing something active, like skydiving, followed by something more relaxed where we can talk, preferably outside

Hobbies: Soccer and traveling

Favorite restaurants: Urban pL8, Ecco and Bocado

Favorite movies: Cool Hand Luke, Step Brothers and Victory

Most proud pro moment: I have my J.D./MBA. I practiced for some of the top law firms in the world in D.C. and NYC; then, I took a major risk and left the practice of law to start a social-media platform for pro athletes with my good friend Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins. I’m now responsible for all professional sports sponsorship deals for the company that owns the most valuable brand in the world.

Part of the body you notice first: Eyes

Best pickup line: ‘Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city and then the country. You in or you out?’ (Bill Murray, Lost in Translation)

You know you’re in love when: You just know. It shouldn’t be complicated.

Celebrity crushes: Alex Morgan, Shakira and Emmanuelle Chriqui

Something people would never guess about you: When my family moved to the U.S. from the U.K., I was 14. I sang rap songs in the shower to try and get rid of my accent so I could fit in. Unfortunately, it worked.

Describe yourself in three words: Debonair, athletic and humble

Who inspires you? My dad—he’s a phenomenal athlete, outstanding businessman and the greatest role model.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Richard Branson

My greatest ambition in life: At the end of it all, be able to look back and laugh.

Signature drink: Coca-Cola (maybe with some bourbon)

The key to my heart is: Getting up at 7AM on the weekends to watch soccer with me

Maria Taylor
BROADCASTER, ESPN

Age: 26

Originally from: Chicago

Lives in: Alpharetta

Education: The University of Georgia

Perfect mate: Someone who is strong in their faith, is very ambitious and can make me laugh

I am complimented most often on: My smile

Biggest turn-ons: A guy who can make me laugh

Biggest turnoffs: A guy who is serious all the time

Longest relationship: Five years

Where do you hang out? Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro, Twist and Whiskey Blue

Ideal date: Doing something active, like hiking Stone Mountain, or going to the park to play basketball and having dinner afterward

Hobbies: Sports—I’ll play or watch anything, but basketball and volleyball are my favorites; and traveling—if I’m not working, chances are I’m out of town visiting friends or on a vacation.

Favorite restaurants: Sun in My Belly, Bluefin, Two Urban Licks, and Coast Seafood and Raw Bar

Favorite sports teams: Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Bulls

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Getting my MBA

You know you’re in love when: Everything you do is for your significant other

Celebrity crushes: Jesse Williams, Henry Cavill, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba and Adam Levine Something people would never guess about you: I have no rhythm!

Describe yourself in three words: Vibrant, intelligent and loving

When I want to feel sexy, I… put on something black and add a little more mascara and eyeliner.

Who, dead or alive, would you most want to meet? Jesus

My greatest ambition in life is to: Be an anchor on Good Morning America

Describe your dream partner in five words: Loving, personable, intuitive, intelligent and honest

Signature drink: Lemon drop martini

The key to my heart is: Good conversation

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