Meet Austin’s Most Eligible Singles ­– 2023

Formidable? Test. Enticing? Test. Philanthropic? Test. Obtainable? Test, verify! After combing by way of greater than 1,100 nominations from our readers, we’re thrilled to current the highest 12 most eligible singles in Austin. Need to meet these unimaginable people—and lift some cash for animals in want? Be part of us Feb. 9 at Superstition for our Singles within the Metropolis 2023 social gathering, benefiting Austin Pets Alive!

Tabitha Ford, 28

Born and raised in San Antonio, Tabitha is a Texas lady at coronary heart. As an impartial artistic director and strategist, she has labored on pictures, design, and artwork course for rising manufacturers like Hanni and Jukebox in addition to multimillion-dollar companies comparable to Bluetooth and Residio. Fueled by wanderlust, Tabitha traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, and Mexico final 12 months alone, and he or she is planning for a stint in Europe this summer season. In 2022 she accomplished her 200-hour yoga trainer coaching, and he or she is at present performing in her first quick movie. On weekends, you’ll discover her sipping on an additional soiled martini at Justine’s or sharpening her two-step expertise at The White Horse. Instagram: @tabithaford



Saine Wong, 34

Generally, a breakup may be the beginning of a life-changing metamorphosis. A romantic break up in 2019 propelled Saine Wong to stop his job as a Hollywood govt chef and journey to greater than 26 nations in 18 months. After shifting to Austin throughout the pandemic, he determined to open his personal six-seat omakase sushi expertise, Toshokan, which is tucked inside Native Hostel. The culinary idea has acquired a flurry of accolades, together with Saine touchdown the quilt of Austin Month-to-month’s Finest New Eating places problem this previous fall. Along with his affinity for journey and hospitality, Saine is a giant household man—he’s the youngest of 5!—and he likes to play the piano and guitar. Instagram: @sainew



Kristy Owen, 37

In search of enjoyable within the capital metropolis? Kristy Owen has received you lined. The founding father of 365 Issues Austin has amassed greater than 389,000 followers on Instagram by offering each day suggestions for the most effective locations to go and high actions to expertise right here. (She additionally runs 365 San Antonio.) Identified for her altruistic spirit, Kristy volunteers with Austin Pets Alive!, the Austin Animal Shelter, and Operation Blue Santa, and throughout the devastating ice storm of February 2021, she teamed up with three mates to assist elevate greater than $160,000 to offer meals to these in want. When she isn’t in search of the following cool firm to spotlight, Kristy likes to sip wine at June’s All Day and Aviary or play golf at Vaaler Creek.  Instagram: @kristyowen / @365thingsaustin



Bryan Gonzales, 35

Identified for his effervescent character, Bryan Gonzales is a social butterfly who’s all the time out in town. An Austinite since 2005, he has labored at Large Noise as a publicist for the previous 5 years, and he additionally teaches music video spin courses at LOVE Biking Studio. Bryan participated in final 12 months’s Unite the Struggle Gala fundraiser, which raised greater than $200,000 for native LBGTQIA+ charities, and he additionally gained Miss Congeniality within the drag contest. To unwind, he likes to take his blue heeler–pitbull combine, Mochi, to Auditorium Shores, hang around at Cheer Up Charlies, and make cocktails for his mates (he makes a imply gin martini with an olive and a twist). Instagram: @brygonz



Vicki Lau, 31

Lights, digital camera, motion! As a visible results specialist, Vicki Lau ascended by way of the ranks of Hollywood, lending her skills to titles like The Strolling Useless, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Aquaman. Now residing in Austin, she has shared her technical insights with greater than 100,000 college students worldwide on websites like Udemy and Teachable and likewise delivered a TEDx speak on digital actuality known as “Shifting Realities” in 2016. A fan of every part from skydiving to taking part in electrical bass guitar to volunteering at Austin Pets Alive!, Vicki has one other fascinating interest on her record: She’s a bodybuilder who has competed in her hometown of Singapore. Instagram: @vickicup



A.J. Bingham, 39

To say A.J. Bingham is concerned in the local people is an understatement. A uncommon unicorn who grew up in Austin, he’s the founder and CEO of his personal lobbying group and has served on the boards of every part from the 4ATX Basis (Austin FC’s nonprofit) and the Lengthy Middle Board of Trustees to the Path of Lights Basis, the Blanton Museum of Artwork Nationwide Management Board, and Austin Habitat for Humanity. A.J. has additionally taught MBA-level programs on enterprise and coverage at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate College of Enterprise and Concordia College. When he isn’t lobbying or volunteering, he enjoys touring for observe driving (the Porsche 911 GT3 RS) and competing in Spartan Races. Instagram: @gobingham



Diana Melendez, 37

A social justice advocate devoted to serving to immigrants and communities of coloration, Diana Melendez is a passionate enterprise and logos legal professional who opened her personal eponymous regulation follow in 2020. Engrained locally, she is the co-founder of the Womxn of Shade Collective ATX, a corporation devoted to empowering and uplifting girls of coloration by creating protected and courageous areas for them to indicate up as their genuine selves. She additionally serves as a board member for Latinitas. In her downtime, Diana is a giant fan of Latin dancing, sampling mezcal, and operating on the hike-and-bike path. Instagram: @dianamelendeztx



Jesse Radzikowski, 32

If you happen to want one thing constructed, flip to Jesse Radzikowski, who has engineered every part from vacuums and robots to electrical bikes. For his day job at Olea Edge Analytics, Jesse develops {hardware} used to detect water circulation in order that metropolis utilities could make data-driven choices about essential infrastructure. In faculty he acquired a analysis grant with the Nationwide Science Basis for 3D printing, and now he likes to 3D print gadgets like succulent planters and T-Rex skulls for mates. Extremely social, you’ll usually discover Jesse attending concert events at Stubb’s, boating round Lake Travis, and exploring Zilker Park along with his trusty Australian shepherd, Yeti. He just lately began a month-to-month dinner collection during which like-minded guys can get collectively to share humorous tales and talk about private {and professional} objectives. Instagram: @jesse_rad



Olivia Lee, 29

A proud double Longhorn, Olivia Lee received each her undergraduate and regulation levels at UT and now works as an legal professional with the Texas Indigent Protection Fee, the state company that oversees and improves public protection. Having coped with endometriosis since highschool, Olivia has turn into an advocate for its consciousness and public training; actually, she filed Home Invoice 1298 this session, which can have the State Board of Schooling undertake instructional supplies about endometriosis and different menstrual problems to show in Texas colleges if handed. In her free time, the legal professional likes to learn books and poetry and has written greater than 200 poems herself. Whereas she is all the time up for attempting new eating places, Olivia additionally frequents Lin Asian Bar, the place the soup dumplings are her go-to order.  Instagram: @olivia_lovelee



Ben Kogut, 40

An Austinite for greater than 20 years, Ben Kogut has established himself as a mover and shaker within the native business actual property scene. After elevating greater than $110 million in capital, the business actual property syndicator now educates fellow buyers on find out how to create passive revenue by pooling their cash collectively into larger properties. Actively concerned within the Jewish Federations of North America, he just lately sponsored the Younger Jewish Professionals Chanukah social gathering, which had greater than 150 attendees. Along with touring as a lot as he can—he’s visited greater than 45 nations and is traversing Jap Europe this spring—Ben enjoys seeing dwell music on the Pershing and taking part in pickleball at Shalom Austin. He additionally likes to discover town along with his cute 1-year-old goldendoodle, Mazzy. Instagram: @benkogut



Ebony Kenney, 40

Play your playing cards proper, and also you may get some pointers from Ebony Kenney, an expert poker participant who has been within the business for greater than twenty years. At present sponsored by Americas Cardroom, Ebony will get the prospect to journey the world for each work and leisure: In 2022 alone, she visited locations like Turkey, Uruguay, Aruba, Mexico, and Colombia. A champion for ladies, Ebony teaches confidence-boosting workshops and helps to get girls free buy-ins for tournaments. The mom of two additionally hosts charity streams that profit family-centric shelters in Austin. Dance is a serious interest of hers—she’s into zouk, bachata, and salsa—and the poker professional can be a devotee of meditation. (Final 12 months, Ebony completed an 800-plus-day meditation streak.) Whereas on the town, she loves sampling sushi at one in all her favourite eating places, Uchiko. Instagram: @ebonykenney

Sam Maira, 33

From glacier climbing in Iceland to getting misplaced within the Amazon jungle, Sam Maira is all the time on the hunt for his subsequent journey. A globe traveler who’s visited greater than 35 nations, he has lived in locations like London, Dublin, and Delhi earlier than shifting to Austin in 2018. Sam now works as head of buyer success at Luminai, a robotic course of automation firm. Within the capital metropolis, he finds satisfaction giving again to the neighborhood by volunteering for causes aimed toward lowering homelessness and caring for the setting, together with Basis for the Homeless and Competition Seaside Meals Forest. When he isn’t looking for the most effective taco joint on the town, you’ll discover the previous nationwide youth soccer participant taking part in pickleball and cheering on Austin FC. Instagram: @samarthmaira