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20 Most Eligible Atlantans 2017 (exist) - 0

Produced by Kelsie Allen Barton | August 8, 2017 | Articles

BERTO HORNE
Founder, The Perfect Gentleman

Age: 24
Originally from: Detroit
Lives in: Midtown
Education: Morehouse College
Perfect mate: My perfect lady is someone who is ambitious, genuine and God-fearing.
Biggest turn-ons: A self-motivated businesswoman who is fit and goofy
Biggest turnoff: Someone who is inconsiderate of time!
Longest relationship: 1 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Brunch day-parties, Skyline Park at Ponce City Market and Habanos Cigar Lounge
Ideal date: A thoughtful evening that is catered intentionally for her. Giving her a new experience, accompanied by wine, delicious dining and, of course, the occasional corny joke.
Hobbies: Writing, volunteering with youth programs, adding sartorial pieces to my wardrobe and going out
Favorite restaurants: King + Duke, Bartaco and Tijuana Garage
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... mostly trap music mixed with R&B and oldies-but-goodies from Motown.
Part of the body you notice first: Eyes
I know I’m in love when... I offer her the last bite of my favorite meal.
Celebrity crushes: Kelly Rowland and Ashanti
Describe yourself in three words: Self-motivated, business-minded and compassionate
Something people would never guess about you: I have a first-degree black belt in taekwondo.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? My mother always tells me, “Herberto, you aren’t better than anybody and nobody is better than you, but you are going to be somebody.”
My greatest ambition in life is to... continue to progress in my business so I can impact the world and allow my mother to retire.
My guilty pleasure is... singing loudly while I’m getting dressed.
I can’t get enough of... Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Muhammad Ali
Signature drink: French Connection
The key to my heart is... time.

DREW PRESTON
Technical account manager, KettenWulf USA

Age: 30
Originally from: Atlanta
Lives in: Grant Park
Education: Georgia Institute of Technology
Perfect mate: A genuine person with a good sense of humor and ambition. I like having a partner who pushes me to be a better version of myself.
Biggest turn-ons: Beautiful smile and great hair
Biggest turnoffs: Being pretentious, judgmental or jealous
Longest relationship: 1 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Biking on the BeltLine, Ponce City Market, Republic Social House, Noni’s, The Sound Table and Northside Tavern
Ideal date: I’m pretty simple; I enjoy a nice dinner with drinks and conversation. As cliche as it is, a walk around Piedmont Park in the evening makes for a beautiful night.
Hobbies: Biking, wakeboarding and playing basketball
Favorite restaurants: Victory Sandwich Bar, One Eared Stag and American Cut
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Big Boi, Yeasayer, Migos and Alt-J.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Ryan Reynolds because of his wit and general smartassery. Plus, who wouldn’t want People’s 2010 Sexiest Man Alive to play them?
Proudest professional moment: Taking the risk of starting a company with my brother. We were able to sell the business to a larger corporation after three years.
Part of the body you notice first: Eyes. I get lost in them.
I know I’m in love when... I can’t help but smile when she walks into a room. Also, when everyone else seems to disappear while she’s in the room.
Celebrity crushes: Scarlett Johansson and Gal Gadot
Who inspires you? My mother, a single mom who provided a great life for my brother and me.
My guilty pleasure is... bubble baths.
I can’t get enough of... “Bad and Boujee.”
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Justin Timberlake. Pretty sure we would become best friends. Sorry, Jimmy.
Signature drink: Either a bourbon on the rocks or a Stella, depending on my mood
The key to my heart is... through my stomach.

ADRIANNE FICCO
Labor and delivery nurse, Northside Hospital

Age: 29
Originally from: Ridgefield, Wash.
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: Clayton State University
Perfect mate: Someone who I can connect with on every level: emotionally, physically and intellectually
Biggest turn-on: A witty sense of humor, confidence and being authentic
Biggest turnoff: Entitlement and superiority
Longest relationship: Five years
Weekend go-tos: I can’t get enough of the BeltLine and Piedmont Park. I also can’t pass up the festivals we have around the city.
Ideal date: Something low-key... maybe grab dinner somewhere quiet where we can have great conversation with amazing cocktails, of course
Hobbies: I enjoy running; you can catch me on a trail during my days off.
Favorite restaurants: I love a good patio, so Gypsy Kitchen, Yebo Beach Haus, Barcelona Wine Bar and Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Anna Kendrick! I adore her personality. She seems so funny and down-to-earth.
Part of the body you notice first: Smile, always
I know I’m in love when... I could never imagine being with anyone else, or being without that person.
Celebrity crushes: Tom Hardy, Jon Hamm and Jared Leto
Something people would never guess about you: I am the clumsiest person of all time. I’m constantly falling and running into things. I actually broke my elbow in March.
When I want to feel sexy, I... go for a long run, put on my favorite dress, then meet my friends out for dinner and drinks.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “If you truly love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” Rings true for me today.
Who inspires you? My dad. He raised me since I was a few years old. He is the kindest, smartest and most genuine person I know.
My guilty pleasure is... sour candy! I have such a bad sweet tooth.
Signature drink: Tito’s and soda with a lemon and lime
The key to my heart is... someone who is happy to be with me, whether we are binging on Netflix or getting dressed up for a night out.

JADA GREER
Technical sales chemist, ITW Pro Brands

Age: 33
Originally from: Pasadena, Calif.
Lives in: Downtown
Education: Vanderbilt University and Virginia State University
Perfect mate: Someone who can be my partner in crime—trustworthy, hardworking, sociable and, most importantly, fun!
Biggest turn-ons: When someone is gentlemanly, outgoing and physically fit, with skills on the dance floor and in the kitchen
Biggest turnoffs: Narrow-mindedness, cigarette smoking, rudeness, bad hygiene and insecurity
Longest relationship: Four years
Weekend go-tos: The Forum Athletic Club, the pool, outdoor concerts and festivals, brunch on the BeltLine, El Bar, The Regent Cocktail Club and Establishment
Ideal date: A great meal with good conversation, followed by a concert or sporting event
Hobbies: I love all things fitness-related: spin, yoga, fast-twitch and running. I also enjoy traveling, sporting events, community service and fashion.
Favorite restaurants: Umi, Tabla, The Consulate, Houston’s, True Food Kitchen, Gunshow, Poor Calvin’s, R.Thomas and every foodie’s favorite—Waffle House!
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? I think I would kill it on Dancing With the Stars.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? A mashup between Rashida Jones—she’s got Ivy League smarts and is down-to-earth and funny—and Cree Summer, who captures my energy and free spirit
Proudest professional moment: Being the chair of the Southeast Chapter of Women in Technology. I lead a dynamic and diverse group of women to promote quality female talent and leaders within my company.
Part of the body you notice first: Height and smile
I know I’m in love when... I want to skip a night of fun and just veg out on the couch with them, and I’m OK with lots of PDA.
My guilty pleasure is... gummy bears.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Barack Obama
Signature drink: A glass of pinot noir or a dirty martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives
The key to my heart is... someone I can truly be myself around, who is consistent and shows me he loves me through his actions, not just words.

DALTON CAGLE
Math professor and assistant coach, Brandon Hall School

Age: 25
Originally from: Marietta
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: The University of Alabama
Perfect mate: My ideal mate will be beautiful on the inside and out. She would also be educated, adventurous, intelligent and kind.
Biggest turn-ons: Loyalty, wit and independence
Biggest turnoffs: Smoking, negativity and being boring
Longest relationship: 1 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Brunch at Red Pepper Taqueria, pool at Post Chastain and drinking/socializing at The Ivy Buckhead and Big Sky Buckhead
Ideal date: Drinks and dinner somewhere new with stimulating conversation and an activity after—concert, live music, bowling, comedy show, etc.
Hobbies: Wake surfing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, working out, playing disc golf
and kickball
Favorite restaurants: The Capital Grille and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Jason Aldean, Drake and AC/DC.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Survivor because I’m confident that I could ‘outwit, outlast and outplay.’
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Matt Damon. He’s a good guy with family values, but he’s still a badass Jason Bourne.
Part of the body you notice first: Smile/teeth
I know I’m in love when... I put her needs before my own.
Celebrity crushes: Kelly Rohrbach, Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Zara Larsson
Describe yourself in three words: Giving, passionate and fortunate
Something people would never guess about you: I adore my 1-year-old niece.
When I want to feel sexy, I... dance.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Luke 12:48; To whom much is given, much is required.
Who inspires you? All the amazing and inspirational teachers I’ve had over the years
My guilty pleasure is... chocolate chip cookie cake.
I can’t get enough of... time at the lake.
My greatest ambition in life is to... step foot on all seven continents.
Signature drink: Captain Morgan and Coke
The key to my heart is... my family and friends.

KEYA RAJABI
Senior customer support manager, Motorola Solutions

Age: 27
Originally from: Roswell
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: University of Georgia
Perfect mate: Someone who shares the same interests as me and is ready to take on life together
Biggest turn-ons: Nice smile and eyes to go with it
Biggest turnoff: Pretentiousness
Longest relationship: Eight months
Weekend go-tos: The Ivy Buckhead, MJQ and Five Paces Inn
Ideal date: Start with dinner on the back patio at Terra Terroir, followed by cocktails at The Ivy Buckhead, and then end the night dancing at Johnny’s Hideaway.
Hobbies: Tennis, traveling and exploring new restaurants in Atlanta
Favorite restaurants: Rumi’s Kitchen, The Tavern at Phipps and South City Kitchen
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Drake, Kenny Chesney and Usher.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Riz Ahmed. He was awesome in HBO’s The Night Of. I also think we have some similar features.
Proudest professional moment: I am currently part of an organization much bigger than myself. Every day we help public safety officers be their best at the moments that matter.
I know I’m in love when... I cannot stop smiling every day, especially when I am texting the person.
Celebrity crushes: Keira Knightley, Rihanna and Rachel McAdams
When I want to feel sexy, I... go on a run.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? People become more of themselves as they get older.
Who inspires you? My parents. They moved to the United States 30-plus years ago with little support and have successfully raised my sister and me while advancing their own careers.
My guilty pleasure is... Taylor Swift’s 1989.
I can’t get enough of... Sour Punch Straws.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Kobe Bryant. I named my dog after him.
My greatest ambition in life is to... hold a government office position where I am bettering the lives of Americans every day.
Signature drink: Old-Fashioned
The key to my heart is... honesty.

WHITNEY HANAUER
Executive account manager, The List Partners

Age: 30
Originally from: Marietta
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: Florida State University
Perfect mate: Someone who is family-oriented, adventurous, and loves to travel and try new things
Biggest turn-ons: Confidence is a must, but good arms are always a bonus!
Biggest turnoffs: Someone who’s unmotivated is a huge turnoff. Also, being too needy or clingy.
Longest relationship: Six years
Weekend go-tos: Anywhere on the BeltLine, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta or the lake
Ideal date: Something outdoors, followed by a casual dinner or drinks. Really anything that someone took the time to plan will impress me.
Hobbies: Traveling, tennis, working out, trying new restaurants and anything involving a boat
Favorite restaurants: This changes more than I change clothes, but right now, I would say Dolce Italian, Eight Sushi Lounge and Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? The Amazing Race because I’m supercompetitive, and it’s a great way to travel for free!
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Mila Kunis because she’s always in comedies that end with a happily ever after. She’s upbeat, down-to-earth and always seems to be having a good time.
Proudest professional moment: Receiving my first promotion at my current company within the first seven months in my position
Part of the body you notice first: Eyes and smile
I know I’m in love when... I’m always willing to put the other person before myself and want to spend every day with them.
Celebrity crushes: Ryan Reynolds, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruno Mars
Something people would never guess about you: I’m very superstitious, but, ironically enough, I love Friday the 13ths.
My guilty pleasure is... binge-watching a Netflix show in sweats with a glass of wine.
Signature drink: Vodka soda with a lemon (strong emphasis on the lemon)
The key to my heart is... someone who enjoys spending time with my family and friends, and who can make me laugh.

MONA WEDAD
Executive assistant to CEO, CFO and CDO, FOCUS Brands

Age: 30
Originally from: Darmstadt, Germany
Lives in: Poncey-Highland
Education: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (undergraduate) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (graduate)
Perfect mate: Someone who knows what he wants, is both book- and street-smart, and, most of all, is a considerate and loving family-oriented man
Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, humility, honesty, ambition and consistency
Biggest turnoffs: Insecurity, laziness and greediness
Longest relationship: Five years; I was engaged.
Weekend go-tos: Strolling the BeltLine or meeting friends at Barcelona Wine Bar in Inman Park. My go-to for a fun girls’ night out is Opera. Otherwise, I love going to the pool or lake with my friends.
Ideal date: Going to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant off Buford Highway, followed by massages at Harmony Massage and bar-hopping!
Hobbies: I love to travel as much as possible. I also love to cook and host themed parties at my condo.
Favorite restaurants: Miso Izakaya, Barcelona Wine Bar, Nuevo Laredo, Lee’s Bakery, LanZhou Ramen and Rumi’s Kitchen
Who should play you in your biopic and why? A love child of Priyanka Chopra and Aubrey Plaza. People have told me that I resemble Chopra, and Plaza would do a great job portraying my witty side.
Part of the body you notice first: Face
I know I’m in love when... I sacrifice what I want for the other person.
Something people would never guess about you: When I moved to the United States at 13 years old, my English was very limited. It took me about three months to be fluent.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? My dad always tells me to never be scared of anyone or any situation, to never let fear dictate my actions.
My guilty pleasure is... good crusty bread, Irish butter, and some cheese and charcuterie.
My greatest ambition in life is to... be happily married with children and a great career, and to retire my parents with all the luxuries they would want.
Signature drink: Tito’s and water
The key to my heart is... massage. If the only presents I got in life were massages, I would be a happy camper.

LEWIS PARKS
Professional territory sales manager, Espada Dermatology

Age: 29
Originally from: Fayetteville
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: Bowling Green State University (undergraduate) and University of West Georgia (graduate)
Perfect mate: A God-fearing woman who is family-oriented and selfless
Biggest turn-ons: Being joyful and classy, and having a beautiful smile
Biggest turnoffs: Being controlling and needy; liars
Longest relationship: Over one year
Weekend go-tos: Tongue & Groove, Whiskey Mistress, Topgolf, Stagecoach and The Ivy Buckhead
Ideal date: Take her to a beautiful five-star restaurant with a five-course meal. After dinner, a horse and carriage are awaiting for us to take a ride through the city.
Hobbies: Working out, golfing, festivals, sporting events and Sunday funday
Favorite restaurants: STK, The Optimist, TWO Urban Licks, Umi and Gypsy Kitchen
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Outkast; Jeezy; Michael Jackson; Earth, Wind & Fire; and The Isley Brothers.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Fear Factor. I like taking risks.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Will Smith. I can be funny like him in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, or I can be serious like him in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Celebrity crushes: Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Priyanka Chopra
When I want to feel sexy, I... put on my best suit.
Who inspires you? Thomas, my twin brother
My guilty pleasure is... eating a full rack of ribs.
I can’t get enough of... old-school music.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Martin Luther King Jr.—just want to tell him thank you.
My greatest ambition in life is to... help pay for someone’s college who is less fortunate.
Signature drink: Tequila on the rocks with limes
The key to my heart is... a woman who is real and loyal.

MEGAN ROTH
Founder, Hungry Girls Do It Better

Age: 24
Originally from: Orlando, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: Florida State University
Perfect mate: Someone who is motivated, funny and outgoing
Biggest turn-on: Confidence and barbecue
Biggest turnoffs: Being insecure, clingy and too dependent
Longest relationship: 2 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Depends on the weekend. I love exploring Atlanta! Typically you can find me on the BeltLine, eating and drinking.
Ideal date: Usually something involving tacos and tequila
Hobbies: Finding the best barbecue and Flywheel Sports
Favorite restaurants: I could get in trouble for answering this one!
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Kings of Leon, Garth Brooks and Drake. I love it all.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Nicole Richie. When I was little, people would stop me on the street to tell me I looked like her. She’s so witty and real.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Shark Tank. I am obsessed with Mark Cuban.
Proudest professional moment: Leaving the corporate world to start my own business
Part of the body you notice first: Hair
I know I’m in love when... I’ll eat where they want to eat with no argument.
Celebrity crushes: John Krasinski and Jordan Spieth
Something people would never guess about you: I’m obsessed with pajama sets of any kind.
Describe yourself in three words: Sociable, fun and passionate
When I want to feel sexy, I... workout and stay away from pizza.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Every no leads to another yes.
My guilty pleasure is... eating an entire cheesy bread from Domino’s.
I can’t get enough of... podcasts that talk about murder and cold cases.
Signature drink: French 75
The key to my heart is... someone who agrees with every restaurant decision I make.

Hair and makeup by Moriah Anderson, Kenny Dawson, Bee Dira, Claudia Garay, TARITA HALL, hunter hogenmiller, Gwendolyn Labod and Nikole Morrow-Pettus, all with Van Michael Salon \\ Photography assistant: Naomi Smith



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