Sensational Singles 2012

Good looks and personality too--snap up these interesting individuals right now!

Photography By David Uhrin, Lighting by Jim Pile
Hair and makeup: Elizabeth Paschall and Sarah Mintzer of Salon Vivace (www.salonvivace.com).

Mark Conway 
Age: 37
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Chef
Kids? If yes, how many? 4. 
Ever been married? Yes. 
Length of longest relationship: 10 years.
In the market for? Partner in crime–stealing every ounce of life we can.
Deal breakers? Smokers.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Cause a Ruckus.
Hidden talents? I used to custom picture frame.
What talent do you wish you had? Playing bass guitar.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … cooking and creating new dishes.
Guilty pleasure? Taco Bell.
Favorite conversation starter? "I’m a chef." (It goes in all kinds of crazy directions from there.)
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. Love my jackets and the colors of the trees.
One thing I look forward to each week is … my baby girls’ newest development.
Favorite smartphone app? Anything Google-related.
Most treasured possession? My knives.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Baby stuff.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I went as death a couple years back–red and black hair, black nails, lipstick and eyeliner. I felt like I was in a Tim Burton movie.
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? I’d start with education and the Foodbank and go from there.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? That would depend on her likes and dislikes, but it would always include my signature chocolate-dipped candied bacon. Yup–I said chocolate and bacon.
The secret to a great relationship is … open, fearless communication.

The Foodie "My chef’s knives are the tools of my trade. And they make me look a little crazy. They also kind of mirror my personality–edgy, sharp and dangerous."


Andi Baldree 
Age: 39
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: CEO, Enchanted Forest Nursery and Stone
Kids? If yes, how many? 3 boys; ages 9, 8 and 6.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 15 years.
In the market for? The perfect man … for ME!
Deal breakers? Emotional immaturity and someone who doesn’t enjoy spending time with children.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Best Excuses.
What talent do you wish you had? Singing—although my shower does have amazing acoustics!
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … take it slower. Enjoy every moment given to you. Time goes too fast!
Guilty pleasure? Haribo Gummy Bears, Breyers Vanilla Ice Cream with real vanilla bean specks, Hershey’s Kisses … should I keep going?
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall! I love when the weather turns brisk and the leaves are changing colors. Although if you blink, you may miss it.
One thing I look forward to each week is … dinner with my dad.
Favorite smartphone app? AutoRap.
Most treasured possession? A handwritten letter from my mother to her mother, shortly after my birth.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? If I told you, I’d have to kill you!
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? A fully accessorized Monica Lewinsky!
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … Napoleon Dynamite said it best: "Vote for me and all of your wildest dreams will come true!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education!
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Chicken a la Andi—delish!
The secret to a great relationship is … Fifty Shades of Grey and a great sense of humor.

The Gardener "My mother passed away years ago, and since her passing, each time I see a butterfly fluttering past, I like to think of it as my mother still with me."


Shane Carr 
Age: 30
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Commercial Banker
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 1.5 years.
In the market for? A good gal.
Deal breakers? Narcissism and poor listeners.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? I was voted Most Likely to Look Like Kevin Bacon in college, but I didn’t (and still don’t) understand that one.
What talent do you wish you had?  An ability to run really fast. I’m talking Olympic 100m speed.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … find your passion early.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … college or professional basketball coach.
Guilty pleasure? Gummy bears.
Favorite conversation starter? "Hi."
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Summer … because it’s summer.
One thing I look forward to each week is … banter with coworkers.
Most treasured possession? A few items that belonged to my dad—not a singular possession, but you get the point.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Some CDs, a tennis racket and tennis balls.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I personally enjoyed going with my friend as Bill and Bob Swerksi, two of "Da Bears Superfans."
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Really? You’re going to vote for that guy? Suit yourself."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education system.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? It would most likely be some sort of pasta with seafood.
The secret to a great relationship is … communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Zoës.

The Fan "I love the sport of basketball. I watch and attend as many games as possible–I grew up loving and playing it, and nothing has changed."


Emily Thompson 
Age: 29
City: Portsmouth
Occupation: Family Case Manager, ForKids
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3 years.
In the market for? A hot stud that makes me laugh and likes good music.
Deal breakers? Farting and not owning up to it. Terrible sense of fashion but doesn’t dress better than me. Insecurity about my height. Men with cats.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? I actually did get the superlative of Class Clown in high school.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … 2012 is nothing like how it’s portrayed in Back to the Future. Also—listen to your parents. They do know what they are talking about sometimes.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … Photographer for National Geographic.
Favorite conversation starter? "Let’s ditch this popsicle stand." 
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? I actually have two—summer and fall. Summer because I love going to the beach and fall because I love layering up. I’m big into fashion.
Favorite smartphone app? Pimp My Hair.
Most treasured possession? My car. It’s just a Yaris, but I love driving. It’s my escape.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A tent, sleeping bag, a Jesus candle, umbrella and a gas can (never know when you’ll have that spur of the moment camping trip).
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Homemade Pac Man ghost.
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? The agency I work for, ForKids. It could help expand the agency and do a lot for the families we work with and even help more families.
The secret to a great relationship is … listening and adventure. Keeping the relationship lively keeps it going.

The Dreamer "I have been collecting snow globes since I was 18 years old. I pick one up wherever I visit, and I have friends and family pick them up for me whenever they travel somewhere. Collecting these small objects with a new and different world inside them makes me smile."


Dora E. Teal 
Age: 30
City: Suffolk
Occupation: Human Resources
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3.5 years.
In the market for? Dating and great conversation.
Deal breakers? Lack of ambition, poor oral hygiene and dishonesty.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Talkative.
Hidden talents? Drawing and painting.
What talent do you wish you had? Belly dancing.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … ignore what others say. Follow your heart’s desire.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … food critic. I would love to travel and eat great food.
Guilty pleasure? A glazed Krispy Kreme donut—only when the "Hot" sign is on.
Favorite conversation starter? "Where are you from?" It’s a true oldie but goodie.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. It’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s a great time to go to Mount Trashmore and see the leaves change.
One thing I look forward to each week is … surprisingly, work. I have chosen a profession I am truly passionate about, and I love it.
Favorite smartphone app? Wordfeud.
Most treasured possession? Bentley, my shih-poo.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A spare pair of black pumps–a true staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Pocahontas. If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Teamwork makes the dream work."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? My tires say the roads, but my heart says our schools.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Roasted chicken, broccoli, new potatoes and a glass of riesling.
The secret to a great relationship is … honest and uninhibited communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Still, Portsmouth.

The Charmer "Bentley is my most treasured possession. He brings me joy and happiness on a daily basis, and I can’t imagine not having him. I just think Bentley and I are the total package!

 

Ross Grogg 
Age: 25
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Government Relations Manager, Kemper Consulting
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years.
In the market for? A fun and spontaneous best friend to spend the rest of my life with.
Deal breakers? Smoking and tattoos that detract from the elegance of an evening gown.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Have Moms Ask Me to Marry Their Daughters.
Hidden talents? Shooting sporting clays.
What talent do you wish you had? Being in more than one place at a time.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … enjoy every milestone because they are precious.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … hockey coach for underprivileged kids.
Guilty pleasure? Cookie dough and show tunes.
One thing I look forward to each week is … happy hour with my friends.
Most treasured possession? My family and close friends.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Captain Hook.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Got Grogg?" It worked once in college; why not again?
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Transportation.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Grilled tilapia with butternut squash risotto.
The secret to a great relationship is … humor, honesty and good old-fashioned communication.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Dinner at a beach restaurant followed by a blanket and bottle of wine on the beach to catch the sunset.

The Guy Next Door "I learned to skate almost as early as I learned to walk. Playing ice hockey soon followed and continued all the way through college."


Christopher Simmonds 
Age: 30
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Mental Health Counselor
Kids? If yes, how many? None (yet).
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 3 years.
In the market for? A likeminded woman who can convince me to settle down.
Deal breakers? Smoking! Everything else is negotiable.
Hidden talents? I’m pretty good at doing hand stands.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … don’t spend five years at a two-year institute!
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … a TV commercial critic.
Guilty pleasure? Junk food: cheese curls, tortilla chips, white chocolate, Double Stuf Oreos, etc.
Favorite conversation starter? "Hi, how are you?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall. It’s the most fashionable time of the year.
Favorite smartphone app? Facebook. Then maybe Instagram or Craigslist. Ooh, Pandora!
Most treasured possession? My iPhone. I don’t leave home without it.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair, towel, umbrella, light jacket, spare tire and running shoes. (The shoes get the least amount of use.)
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Vote Simmonds, the Lesser of Two Evils."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Education, infrastructure, gentrification and healthcare.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Any vegetarian takeout I can pass off as my own.
The secret to a great relationship is … never stop dating.
Treat every day as if it’s your first. Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Bardo in Ghent.

The Style Guy "I have an affinity for mid-century modern design because to me, that era speaks to the union of purpose, function and art. When design serves a purpose, functions well and comes from a place of passion, as with artists, the outcome is timeless."


Cheran Cordell 
Age: 36
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Deputy City Attorney, City of Portsmouth
Kids? If yes, how many? Cayla, 15, and Jayden, 9.
Ever been married? Yes, once.
Length of longest relationship: 15 years; married for 9 of those years.
In the market for? No drama, high energy, lots of laughs, and if he’s tall, dark and handsome, that’s a bonus!
Deal breakers? Poor dental hygiene and multiple "baby mamas."
Hidden talents? Can beat any comer in a game of HORSE or a free throw shooting contest. I played four years of Division I basketball at Cornell University.
What talent do you wish you had? I love the arts and unfortunately, I have no artistic talent. I wish I could do ballet or sing opera. I’m a regular at the Virginia Opera.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … just date the hot guy in college and then dump him at graduation and move on.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … a buyer for J. Crew so I could travel the world looking for the new, classy and fashion-forward trends.
Guilty pleasure? Cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker mix-in from Cold Stone and watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall because the weather is perfect, the leaves are gorgeous and wine festivals!
One thing I look forward to each week is … working out with my trainer at Brute Strength Gym in Norfolk.
Favorite smartphone app? Starbucks App. I can find the nearest caffeine fix and directions to it in seconds.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A metal baseball bat, my son’s football equipment and an extra pair of workout sneakers.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Cleopatra.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Abolish Congress; it’s not working out!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? It would go to the new Midtown Tunnel Project so there would be no tolls in Hampton Roads.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? A wine flight and an appetizer at Mermaid Winery in Norfolk.

The Defender "The tire is one of the great workout toys at my gym–Brute Strength Gym–and I FLIP IT! I’ve learned that through the ups and downs in my life in recent years that I didn’t know my own strength–mentally and physically. I am not built to break, and it feels wonderful."


Mary Ellen Fournier 
Age: 26
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Marketing, Virginia Arts Festival
Kids? If yes, how many? One wonderful son.
Ever been married? No. 
Length of longest relationship: 5 years.
In the market for? Someone who will make me laugh.
Deal breakers? Smoking and lying—especially lying about smoking.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Biggest Oddball.
What talent do you wish you had? How cool would it be if I could yodel?! My sister says it’s really hard.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … cool your jets; everything always works out.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … planning events for children focused around fun, healthy activities.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Spring because the Virginia Arts Festival is in full bloom. z
One thing I look forward to each week is … Saturday morning class at my gym, Crossfit Unrivaled.
Most treasured possession? My son, Noah Duval.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Gym bag, a slew of my son’s toys, spare tire, blanket, a beach chair and a pair of heels.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Wayne’s World … party time … excellent.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Fournier Fo’ Sho’"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Fixing the roads and children’s afterschool programs.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Thai chicken curry.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Going to Luna Maya for dinner and then heading out to catch the latest and greatest in the local arts scene.

The Energizer "I try to lead a very healthy and active lifestyle through diet and exercise. I started kickboxing and boxing training with my father and other siblings when I was 7."


James Ray 
Age: 36
City: Chesapeake
Occupation: Educator
Kids? Two wonderful boys, 7 and 10.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 10 years.
In the market for? "The One"—the ultimate complement of me.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Distract the Class After My Work was Completed.
Hidden talents? Balancing on chairs barefoot.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could be invisible so I could tap people’s shoulders and scare them. Or I wish I could snap my fingers.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … invest in AOL’s IPO, go to grad school immediately after undergrad, and leave that Capital One credit card alone.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … higher education. I love what I do.
Guilty pleasure? I am a confectionary vixen. I love junk food and sweets.
Favorite conversation starter? It generally starts with a genuine, "How’s your day going?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Summer because family and friends can visit for extended periods but not too long. (I have a three-day max rule.)
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Make it a great day!"
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? To the "Help James’ Kids College Fund." Primarily to an education fund for all.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Homemade crab cakes, baked mac ’n cheese and homemade ’taters.
The secret to a great relationship is … communication and keeping it a two way street.

The Teacher "Golf, synonymous with life, is a game of continual shots, reflection and improvement. Every shot may not be perfect. It’s up to us to make the best of it."

 

Loreta Ulmer 
Age: 63
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Instructional Designer
Kids? If yes, how many? 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Ever been married? Yes. 
Length of longest relationship: I was married for 32 years.
In the market for? Travel, adventures and good conversations.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Nicest Smile.
Hidden talents? Ability to remain calm and calm others in a highly stressful situation.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I could paint photorealistic artwork.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … if you don’t plan out your life for the next five years, your next 24 hours will be a lot better.
Guilty pleasure? Driving my sports car and pretending that I am Danica Patrick.
Favorite conversation starter? "How long have you lived in Hampton Roads?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall is my favorite season anywhere. Since I’ve been involved in academe most of my life (either as a student or a teacher), for me fall is all about new beginnings.
One thing I look forward to each week is … meeting up with friends and discovering new places.
Favorite smartphone app? Don’t have a smartphone. I am at a computer all day, and once I leave work, I’d rather be on my bike enjoying nature.
Most treasured possession? My iPod!
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Road Atlas and emergency kit.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Joan of Arc.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Vote for Loreta, A Woman You Can Count On!"
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Marinated salmon, risotto and steamed broccoli.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Sunset at First Landing State Park.

The Outdoorswoman "I so enjoy the outdoors and hiking. I’ve hiked in the mountains of Denali in Alaska, I’ve hiked in Bryce Canyon, Utah; Glacier Nat’l Park in Montana and most recently in Shenandoah along the Appalachian Trail. This past May I hiked the Maritime Alps of France, and it was the trip of a lifetime."


Joey Sanchez 
Age: 30
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator, Virginia Arts Festival; Professional Drummer and Percussionist
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years.
In the market for? A woman that is intelligent, funny, creative and confident.
Deal breakers? Dishonesty and drama.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Best Dressed.
Hidden talents? Quoting ’90s gangsta rap.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … the greatest risks lie in not taking chances.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … running a powerful ad agency in the 1940s.
Guilty pleasure? I keep up with the Kardashians.
Favorite conversation starter? "Clint Eastwood: Great man or the greatest man?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? The off season … because I’m off!
One thing I look forward to each week is … Throwback Thursdays on Instagram.
Favorite smartphone app? The phone one. 
Most treasured possession? Vintage 1920s Deagan Model 870 Rosewood Xylophone. 
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Mallets, bow tie and my understudy percussionist.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Gumby.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "One vision … your voice."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Arts education.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? My grandmother’s recipe for homemade Spanish paella with sangria.
The secret to a great relationship is … keepin’ it real.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? The NorVa.

The Performer "Drumsticks and mallets represent the unique way in which I can connect with others through a shared experience. Music is the ultimate form of selfless expression, and my passion is a genuine reflection of who I am."


Tyler Carmack 
Age: 31
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Veterinarian, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice
Kids? If yes, how many? Not yet.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 4 years.
In the market for? Always in the market for new friends, then who knows?
Deal breakers? Must love dogs!
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Easygoing.
Hidden talents? I’m not going to let you win racing a go-kart.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … to keep working hard, have fun, and buy stock in Apple!
Guilty pleasure? Reality TV and cheesy movies.
Favorite conversation starter? "Where is your favorite place to travel and/or where do you want to go next?"
One thing I look forward to each week is … Friday—everyone is much happier on Friday, and the weekend is full of fun possibilities.
Favorite smartphone app? Words with Friends and Draw Something.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair, an umbrella and a SUP.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Dog the Bounty Hunter.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "We’re all in this together, so please treat others as you wish to be treated."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Public schools. I think education is the key to the next generation of leaders, businesses and humanitarians.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? I always volunteer for dessert duty. I love to bake!
The secret to a great relationship is … a great sense of humor.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Anywhere near the water at sunset.

The Animal Lover "Throughout my veterinary training, I have been lucky enough to work with almost every type of animal—from elephants to hermit crabs."


Jerry Rodriguez 
Age: 33
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Restaurant Owner, Guadalajara
Kids? If yes, how many? 2.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 4 years.
In the market for? Jennifer Lopez.
Deal breakers? Stalkers.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Be a Bartender/Waiter.
Hidden talents? Interior design.
What talent do you wish you had? Play guitar.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … party with moderation.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … pastor.
Guilty pleasure? Cotton candy ice cream from Bruster’s.
Favorite conversation starter? Religion.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Spring.
One thing I look forward to each week is … spending time with my kids.
Favorite smartphone app? GPS.
Most treasured possession? Bonsai tree. (I have had this Bonsai for 17 years.)
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Papers and bills.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Grim Reaper.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "End All Wars."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Any kids’ charity—our kids are our future.
The secret to a great relationship is … trust, honesty and vacations.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Vietnam Garden.

The Restaurateur "It’s my love for the sport!"


Allison Wermers 
Age: About 35
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Sales and Marketing Manager, Town Center of Virginia Beach
Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, two amazing beachbred boys!
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 13 years.
In the market for? Someone that makes me smile every day, enjoys life and has an adventurous spirit—essentially, an Amazing Race partner.
Deal breakers? If you don’t love the ocean, then I’m not your girl.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Perform in Disney World.
Hidden talents? I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order, I get ready for work in 20 minutes, and I can sing virtually every line of every song of every musical ever written.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … Don’t rush through your young years so much. Slow down; see the beauty in the world around you.
Guilty pleasure? Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.
Favorite conversation starter? "What do you love most about Town Center?"
One thing I look forward to each week is … hanging out with the boys and their 11-year-old friends at the beach or Ocean Breeze or at one of the Town Center events. It’s a laugh a minute with those kids.
Favorite smartphone app? I love Instagram. It’s a way to share your life with friends through snapshots.
Most treasured possession? My stand up paddle board, for sure. Paddling around either Lynnhaven Inlet or Rudee Inlet gives me a sense of calm and an appreciation for how lucky we are to live in such a naturally beautiful place.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "My Virginia Beach honor roll student wants to ride the Light Rail!"
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? A little chicken marsala over gluten-free angel hair pasta and a lot of good red wine.
The secret to a great relationship is … honesty, laughter, words of affirmation and quality time.

The Beach Girl "My most favorite memories have been created on beaches both locally in Virginia Beach and in some fun spots around the world. My first love is paddle boarding, and that love has led me to take up surfing again too."

 

Richard Teagle, II (Dicky) 
Age: 46
City: Newport News
Occupation: Real Estate Broker/Owner, Teagle Realty, Inc.
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 14 years.
In the market for? A genuine, meaningful relationship.
Deal breakers? Jealousy and financially reckless women.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Outgoing and Witty.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano in a cool kind of way, not Liberace style!
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … take one day at a time (cliché but true).
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … attorney.
Guilty pleasure? Taking days off from work!
Favorite conversation starter? "So, do you rent or own?"
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Fall, with the exception of being able to take advantage of skiing in the winter.
One thing I look forward to each week is … sleeping—I work a lot!
Most treasured possession? My family photos and my real estate firm my father started over 50 years ago.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Golf clubs and "SOLD" signs.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Kevin Federline, escorted by Britney of course!
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Teagle’s my name. Real estate’s my game."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? At the moment I would choose education.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Sautéed scallops with cherry tomatoes, green onions, Spanish paprika and parsley with a glass of chilled wine.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? My favorite restaurants: Circa 1918 and Terrapin.

The Broker "I sell real estate. The process begins with a For Sale sign, which always leads to a Sold sign."


Daniel Bowman 
Age: 37
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Mortgage Sales Manager
Kids? If yes, how many? Yes, one (and he’s my hero).
Ever been married? Yes.
Length of longest relationship: 8 years.
Deal breakers? Someone who spends more time on their cell phone than with present company.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Determined to Get Out of High School.
Hidden talents? Master Googler, MacGyver-like repair skills, and I can juggle.
What talent do you wish you had? The ability to remember the name of every person I ever meet. I am always impressed with people who are great at remembering names.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … be patient, don’t over think things, work hard, and always be nice.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … scuba instructor in Fiji.
Guilty pleasure? Eating mint chocolate chip ice cream with a fork.
Favorite conversation starter? Notice and comment on the person or situation; make it relevant and personal.
One thing I look forward to each week is … spending time with my son. He never ceases to amaze me.
Favorite smartphone app? Pandora for sure.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A set of golf clubs, two tennis rackets, a beach chair and a folding bike rack.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? G.I. Joe. 
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Together we make a difference. Divided we remain the same."
The secret to a great relationship is … truly respecting your partner, finding your best friend and being willing to give.

The Good Catch "I was born in Atlanta and have always been proud of Atlanta. The Braves have not won a world series since 1995, and I’m rooting for them this year to go all the way."


Whitney Prentiss 
Age: 25
City: Virginia Beach 
Occupation: Assistant Director of Admissions, Art Institute of Virginia Beach
Kids? If yes, how many? None.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 2 years.
In the market for? A man that is social, fun loving, easy going, enjoys staying busy and can handle sarcasm.
Deal breakers? People who are judgmental and/or hold grudges. Life is too short to stay angry.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Outgoing.
Hidden talents? I see a movie once and I can quote it perfectly.
If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell her … some people are meant to stay in your life forever and some are meant to be just passing by.
Guilty pleasure? Celebrity gossip magazines.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? The summer! It’s the beach at its finest! Tan lines, boats and great events to attend.
Most treasured possession? My chihuahua. Yes, I am Legally Blonde.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair, towel, and some kind of heels.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? God’s Gift to Men. I wrapped myself up, put a bow on my head and had a sticker that said "To: Men, From: God."
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "Vote Prentiss: America Deserves a Princess."
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? Public transportation and free parking.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? I have yet to find my cooking skills, so I only cook for people I don’t like.
The secret to a great relationship is … my dad has always taught me that a great relationship is built on trust and respect. Without one, you can’t have the other.

The Pump Princess "Shoes are one of my favorite ways to express myself. Whether it is a pair of heels to show confidence or running shoes to show dedication, each pair is a small but distinctive representation of me."


Dana Defilippo 
Age: 27
City: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Director of Community Relations, Norfolk Admirals Hockey
Kids? If yes, how many? None.
Ever been married? No.
Length of longest relationship: 6 years.
In the market for? Lightning to strike.
Deal breakers? Someone who prefers to be inside watching TV all day.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Athletic or Most Dependable.
Hidden talents? Painting and drawing.
What talent do you wish you had? Be able to do what those crazy gymnasts do in the Olympics.
If I could choose any career (money is no object), it would be … exactly what I am doing now.
Guilty pleasure? Turner Classic Movies on Demand. I love the old black and white movies.
Favorite season in Hampton Roads and why? Winter. It’s hockey season, plus you can go jogging at the boardwalk and not worry about being trampled.
One thing I look forward to each week is … the next new person I will get to meet.
Favorite smartphone app? Expedia. I like to travel a lot, and this makes it so much easier.
Most treasured possession? My family. Nothing material really matters that much.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Depending on the season, a bathing suit, beach chair and towel or hockey skates and a sweatshirt.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Heisman Trophy.
You have the option to control where all the tax money goes in Hampton Roads. Where do you send it? I would love to build a new hockey arena in downtown Norfolk.
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Can I just pay for the takeout? Otherwise it may be Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for dinner (which is never a bad thing, might I add).
The secret to a great relationship is … everyone changes over time, but the best couples can change together.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? Admirals or Tides game, of course.

The Athlete "My job is a huge part of my life. I love being in a fun and athletic environment."


Oscar Fernandez
Age: 45
City: Norfolk
Occupation: Business Analyst, IT and Healthcare
Kids? If yes, how many? No.
Ever been married? Yes (two years when I was 22).
Length of longest relationship: 5 years.
In the market for? Someone who will electrify my life!
Deal breakers? Pessimism, rudeness and an ’80s haircut.
In high school, my senior superlative would have been? Most Likely to Become an Attorney or a Politician. I am neither.
What talent do you wish you had? Playing guitar. If I could give my younger self advice, I would tell him … every time you encounter a situation don’t react instinctively. Instead, step back and look at the situation for a moment, and then act.
Guilty pleasure? Cereal with milk, dried cranberries and honey after 10 p.m.
Favorite conversation starter? I would look straight to your eyes and say, "I love your hair."
One thing I look forward to each week is … accomplishing something. Big or small.
Most treasured possession? A rubber stamp with my name written in Chinese that I got in Singapore. It is more about the memories it evokes rather than the actual arty craft.
What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair and a change of clothes.
Best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? I was Lenny Kravitz one year.
If I were running for president, my winning campaign slogan would be … "What are you doing to improve your own personal economy?"
What’s your signature dish to cook for a date? Sautéed scallops with a white wine sauce, topped with a teaspoon of mango chutney, small slices of mango and grilled red peppers.
Best date spot in Hampton Roads? The patio at Terrapin Restaurant in Virginia Beach.

The Team Player "The soccer T-shirt represents one of the top national teams in Quito, Ecuador; I grew up there, and it evokes great memories with family and friends as well as pride in the sport itself. A team is one who works together, plans together and accomplishes things together while building rapport and a winning spirit."