Cary Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors

Summertime makes everyone feel more laid back. A school’s-out mentality dials up the fun as the days get longer and the nights warmer. We capitalized on those sentiments when we searched for smart, funny and charismatic fellows to spotlight here.

The Triangle has been highlighted in multiple studies as a top city for dating, including being named the No. 1 “City for Singles” by Rachael Ray of Food Network fame. Let us introduce you to seven of them.


Brian Ackley, 26

Forward, Carolina RailHawks


Can’t live without: Music every day, especially before games

Biggest accomplishment: Being here in this moment right now

Guilty pleasure: Late dinners, red wine

When I’m not working, I am: Coaching youth and adults

A great night out includes: Surrounding myself with friends, laughter and good conversation

On the bucket list: Visiting the Grand Canyon

Secret talent: I can talk like Donald Duck

What I look for in a significant other: Beautiful eyes, a good heart and a good laugh

Celebrity crush: Singer Rihanna

DVR embarrassment: Keeping up with the Kardashians

Looking forward to: Tomorrow


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If I could have a super power: I would fly

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Dating deal breaker: Being bossy

Favorite movie: Super Troopers, anything with Will Ferrell

Biggest influence: My father, he keeps me grounded.

Justin Faulk, 21

Defenseman, Carolina Hurricanes


Biggest accomplishment: Playing in the NHL

Guilty pleasure: Sour Patch Kids

When I’m not working, I am: Hanging out with friends by the pool or on the lake

A great night out includes: Dinner and drinks late into the night

Secret talent: Phone games, like Ruzzle (he’s the team champion) and Words with Friends

What I look for in a significant other: Someone who likes to have fun, who is outgoing and laid back

Celebrity crush: Supermodel Candice Swanepoel

If I could have a super power: I would fly

What I’m reading: Nonfiction war history books and  USA Today

DVR embarrassment:  Jersey Shore

Looking forward to: WE Fest Country Music Festival (this August, in his home state of Minnesota)


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Can’t live without: Listening to music, everything from country to techno

Dating deal breaker: Someone who talks too much or is controlling

Favorite movie: 21 Jump Street

Biggest influence: My mother

Follow Justin on Twitter: @JustinFaulk27

David Galatas, 41

General Dentist,


I can’t live without: Music.

Biggest accomplishment:  Honorable discharge, Captain, United States Air Force.

When I’m not working, I am:  Thinking about or working on a song. (He plays and writes music for the guitar.)

A great night out includes: Going to dinner with friends, seeing a great live band play then hanging out at the after show.

On the bucket list: Attend the Cannes Film Festival.

What I look for in a significant other: Someone who is secure, honest, knows when to talk and when to listen and would choose laughing over arguing.

If I could have a super power:  Eradicate evil in this world.

What I’m readingThe Paleo Diet by Loren Cordian

DVR embarrassmentForensic Files.

Favorite movieA Perfect Murder (based on Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder).

Looking forward to: Living during a time when we have a cure for all types of cancer.


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Guilty pleasure: 1.5 hour deep tissue massage.

Secret talent:  I can leap small children in a single bound!

Dating deal breaker: Someone who cuts others off mid-sentence and spends more time talking about themselves.

Celebrity crush: Actress Jennifer Anniston

Heroes/biggest influence:  My dad.

Austin da Luz, 25

Left Midfield, Carolina RailHawks


Can’t live without: I'd have a pretty tough time without my computer  

Biggest accomplishment: Being one of Cary's most eligible bachelors 

When I’m not working, I am: Walking my dog or taking him to the dog park 

On the bucket list: Get verified on Twitter. I feel like that's a pretty good barometer for success these days. 

What I look for in a significant other: If you can banter with the guys, you're off to a good start.

Dating deal breaker: Being rude to the waiter

Secret talent: I'm a lethal snowball fighter. 

If I could have a super power: Invisibility 

What I’m reading: Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford

DVR embarrassment: I watched the whole first season of Scandal on Netflix in one night. In retrospect I probably could have spread it out a little more.

Favorite movie: Impossible question. My favorite I've seen recently is probably Wreck-It Ralph.

Looking forward to: The weekend


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Guilty pleasure: I don't know, I think it's kind of weird to feel guilty about liking something. Taylor Swift maybe? I mean, that's just good music.

A great night out includes: Good food, good people, and a lot of drinks

Celebrity crush: Actress Anna Kendrick

Biggest influence: My parents

Josh Phillips, 21



I can’t live without: My guitar

Biggest accomplishment: Every time we play at a bar and it’s packed, that’s big.

When I’m not working, I am: Fishing

A great night out includes: A bonfire and hanging out on the tailgate of a truck

What I look for in a significant other: Someone who is confident and knows who they are. Someone who believes the same things that I believe in.

Celebrity crush: Actress Megan Fox

If I could have a super power: I would teleport, ’cause I have no patience.

What I’m reading: Lyrics from all types of music. It makes me a better writer.

Playlist embarrassment: “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes

Biggest influence: My parents, and on my music Lynrd Skynrd and Johnny Cash

Looking forward to: Playing at Farm Fest (country music festival in Selma, N.C.) with Craig Morgan, Tyler Farr and Brian Davis Live


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Guilty pleasure: Nicotine

On the bucket list: Skydiving

Secret talent: I can juggle

Dating deal breaker: Insecurity

Favorite movies: 300 and Pure Country

Jiri Tlusty, 25

Left Wing, Carolina Hurricanes


Can’t live without: Food, especially Czech food, and hockey

Biggest accomplishments: Playing for the NHL and Czech National Team

Guilty pleasure: Sweets: chocolate bars, cookies, ice cream, do you want me to list them all?

On the bucket list: Travel more — Australia, Africa, India

Secret talent: Skee ball

What I look for in a significant other: Smart, sweet, loving person who makes me smile

Celebrity crush: Supermodel Petra Nemcova

If I could have a super power: I’d be the strongest guy and save everyone, like Superman

What I’m reading: news from home (Czech Republic) and here

Favorite movies: Braveheart and comedies like The Hangover

Looking forward to: Ice Hockey World Championships with the Czech National Team

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When I’m not working, I am: lying on the couch, during the season; off season I play all kinds of summer sports


A great night out includes: Having fun with friends; dinner, drinks and a movie

Dating deal breaker: Telling bad jokes

Biggest influence: My parents and Jaromir Jagr (hockey all-star from the Czech Republic)

DVR embarrassment:  Jersey Shore, Friends reruns

Follow Jiri on twitter: @J_T_19

Jeff Winkler, 28

Private Banker


I can’t live without: Coffee, golf and Indiana basketball

Biggest accomplishment: Completing a 10K mud run

Guilty pleasure: Bloomin’ Onion from Outback. I hate myself after, but it’s so good!

When I’m not working, I am: Coaching AAU basketball — sixth-grade boys

A great night out includes: Country concerts or sporting events

What I look for in a significant other: The top three qualities are confident, funny and positive. Funny being the most important.

Dating deal breaker: Texting or emailing during conversations

Celebrity crush: Actress Mila Kunis

If I could have a super power: Fly — who doesn’t want to fly?

What I’m reading: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

DVR embarrassment: The Bachelor

Biggest influence: My dad

Looking forward to: A surfing trip to Costa Rica with my college buddies


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On the bucket list: Skydiving

Secret talent: I can make everybody laugh. And I can juggle.

Childhood celebrity crush: Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin

Playlist embarrassment: Michael Bublé

Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers

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