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20 Most Eligible Atlantans 2018

Meet this year’s good-looking, go-getting group of local bachelors and bachelorettes, whose attractive qualities are seemingly endless and whose hearts are open to finding love. Which sizzling single will catch your eye?  

JAKE BASNETT

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

NATHAN KAPLAN

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

ELENA NORDÉ

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

LAURA ESPOSITO

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

MICHAEL PITTMAN

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

BRIAN DEERING

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

DIANA GARCIA

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

NICOLE DETAR

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

ADE SHOFOLUWE

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

PATRICK NEUMAN

Shot on location at Park Tavern  

JAKE BASNETT
MARKETING MANAGER, SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY

Age: 27 Insta: @bassthesnake Originally from: “I’m a U.S. Air Force brat. ... But I have always called Georgia home, as my entire extended family lives here.”
Lives in: Virginia-Highland College: University of Cincinnati Perfect mate: “A woman who is outgoing and energetic to keep up with my ever-evolving life. Someone who gets me to try new things and also meshes seamlessly with my family.” Ideal date: “Start at the brewery—I’ll give her a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting, then head up to a Braves game and, later, hit The Local for some wings (best in the A!), then maybe late-night at the new rooftop at Hotel Clermont.” On your playlist: “Queen, anything from the ’70s or ’80s, and Childish Gambino.” Something no one would guess about you: “I was the mascot at the University of Cincinnati.” Signature drink: “A SweetWater IPA or an Old-Fashioned.” Key to your heart: “Willingness to enjoy what I love and letting me be a
part of things she loves.”

NATHAN KAPLAN
PARTNER, KAPLAN RESIDENTIAL

Age: 29 Insta: @dapinkpanter Originally from: Baltimore, Md. Lives in: Old Fourth Ward College: Indiana University Perfect mate: “Someone with a big, kind heart, but also a bit of an edgy side. They will know how to bring out the best in me and allow me to bring out the best in them.” Ideal date: “Walking on the BeltLine to any of the cool new restaurants or taking a Bird to grab a drink in Inman Park or West Midtown.” Favorite hobbies: “Traveling to spend time with friends in different cities and being physically active—especially CrossFit!” The person who inspires you most: “My family. They remind me every day that family is the most important thing in life.” Proudest professional moment: “Breaking ground on our high-rise apartment complex, the Generation Atlanta, in Downtown Atlanta.” Signature drink: “Old-Fashioned.” Key to your heart: “Seeing through my bullsh*t.”

ELENA NORDÉ
UTM SOFTWARE SPECIALIST,
ULTIMATE SOFTWARE

Age: 32 Insta: @elenanorde Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Vinings College: Georgia Southern University Perfect mate: “An ambitious man with a good heart who is family-oriented, who can communicate and who is consistent and trustworthy.” Ideal date: “It’s more about the person I’m with, not where we go. Maybe a great conversation over a glass of wine, or going for a walk and grabbing some ice cream.” On your playlist: “Old-school rhythm and blues classics. I grew up listening to The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye...” Actor who would play you in your biopic: “Yara Shahidi.” Something no one would ever guess about you: “I used to be a tomboy as a kid. I’m such a girly girl now.” Proudest professional moment: “Reeling my independent debut album that I wrote and executive produced.” Signature drink: “Rosé.” Key to your heart: “Selflessness.”

LAURA ESPOSITO
ARTIST AND FOUNDER, LE DESIGN

Age: 25 Insta: @ledesign.studio Originally from: Milton Lives in: Inman Park College: University of Georgia Perfect mate: “My perfect guy is God-loving, kind to everybody, affectionate and a strong leader in his community. I’m looking for somebody who is confident and secure enough to fervently cheer me on while pursuing his own dreams.” Weekend go-tos: “Inman Park has the best dinner spots. Big Sky in Buckhead is very well-run and one of the best bars in Atlanta. Laughing Skull Lounge is so much fun; Atlanta has a great comedy scene. ... On Sundays, I enjoy brunch at Superica and attending The Fringe, an awesome church right off the BeltLine.” Celebrity crush: “Dansby Swanson.” Guilty pleasure: “Binge-eating cheese dogs, particularly from The Varsity.” Signature drink: “Jalapeno-infused vodka, cucumber, lime juice and club soda.” Key to your heart: “Taking the time to understand the deeper inspiration behind my paintings.”

MICHAEL PITTMAN
REVENUE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST - CORPORATE FORECASTING AND PLANNING, DELTA AIR LINES

Age: 27 Insta: @pittyonthemove Originally from: South Tampa, Fla. Lives in: Midtown College: Auburn University Biggest turn-ons: “Someone adventurous with a sense of humor and ambition.” Biggest turnoffs: “Tardiness, bad manners and being inconsiderate.” Ideal date: “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold—all you need is a light jacket.” Favorite hobbies: “I teach spin at Vibe Ride Grant Park. I love to travel, cook and try new things. I run a lot and I love anything on the water. I am also active in my church and love to volunteer at the local food pantry or men’s shelter.” The person, dead or alive, you’d want to meet most: “The inventor of sliced bread.” Guilty pleasure: “Chocolate-chip cookies.” Signature drink: “A nice, cold Old-Fashioned.” Greatest ambition in life: “To see the world and experience new things every day.”

BRIAN DEERING
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MANAGER, THE TILE SHOP

Age: 29 Insta: @bdeering0202 Originally from: Springfield, Va. Lives in: Smyrna College: Niagara University Biggest turn-on: “A sense of humor.” Biggest turnoff: “Drama.” Ideal date: “Enjoying a day out at an event, making dinner together and then spending time out by the fire pit.” Describe yourself in three words: “Ambitious, sarcastic, fun-loving.” Weekend go-tos: “The Battery Atlanta and anywhere with live music.” Favorite hobbies: “Woodworking, motorcycles, cars and baseball.” Part of the body you notice first: “Their eyes.” On your playlist: “John Mayer, Zac Brown Band and country.” Celebrity crushes: “Margot Robbie and Jordana Brewster.” Something no one would guess about you: “I love learning new things that I’m not good at.” Signature drink: “Captain Morgan and ginger ale.” Greatest ambition in life: “Build a family.” Key to your heart: “Laughter.”

DIANA GARCIA
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT ACQUISITION, ML HEALTHCARE

Age: 30 Insta: @deeg1207 Originally from: Chicago Lives in: Buckhead College: Georgia State University Perfect mate: “I’d love to find someone who is easy to be around, easy to be myself with, easy to laugh with—and it wouldn’t hurt if he were easy to look at too.” Weekend go-tos: “You’ll normally find me at a gym or on the BeltLine with my dog, Clayton, enjoying a human and pup King of Pops.” Bingeworthy show:Friends! Joey Tribbiani is my spirit animal.” Celebrity crushes: “Enrique Iglesias... the Spanish accent is irresistible!” The person who inspires you most: “Either one of my parents. I try to mirror their work ethic on a daily basis.” Signature drink: “A Streetcar Named Desire. It’s a refreshing gin cocktail served at Le Bilboquet.” Key to your heart: “Someone who shares my love for animals… and memes, duh!”

NICOLE DETAR
CORPORATE SALES RECRUITER, GRANITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Age: 25 Insta: @_nikkks_ Originally from: Erie, Penn. Lives in: Buckhead College: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Perfect mate: “Someone I can be myself around, who is easygoing and fun, has a sense of humor and has a desire to be successful in their career.” Weekend go-tos: “Any sporting event, festivals, Buckhead clubs and The Battery Atlanta.” Favorite restaurants: “O-Ku, St. Cecilia and True Food Kitchen.” On your playlist: “All the rap music.” Actor who would play you in your biopic: “Angelina Jolie—she is stunning and extremely talented.” Something no one would guess about you: “I can play the piano and took lessons for eight years.” Guilty pleasure: Harry Potter movies.” The people who inspire you most: “My parents—they’ve been married for 26 years.” Signature drink: “Tito’s and sugar-free Red Bull.” Key to your heart: “Eating pizza in bed.”

ADE SHOFOLUWE
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY RESIDENT PHYSICIAN

Age: 28 Insta: @adeshof Originally from: Greensboro, N.C. Lives in: West Midtown College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Perfect mate: “Someone I can talk to endlessly for hours and not even realize time has flown.” Biggest turn-ons: “Conversation and intelligence.” Biggest turnoff: “Complainers.” Ideal date: “I’m a simple guy—a movie or nice dinner followed by going out afterward for drinks and music.” Part of the body you notice first: “Their legs.” Celebrity crush: “Rihanna.” On your playlist: “Drake, Migos, Michael Jackson.” Something no one would ever guess about you: “I’m addicted to scented candles.” Guilty pleasure: “Ice cream.” Proudest professional moment: “Graduating medical school.” Signature drink: “Hennessey and Coke.” Greatest ambition in life: “To be involved in inspiring the youth by either creating a nonprofit organization or some type of outreach program.” Key to your heart: “Honesty and good food.”

PATRICK NEUMAN
DIRECTOR, FORTRESS GROUP INC.

Age: 33 Insta: @pbneuman Originally from: Norcross Lives in: Buckhead College: Georgetown University Perfect mate: “I am attracted to people who actively seek self-improvement. This person respects other’s interests, beliefs and values as they would their own.” Ideal date: “Anywhere with live music. I want to sing, dance and enjoy a few adult beverages.” Weekend go-tos: “The Forum Athletic Club, Hal’s and Johnny’s Hideaway. It’s my version of gym, tan, laundry.” Bingeworthy show:Seinfeld.” Celebrity crush: “Taylor Swift. Can someone make sure she gets a copy of this? I’d love to have a song about me...” Something no one would guess about you: “I do a convincing impression of Barack Obama.” Guilty pleasure: “Doughnuts, doughnut holes and cronuts.” Signature drink: “Beer, chilled.” Greatest ambition in life: “Enjoy it. It’s a short ride.” Key to your heart: “Loyalty.”