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20 Most Eligible Atlantans 2017

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

MEGAN GOBBLE
Professional cheerleader, Atlanta Hawks; and visual merchandiser, Lululemon

Age: 27
Originally from: Cleveland, Tenn.
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: Lee University
Perfect mate: A good Christian man who is confident in who he is, ambitious with his goals, close to his family, loyal, patient, funny and lives a healthy lifestyle
Biggest turn-ons: Someone who loves adventure, has strong morals and knows how to have fun
Biggest turnoffs: Insecurity, laziness and instability
Longest relationship: 2 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Any Atlanta sporting event, Ponce City Market, the BeltLine, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and hiking trails
Ideal date: A nice dinner, followed by a walk in the park or exploring a new area of town
Hobbies: Hiking, dancing, yoga, tennis and exploring Atlanta with friends
Favorite restaurants: Antico Pizza, STK and Eclipse di Luna (dinner and dancing, of course it’s a fave!)
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... all the ’90s pop divas with a mix of rap and hip-hop.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? So You Think You Can Dance because I love the challenge of taking on different dance styles
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Zooey Deschanel because she’s fun, personable, cute, hardworking and already looks the part
Proudest professional moment: Being selected as an Atlanta Hawks cheerleader for my fourth season!
Part of the body you notice first: Eyes
I know I’m in love when... I can be myself, want to talk to him about everything, trust him and have fun no matter what we do.
Celebrity crushes: Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth
Something people would never guess about you: I didn’t start dancing until my senior year in high school and have had to work very hard to get to where I am.
When I want to feel sexy, I... do light makeup, curl my hair and slip on my favorite bodycon dress.
My guilty pleasure is... queso dip.
I can’t get enough of... my friends and Lululemon pants.
My greatest ambition in life is to... live a happy, fulfilled life with no regrets, leaving a positive impact on the lives I encountered.
Signature drink: Starbucks’ Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
The key to my heart is... adventure and pizza!

MACKENZIE HAYES
Pharmaceutical sales representative, Vertical Pharmaceuticals

Age: 29
Originally from: Buffalo, N.Y. (go Bills!)
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: University of Georgia (undergraduate) and Brenau University (graduate)
Perfect mate: If a guy can make me laugh and be weird with me, he automatically scores points. I also love someone who is family-oriented, adventurous, faith-driven, attentive and athletic.
Biggest turn-ons: Someone who is witty, confident, big-hearted and comfortable being vulnerable
Biggest turnoffs: Cockiness, dishonesty, not physically active and bad hygiene
Longest relationship: 3 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: The BeltLine, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Hampton + Hudson and festivals
Ideal date: Something outside like a hike or bike ride, followed by relaxing on a patio with a beverage and good conversation
Hobbies: Traveling, fitness, anything outdoors, being with family and friends, reading and cooking
Favorite restaurants: True Food Kitchen, Beetlecat, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Houston’s and Hal’s
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... anything from Eric Church to Bruce Springsteen to Kygo.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Cameron Diaz. She’s endearing, genuine, a bit of a firecracker at time and all limbs.
Proudest professional moment: Having the courage to leave being a kindergarten teacher, which was all I’d ever known, to pursue pharmaceutical sales—and still loving it!
Part of the body you notice first: Eyes, smile, and I also have a weird calf fetish.
I know I’m in love when... we could be doing the most mundane task together and I still feel so happy.
Celebrity crushes: Matthew McConaughey and Ashton Kutcher
When I want to feel sexy, I... throw on some heels, crank Whitney Houston and head out with friends.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing, so she could teach me how to do ‘the lift’
My greatest ambition in life is to... be an amazing wife and mother.
Signature drink: Tito’s, soda and lime; or pinot noir
The key to my heart is... a gentleman with a kind heart and sense of adventure.

BRIAN KLEIN
Attorney, The Hudson Law Firm LLC

Age: 31
Originally from: Columbia, S.C.
Lives in: Collier Hills
Education: University of Georgia
Perfect mate: I’m looking for someone who is confident and ambitious, but also lighthearted and fun to be around.
Biggest turn-ons: Eyes, smile and a good sense of humor
Biggest turnoffs: Lacking spontaneity
Longest relationship: Almost four years
Weekend go-tos: Generally, I spend my time in the Highlands and on the BeltLine, but I occasionally venture back up to the Buckhead scene.
Ideal date: Grabbing a pre-dinner cocktail, then heading to an intimate restaurant where we can enjoy great conversation
Hobbies: Golf with friends, playing soccer whenever I can, and generally being social
Favorite restaurants: Bones, Hal’s, Bartaco, Poor Calvin’s, Bhojanic
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Indie rock, classic rock, some old-school hip-hop and a little bit of country.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Bradley Cooper. Apparently I bear a resemblance to him.
Proudest professional moment: Landing my current job. It’s a new real estate law practice and growing at an incredible rate. I’m excited about the future.
I know I’m in love when... I can’t stop smiling when I’m around her.
Celebrity crushes: Kristen Bell and Daenerys Targaryen (she’s going to sit on the Iron Throne)
Who inspires you? My brother, Chris. He’s brilliant, generous and the most supportive person I know.
I can’t get enough of... college football (go Dawgs!) and being around my friends and family.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Donald Trump... so I can convince him to delete his Twitter account.
Signature drink: A nice bourbon with a couple of ice cubes
The key to my heart is... humor and good home cooking.

BEN VANDERMEY
Actor, Aligned Stars Agency

Age: 28
Originally from: Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Perfect mate: My perfect girl is beautiful, easygoing, fun, and strives to make herself better and help others on a daily basis.
Biggest turn-ons: Confidence and sense of humor
Biggest turnoffs: Arrogance and being too needy
Longest relationship: Eight months
Weekend go-tos: My pool, hiking trails and local bars
Ideal date: A chill concert with cold beer
Hobbies: Working out, hiking, movies and reading scripts
Favorite restaurants: Upbeet and JCT. Kitchen & Bar
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... 50 Cent, Eminem, reggae and a lot of rock!
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Shark Tank because I have a ton of good ideas
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Me because I’m an actor
Proudest professional moment: Working with Tom Cruise
Part of the body you notice first: Hair
I know I’m in love when... I’ll let you know when I find out!
Celebrity crushes: Jessica Biel, Mila Kunis and Angelina Jolie
Describe yourself in three words: Strong, passionate and ambitious
When I want to feel sexy, I... suit up.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Amateurs work hard to finally get it right; professionals work hard to never get it wrong.
Who inspires you? My mother because she is selfless
My greatest ambition in life is to... inspire others through my work.
My guilty pleasure is... eating a whole pizza.
I can’t get enough of... the sun.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? The Rock
Signature drink: Vodka soda with lime
The key to my heart is... a girl who can cook.

NAKAIYA TURK
Customer experience leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and YouTube talk show host, Kandid Kaiya

Age: 27
Originally from: Knoxville, Tenn.
Lives in: Midtown
Education: Spelman College
Perfect mate: Someone who values family and quality time, and who takes the time to make me feel special and encourages me to be my best self
Biggest turn-ons: Genuine men, a great personality, a nice smile, consistency and ambition
Biggest turnoffs: Men who are too into themselves, a bad communicator, someone who is materialistic, and men who lie about their relationship status
Longest relationship: Six months
Weekend go-tos: Atlantic Station, Bianco Lounge or anywhere in Midtown
Ideal date: A nice dinner date, where we enjoy hours of great conversation over great food
Hobbies: Workout classes; spending girl time with my friends and my twin sister, Nakeisha; volunteering at Girls Inc.; and creating content for my YouTube talk show, Kandid Kaiya
Favorite restaurants: La Parrilla, Do at The View and The Cheesecake Factory
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... DJ Khaled’s latest hits, followed by Migos and SZA.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Tia or Tamera Mowry. As fellow twins, I think they would nail that role.
Part of the body you notice first: If I see any biceps or triceps
I know I’m in love when... I think about you and your well-being last thing before I fall asleep and first thing in the morning.
Celebrity crushes: Luke James, Wesley Matthews and Reggie Bush
Something people would never guess about you: That I have never had an alcoholic beverage, or desired one
Who inspires you? My parents, my twin and Oprah Winfrey
My guilty pleasure is... all desserts and social media.
I can’t get enough of... inspiration.
Signature drink: Sprite with a lime on the side, to blend in with the crowd
The key to my heart is... knowing and listening to my passions, goals and dreams and helping me pursue them.

JESSIE HOLMES
Store manager, Joie, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Age: 27
Originally from: McDonough
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: Mercer University
Perfect mate: Someone who is loyal, family-oriented, ambitious and doesn’t take himself too seriously
Biggest turn-ons: Athleticism, a sense of humor and humility
Biggest turnoffs: Narcissism and arrogance
Longest relationship: Seven years
Weekend go-tos: Piedmont Park, The Regent Cocktail Club and Himitsu
Ideal date: Dinner and drinks somewhere outdoors
Hobbies: Playing with my dog, working out, traveling, and spending time with friends and family
Favorite restaurants: Gypsy Kitchen, Umi, King + Duke and Superica
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... a little bit of everything—country, rock, rap and gospel.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? The Real Housewives of New York City. It’s my guilty pleasure, and I would love to meet Dorinda!
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Blake Lively. Not only is she gorgeous and sweet, but she also gets to be married to Ryan Reynolds!
Part of the body you notice first: Smile
I know I’m in love when... I can’t stop smiling when I think about that person.
Celebrity crushes: Chris Hemsworth and Ryan Reynolds
Describe yourself in three words: Authentic, compassionate and hardworking
When I want to feel sexy, I... dress up and go out on the town with my girlfriends.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Do not pray for an easy life. Pray, instead, to be a stronger person.
Who inspires you? My dad. He has the most amazing perspective on life and has taught me the importance of selflessness, hard work and perseverance.
I can’t get enough of... the banana cream pie at Himitsu.
Signature drink: Tito’s and soda, or a margarita
The key to my heart is... making quality time together a priority... and tacos!

BRAD ZIMMERMAN
Attorney, Zimmerman & Associates

Age: 31
Originally from: Atlanta
Lives in: Brookhaven
Education: The University of Alabama (undergraduate) and John Marshall Law School (graduate)
Perfect mate: Someone who is beautiful, confident, ambitious and passionate, with a kind heart
Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, intelligence and a laugh that makes me laugh
Biggest turnoff: Insecurity, jealously and incessant Snapchatting
Longest relationship: Two years
Weekend go-tos: Dinner with friends, the BeltLine, Ponce City Market, or out and about in Buckhead
Ideal date: Trying one of Atlanta’s great new restaurants, followed by a concert or sporting event. Also, nothing beats cooking dinner at home with a nice bottle of wine and a good movie.
Hobbies: Cooking, exercising, traveling, spending time with friends and family—and Alabama football, obviously
Favorite restaurants: Miller Union, Gunshow, Kimball House, One Eared Stag and Le Fat
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Johnny Cash and Led Zeppelin.
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Chris Pine. He’s charismatic, charming and funny. He’s also my style god.
Proudest professional moment: Passing the Georgia bar and getting to work with, and learn from, my father every day
I know I’m in love when... I put her happiness above my own and the idea of being apart, even for a moment, physically pains me.
Celebrity crushes: Alison Brie and Alexandra Daddario
Something people would never guess about you: I’m kind of a big nerd. I love watching documentaries and the History Channel.
When I want to feel sexy, I... put on my favorite Sid Mashburn suit.
My guilty pleasure is... Shake Shack cheeseburgers.
I can’t get enough of... my nephew, Lawson.
Who, dead or alive, would you want to meet most? Dead: Ernest Hemingway; alive: Tom Ford
Signature drink: Old-Fashioned
The key to my heart is... genuine affection. Show me that I’m loved and appreciated, and my heart is yours.


LABAT YANCEY JR.
Commercial Real Estate Consultant, Altus Group U.S. Inc.

Age: 33
Originally from: Atlanta
Lives in: Cabbagetown
Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (undergraduate) and Georgia State University (graduate)
Perfect mate: Someone who lives life with purpose, knows how to have a good time and is comfortable in virtually any setting
Biggest turn-ons: Passion, confidence and a little mystery
Biggest turnoffs: Elitism, selfishness, closed-mindedness and a lack of empathy
Longest relationship: 4 ½ years
Weekend go-tos: Supply & Demand, Establishment, El Bar and Carroll Street in Cabbagetown, plus Saturday morning workouts with Ryan Hansell
Ideal date: Ideally, I’d pick her up, showing chivalry isn’t dead. Then, a nice dinner before a jazz set at Churchill Grounds, and late-night drinks at CafĂ© Intermezzo.
Hobbies: DIY/home renovations, athletic training and travel
Favorite restaurants: Agave, South City Kitchen, Houston’s and Fox Bros. BBQ
If you peeked at my playlist, you’d find... an unhealthy dose of ’90s hip-hop and R&B.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Shark Tank... these student loans won’t pay themselves.
Proudest professional moment: Teaching English to kindergartners in Beijing has to be my greatest moment, opening my eyes to what’s most important in life.
I know I’m in love when... my ‘smooth’ goes stumbling out the door.
Celebrity crushes: Easiest question of all... Paula Patton. Priyanka Chopra is an honorable mention.
When I want to feel sexy, I... dress to impress, play an old-school record and pour myself my signature drink.
My guilty pleasure is... a full rack of ribs... and maybe a little Family Feud.
I can’t get enough of... the beach, a good tequila and my UNC Tar Heels.
My greatest ambition in life is to... impact my city, and eventually the nation, through community development and education.
The key to my heart is... your trust and loyalty.

SHELLY HAGIGI
Global head of merchandising, Rigby & Peller

Age: 27
Originally from: Atlanta
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: University of Georgia
Perfect mate: A successful man with an affinity for travel who’s funny, intelligent enough to continuously challenge me and loves to go out and be social, but still appreciates the art of staying in
Biggest turn-ons: Ambitious, manly, has swagger, has his own life, gets along with my cat
Biggest turnoffs: Clingy, vapid, preppy, old-fashioned, too sensitive, no swagger
Longest relationship: Four years
Weekend go-tos: You can find me with my girls at all the Buckhead hot spots.
Ideal date: Grabbing drinks, then going to a concert. It sets up a relaxed environment, allowing you to quickly tell if you can have fun together.
Hobbies: Fashion, traveling the world, dancing and spending time with friends
Favorite restaurants: Superica, Verde and Tacos & Tequilas; any Mexican restaurant will do.
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? The Bachelor because, despite its love for the drama, I think it’s one of the more respected reality shows on TV. And Chris Harrison is a boss!
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Emily Ratajkowski because she’s a total babe, and I love her exotic look.
Part of the body you notice first: Arms
Celebrity crushes: Taylor Kitsch, Tom Hardy and Justin Bieber
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, adventurous and honest
Something people would never guess about you: I’m a math nerd (and I’m particularly obsessed with Excel!).
When I want to feel sexy, I... go to Vegas.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do.
Who inspires you? My former boss, who went from fashion merchandising intern to CEO in five years!
Signature drink: Vodka, sugar-free Red Bull
The key to my heart is... having a connection that is effortless, and adds fun and excitement to my life.

OLIVIA LEE
Enterprise technology project manager, Cox Automotive

Age: 26
Originally from: Dayton, Ohio
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: University of Dayton
Perfect mate: A man who is intelligent, hardworking, family-oriented, driven, handy and playful
Biggest turn-ons: Someone with a nice smile who is confident, supportive, able to make me laugh and a true gentleman
Biggest turnoffs: Arrogance and poor manners
Longest relationship: One year
Weekend go-tos: Gypsy Kitchen and Buckhead bars
Ideal date: Going to a sporting event or exploring new restaurants/bars in new parts of the city
Hobbies: Keeping up with my fashion blog; photography; reading; spending time at the pool/outdoors; and catching up with friends and family
Favorite restaurants: Barcelona Wine Bar, O-Ku, Antico Pizza and Superica
If you had to appear on a reality show, what would it be and why? Southern Charm because I constantly get told I look like Kathryn Dennis
Who should play you in your biopic and why? Nicole Kidman. Not only do we have similar features, but she’s also smart and sassy!
Proudest professional moment: After getting promoted, I was assigned the highest-profile project at my then-client site, which was a Fortune 500 company. It was a great experience to sit in meetings with the C-suite.
Part of the body you notice first: Smile
I know I’m in love when... I make someone a priority in my life.
Celebrity crushes: Matthew McConaughey, Sam Hunt and Eric Decker
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, personable and bubbly
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Happiness is a choice, and everything else is a matter of perspective.
My guilty pleasure is... soft-serve frozen yogurt.
I can’t get enough of... Chipotle.
Signature drink: Moscow mule
The key to my heart is... I love surprises and spontaneous trips, and getting along with my big family is super important to me!

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