Sizzling Singles

Houston's Most Eligible Bachelors & Bachelorettes: 10 sizzling singles to heat up your summer


Houston, Most Eligible Bachelor Collage, May 2015
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Todd Jennings
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Houston, Most Eligible Bachelor, May 2015, Samira Toussi
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Houston, Most Eligible Bachelor, May 2015, Graham Laborde
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Kayla Dunda
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Troy White
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Raissa Evans
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Houston, Most Eligible Bachelor, May 2015, Dean Zubowski
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Jojo Martinez
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Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette, May 2015, Layton Curd
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Houston, Most Eligible Bachelor, May 2015, Rebecca.Hundersmarck
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From an oil and gas exec to a baseball player and top chef, we've got 10 hot singles on the Houston dating scene, sure to heat up your summer.

Click through for the latest edition of Houston's Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes.

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TODD JENNINGS

Age: 33
Height: 6'
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

The Sugar Land Skeeters baseball catcher turned pro after graduating from Long Beach State University in 2003. Handsome, strong and quick on his feet, Jennings, has women everywhere wanting to play on his team.

• Ideal mate: She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
• Three things you and your partner should have in common: Sobriety, religion and politics.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? Listening skills.
• What do you value most in friendship? Quality conversation.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? An orphanage in a poor/developing country.
• Celebrity crush: Jon Gruden (former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN) because of his assertiveness.
• Biggest pet peeve: Bad breath.
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? Riding an elephant.
• If you could ask someone just one question on a first date, what would it be? When you look deep in my eyes, what do you see?
• Now answer that same question: I see potential.

SAMIRA TOUSSI

Age: 25
Height: 5'3"
Zodiac sign: Cancer

California born with West Coast family ties, Toussi moved to Houston at the age of 5. The UCLA grad, a business savvy oil and gas exec for the Khudairi Group, can whisper sweet nothings in your ear in three languages: English, Farsi and Spanish. If that’s not enough to make you weak in the knees, get a load of those dimples. 

• Ideal mate: He’s kind, patient, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous. He has a great sense of humor, and the ability to laugh at himself and at life.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? I’d have the magical power to blink and make all my wishes come true, including instantly transporting to the beach in Bora Bora.
• If a crystal ball could tell you one thing about the future, what would you want to know? I'm OK with not knowing and trusting that life will work itself out.
• What do you value most in friendship? Listening skills. Friends who talk about only themselves are exhausting.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? A house in Madrid. It's one of my favorite cities.
• Celebrity crush: Jake Gyllenhaal. Do I even need to explain that one?
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? Traveling the world and learning a fourth language.

GRAHAM LABORDE

Age31
Height: 6'1"
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

Expect to see a lot more of the rising star chef, who has a culinary arts degree from Johnson and Wales. He’ll head up the kitchen at Bernadine’s restaurant when opens later this summer. Proving he’s good with his hands, the Lafayette, La., native is in the process of remodeling his Heights-area bungalow.

• Ideal mate: I'm looking for a woman who complements me. Someone who is independent, outgoing, witty and funny. 
• Would you like to be famous? I'm just fine with where I am. My family's really great at keeping me grounded.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? I'm comically bad at math. If I could wake up tomorrow and be a math wizard, that would be pretty great.
• Nicknames: My family calls me Grambo. First graders call me Graham Cracker.
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? Honestly, I'm living out my dream right now. My grandmother was such an influential figure in my life that I couldn’t imagine calling the restaurant (Bernadine’s) anything else. I can only pray that it honors her legacy.
• If you could ask someone just one question on a first date, what would it be? If you could have lunch with any three people, who would you pick?
• Now, answer that same question: Ernest Hemingway for the conversation, chef Paul Prudhomme for the food and Dr. John because he's cool and would probably appreciate it.

KAYLA DUNDA

Age: 31
Height: 5'7"
Zodiac sign: Pisces

Talk about a great catch. The outgoing sales manager for a wine and spirits importer is more than just a pretty face; she's also bright, well traveled and always up for new experiences. 

• Ideal mate: He’s thoughtful, caring, ambitious, supportive, family-oriented and has a great sense of humor. I want to be with someone that makes me proud to stand next to him.
• Would you like to be famous? I could handle being well known, but full blown famous is not something I aspire to be.
• Three things you and your partner should have in common: A sense of humor, a passion for food and travel and the desire to be active and take care of yourself.
• What do you value most in friendship? Unconditional love and support, a shared sense of humor, the ability to go with the flow, and the understanding that I’m not always going to be the best version of myself.
• Nicknames: Funda. It’s my last name with an “F” instead of a “D” for when I’m being extra awesome.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? I’d buy my grandmother her dream home.
• Biggest pet peeve: When someone doesn’t do what he or she says they’re going to do. 
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? I want to travel to a long list of places. My top three are New Zealand, Africa and Ireland. 

TROY WHITE


Age: 30
Height: 6’2"
Zodiac sign: Aries

Looking for a guy who is a go-getter and athletic? Look no further than White. The well-built entrepreneur, who attended Arkansas State University on a football scholarship, is part owner of Makler Risk Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency with offices in Houston and in Philadelphia. 

• Ideal mate: A woman who is business-minded, college educated and maintains a healthy lifestyle. Someone knows how to cook, and have a good time.
• Would you like to be famous? I’d rather be a successful businessman than famous.
• If a crystal ball could tell you one thing about the future, what would you want to know? That I did the best I could to lay the groundwork for my family for generations to come.
• What do you value most in friendship? Loyalty.
• Nicknames: T White, T Lewi Lewi and the Great White Buffalo.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? Investment real estate.
• Celebrity crush: TV personality Lisa Morales, formerly of Univision’s Caliente.
• Biggest pet peeve: People who think they know everything or are overly argumentative.
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? Volunteering at the Olympics, attending the X Games in Aspen, playing golf at Augusta National and opening a craft brewery in Houston.

RAISSA EVANS

Age: 38
Height: 5'7"
Zodiac sign: Libra

Friends describe Evans, who oversees the marketing efforts at accounting firm PKF Texas as unabashedly honest, passionate and positive. If you're not already impressed, the brunette beauty’s charm and easy demeanor will quickly win you over.

• Ideal mate: He’s thoughtful and makes me feel safe. He’s also witty, kind and has a bit of mischief in his eyes.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? To stay in shape without ever working out. Workouts are a necessary evil.
• What do you value most in friendship? Integrity (doing what you say you'll do). And total honesty. If my friends had only confessed to hating my boyfriend(s), I would have been saved.
• Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey because he's a Texan, his voice is charming and iconic, and his smile could cure cancer. I had an awesome night chatting him up at SxSW a few years ago. He's so nice!
• Biggest pet peeve: Inconsiderate people, including those who refuse to believe any perspective but their own. 
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? Flying in a hot air balloon.
• If you could ask someone just one question on a first date, what would it be? I would ask what inspires him.
• Now answer that same question: An intense curiosity, mostly about people and what motivates them. I'm an everyday anthropologist.

DEAN ZUBOWSKI

Age: 32
Height: 5’10”
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

The Houstonian not only has a successful career as an information technology consultant and investor, but also has a big heart. He's helped raised funds for several local non-profits, including Pink Door. Ladies, act now before word gets out that the easy-on-the-eyes hunk is on the market. 

• Ideal mate: She's fun-loving, doesn’t take herself too seriously and makes me smile. Brains, class and confidence are extremely attractive qualities.
• Three things you and your partner should have in common: Physical attraction, family-oriented and an active lifestyle.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? To speak five languages because of all the people I would meet and the experiences I would have.
• If a crystal ball could tell you one thing about the future, what would you want to know? I don’t want to know my future. It would make life too boring.
• What do you value most in friendship? Trust. It's great to know someone has your back.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? I would donate, donate, donate.
• Biggest pet peeve? Not much annoys me.
• If you could only ask one question on a first date, what would it be? I’d ask her about her family. 
• Now, answer that question yourself: I have the coolest family. We’re very close. I’m actually on a conference call with my two older, very beautiful sisters now. (They told me to write that.)

JOJO MARTINEZ

Age: 35
Height: 5'4"
Zodiac sign: Aries

You can find the bartending phenom out of San Antonio at newly open downtown hot spot Bovine & Barley. In addition to good looks, she has some serious talent. Her laundry list of accomplishments includes numerous wins against some stellar competition at top-notch bartending face-offs.

• Ideal mate: She’s supportive, motivated and great conversationalist.
• Three things you and your partner should have in common: Communication, humor and respect for each other.
• If a crystal ball could tell you one thing about the future, what would you want to know? Which vineyards, breweries and distilleries around the world I’ll get to visit in my career.
• What do you value most in friendship? Honesty for perspective, and trust and forgiveness so that we can sort out any arguments and move forward stronger.
• Nicknames: My nickname is Jojo. It's a tomboy version of my real name, Joanne.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? I’d buy a business in order to have a source of income and create a legacy for my family.
• Celebrity crush: Charlotte Voisey. She's a brilliant bartender, both graceful and passionate. Plus, that British accent...
• Biggest pet peeve: Laziness. Time should be used creatively and productively.

LAYTON CURD

Age: 47
Height: 6’2”
Zodiac sign: Leo

The founding partner of a local engineering and consulting company can wear a suit like nobody's business. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Houston and for fun, enjoys piloting his private plane and jet setting around the globe.

• Ideal mate: A woman who is well balanced, fun and loves to travel as much as she loves spending quiet time together. She’s independent, but still makes me feel needed. 
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? To be able to fly. As a pilot, I see the world from a vantage point few others get experience. It would be nice to see the view without a plane.
• What do you value most in friendship? Trust is the most important value. Without it, the relationship is built on shifting sands.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? I’d buy my sister a house and make sure she is taken care of. Then I would by myself another airplane, the WW2 British Spitfire.
• Biggest pet peeve: Narcissistic behavior. People who believe the world revolves around them, often at the cost of another person’s feelings.
• What’s at the top of your bucket list? I want to go to the edge of space to see the world beneath me and the curve of the earth, plus feel gravity loosen its grip. And to continue traveling with my father, building memories with him.
 

REBECCA HUNDERSMARCK

Age: 31
Height: 5'3”
Zodiac sign: Cusp of Leo and Virgo

Hundersmarck, who works for hotel management group Island Hospitality, returned to Houston in 2013 after living in Fort Lauderdale for several years. She’s looking to become more involved in the community, here, inspired by her volunteer work in Florida, which included participating in a coalition for homeless people.

• Ideal mate: He’d make me laugh, is close with his family and would have similar likes and beliefs. He’s confident but not arrogant, hard working and loyal. Must love dogs, especially a 90-pound American Bulldog.
• If you could wake up tomorrow and have any ability, what would it be? More patience with myself. I tend to be overly driven and hard on myself sometimes, especially when it comes to my career.
• What do you value most in friendship? Quality. I treat every person I meet as if we've been friends forever because that's how I was raised. 
• Nicknames: Becca. If my mom ever uses my full name, Rebecca, I'm probably in trouble.
• If you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy? I'd open up a bakery and name it for my grandmother, Marie. Growing up, some of my favorite cherished memories are of her teaching me to bake. 
• Celebrity crush: Chris Evans. He seems down-to-earth despite his growing fame. He’s close to his family and passionate about his charity, Christopher's Haven, which helps provide housing for families with children fighting pediatric cancer. 
• Biggest pet peeve: People who are not vested in their own lives, and are looking for happiness is someone/something else.

 

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