Don’t ever let anyone tell you that all the good ones are taken. While accepting nominations for this feature, About magazine heard about dozens of singular sensations in Stark County.
And it wasn’t an easy job to narrow down the list of candidates.
Each of these bachelors and bachelorettes live full and busy lives with great careers and friends, supportive families and interesting hobbies.
They don’t put their lives on hold waiting for that special someone — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking.
We introduce you to many successful local singles — Brent Belles, Beth Borda, Theresa Carson, Barry DeBois, Frank Forchione, Terrance Jones, Mona Shay, Kathryn Siegfried, Susan Sirpilla, Luke Vincer and Kathy Vogel.
Find out who is a closet NASCAR fan, who you might find hanging out at Muggswigz, and who owns two — yes two — Stanley Cup rings.
TECHNICAL DESIGNER AT THE BABCOCK & WILCOX CO.; ACTIVE IN LOCAL ARTS COMMUNITY
THE PERFECT DATE: A restaurant overlooking water with great conversation and a glass of wine, followed by watching a live show of some sort.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Technology that makes me more efficient, helps me be creative, and connects me to people (phones/computers).
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Kristen Bell. Funny, beautiful, acts, sings, dances. She even appeals to my geek side because she was on Heroes.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: I’m a sucker for a great artist. If a woman can take my breath away with her voice, or an instrument, or a painting, or her dance, I’m done for.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Attraction to money. I want a girl who will take a trip to Europe with me and later talk about the experiences we had, not how much the trip cost.
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by the Beatles
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Working on music or graphic design projects, designing my website (www.barrydebois.com), watching Friends/How I Met Your Mother/The Office.
MY WORST HABIT: I tend to overextend myself. I am bad at saying no to friends and associates, so I’m usually left with little time for myself and not a lot of sleep.
MY BEST FEATURE: I like to think that I have a disarming grin.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: I couldn’t pick one. My favorite place for coffee and conversation is Muggswigz. My favorite place for dinner and a drink is Iris. For live theatre, The Players Guild.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: Ben Affleck meets Fred Savage
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people act like sheep. I can’t stand when people blindly believe something without scrutinizing it for themselves.
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: How to support myself financially.
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I’M OBSESSED WITH: Eating healthy and keeping fit.
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Paul Newman – He had the same wife his entire Hollywood career; he was generous, entrepreneurial, adventurous and super good looking.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: A guy who is thoughtful, witty…and smells good.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Arrogance.
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: It’s called “Ring.” Those phone people are so clever.
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Catching up on my favorite TV shows or reading a good book.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I failed Drivers Education… twice.
MY WORST HABIT: Lately, the store Anthropology.
MY BEST FEATURE: I wish it were my butt, but people tell me my smile.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: The new Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro (opening in March!).
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: How to make S’mores in a frying pan.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I think I will remain silent to protect the ignorant.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: The love of God. He is my anchor and my hope.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: Eva Mendes.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Procrastination.
STARK COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
THE PERFECT DATE: A weekend in New York City.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Being on time.
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Reese Witherspoon.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: A cute smile.
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: Coldplay.
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Reading anything I can get my hands on.
MY WORST HABIT: Need for caffeine.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I have five wonderful sisters.
MY BEST FEATURE: My hair.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I learned that I prosecuted her uncle.
FAVORITE CHICK FLICK: Notting Hill.
MY DREAM JOB: Coaching an NCAA college basketball team.
FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza Pizza Pizza!
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My running shoes.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: Hugh Grant.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: Borders
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP GIVING, WALSH UNIVERSITY
THE PERFECT DATE: Having dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant, lots of laughter, and not wanting the conversation to end.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: Confidence, a sense of humor, and someone who is not afraid to share their faith.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Arrogance
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Working out, reading, praying, and currently re-learning to play the piano.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I spent the first 16 years of my career in sports. I had the good fortune to work for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the late ’80s and early ’90s when they won their back-to-back Stanley Cups. Consequently, I own two Stanley Cup rings.
MY WORST HABIT: My addiction to dark chocolate.
MY BEST FEATURE: People tell me my smile.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: This past summer, I took up biking and I rode mostly on the Towpath Trails. The Towpath became my sanctuary on early Saturday mornings.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I was set up on a blind date with a man who was under house arrest with privileges. That should be enough said, but the story goes on. I had to pick him up for our date and, even though it was 90 degrees outside, he wore a thick sweater vest (no shirt on underneath) and was drenched in bad cologne. Unfortunately, I suffered an allergic reaction to his cologne and my face swelled up. Needless to say, the date tanked from there.
FAVORITE CHICK FLICK: “When Harry Met Sally”
FAVORITE FOOD: My mom’s Williamsburg soup… it’s a special dish we always look forward to during the holidays. Also, I love homemade Italian food.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My faith in Christ. It defines how I strive to live on a daily basis.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: I am no saint when it comes to cell phone etiquette, but people who talk on their cell phones in public restrooms go a bit too far.
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THE PERFECT DATE: Good food, good wine, good conversation. Location doesn’t matter.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Food. I’m a foodie. I think about it, cook it and eat it.
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: TV: Right now it’s “Will” from “Glee.” So cute and has musical skills. Niiice. Celebrity Spouse: Some perfect-gene combination of Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman and George Clooney.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: Nice eyes, nice tush, no B.S. and a sense of humor.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Arrogance
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Deep in thought
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I’m a NASCAR fan! I’m fascinated by the engineering and race strategy. (Tony Stewart — feel free to call me. lol)
MY BEST FEATURE: Physically? Legs. Character trait? My determination
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: Beer pong is NOT a sport.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: Agreed to meet a date at a local restaurant. It wasn’t going well. I excused myself to use the bathroom. I took my coat with me. He asked: “Why are you taking your coat?” I answered: “I get cold in the bathroom.” I made my way to the bathroom (aka: the front door) and straight out into the parking lot.
FAVORITE CHICK FLICK: “When Harry Met Sally”
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Cell phone. How did I exist without one?
PRESIDENT, B-SQUARED MARKETING SOLUTIONS AND ADVANTAGE GOLF
THE PERFECT DATE: Dinner at home with a bottle of wine.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: The color orange.
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Rachel McAdams.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: Dark hair.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Braided hair.
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: Quacking penguin.
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Listening to music.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I originally went to school at Kent State to become an architect.
MY WORST HABIT: Texting or e-mailing on my iphone when having a conversation with someone.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I went to pick up a date and, when I arrived, her grandmother answered the door and said she was sick… she could have just told me she didn’t want to go.
FAVORITE CHICK FLICK: Jerry Maguire.
MY DREAM JOB: Caddy on the PGA Tour.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Golf.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: Dean Cain.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Drama, can’t handle it, don’t want to be around it… drama free.
SUPERVISOR OF OPERATIONS AT SIEGFRIED ENTERPRISES MCDONALD’S
THE PERFECT DATE: The simpler the better. It’s always fun to get dressed up and go out but the best dates are the ones that require little to no planning like cooking at home and watching movies or an afternoon wandering through a museum.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Dental hygiene.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Taking yourself too seriously.
MY CURRENT RINGTONE: Evil Woman by ELO.
I SPEND MY ALONE TIME: Watching bad TV and reading back issues of Vogue and W.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I’m a great baker. I rarely get the time but I make amazing cakes and cupcakes.
MY WORST HABIT: Procrastination.
MY BEST FEATURE: My smile.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s my favorite place to take visitors and one of the first things I really loved about living in Canton.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I once went speed dating with a friend right after having shoulder surgery. I was still in a massive sling and on pretty serious painkillers. I’m still not sure why I agreed to go that night.
FAVORITE FOOD: Chicken McNuggets.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Chanel perfume.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: In high school, everyone told me I looked like Portia de Rossi. I always thought it was the best compliment.
MY PET PEEVE: Poor grammar
Terrance L. Jones
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MULTI-DEVELOPMENT SERVICES OF STARK COUNTY
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Oprah Winfrey.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: Confidence, intelligence and a warped sense of humor.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Narrow-minded, yet self-righteous individuals
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: Throughout elementary school I used to wear cowboy boots and carry a briefcase.
MY WORST HABIT: Procrastination.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: Top of McKinley Monument.
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: Group Projects don’t work… Seriously, it’s all about who you know. Who you know will get you in the door, but what you know will keep you there.
DATING DISASTER: Credit card declined.
MY DREAM JOB: Internationally known motivational speaker.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Beautiful teeth.
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade macaroni and cheese.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: God’s grace and mercy.
CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE: Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown
DIRECT SALES MANAGER, TASTEFULLY SIMPLE
THE PERFECT DATE: The perfect “first” date would be a quiet conversational, getting-to-know-you dinner … perfect date further into a relationship would be some fun shared experience, preferably outdoors — like hiking or sledding! — or gutting a deer. (Kidding!)
MY IDEAL TV OR CELEBRITY SPOUSE WOULD BE: Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild)
BIGGEST TURN-ON: A man who prays
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: Negativity
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: Um, yeah, like I’m gonna publish that in a magazine?
MY WORST HABIT: Offering unsolicited advice.
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: Humility. The more I learn, the less I know.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: The last online date I went on was with a guy who was so self-absorbed he didn’t even realize I wasn’t into him until the next day, when he called to let me know I was “the One!” and I left him confused when I told him he wasn’t.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My Catholic faith. It’s THE most important thing to me and defines who I am and how I live.
MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Bad customer service irritates me beyond belief. It’s not that hard to be helpful and nice. I mean, I’d like to expect manners from everyone, but if you’re getting paid for it, there’s no excuse!
FINANCIAL ADVISER WITH WENTZ FINANCIAL GROUP
THE PERFECT DATE: A bottle of wine and a walk in the park with my girlfriend.
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Finishing my meal with the perfect bite.
BIGGEST TURN-ON: Cute smile and a sense of humor… or at least someone that will laugh at my bad jokes.
BIGGEST TURN-OFF: When a girl is clingy.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I am currently participating in the Big Brother program.
MY WORST HABIT: I am addicted to BrickBuster on my BlackBerry.
MY BEST FEATURE: I have been told my smile and sense of humor.
MY FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: Downtown Canton during the summer for First Fridays, Blues Festival and Vintage Canton.
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: The concept of time management… The harder I worked in the classroom the faster I could get my work done and enjoy the college experience.
DESCRIBE A DATING DISASTER: I went to dinner with a girl I really liked and forgot my wallet… Needless to say, there wasn’t a second date.
FAVORITE CHICK FLICK: If I had to narrow it down… The Notebook and Mean Girls.
FAVORITE FOOD: My Mom’s homemade chicken paprikash… it’s an old-fashioned Hungarian meal and I suggest you look up the recipe.
MY CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE: Ivan Drago in Rocky IV… minus the muscles and add 25 pounds.
Dr. Mona Shay
I’M OBSESSED WITH: Being on time.
IDEAL CELEBRITY SPOUSE: Edward from New Moon; since he never sleeps, my “honey do list” would always be completed.
BIGGEST TURN ON: Emotional maturity and self confidence without arrogance.
BIGGEST TURN OFF: Infidelity.
CURRENT RINGTONE: Factory-installed ringtones, since I haven’t taken the time to change them.
SPEND ALONE TIME: Hiking the state parks, working out or reading.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: I can ride a unicycle; Performed a random act of kindness on Christmas day and made a contribution to help feed 75 individuals; used to be so shy that, while competing in a triathalon and being one of the co-leaders, my cousin bet that I would not cross the finish line in order to avoid the attention after the race.
WORST HABIT: Over-committing myself
BEST FEATURE: It is in the eyes of the beholder; generosity for nonvisual feature.
FAVORITE PLACE IN STARK COUNTY: My house or the towpath.
SOMETHING I LEARNED IN COLLEGE THAT WAS NOT IN A BOOK: Life is about building relationships.
MY DREAM JOB: Photographer with National Geographic.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: 4 F’s: Family, friends, faith and fitness.
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Inconsiderate use of cell phones in public.