Steve Messer
Region Director, Bacardi USA Inc.

Perfect mate: A partner in crime who is easygoing and supports my sometimes-crazy schedule, and someone to explore Atlanta—and the world—with
I am complimented most often on: My eyelashes
The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done for love: Drove eight hours overnight through a snowstorm in order to make it in time to make my girlfriend breakfast in bed for her birthday
Deal-breakers: Insecurity, lack of perspective, bad breath, someone who doesn’t enjoy good food and drinks
Biggest turn-ons: Confidence, natural beauty, elegance, compassion and quick wit
Longest relationship: Two years
Where do you hang out? Piedmont Dog Park with my bulldog, Ruby, and my lake house at Lake Lanier
Ideal date: Sitting outside on a patio in the sun enjoying good food, good conversation and, of course, great cocktails
Hobbies: Running (I just ran my third marathon), traveling and trying new restaurants
Favorite restaurants: Hal’s, Genki Noodles & Sushi and JCT. Kitchen & Bar
Favorite sports team: New York Rangers
Most proud pro moment: Becoming the youngest region director in the company
You know you’re in love when: You’re constantly looking at your phone for a text or a call from that person
Celebrity crushes: Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis
Something people would never guess about you: I’m a former spelling-bee champion.
Describe yourself in three words: Witty, sensitive and spontaneous
My greatest ambition in life: Visit all seven continents
Who inspires you? My grandfather
Describe your dream partner in five words: Kind, intelligent, driven, independent and sophisticated
Signature drink: Bombay Sapphire gimlet
The key to my heart is: Loving my dog as much as I do

The online auction will benefit the Shepherd Center. Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury.

Fast Facts from Steve

Age: 34
Originally from: Boca Raton, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Education: Tulane University and University of Miami