Meet the Bachelors!


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Marc Archer

  • Graphic Designer

  • Age: 41 

  • Height: 5’8

Marc is an East Tennessee native who loves the scenery in his hometown of Maryville. A loyal and honest man, Marc took a risk and started his own Graphic Design Business. He is well rounded and says he wouldn’t be able to live without his family, faith, and of course beer. Mark has his own blog (, and used to be in a Rock & Roll band called the Golliwogs. He’ll keep you laughing all night or over a good cup of coffee.

Mike Baker

  • Insurance Broker  

  • Age: 56

  • Height: 6’3

Mike has a huge heart and is very generous with this time.  He enjoys volunteering at and raising money for KICKO, Knoxville Inner City Kid Outreach.  His ideal first date would be to take a nice boat ride to a waterfront restaurant and listen to live music while having dinner.  Mike’s favorite quote is, “Integrity, doing the right thing when no one is watching” and he is a sucker for some good 80’s Classic Rock music. He is a little shy but as long as you love dogs and Mayfield’s Vanilla Ice Cream you two will be a great match.

Wayne Blasius

  • Real Estate Development, Mgt Brokerage  

  • Age: 59 

  • Height: 6’3

Wayne traded in the sky scrapers of Chicago for the lakes, trails, and mountains of East Tennessee.  If you ever shop at Mast General Store you can thank him for developing the building it is in.  He is a family man who has raised four great kids that he is extremely proud of.  Wayne’s involvement in the community runs deep and includes volunteer work with Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, Knox Heritage, Central Business Improvement District (CBID), and KnoxLife Church.  When he isn’t helping make our community better you may find him out on a boat or creating a new DIY project.

Spanky Brown

  • Stand-up Comedian

  • Age: 51

  • Height: 5’11

If the way to your heart is through laughter, then Spanky is the man for you. A comedy veteran, he’s been in the business for 17 years. With a heart for service, he’s also lead ambassador for the Scarecrow Foundation. His friends describe him as fun, honest, free hearted and a good listener. A good story always makes him smile.  Three things that you couldn’t live without are Chinese food, his phone, and comfortable clothes.  Of all the superpowers, Spanky wishes he could have X-Ray vision.  He is a family man before a comedian and loves his four amazing kids and five beautiful grandkids. 

Chris Caldwell

  • Senior Finance Director, Knox County Government    

  • Age: 35

  • Height: 5’11

Chris may be shy at first, but once he gets comfortable you will learn that he is actually out-going, friendly, and extremely generous.  He loves to run and has even participated in a Marine Mud Run.  His most desired superpower is to be able to fly and with that power he would go to Florence, Italy for great food and romance.  His ideal first date is traditional and classic which would include dinner and a movie followed by a nice walk.

Mike Craigen

  • Head Coach, Knoxville Ice Bears    

  • Age: 31 

  • Height: 5’5

His friends describe him as personable, engaging and good company. Mike is the perfect combination of athleticism and charm. But don’t let this tough guy fool you, Mike’s got a soft spot. He’s a big supporter of dog adoptions and couldn’t live without his pooches Wyatt and Buttman. Not only is he the Ice Bears Hockey couch but he’s also an ordained minister and a saxophone player. And ladies, he’s got good taste too. His favorite article of clothing is his Lululemon boxers. 

Aaron Dahman

  • Software Engineer  

  • Age: 34

  • Height: 6’4

Aaron is not a man of many words; he prefers to keep things short and sweet.  The Indiana native loves good food, some work to keep him busy, and don’t forget those afternoon naps.  He enjoys listening to Modest Mouse and is guaranteed to like any movie with Mel Brooks in it.  When asked what superpower he would most desire, Aaron says he would like to have telekinesis so he could perhaps levitate, move objects without being in the room, or teleport. 

Rick Fowler

  • Buyer, Cherokee Distributing

  • Age: 60

  • Height: 6’

Rick is a hopeless romantic that won’t disappoint. The Texas native is a former military man and served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. His military career took him to Germany, where he lived for 3 years. He even held an expanded, high level of security clearance once. When Rick isn't enjoying a cold beer with friends at Toddy's Backdoor Tavern, you may find him jogging, weight training, or playing slow pitch softball. Rick has a job most guys (and girls too) would dream of, he buys beer for Cherokee Distributing!  He is upbeat, friendly and a date that you won’t want to miss. 

Curtis Glover

  • Art Gallery Framer/Installer

  • Age: 31

  • Height: 6’5

Curtis is a fun-loving artist who’s sure to make you smile. You may have seen his work around town as he has worked on the WDVX mural and Boyd’s Jig & Reel stage mural. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, running, art and new experiences. You won’t be able to stop staring into those dazzling eyes of his either. An adaptable guy, he’s up for any type of date. A good joke and a nice smile will win this cutie over. 

Jon Higgins

  • Hockey Player, Knoxville Ice Bears

  • Age: 28

  • Height: 6’1

Jon is an easy-going hockey player who’s easy on the eyes. He loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing and the Smoky Mountains. A talented athlete, he made it to the Frozen Four NCAA in college. Jon would love to meet James Dean in hopes of learning a few of his dating tricks. His ideal date would be skeet shooting at a gun range followed by a ride on his chopper (a guy can dream, right?). You’ll have a date that you won’t forget with this handsome young man. And ladies, be sure to check-out those eyes!

J.C. Haun

  • Small business owner and lead guitarist of JC and the Dirty Smokers

  • Age: 40

  • Height: 5’9

J.C. is a self-motivated go getter.  Not only does he own his small business but he also has his own honky tonk band, JC and the Smokers.  He is an avid Tarheels fan and goes to the game whenever he can.  J.C. is a big Star Wars fan and loves a good boxing match.  He is an animal lover who loves spending time with his dog, Sammy.  If you’ve ever dreamt of being in a song, here’s your chance.

Jeremy Klaver

  • Hockey Player, Knoxville Ice Bears    

  • Age: 25

  • Height, 6’1

Jeremy is a laid back hockey player from Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. His favorite things about living in East TN are the easy going people and the easy, peace of life. A talented athlete, he’s got the body to prove it. Always up for a good time, he enjoys tubing behind his friend’s boat. His teammates tease him and call him Screech, but he has a great sense of humor and can roll with the punches.  You’ll most likely find Jeremy on the ice, but if not he may be in the Old City with friends. 

Cameron Lee

  • Polymer Chemist/PhD. Candidate at UTK    

  • Age: 25

  • Height: 6’

Cameron is one of the most well rounded guys you will meet.  He is a volunteer track coach with the UT track team while being a Polymer Chemist and PhD. Candidate at UTK.  Cameron is not some boring scientist though; he will keep you fascinated with his wide variety of hobbies and interests.  One very unique thing about him that many people don’t know is that he can play the ukulele.  He is a strong believer of the mantra, “work hard, play harder” and is looking for a fun date that will hopefully lead to a second one.

Trey McLane

  • Police Officer        

  • Age: 25

  • Height: 6’4

Who can resist a man in uniform? Trey is a police officer that loves motorcycles and baseball. He once rode his motorcycle across the country in two weeks, passing through 15 states and driving 5,000 miles.  Outside of work, he is full of sarcasm and jokes and always keeps the mood light.  He enjoys volunteering at the Love Kitchen and serving those less fortunate.  Protecting and Serving can get exhausting so Trey enjoys a quiet night at home every now and then. 

Mark Miller

  • Restaurant/Bar Operator      

  • Age: 41

  • Height: 6’

He has countless accomplishments including receiving a baseball scholarship and winning a “Hard Body” contest on spring break one year in front of 5,000 people.  Mark is a self-proclaimed old school romantic who is looking to get to know his date.  He is an honest, smart, and passionate guy with a huge heart.  Helping people is important to him and he frequently helps the Scarecrow Foundation feed people in need.  Just the thought of knowing he made someone else happy is enough to put a smile on his face.

Armand Mendez

  • Quality Director, Utility Grade Solar and Wind Generation Projects

  • Age: 39

  • Height: 6’2

If you’re an adventure seeker looking for the companion, Armand is your man. Armand has volunteered with the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue squad for over 15 years. He’s also a rescue scuba diver and vertical rescue technician, specializing in high angle rope and cave rescue. He’s also a volunteer with the National Ski Patrol. His friends describe him as the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. He has a strong love for God and the great outdoors.  He can roll his own sushi and enjoys carpentry, mountain biking, rappelling, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. 

Tyler Morgan

  • Lawyer    

  • Age: 28

  • Height: 5’11

Tyler loves cowboy boots and Saturdays in the fall. People notice him by his handshake. He owns his own boat, and he’s not even 30. A volunteer through and through, he’s worked with Habitat for Humanity and a camp for children with special needs. He loves poetry, scotch and sophomoric humor. One thing you may not know about him is that he was a picture frame model when he was a baby.  Tyler is a young lawyer that’s looking for that challenge. Could it be you?

Dennis Owen

  • Investment Advisor  

  • Age: 61

  • Height: 6’3

Dennis may look all business, but don’t let his appearance fool you.  While he is a successful business man he is an adventurer who has been paragliding in Sun Valley as well as bungee jumped in New Zealand.  You can’t help but smile when you are talking to Dennis because his fun loving personality and smile are infectious.  The three things he can’t part with are his non-fat lattes, his aging Golden Retriever, and his faith.  Don’t let him get away, he’s a keeper.

Michael Torano

  • Marketing/PR Director for Knoxville Opera

  • Age: 44

  • Height: 5’10

Michael is a confident guy who’s comfortable in any situation. He’ll have you at ease and laughing from the start of your date to the end. He has a soft spot for fried chicken and has always wanted to visit Greece. Be sure to ask Michael about his degree in barbecology. Michael also volunteers for numerous causes around Knoxville including the Knox area rescue ministries and Dogwood Arts. Michael has a big heart that will keep you smiling and relaxed. And yes ladies, he is a bit of a flirt. 

Bowman Townsend

  • Drummer for The Black Lillies

  • Age: 23

  • Height: 5’11

Bowman is a local rock star who plays over 200 concerts a year nationwide with his ever growing and popular band The Black Lillies.  Bowman can’t live without his coffee, music, or books, but he would be happy if he never saw another banana again.  He was born in Knoxville, but lived in Austin, Texas for 8 years. Bowman is back in Knoxville when he isn’t travelling with the band and loves the proximity to the mountains.  His hero as a child was Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, and if he could travel to one place he would go to Queensland, Australia to visit Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Paul Sexton

  • Attorney

  • Age: 40

  • Height: 6’5

A head above the rest, the first thing you’ll notice about Paul is his height. The second thing you’ll notice about him is his signature denim. An attorney from Kentucky, Paul loves the beautiful mountains and people of East Tennessee. A random act of kindness always makes him smile. With wit and intelligence, Paul is a rare find. Some of his favorite hobbies include working out, target shooting and trying out new eateries. Could you be the one lucky one he shares these with? 

Saul Young

  • Photographer, Knoxville News-Sentinel              

  • Age: 36

  • Height: 5’9

Saul is just the right amount of crazy, humor and talent. He’s lucky enough to be living his dream, working as a photographer. Even though photography is his occupation, you may mistake him for a comedian because he is a very funny guy and is sure to have you laughing in no time. He’s a vegetarian who hates being a vegetarian. And what girl can resist an animal lover? Saul has two basset hounds that he rescued from the animal shelter. If he could travel anywhere, he would go to  New Zealand, maybe become a shepherd. A genuine guy, Saul loves meeting new people.