You want ’em, we got ’em: 20 people so sizzlin’, this issue might spontaneously combust. They’re megasmart, super-sexy, ridiculously talented—and, oh yeah, available! Behold, 5280’s most eligible catches.
The Energizer Bunny
Marisa Murgolo, 34
I’m a sucker for: Good manners.
Part of my charm: I’m embarrassingly inept with electronics.
Secret hobby: Making my own wine, and learning to play the violin.
Guilty pleasure: Coca-Cola.
Childhood crush: Michael J. Fox.
You’d never guess: I’ve run nine half-marathons, four marathons, and raised more than $20,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
When I’m not working: I’m volunteering with Colorado Youth at Risk, skiing, running, at girls’ night at the DPAC, at the Bluebird Theater, or enjoying a new restaurant.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who is smart, adventurous, kind, equally content at a baseball game or the theater. And capable—I like guys who can fix a tire, build a fire, and use a compass.
Manny Almagure, 40
Captain, Denver Fire Department
Secret hobby: Collecting KISS paraphernalia.
Nickname: The Dark Knight.
You’d never guess: I’ve never drunk alcohol. And I haven’t eaten cheese in about 15 years.
Dating deal-breaker: Controlling behavior.
iPod embarrassment: Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits. For a metalhead like me, that’s a no-no.
Find me here on the weekend: Coaching my 10-year-old daughter’s basketball game.
Great night out: Nice dinner followed by a show at the Fillmore.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone genuine and loyal who puts family first.
Jamie Kim, early 30s
I’m a sucker for: Football. My dog is named after the Broncos mascot, Miles. His middle name is Ralphie, after the CU Buffs mascot.
Part of my charm: I tell it like it is.
Rainy-day activity: Cooking and baking. Korean food makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
Nickname: Jameson. Or Tricia Takanawa (from Family Guy).
You’d never guess: I was the first person to report on-scene at the Balloon Boy landing. Also, I’m pretty mechanically inclined—I taught myself how to change a spark plug.
Biggest fear: Not living up to the expectations my parents have for me.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent and good-looking who doesn’t know it, and who makes me laugh and thinks outside of himself, his job, and his world. And he has to enjoy Korean food, or he’s out.
The Dude From The Bachelorette
Mark Huebner, 28
Owner, Denver Pizza Company and Motive Brand Marketing
Part of my charm: My ability to take life in stride and view it with a sense of humor.
Secret talent: I was the lead singer of a band called Two Lane Road. Our music is still on iTunes. We opened for the Fray at the Fox.
Guilty pleasure: Nilla Wafers.
You’d never guess: I’m a nerd.
Rainy-day activity: Xbox 360. Awful, but true.
iPod embarrassment: Alanis Morissette. It’s not my fault it’s on there.
Biggest fear: Failure in marriage.
Biggest accomplishment: Mentoring a kid for 10 years. He had cystic fibrosis, and passed away. What I look for in a significant other: The perfect match, perfect chemistry—someone who can put up with me.
The Balanced Soul
Sandja Brügmann, 35
Owner, Refresh Agency (PR/digital media)
I’m a sucker for: Spiritual conversations.
You’d never guess: I’m a Danish national archery champion and former Olympics hopeful.
On the bucket list: My grandfather was a watchmaker, and I’d love to launch a watch brand based on his original designs from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.
My hero: My 11-year-old daughter.
When I’m not working: I’m doing yoga, skiing Vail or Aspen, trail running, being creative and enjoying art, or exploring. I do need to get better at sleeping.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In the company of good friends at Table 6.
Dream vacation: A tree-house hotel in Vietnam.
If I had one wish: To make our planet healthy, and for humans to live in balance with the environment.
What I look for in a significant other: Emotional awareness and willingness to work through issues—everybody has their baggage.
Terrance Carroll, 42
Former speaker of the House, Colorado General Assembly
Can’t live without: My BlackBerry, sadly.
Secret hobby: Horseback riding.
Guilty pleasure: A good Scotch or whiskey.
On the bucket list: There’s this big cattle drive in Australia that’s pretty famous, which I’d love to do.
Dating deal-breaker: Neediness.
When I’m not working: Not working? When am I not working?
If I could have a superpower: Being able to eat as much barbecue as I want and not gain weight.
If I had one wish: That my mother could have been here to see me become speaker of the House.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Having dinner with Bill Clinton.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone smart, fun, open-minded, nonjudgmental—and cute, of course.
The World Traveler
Kael Robinson, 28
Owner, Live Worldly (imports goods/gives back to charity)
Can’t live without: Traveling.
I’m so over: Cold weather.
I’m a sucker for: Chocolate.
Celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio.
In my DVR lineup: The Office, 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, and Mad Men.
Dating deal-breakers: If he doesn’t play sports or doesn’t like traveling.
Biggest fear: Not being successful.
Find me here on a Saturday night: The Wine Loft or LoHi SteakBar.
What I’m reading: The newest Chelsea Handler book.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Outward Bound in Australia when I was 16. That was pivotal for me.
What I look for in a significant other: A best friend.
The Wise Guy
Steve Weed, early 40s
On-air personality, Alice 105.9’s Slacker and Steve show
Can’t live without: My circulatory and respiratory systems. And cake.
I’m a sucker for: Women with home perms.
Secret talent: Apparently I am the only person in Colorado who possesses the ability to drive fast in the fast lane on I-25! It’s called the “passing” lane for a reason.
Great night out: Any time an insurance deductible is involved.
My hero: My neighbor. He has a smoking-hot wife.
When I’m not working: I’m spying on my neighbor’s smoking-hot wife.
What I look for in a significant other: Gymnast-like stamina and flexibility, and a willingness to share a bathroom with my mother.
The Creative Spirit
Karen Roehl, 55
I’m a sucker for: A good story.
I’m so over: This recession.
Secret hobby: I’m a treasure hunter at estate sales and thrift stores.
Biggest accomplishment: When I decided I wanted to be a fine artist, I went back to school and got my BFA. I just graduated three years ago, and now I have a beautiful studio.
Biggest fear: That I’ll die a bag lady. When you’re an artist, that’s always lurking around the corner.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Snorkeling through the Yucatán reefs with enormous schools of brightly colored fish.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria, Beatrice & Woodsley, Deluxe, or my studio.
What I look for in a significant other: An intelligent conversationalist with a sense of humor.
The Fitness Fiend
Nathaniel Bruno, 29
Franchise partner, College Hunks Hauling Junk
I’m so over: Flakiness.
I’m a sucker for: Redheads and brunettes with curly hair.
Part of my charm: I’m never serious.
Secret talent: I’m a classically trained pianist.
Childhood crush: Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years.
On the bucket list: Building my own sustainable house—as in, off the grid.
You’d never guess: I compete in Olympic lifting— I’m a skinny kid who’s surprisingly strong.
Biggest fear: Having regrets on my deathbed—looking back and saying, “I wish I had…”
Biggest influence: My dad. At 66, he’s still got a passion for learning.
Great night out: Bringing a flask into the Denver Botanic Gardens and sneaking into a guided tour.
What I look for in a significant other: A good-hearted, passionate woman.
Keara Daly, 31
Founder, Keara Jean handbags
Can’t live without: My dogs, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
I’m so over: Text messaging instead of a phone call to make plans with someone.
Guilty pleasure: Burger King. Whoppers in particular.
You’d never guess: I’m a Jersey girl who loves country music.
Dating deal-breaker: Excessive swearing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Cherry Creek Grill or Second Home Kitchen & Bar.
Biggest accomplishment: Getting into the Screen Actors Guild.
What I look for in a significant other: A sincere, witty gentleman with a great smile; someone I can trust and have fun with.
Leo Harvey, 28
Executive chef, Big Game Restaurant and Lounge
I’m a sucker for: Pretty eyes.
Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
Nickname: Choco Bear.
Dating deal-breaker: When she spends the whole time on the phone.
Rainy-day activity: Order in Chinese and watch movies.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Big Game, then Illegal Pete’s.
What I’m reading: Vesta Dipping Grill Cookbook.
Dream vacation: Eating my way around the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Sense of humor, open-mindedness, and passion.
Hassina Omar, 43
Account executive, 850 KOA; nonprofit leader
I’m so over: People taking their freedom for granted.
Part of my charm: I’m a total people person; I make friends very easily.
Guilty pleasure: I’m kind of a power-shopper. Once a year I go overseas and buy lots of clothes.
Find me here on the weekend: Friday night—Sushi Den, the Capital Grille, or Sushi Hai. Saturday I spend with my family.
Biggest accomplishment: Continuing my parents’ charity work with Handicapped Children of Afghanistan. I go back every year to help the kids in honor of my parents.
If I had one wish: Peace in Afghanistan.
What I look for in a significant other: Independence, good values and morals, a little worldliness—a sense of different cultures.
The School Boy
Dan Condon, 39
Associate director of professional development, Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center
I’m so over: Whatever the latest social media thing is.
I’m a sucker for: Labrador puppies.
Part of my charm: My honesty.
Secret talent: I can root out the best happy hours. And juggle.
On the bucket list: To attend the World Cup in the U.S.A.
Nickname: Daniel-san, à la Karate Kid.
Biggest fear: I have a clown phobia. They creep me out.
iPod embarrassment: The Lion King soundtrack. There’s some stigma there.
Dream vacation: Yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico.
If I could have one wish: All of our students in the country should be given a more equitable education.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone supportive, kind, and funny who challenges me and is driven by something other than money.
Anne Medina, 29
aka “Fannie Spankings,” burlesque performer/producer/emcee
Can’t live without: My sparkly red lip glitter. And my MP3 player. It’s so archaic, I know.
I’m so over: Low-riding jeans that show off plumber’s crack.
Part of my charm: My ability to fit into any social situation. I can be wild at the bar or hang with Grandma and Grandpa and knit a sweater.
Secret talent: I’m learning to play the banjo.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Performing at Red Rocks at sunset with Zebra Junction and comedian Josh Blue.
You’d never guess: My favorite musician is Bob Dylan. I’m a hippie at heart.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Doing my burlesque and comedy show, “Fannie Spankings’ Off The Clock,” at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret.
Biggest fear: People having preconceived notions about me without ever getting to know me. And spiders.
If I could have a superpower: Being in five places at once.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who knows a lot of things but isn’t a know-it-all; who can laugh at himself and is curious about travel and art; and who likes cats.
The Prince of PR
Jim Guttau, 33
Owner, Guttau Public Relations
Can’t live without: Risotto. If I could do PR for risotto, I would.
I’m so over: Crocs.
Secret talent: I’m really good with sidewalk chalk.
Guilty pleasure: Hot tubs in the mountains.
On the bucket list: Caravan across the desert with a bedouin tribe; dog sledding; sitting front row at New York Fashion Week.
Rainy-day activity: Watching foreign films with subtitles.
Celebrity crushes: Dean Cain, Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami).
Dating deal-breaker: Just one? Seriously? I should write a book.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Charity event.
When I’m not working: I’m at a theme party. I have Rubbermaid containers full of costumes. I look really good in knickers with long socks—the “newsie” look. I’m going to bring knickers back for men.
Dream vacation: Thatched hut in Bora Bora.
What I look for in a significant other: A humorous, self-confident, thoughtful guy who’s motivated professionally and has aspirations. He knows who he is and where he’s going.
The Dessert Goddess
Hidemi Ena, 30
Owner, Kuulture (fro-yo & more)
I’m a sucker for: Osteria Marco. I go there like four times a week.
Secret talent: I can do the worm like nobody’s business.
Celebrity crush: Edward Norton. I don’t know why.
You’d never guess: I’m a homebody. I could stay in every night and be fine.
iPod embarrassment: Kenny G. I tell everyone that my mom put it on there.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: When I was 16, I placed nationally in gymnastics and went to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the top gymnasts in the world.
What I look for in a significant other: Chemistry is huge; someone who is level-headed, balanced, funny, confident, and successful.
The Beer Man
Colin Ferguson, 26
Beer jockey (bartender/brewer/representative), Great Divide Brewing Co.
I’m a sucker for: Big blue eyes.
Secret talent: I do an unwavering impression of Chewbacca.
Rainy-day activity: Eating tomato soup and grilled cheese.
Celebrity crush: Alicia Silverstone in The Crush.
You’d never guess: I’m training as a long-distance runner. I’m doing a 55-miler.
Biggest accomplishment: Going to France, enrolling in French-only academic courses, and passing—without knowing a lick of French.
Dream vacation: Sailing across the Pacific.
If I could have a superpower: Photographic memory. I’m kind of a functionalist.
If I had one wish: To play the guitar like John Lee Hooker.
What I look for in a significant other: Sound mind, sound body.
The Girl Next Door
Linda Knoll, 26
Key account manager, Kraft Foodservice
Can’t live without: Sunscreen.
I’m a sucker for: Men who can sing.
I’m so over: Parking tickets.
Guilty pleasure: Glee.
Childhood crush: New Kids on the Block.
Nickname: Linda Lightning.
Biggest accomplishment: The fact that I haven’t set fire to my new house since I’ve started to remodel it.
When I’m not working: I’m skiing, hanging with my friends, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, working on my house.
Dream vacation: All-expenses-paid month in Europe, to see where my family came from—Germany, Ireland, and Wales.
If I could have a superpower: The ability to freeze and unfreeze time.
What I look for in a significant other: Confidence and spontaneity.
The Man About Town
Steve Sander, 57
City of Denver’s director of strategic marketing
Can’t live without: Working out and Starbucks.
Celebrity crush: Tiffani Thiessen on the original Beverly Hills, 90210. I still watch reruns.
On the bucket list: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; going to the Ryder Cup.
Biggest fear: Getting old and acting like it.
Biggest accomplishment: Helping launch Denver B-cycle, the first citywide bike-sharing program in the country.
What I’m reading: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer. It really brings to light what sacrifice is all about.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who shares my passion for making the world a better place and for having a good time.