MEET THE BACHELORS!

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Who will win MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR?

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Cody Muth

  • Real Estate Agent, Next Home Summit Realty

  • Age: 26 

  • Height: 5’10"

If you’re looking for someone whose ideal evening is eating Mexican food and watching “Game of Thrones,” Cody is the bachelor for you. Cody is laid back and describes himself as easy to get along with. You can count on this bachelor to keep the mood light with his quirky humor and warm personality. Cody is always up for an adventure and counts himself especially talented at getting lost. Additional hobbies include sipping piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.


Dan Hale  

  • Business Owner, Paxis Technologies  

  • Age: 55

  • Height: 6’5"

Measuring in at 6’5, Dan is nothing short of a great time. He loves to travel, especially to warmer places, where he gets to wear his favorite article of clothing, a pair of shorts. He enjoys history and museums, which may be why he has multitude of worthless facts in his head. He is a proud father to his daughter and says he always aims to look at the positives in life. An avid boater, Dan loves being out on the water, so don’t be surprised if you end up enjoying a homemade picnic dinner as you float down the Tennessee River.


Daniel Hood

  • Owner, Daniel Hood Roofing System & home repair 

  • Age: 27 

  • Height: 6’5"

From yoga to politics, Daniel has many interests that make him a well-rounded man. You are sure to find his love for people and passion for making a difference quite charming. This bachelor enjoys music, and especially pop songs from the 90’s. Daniel says he is the type of friend who would never let you dance alone, but adds that if Justin Timberlake is playing, everyone should be on the dance floor. He strives to exemplify the best qualities he can achieve and claims he has never met a person who doesn’t inspire him.


Dave Ringley

  • Facilities Manager, Tennessee Theater

  • Age: 52

  • Height: 5’9"

Dave stays actively involved in the community through the Boy Scouts of America as scoutmaster for a troop in Powell. Dave says his biggest accomplishment is being an Eagle Scout himself, an achievement he hopes to share with his oldest grandson, who is also a Boy Scout.  Although not a big talker, Dave says he is an excellent listener. His mind is his most prized possession because of all of the wonderful memories that it holds. Hopefully your date with him will be one of those! 


David Ball

  • Multimedia Journalist, WVLT  

  • Age: 24

  • Height: 5’9"

A date with this bachelor is sure to be full of good conversation, as David says he can talk for hours about life, faith, politics, and even football. David lived in Guatemala for several months and would love the opportunity to travel there again. This multi-talented bachelor plays the trumpet, can line dance, has managed a hip-hop artist, and has had two Emmy nominations as a journalist. David’s dream job is to be a talk show host, and his Emmy nominations have him on the right track!


Fred Love

  • Store Manager, Edible Arrangements 

  • Age: 30

  • Height: 5’6"

An avid lover of sports, Fred could talk baseball for hours. Other things he enjoys are listening to music, quoting movies, and attending Smokies’ baseball games. Fred loves baseball and would like to trade lives with a pro baseball player for a day, since he still dreams of suiting up and playing himself. No surprise that Fred’s favorite article of clothing is his customized jerseys. A fun fact about Fred is that he has his black belt in taekwondo, so you can sit back and relax on your date – you’re in good hands!


Gentry McCreary

  • CEO, Dyad Strategies

  • Age: 38

  • Height: 6’2"

Gentry is a CEO with a Ph.D. This may sound intimidating to some, but Gentry would describe himself as “a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll,” so it is safe to say he is a well-rounded man. He has many diverse interests ranging from music, art and literature to college football, bird hunting, and backpacking. At 6’2 with piercing blue eyes, Gentry is hard to ignore. He is an alumni advisor for his fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, and says this has been a great way for him to give back to an organization that gave him so much.  


Jason Dillon

  • Owner, Home Inspection Headquarters

  • Age: 34

  • Height: 5’9"

This bachelor exemplifies a healthy mix of business and pleasure. A man with ten tattoos who lived in Germany for three years, Jason is sure to have a story or two to share. He is very passionate about building his business, and he is inspired by others who take a chance on their dreams. The most important things in Jason’s life are his children, who are his main reason to smile. If you get the privilege to go on a date with him, Jason may cook for you. If you’re very persuasive, you may even get him to juggle.


Joe Consumo

  • Real Estate Agent, Coldwell banker Wallace & Wallace 

  • Age: 45

  • Height: 5’5"

Good friends, good food, and good fun is what Joe’s looking for. He enjoys cooking, hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, rock climbing, and photography, just to name a few of his hobbies. His friends would describe him as fun, social, and the friendliest guy they know. He is from the Philippines and takes advantage of every opportunity to travel back home, as well as other places around world. Joe is a foodie and says if he could trade lives with anyone for a day, it would be Peyton Manning, so he could eat all the free pizza he wants.


Josh Purvis

  • Mortgage Loan Officer, Foundation Mortgage  

  • Age: 23

  • Height: 5'11"

Josh is a man fueled by coffee, which must be his secret, since one of his major achievements is hiking 36 miles in one day on the Appalachian Trail. Josh’s friends describe him as driven and dedicated. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail at the age of 19 in less than 5 months – quite an accomplishment! Josh is clearly a nature lover and enjoys anything and everything outdoors from hiking to kayaking to mountain biking. It’s no surprise his greatest talent is being able to survive alone in the woods.


Kenneth Herring

  • Sales Development Representative, Cirrus Insight Management    

  • Age: 36

  • Height: 6’0"

Not only has Kenneth met Vanilla Ice two times, he has even performed on stage with him! You’re sure to enjoy your evening with this intelligent and witty man, who will have more than a few tales to tell. Your date with Kenneth will most likely include bacon, craft beer, and possibly even a little bit of basketball – the three things Kenneth says he cannot live without. Forewarning, be sure to wear reasonable shoes on your night out, because Kenneth’s guilty pleasure is watching people fall. He may have to take a moment to laugh before helping you up.


Michael Veve

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center  

  • Age: 27

  • Height: 6’0"

Your date with this bachelor won’t be lacking good conversation as this man is both well-educated and well-travelled. Michael has been to Europe several times and hopes to go again to explore Italy and Belgium. Though successful in his own right as a clinical pharmacist and assistant professor, Michael is most inspired by his parents and the challenges they have faced and overcome. Having recently moved to Knoxville, Michael is looking forward to getting to know the people and exploring the city and all it has to offer.


Mychal Dabney

  • Civil Engineer, US Department of Interior 

  • Age: 32

  • Height: 5’10"

The first thing you notice about Mychal is that he is always in a good mood. Mychal considers himself a nerd and a huge Star Wars fan, so you might want to binge watch the trilogies before your date. His interests include working out, biking, sports, saltwater fish tanks, and relaxing on patios with his Great Dane, Ike, whom he considers the coolest dog ever. Mychal believes that happiness is the key to life and says his motivation to get out of bed every morning is to pursue those things that lead to happiness for himself and those around him.


Preston Fenoglio

  • Mortgage Loan Originator, Movement Mortgage

  • Age: 27

  • Height: 5’9"

Preston is truly a man of faith and nature. The three things he cannot live without are his Bible, his family, and his kayak. His overall goals are to be healthy, joyful, and prosperous. As crazy as it may be, Preston has been cliff jumping and extreme skiing. Preston is also a talented man who can dislocate his thumb!  If you’re interested in a man who isn’t afraid to be sentimental, know that Preston’s most prized possession ranks so highly because it was left to him by his grandfather.


Rodney Brumley

  • Application Development Manager, UCOR

  • Age: 50

  • Height: 5’9"

Looking for a man with flair? Rodney’s got it, as he is an avid salsa and bachata dancer. You won't be surprised to hear that an ideal first date includes dinner and dancing, you’re sure to have some memorable moments. Rodney is also a lover of all things nerd. In his leisure time, Rodney enjoys 3D modeling, drawing, and game programming. If you want to know how deep his nerd roots go, look him up on IMDb, where you can find credits for his work in digital art for History Channel’s “Dogfights.”


Ryan Bartolon

  • Restaurant Manager, Drakes

  • Age: 31

  • Height: 6’0"

Best described by his friends as outgoing, charismatic, fun, and spontaneous, Ryan is sure to show you a great time! While Ryan’s love of beautiful beaches might eventually lead him on a journey to Barbados, for now, Ryan is happy taking his pups, Rookie and Brady, to the dog park and listening to country music. Ryan’s dream job is to play professional baseball, and his most rewarding accomplishment was receiving a scholarship to play college baseball. This bachelor is a southern boy who loves southern music and good old fashioned southern hospitality.


Sam Schrock

  • Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

  • AGE: 25

  • HEIGHT: 6’0"

Ever find yourself trying to sing along to Despacito on the radio, but end up mumbling hopelessly? Sam knows every single word in Spanish. All of them. Maybe he can teach you. Sam is a man who enjoys ancient cultures, good friends, food, the UT Vols, and math. The latter helps explain his degree and career in finance. However, this bachelor also loves country music and says his dream job is being a country music singer. On your date with Sam, turn on the radio and see if you can convince him to serenade you!


Sean Morash

  • Senior Consultant/Energy Analyst, EnerNeX

  • Age: 26

  • Height: 5'10"

Sean loves outdoor activities and explicitly disagrees with TLC when they say one shouldn’t go chasing waterfalls. In fact, chasing waterfalls may be a requirement for him. Sean’s friends describe him as goofy and outgoing, with a love for cookies, baseball, and “The Office.” This bachelor wants his date to be comfortable showing her passion for food – no need to pretend you aren’t about to take down an entire steak dinner. For Sean, an ideal conclusion to your date would be sitting by a fire and enjoying s’mores and conversation.


Tyler Fee

  • Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

  • Age: 24

  • Height: 6'1"

Tyler’s primary goal in life is to grow his business so he can travel and explore all the world has to offer. His interests include watching sports, hiking, and hanging out with friends.  Tyler’s most prized possession is his championship ring, which he received after winning a National Baseball Championship. Tyler prides himself on never having needed a pick-up line, but instead having genuine interest in getting to know you. He enjoys having a laid back day with friends, with some Florida Georgia Line playing in the background. 


Vick Dyer

  • Realtor, Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors

  • Age: 63

  • Height: 6'0"

Vick’s current look is that of a dapper, well-groomed gentleman, but in college he showed his wild side by sporting a 4” ponytail and mustache at the same time.  Vick has a passion for cycling, which is how he maintains his good physique.  He hopes to find someone to join him on his cycling adventures.  He describes himself as someone with a positive attitude and healthy outlook on life. Vick is also extremely dedicated to helping people around him, both through his work in real estate and his partnership with charities.


Victor Agreda Jr. 

  • Journalist, WUOT/UTK

  • Age: 44

  • Height: 5'7"

Considering himself a super nerd, Victor is the guy who can fix your printer and always has his nose in a book. This mac and cheese lover is known to enjoy theatre, stage magic, and games of all kinds. He says if he could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be David Copperfield so he could learn all of his tricks. Who knows, you may even be in for a magic demonstration on your date! Described by friends as opinionated and full of ideas, Victor’s goal in life is to leave the world a little bit better.