Looking Good

Meet Tallahassee’s 2012 Top Singles



Scott Holstein

Goodwood Museum and Gardens, one of Tallahassee’s most naturally beautiful backdrops for a photo shoot. And maybe even a wedding!

For a third year, 18 brave souls have agreed to auction themselves off for a lunch date during Tallahassee Magazine’s Top Singles event, planned for July 21 at Hotel Duval. A love connection isn’t guaranteed, but a financial boost for local charities is assured — all the money bid that night for dates goes to the singles’ charity of choice. Last year, the total topped $21,000.

For this introduction to the Top Singles Class of 2012, we decided to preserve an air of mystery by asking our singles to share a few basic facts about themselves, and then try to fit their personality into the 17 syllables of a three-line haiku. (For more photos and interviews with each Top Single, visit tallahasseetopsingles.com.) When it came time to photograph them, the setting was an easy choice — Goodwood Museum and Gardens, one of Tallahassee’s most naturally beautiful backdrops for a photo shoot. And maybe even a wedding!

Click "Next" below to begin meeting this year's Top Singles!

 

 

Scott Holstein

On Ann: Classic white 7 For All Mankind, slim denim Kimmie bootcut jeans. Her top is a sleek brown string-strap tank. Accents include Michael Stars lightweight, neutral-palette tassel scarf, a cowboy leather rustic hot pink wrap belt and Vermeil cuff bracelet ($230).

Ann Hudgins, Age 30


Vice President of Marketing, Rowe Companies

Charity

Kidz1stFund

Personal Haiku

I have long blonde hair

I enjoy triathlons

I love the outdoors

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? I don’t discriminate – all three! Always followed by OJ, water, Gatorade and gingerale the next morning.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Everyday I’m shuffling – especially on a long run.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Surf in Australia
- Become a Certified Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor
- Skydive
- Finish a Half Ironman
- Drink Wine in Italy

4.What three words best describe you?  Active, Caring and Adventurous

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I am a redneck at heart…  I enjoy hunting and fishing any chance I get☺

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Bike helmet, bike pump, bike shoes and swim bag

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? My fear of snakes and spiders!!!

8. What is your guilty pleasure?  Taro frozen yogurt and gummy bear toppings.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? When I was 4 years old, I dressed up like a Pepsi Can.  I looked pretty cute with Pop Top hat and all, but it was hard to hoard all that candy in that can!

10. What saying do you overuse? LOL

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie?  When my alarm goes off at 5am to work-out and I decide I need more sleep!

12. What is your current state of mind?  Enjoy life, take it all in.

13. What do you value most in your friends? Honesty.

14. What talent would you like to have?  Break dancing – it would be an awesome party trick.

15. What is your most treasured possession?  My 9-year old weiner dog, Emma Lou.

16. What is your greatest extravagance?  Running shoes - I love buying them in all different colors to match my training outfits.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? I love dancing to a great live band.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app?  Urban Spoon so I can find new places to eat and try new things wherever I might be.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone?  If they can maintain eye contact and if they are a good listener.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?  Wonder Woman!!!  I like her outfit and would have fun being a superhero.


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

 

Scott Holstein

On Elizabeth: Sun Gaze burnt orange silk mini dress with a gathered waist tie. Her shoes are cognac straw wedges with breezy topknot details. Her jewelry includes 14-karat angled gold hoop earrings ($375) and a gold- over-bronze ring with crystals by Rebecca ($495).

Elizabeth Mack, Age 25


Tallahassee Topics/Multimedia Reporter, Tallahassee Democrat
Charity
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
Personal Haiku  
Funky sassy fro
Reporting is my passion
I LOVE living LIFE

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Depends on what mood I’m in.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? I shuffle. Keeps things interesting.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Skydive
- Backpack through Europe
- Be a UFC ring girl (for at least one fight)
- Write a book about my life
- To be determined

4.What three words best describe you? Eclectic, expressive and energetic (all starting with ‘E’s is merely a coincidence. LOL)

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any mystery left to me. I write a weekly column that really keeps me an open book.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Beach supplies (umbrella, beach bag, cooler) and old shopping bags.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? I don’t know anymore. My biggest fear for a long time was public speaking. But given what I do on the day to day, I’m pretty much over it.

8. What is your guilty pleasure? I don’t think it would appropriate for me to share.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? My last year of college, I was a Playboy bunny, but it was classier than most costumes with the same theme. I was still sexy, while keeping my dignity intact.

10. What saying do you overuse? I have two, “Lil’ bit,” and “A-Mazing!”

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? I believe honesty is the best policy, even if the truth hurts.

12. What is your current state of mind? Peaceful.

13. What do you value most in your friends? Their honesty. If you can’t tell me when I’m a looking a hot mess or obviously making a big mistake, we have a problem.

14. What talent would you like to have? I’m pretty happy with the talents I already possess.

15. What is your most treasured possession? A baby picture of me and my older sister.

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Shopping (clothes, shoes, accessories, home decor… food). I do budget for this.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? I want both! I saw “Rachel Getting Married,” and the reception in that movie was A-Mazing. They literally had it all. I want the same thing.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Pinterest. I dedicate at least four hours of my day to it.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? The way they interact with other people. I guess I could sum it up by saying, body language.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? That’s a toughie. I had to take a poll on this one… My friends and co-workers say it’s Black Widow. And, I don’t necessarily disagree.


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

 

Scott Holstein

On Marc: Rolex Steel Milgauss watch ($7,150).

Marc Mitchell, Age 28


President, Capital Asphalt, Inc.
Charity
Boys Town of North Florida
Personal Haiku
Grew up at the track
Brought the competition back
To Tallahasse

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Beer

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? Haven’t made a bucket list yet.

4.What three words best describe you? Honest, Focused, Enthusiastic

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I drove in NASCAR from 2006-2009

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Golf Clubs

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome?

8. What is your guilty pleasure?

9. What was your best Halloween costume? McLovin

10. What saying do you overuse? If you’re not first you’re last

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? I tell a white lie every once in a while, usually to get off the phone with someone.

12. What is your current state of mind?

13. What do you value most in your friends? Honesty and Loyalty

14. What talent would you like to have? Play the Guitar

15. What is your most treasured possession? My Dog Mack

16. What is your greatest extravagance? My Race Car

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Band

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Pandora

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? If they’re full of it or not

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

Randall Mills, Age 29


Managing Director, Florida State University Old School

Charity

Society Foundation

Personal Haiku

Diehard Seminole
I
used to live in Tampa

Always on the go

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Red Wine

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Playlist then shuffle

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? Bungee Jump in Switzerland, Learn to ski, go to Ibiza, Attend the Superbowl, Learn to fly a plane

4. What three words best describe you? Efficient, selective, reliable

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I can moonwalk.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Golf Club and Bowling Balls

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Heights

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Charlie Crist

10. What saying do you overuse? That’s Money

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? When I have to

12. What is your current state of mind? Busy

13. What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty

14. What talent would you like to have? Play an instrument

15. What is your most treasured possession?  Necklace my grandfather gave me

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Clothes

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Both

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Shazam

19. What do you first notice about someone? Smile

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Bugs Bunny, of course.


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

 

Scott Holstein

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On Melanie: Ruffled, sheer-bottom belted maxi with an intricate bohemian pattern featured a gentle, yet vibrant, color palette. Her outfit is accessorized with a vermeil cuff ($299) and an 18-karat white and yellow gold cushion-cut ring by Alex Sepkus ($3,490).

Melanie Lee, Age 31



Vice President, Kia AutoSport

Charity

Pyramid Center

Personal Haiku

Works hard to excel

Selling KIAs every day

Customers come first

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? All of the above depending on the time of day and not all three at once.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Set foot on all 7 continents
- See the northern lights
- Go on an African Safari
- Write a book
- Wrestle a Bear

4.What three words best describe you? Driven, Generous, Loyal

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I’ve been deported/sent back from India on my way to Mt. Everest.  *This is a long non-drug related story.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Dog treats, black high heels, a blanket in case someone is in need.  I never leave home without the charger for my motorized cooler.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Failure and roaches.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?  Sweets, all of them especially cake.

9. What was your best Halloween costume?   Sarah Palin

10. What saying do you overuse?  I wanna see ya in a KIA

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie?  Only when the truth will hurt someone I love.   

12. What is your current state of mind?  Sell, sell, sell.

13. What do you value most in your friends?  Honesty and loyalty

14. What talent would you like to have?  I always wanted to learn how to play the piano.

15. What is your most treasured possession?  My Pomeranian Littebit and my Black Lab Conner.

16. What is your greatest extravagance?  Shoes and travel.

17. DJ or band at a wedding?  Both.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app?  Action Movie, if you don’t have it you need it.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone?  Their smile.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?  Wonder Woman.


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Cory: Longines Hydro Conquest watch ($1,925).

 

Cory McFarlane, Age 34


Chief Visionary, Pinnacle/CSG

Charity

Tally Ties

Personal Haiku
I am a machine

Powered by my daily dreams

Working to succeed

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Napa Valley all day…. Thanks Doc

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Roll with the disco

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? ….. Am I really supposed to kick the bucket?

4.What three words best describe you? Work – Work - Work

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know?  Hmmmm I have unbreakable faith in the Lord

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? The Engine

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? I fear nothing but God

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Lol…. Too guilty to say

9. What was your best Halloween costume?....awww man a 1970’s Pimp Outfit with Platform Shoes

10. What saying do you overuse? Niceeeee

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? My mother told me if you lie to someone you must feel inferior to them….. so I get myself in trouble for being too honest sometimes

12. What is your current state of mind? Peaceful

13. What do you value most in your friends? Just being Friends

14. What talent would you like to have? I’m blessed with what I have

15. What is your most treasured possession? My Bible

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Traveling across the global

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Wrong question this is Top Singles

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Lol…. Speakerphone

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Wow…. The smile or lack thereof

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? The old man in UP! My kind of grumpy old man who would risk it all for “Love”


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Lauralee: A sweeping one-shoulder ruched dress is color blocked with ivory and a pop of bold color with a hint of neon mirroring the asymmetrical neckline. Her sterling bracelet is by Maria Christina ($490).

 

Lauralee Moore, Age 24


Fourth Grade ESE Inclusion Teacher, Wakulla County School System

Charity

The Pregnancy Help and Information Center

Personal Haiku

Exploring the world,

Living life to the fullest,

Teaching the future

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne?   Beer or wine, depending on my mood.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? Travel to the three remaining continents that I want to visit, be nominated as teacher of the year, get married to a man that I can flirt with for the rest of my life, have children or adopt, and finally, retire in a beach house that I own.

4.What three words best describe you? Witty, Adventurous, Loyal

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I won the award for best feet in high school out of the 11th and 12th grades.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach chair

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? The fear of all reptiles and amphibians. Yes, all!

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Bubble baths and icecream

9. What was your best Halloween costume? A kitty cat costume, with purple felt, glitter and black tights that my mom made for me when I was little.  My nickname to her is still Cat!

10. What saying do you overuse? Another one bites the dust!

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? It’s a rare occasion that I lie. I’m a brutally honest person.

12. What is your current state of mind? Excited for the future

13. What do you value most in your friends? A weird sense of humor.  I can’t have a friend, or boyfriend, that doesn’t understand my type of funny.

14. What talent would you like to have? I’ve always admired people that can play an instrument.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My King Charles Cavalier puppy, Gertie!

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Travel

17. DJ or band at a wedding? DJ, with karaoke! Loveshack is my go to karaoke song.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Google Places. I love being able to find restaurants and stores when I’m visiting a different place.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Teeth

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Little Lulu


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Karen: Classic cream Lark Rise crochet lace mini dress from French Connection features a scoop neckline and delicate, scalloped detailing throughout. Her pink bronze necklace ($460), earrings ($295) and ring ($455) are by Rebecca.

 

Karen Smith, Age 37



Communications Office Manager for Governor Rick Scott

Charity

Ronald McDonald House

Personal Haiku

Beach: white sand and sun

Perfect day for a long run

Sun-kissed with tan lines

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Lunch, dinner, beach, or girl’s night? - Corona, Cabernet, Chandon and Dom Perignon.  

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Playlists for every mood and running route

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Sleep in an over-water bungalow in Tahiti
- Spend a summer on a Western Ranch
- Complete an Ironman
- Be on Survivor reality tv show
- Sign up to be a passenger on the first tourist shuttle to the moon

4. What three words best describe you? Smiley, Outgoing and Athletic

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and completed my first triathlon in same week during 2003

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Beach chair and my golf clubs

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Flying in small planes

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Sunbathing

9. What was your best Halloween costume? St. Pauli girl costume

10. What saying do you overuse? “Off the record” – I am a communications professional

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? If harmless, ok to lie to spare someone's feelings

12. What is your current state of mind? Optimistic and Enthusiastic

13. What do you value most in your friends? Good listener

14. What talent would you like to have? I wish I could sing

15. What is your most treasured possession? My children, anything else is replaceable

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Good Wine and vacations

17. DJ or band at a wedding? DJ –covers eclectic taste in music and keeps people dancing

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Camera +

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Smile and confidence

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Wonder woman!  I still have Underoos, and who doesn’t love her gold bracelets, tiara and cool toys?!


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Keith: Rolex Steel Milgauss watch ($7,150).

 

Keith Dean, Age 39


CPA, Consultant and CFO of Multiple statewide associations and nonprofits

Charity

Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Personal Haiku
An extravagance ...

Whether travel, food or wine

Is luxury when shared

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne?  Yes…. please

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist?  I mostly shuffle… and am always amazed how great certain, although random songs sound following each other through shuffle- the new version of the good ole’ mix tape.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Stay for a week in Ian Fleming’s villa at the Goldeneye resort in Jamaica
- Drive a Ferrari throughout the Italian wine country
- Skiing in the Alps
- Have a bespoke suit made on Savile Row
- Teach my niece to drive a stick-shift, convertible sports car

4. What three words best describe you? Only the Best

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I did a big part of the restoration work on my 1939 in-town bungalow myself and can be caught from time to time under the hood of one of my cars.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Swim trunks, wine/bottle opener and a cigar lighter….you never know when the opportunity will present itself to take a dip in the ocean and to start up or cap off a great evening.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Turbulence

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Too much sun at the beach,  Avenue’s Kentucky Derby Pie and….just one more glass of a really great wine.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Part of a duo – My best friend Keith Bowers dressed up like Jules Winnfield and I dressed up like Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction. We actually had people stopping us to take pictures with us.

10. What saying do you overuse?  No, no I got this… you get it next time.

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? If it isn’t important and the truth would only just hurt someone’s feelings.

12. What is your current state of mind? Content – just got back from a 9-day vacation at the beach with many of my closest friends

13. What do you value most in your friends? Great senses of humor

14. What talent would you like to have? To be able to belt out a song like Sinatra at the Sands

15. What is your most treasured possession? My deceased father’s solid gold pen that he seemed to always have with him.

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Travel…. and all the great things that go with it - decadent food, amazing wine, the right car for the location, exceptional  accommodations and spending time with close friends

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Depends on the band

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Pandora

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Style

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Glenn Quagmire


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Gina: Little black cocktail Cupcake dress with halter neckline and ruffled edges throughout. Her shoes (Cole Couture, Carrie McNeill’s, closet pick) are blocked black croc-inspired leather detail sitting on top of a wooden heel. Her yellow bronze ring is by Rebecca ($490) and vermeil necklace is by Scott Kay ($990).

 

Gina Pitisci, Age 34


Weekday Morning Anchor and Reporter, WCTV (CBS, Channel 6)

Charity

Leon County Humane Society

Personal Haiku

Fun, friendly, fearless
...
From L.A. to Florida

I’m living my dream

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Wine

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist?  Shuffle. It keeps an element of surprise.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Visit each continent
- Go on an African safari
- Learn to speak another language
- Reduce over population in animal shelters
- Swim with dolphins

4.What three words best describe you? Outgoing, Dedicated & Energetic

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I started taking flying lessons when I was 11 years old.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Flip flops

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? My fear of frogs & lizards

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Shopping

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Wonder Woman

10. What saying do you overuse? “Absolutely”

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? Only in the rare occasion if it protects someone’s feelings from being hurt.

12. What is your current state of mind?  Hopeful

13. What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty

14. What talent would you like to have? I would love to be able to speak multiple languages.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My rescue dog, Greyson

16. What is your greatest extravagance? My shoe collection

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Both!

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Pandora

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Their smile

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Jessica Rabbit


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Leslie: Crepe embellished, Sparkle Hour dress gets a vintage feel from its copper- and gold-toned sequins. The chocolate slouch detailed cowboy boots are a closet pick. She’s also wearing a pearl glass bracelet from the Oceanic collection by Kevin O’Grady ($175) and an 18K rose gold black and white Diamond ring ($3,300).

 

Leslie Connell, Age 25


Guest Coordinator / Manager, Green Peridot Salon

Charity

Bill Childers/Jimmy Everett Scholarship Foundation

Personal Haiku
Leslie has big teeth

You can see her smile in France

Rooms are made brighter

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Beer with a burger from Filling Station; Red Wine every night in my bubble bath, while listening to Frank Sinatra on Pandora and reading a book; Champagne all day, everyday

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Playlist on shuffle!

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Run some sort of a  marathon.
- Do a headstand in yoga.
- Own a house...a badass house.
- Plan an incredibly amazing event for an incredibly famous person.
- Create a bucket list.

4.What three words best describe you? Outrageous, Quirky and Sassy

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I am a karaoke master and a midnight runner

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A hot pink baby stroller, clothes for Goodwill, Yo Gabba Gabba shoes (yes they are mine)

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? My friend’s baby pig

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Shoes, booze, and boys with tattoos.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Ronnie Birch...he is now a legend in these areas.

10. What saying do you overuse?  “I can’t, I have to work!”

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? I’ll never tell.

12. What is your current state of mind? I’m in a New York state of mind.

13. What do you value most in your friends? The fact that they actually like me!

14. What talent would you like to have? Anything super-hero-esque

15. What is your most treasured possession? My cat, Sal

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Duh...me!

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Ronnie and Lew

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Netlix- I can watch as much 30 Rock and Weeds as I want!

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Daaang that’s some good hair- they must go to Green Peridot!

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? I like to think that I’m a human Wonder Woman...


For event information and ticket sales, visit the Tallahassee Top Singles website.

 

Scott Holstein

On Bill: Steel Longines watch ($1,675).

 

Bill Wilson, Age 30


Legislative Policy Analyst, Florida House of Representatives

Charity

The Children’s Home Society of Florida

Personal Haiku
I’m tall with freckles,

Each day is a marathon,

Life to the fullest

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne?  A Beer, specifically an IPA.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? A playlist during a workout, but shuffle any other time.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? Run the Boston Marathon, Backpack through Ireland, Ride in an F-18 Hornet, Attend the Olympics and Mass at the Vatican.

4. What three words best describe you? Loyal, Driven and Charismatic

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know?  I really enjoy a good symphony.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Jumper cables for sure, but I also always have a bike tire repair kit, bike helmet, tire pump, extra running shoes, first aid box and a golf drive.  Always be ready for action.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Skydiving. I will make it happen someday.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?  Designer watches.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Elwood Blues, from The Blues Brothers.

10. What saying do you overuse? “That’s Awesome”.

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? Telling the truth is the only way to go.

12. What is your current state of mind? Enjoying life and all the great things it has to offer.

13. What do you value most in your friends? I value their encouragement and willingness to always lend an open ear.

14. What talent would you like to have? I would love to be able to play the piano well.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My family. 

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Traveling. “Go Big or Stay Home”.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? A good DJ. They know how to get everyone on the dance floor.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app?  Spotify. Love to discover lots of new music.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Can’t beat a good smile.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? The Road Runner. He always triumphs over the coyote, and most importantly, he runs really fast.


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Scott Holstein

On Brandi: 7 For All Mankind dark rinse, lightweight baby bell denim jeans are topped with a blush-colored, open-sleeve sheer top layered over a second skin, natural cami. Her burnt-red leather belt features a bow detail. Shoes are DV by Dolce Vita nude leather wedges with a cork sole and her 42-inch yellow bronze necklace is by Rebecca ($425).

 

Brandi Young, Age 29



Legislative Analyst, Senate Majority Office

Charity

The Magdalene Project

Personal Haiku

Dance parties, sandbars

A good girl, loves her mama

Loves Jesus, shoes too

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Bloody Mary’s!

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? To travel: 1. Cruise the Mediterranean. 2. Paddle board in Hawaii. 3. Eat Macaroons in Paris. 4. Snowboard in Norway. 5. Visit the Library of Congress in D.C.

4. What three words best describe you? Happy, beachy, sincere.

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I’m ambidextrous!

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? A beach bag and a gym bag.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Skydiving!

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Cartoons

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Pippi Longstocking

10. What saying do you overuse?

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? When I’m running late…

12. What is your current state of mind? Content.

13. What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty and a sense of a humor.

14. What talent would you like to have? I’d love to be able to play the drums.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My memories.

16. What is your greatest extravagance? Shoes.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Band. (But a DJ at the after party!)

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Action Movie.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Smile.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Jem.


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Cliff Englert, Age 26


Business Development, The / Zimmerman / Agency

Charity

Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc.

Personal Haiku

It’s never too late

To be who you want to be

Superman Batman

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? d) Coffee

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Everyday I’m shufflin’

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?

- Have a photograph published in Communication Arts or National Geographic
- Be a Tallahassee Top Single
- Take these road trips: The Great Ocean Road of Australia, The French Riviera from Nice to Monaco and The Patagonia Highway.
- Raise a family equally as amazing as my own
- Take advantage of every opportunity in life

4.What three words best describe you? Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Energetic (My Mother would argue three words aren’t enough!)

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? After I read a book (especially when I borrow it), I write a short inspirational message somewhere inside for others to find. I only put my first name but in the past six years I’ve had three people contact me after finding a message – one of which was in Italy.

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Currently: (2) tailgating chairs,  (1) camouflage boat seat, (1) bottle of unopened boat engine oil, (2) FSU window flags, (1) 24-piece tool set (1) camera tripod (1) Communication Arts Typography Annual (1) slightly broken duck call (1) pair of hedge clippers (1) softball bat bag containing: (3) bats  (1) glove (10) balls AND (1) abrupt realization I need to clean out my trunk...

7.What is a fear you’d like to overcome? I have a healthy fear that I might not experience enough interesting cultures, places and faces in my lifetime. Thankfully, the route to overcoming that fear means striking through #1 on my bucket list.

8.What is your guilty pleasure? King-size Snickers and a 20oz. Mountain Dew (Zero guilt if consumed separately.)

9. What was your best Halloween costume?  I didn’t think I could top my Pee-wee Herman costume from 2010 but this past year, a few co-workers and I reenacted The Lonely Island’s “The Creep” music video. Best Halloween I’ve ever had.

10. What saying do you overuse? I overuse (in a good way) a saying my Father told me: "There's no value in looking back unless it's used to move forward."

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? I have never lied. (Except when answering this question.)

12. What is your current state of mind? OVERJOYED (that I was able to avoid the lying question).

13. What do you value most in your friends? Diversity. Diverse interests and experiences bring better perspectives.

14. What talent would you like to have? I can’t help but replace the word talent with superpower (having a talent is the closest thing to a superpower anyways, right?) Therefore, teleporting would be a nice talent.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My external hard drive is my most treasured possession due to its contents. If it wasn’t the sole keeper of my digital life (photographs, music, writings, etc.), then it would be pretty worthless. Funny how that works.

16. What is your greatest extravagance? I always prefer Fancy Ketchup.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? If I made this decision without the bride to be, I wouldn't make a great future husBAND. So, I’ll wave a white BANDanna until the time comes. It just wouldn’t be right to answer without her...

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Tie between Instagram and Spotify.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone?Confidence.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Family Guy’s Peter Griffin. He lives without limits and finds humor in everything.


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Tripp Farrell III, Age 32



Director of Marketing, Wisdom Ticket Foundation

Charity

Wisdom Ticket Foundation

Personal Haiku

I’m truly awake

Separated from stillness

A wealth of knowledge

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? COLD DRAFT BEER!

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? DEPENDS ON THE AUDIENCE, USUALLY PLAYLIST!

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? CHAT IT UP WITH PHARRELL WILLIAMS, ATTEND A KINGS OF LEON CONCERT, BECOME A FEATURED GUEST ON A LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW, PURCHASE AN OLD SCHOOL MUSCLE CAR, & PLAY PEBBLE BEACH GOLF COURSE WITH MY FATHER!

4.What three words best describe you? AUDACIOUS, GREGARIOUS, SAGE!

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? I'M RELATED TO JAMES DEAN!

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? MY GUITAR, PICK, & CAPO!

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? SLIPPING INTO THE ABYSS OF THE UNEDUCATED & UNSUCCESSFUL!

8. What is your guilty pleasure? SWEET TEA!

9. What was your best Halloween costume? REVENGE OF THE NERDS!

10. What saying do you overuse?  Au contraire, mon frère!

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? TO AVOID CONFLICT!

12. What is your current state of mind? WEALTH IS OF THE HEART & MIND, NOT THE POCKET!

13. What do you value most in your friends? THEIR HUMOR, INDIVIDUALITY, & DETERMINATION!

14. What talent would you like to have? TALENT TO BECOME A POWERFUL PUBLIC SPEAKER!

15. What is your most treasured possession? MY FAMILY!

16. What is your greatest extravagance? FURTHERING MY EDUCATION!

17. DJ or band at a wedding? JAZZ BAND!

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? TED TALKS!

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? THEIR SMILE & STYLE!

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? THE TORTOISE, B/C THEY ALWAYS WIN THE RACE!


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Nicholas Kent, Age 28


Owner/Contractor/Developer, Kent Development, LLC

Charity

Kidz1stFund

Personal Haiku

Most handsome man to

Visit the great sunshine state

How about that date?

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Beer

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Playlist

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Backpacking through South America
- Trip throughout Australia and New Zealand
- Trip through South East Asian
- Safari through Africa
- Visit Dubai and India

4.What three words best describe you? Gregarious, Motivated, Sensative

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? History

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Continues Contraction Supplies/Hardware

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Heights

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Candy

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Knight in Shining Armor

10. What saying do you overuse? “you know what I mean”

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? Protect someones feelings

12. What is your current state of mind? Overwhelmed

13. What do you value most in your friends? Genuiness

14. What talent would you like to have? Play Guitar

15. What is your most treasured possession? Cartier Watch

16. What is your greatest extravagance? My watches

17. DJ or band at a wedding? DJ

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? ESPN scorecenter

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? Smile

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Ironman


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Sean P. Donovan, Age 26

Benefits Advisor and Junior Partner, Strategic Benefits Group

Charity

The Character Center

Personal Haiku

Business and friendship,

Give to the community,

Tallahassee life

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? I prefer good whiskey and a cigar, but beer is my preference here.

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle keeps me guessing

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list? Buy a house in Ireland, live like a local in a small foreign village for one month, throw out the first pitch of the world series of a baseball team I own, hike the Appalachian trail with my dog a couple of friends, build a foundation for my community that leaves a lasting legacy

4.What three words best describe you? Determined, positive, strong

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know?  In college I was an amateur bodybuilder

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? Golf clubs

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome?  Not reaching my full potential by reaching it.

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Bow ties and nice clothes 

9. What was your best Halloween costume?  Leprechaun

10. What saying do you overuse?  Unbelievable

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? If I find myself in an awkward situation, I will tell a story that is either not true at all or has some pieces omitted to try and diffuse the situation by making people think this could be way worse.  But I always let them in on the fact it’s a joke in the end.

12. What is your current state of mind?  Hard work

13. What do you value most in your friends? Good sense of humor and loyalty

14. What talent would you like to have?  Being able to pick up a foreign language

15. What is your most treasured possession?  My mind and my dog Murphy

16. What is your greatest extravagance?  Buying rounds for my friends

17. DJ or band at a wedding?  Live Music with the option of a DJ mix in

18. What is your favorite smartphone app?  Right now I’m addicted to the game, Move the Box; Ive got to finish this thing!

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone?  A great smile or not; you can tell whether or not a person is truly happy and confident or not and a great smile can light up a room.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?  Bugs Bunny (minus the New York accent); always calm under pressure, smooth, and ready to bob and weave in any situation


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On Lisa: Her casual look features a print sateen one-shoulder, tie-neckline blouse with a feminine dolman sleeve and JBRAND classic white shorts. Cognac straw detailed wedges with breezy topknot details, and a sterling and onyx ring by Elle ($169) complete the look.

 

Lisa Barclay, Age 44


Attorney, Law Offices of Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.

Charity

Big Bend Homeless Coalition

Personal Haiku

Illegally blonde

High heels, motorcycle wheels

Faith, family and friends

20 Questions

1. Beer, wine or champagne? Yes, yes and on special occasions!

2. iPod question: Do you shuffle and take songs as they come, or stick with a playlist? Shuffle . . . I like surprises.

3. What are the top five items on your bucket list?
- Change my mailing address to a boat 
- Watch every FSU men’s basketball game . . . courtside
- Eat and drink my way through every square inch of Italy
- Go a mission trip with my family that radically improves the lives of others
- Napa Valley in a chauffeured convertible   

4.What three words best describe you?  Where to next? 

5. What’s something interesting about you that a lot of people don’t know? Busted my butt on television as a FSU cheerleader at the FSU vs. Florida basketball game.  

6. What do you keep in the trunk of your car? My last blind date.

7. What is a fear you’d like to overcome? Answering questions for a Top Singles questionnaire.

8. What is your guilty pleasure? Riding my Harley to the office.

9. What was your best Halloween costume? Princess Leah.

10. What saying do you overuse? Really?

11. On what occasion (if ever) do you lie? Every year . . . about fictional holiday characters.

12. What is your current state of mind? Happy and content.

13. What do you value most in your friends? Their ability to make me laugh.

14. What talent would you like to have? Food Network Star.  Cook like Paula . . . look like Giada.

15. What is your most treasured possession? My Harley Davidson!!

16. What is your greatest extravagance? A day at the spa followed by take out and a really good bottle of wine.

17. DJ or band at a wedding? Band.

18. What is your favorite smartphone app? Around Me . . . great for finding the perfect restaurant when I travel.

19. What is the first thing that you notice about someone? A great smile.

20. If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? Jane Jetson . . . she is a techno savvy, fashion icon who shops at “Mooning Dales”!!


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A Thousand Thanks

It takes a village, and a rather large village at that, to pull off a photo shoot with 18 subjects in just one day. We couldn’t have done it without the enthusiastic cooperation of several business partners. A tip of the hat to all of you.

Location
Goodwood Museum and Gardens

Automobile
Capital Eurocars

Jewelry
Gem Collection

Ladies’ Fashions
Cole Couture

Hair & Makeup
Fuel A Salon — Sherrie Clark, Chryssi Michels, Angela Runyan, Rachael Michele, TankLaura Brewer, Rachel Sebree, Sara Keister, Sonya Whitmire, Buff Crook

Rowland Publishing Staff
Design - Saige Roberts
Fashion and Jewelry Styling - Caroline Conway, Laura Patrick, Marjorie Stone
Coordinators - Caroline Conway, Marjorie Stone


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