October 24, 2014
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The Magnificent 7

Meet some of the coolest bachelors in Southwest Florida.

Dante di Sabato.

Dante di Sabato.

Photography by Roland Scarpa, Styling by Pamela Jean

 

Dante di Sabato

Age: 27

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Profession: Real estate broker in Florida and Ohio

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Last book you read? Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

The perfect woman is: Someone I can enjoy life with, who I can trust, is confident, communicates well and exudes class.

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I am not scared of heights or afraid to fly, but I have never been on a rollercoaster and never will.

Celebrity crush? Olivia Wilde or Amber Heard

 

Most harrowing experience? Having my heart broken. … But it was good for me now that I look back on it.

Three words to describe yourself: Fun, loyal, hardworking

What do you do in your free time? I enjoy traveling, working out, golfing, going to the movies, and hanging with my friends and family.

What makes a relationship successful? I am still trying to figure it out, but I would say trust and respect. … It should just be easy.

Perfect first date? I don’t think it matters where you are or what you’re doing as long as it’s filled with open conversation and lots of laughs.

Hottest thing a woman can wear? Anything Lululemon

Your personal motto? Don’t tell me, show me!

Set schedule or free spirit? Set schedule. In real estate, time kills all deals.

Are you a morning person? Yes, I am up early every day.

Does age matter? Yes

What can’t you live without? My phone

Guilty pleasure? The warm sugar doughnuts from Café Lurcat off Fifth Avenue South

Dating rule you wish women abided by? Proper manners when they are out with me and/or my family and friends

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully still living in Naples starting a family and growing my businesses.

 

 

Michael Stull

Age: 29

Hometown: Clyde, Ohio

Profession: Wellness consultant and speaker

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Last book you read? The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

The perfect woman is: a Christian, loyal and genuine

Celebrity crush? Meghan Markle

What do you notice first about a woman? I take in the whole package, but focus in on the smile and eyes.

Desire to settle down (out of 10)? 10

Three words to describe yourself: Christian, driven, loyal

What do you do in your free time? Work out, read, paddleboard, spend time at the beach, anything physical

Speak any other languages? No. Three years of Spanish and I forgot it all!

Most played song on your iTunes? Free by Zac Brown Band

Your personal motto? Romans 8:28 is the foundation I live on. It takes all worry away from life.

Any tattoos or piercings? My back is covered with a mural that is religious and faith based.

Call or text? Call. There can be too much reading between the lines on texting.

How will a woman know you’re interested? She will know because I will tell her. I’m not a game person at all.

Guilty pleasure? I like to reward myself on occasion with a big burger, fries and a beer.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Being an active leader in my profession and raising a wonderful family as a dad and husband.

Dating deal-breaker(s)? Smoking, not being genuine, being superficial

Do you check out a woman on Facebook, etc. before your first date? I’d rather learn everything about her when meeting her first.

Your biggest vice? Coffee. I never drank coffee until moving to Florida. Now, I’m addicted.

 

 

 

Carlos Zapata

Age: 35

Hometown: Bonita Springs

Profession: News anchor/news director, Univision SWFL; group fitness instructor, NCH Wellness Center

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The perfect partner is: Hardworking, thoughtful, family-oriented, fun, social and adventurous

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? Like a good Colombian, I’m the soul of a good party.

Favorite vacation spot? For adventure: Ecuador in South America. For fun: Germany. I love their lifestyle—especially Berlin mode.

Any pets? Yes, a beautiful 14-yearold mix dog named Spot. He is Colombian as well.

Favorite hangout? The NCH Wellness Center gym. I’m there every day.

What do you notice first about a potential date? Hands, nails, smile, teeth and shoes

Desire to settle down (out of 10)? 8, almost a 9

Best thing you’ve learned from someone? To listen, not to judge and to be thankful for every experience in life

What makes a relationship successful? Communication, tolerance and respect

Perfect first date? Great food, soft music, red wine and good conversation

Most played song on your iTunes? Rise up by Yves LaRock

Your personal motto? Always do your best and never expect anything in return.

Set schedule or free spirit? Set schedule most of the time, but I love spontaneous plans

Does age matter? Not at all. Experience really matters.

Any tattoos or piercings? None. My mom would kill me.

Guilty pleasure? Big Brother

Boxers or briefs? That’s something to be discovered.

Do you check someone out on Facebook, etc. before your first date? Yes. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are the new background check.

Your biggest vice? Lemon pound cake or any type of cake, arepas and empanadas

 

 

Chris De Luca

Age: 41

Hometown: North Adams, Mass.

Profession: Chef; author of the bestselling book The Bachelor’s Guide to First Date Cooking; owner of Clean and Healthy Cooking!, which provides clean and healthy meal plans for people who are too busy to cook

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Last book you read? The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a cross between Usher and Timberlake on the dance floor. My childhood friends will attest to that.

Favorite vacation spot? Back home to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts to see my fam.

Celebrity crush? Erin Andrews

Any pets? Yes! Charlie, 15-yearold chocolate lab to whom my book is dedicated to—the ultimate wingman

What do you notice first about a woman? Presence. And, of course, a certain level of aesthetics.

Three words to describe yourself: Intense, motivated, real

What makes a relationship successful? Patience, communication, empathy and, of course, chemistry. Chemistry is very important.

One thing you absolutely must accomplish in your lifetime? I want to be the Papa John’s of paleo-based clean and healthy meal-plan delivery.

Hottest thing a woman can wear? I’m a sucker for the little black dress, and a woman’s ability to pull off the jeans, flips, tee, baseball cap as well.

Most played song on your iTunes? Rocky theme. That’s easy.

Your personal motto? Do what you can with what you have. Don’t worry about what you don’t have or can’t do. Miraculous things happen from humble beginnings. That’s what makes them miraculous.

How will a woman know you’re interested? Ha. I wrote a book teaching guys how to get out of their own way and say “hello” versus standing there, doing nothing, and trying to act cool. She will know. I’m not afraid to say hello.

 

 

Mitch Belding

Age: 54

Hometown: Hamler, Ohio

Profession: Assurity agent/bail bondsman

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Last book you read? Let It Go by T. D. Jakes

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? That I’m a bail bondsman. And that I have a huge heart and am a true giver.

Favorite vacation spot? Napa Valley

Any pets? A cat named Rocky

Favorite hangout? Spirit of Bacchus in Fort Myers

Desire to settle down (out of 10)? 7

Best thing you’ve learned from someone? How to be humble and appreciate how valuable life is

Three words to describe yourself: Honest, genuine, fun

Cat person or dog person? Dog, even though I have a cat

What makes a relationship successful? Honesty is point one. If you don’t have that, you might as well give up. Also, spontaneity, holding hands, just being there…

Speak any other languages? A little Portuguese

Perfect first date? A quiet setting with a glass of wine and some good music

Does age matter? I prefer 30 and above.

What can’t you live without? Working out

Guilty pleasure? Sweets, specifically chocolate and apple pies.

Any life-threatening hobbies? Rock climbing, sky diving, snow skiing

Dating deal-breaker(s)? Smoking, being annoying

Do you check out a woman on Facebook, etc. before your first date? Yes. But I’m a pretty good judge of character, so I leave it up to my own instincts.

 

 

Gordon Henke

Age: 27

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisc.

Profession: Real estate investor

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Last book you read? Game of Thrones

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I can juggle like a clown.

Celebrity crush? Blake Lively

Any pets? A rescue pup, Tanner. No one adopted him for almost six months, and he wasn’t eating and was extremely underweight. … I’ve had him for coming up on two years in December. He is up 15 pounds and is the healthiest, happiest pup around.

Favorite hangout? South Street

Desire to settle down (out of 10)? 9

Best thing you’ve learned from someone? My mom always taught me that boats are cheaper than mistresses.

Three words to describe yourself: Congenial, generous, genuine

What do you do in your free time? Boating, golf, beach, pretty much anything fun to do with friends

What makes a relationship successful? Balance and being considerate

Perfect first date? Kayaking through the mangroves followed by a walk on the beach

Hottest thing a woman can wear? White pants

Most played song on your iTunes? Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray, Cedric Gervais

Turnoffs? Insecurity, cattiness, negativity

Dating rule you wish women abided by? Letting guys pay for dinner

Do you check out a woman on Facebook, etc. before your first date? Of course!

Your biggest vice? I’m too concerned with making everyone happy.

 

 

Mark Durland

Age: 38

Hometown: Tunkhannock, Pa.

Profession: Golf professional

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Last book you read? Nongolf—A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

The perfect woman is: Confident

Favorite vacation spot? Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas

Celebrity crush? Jennifer Love Hewitt

Favorite hangout? Grace and Shelly’s in Mercato

Desire to settle down (out of 10)? 7

Best thing you’ve learned from someone? I have a part in everything that happens in my life (good and bad).

Three words to describe yourself: Driven, loyal, witty

One thing you absolutely must accomplish in your lifetime? Play Augusta National Golf Club

Perfect first date? Art museum

Hottest thing a woman can wear? Bikini

Your personal motto? I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Turnoffs? Smoking, not laughing at my jokes, lack of confidence, negativity, lack of independence, fake tanning, too much perfume

Call or text? Total texter

How will a woman know you’re interested? I become playful and flirtatious.

Guilty pleasure? Ice cream

Any life-threatening hobbies? I ride a bicycle for exercise and have heard horror stories.

Dating rule you wish women abided by? Be on time.

Where do you see yourself in five years? One of the top golf instructors in the world

Do you check out a woman on Facebook, etc. before your first date? Of course.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a woman? Took her on a scavenger hunt visiting all the special places from the beginning years of our relationship

 

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