TCW’s Top Singles of 2014


Meet Today’s Chicago Woman’s top singles – and learn more about them!

Selecting this year’s Top Singles was no easy task. To be a TCW single, you need to be well-rounded with a sparkling personality and stellar professional/charitable contributions. And it doesn’t hurt if you’re a little easy on the eyes. In 2014, we found an impressive mix of entrepreneurs, health professionals, media personalities and more. Overall, it’s an eclectic group of good-natured singles that you’d probably either want to date, fix up with your best friend, or if you’re ‘of a certain age,’ introduce to your daughter or son. So have a look and see if anyone piques your interest!

The photographs in this feature were taken by Adrian Orozco and Ashley Fischer at ¡AY CHIWOWA! on Chicago Avenue, at an exclusive party to introduce the single women and men to each other.

Maria M. Ashley, DDS 53
General & Cosmetic Dentist

On the side: Crest Pro-Health Advisory Board, LINK Unlimited, St. Bernard Hospital Board and Smiles for Success.
Friends say I’m young at heart.
I love my job because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do and it turned out better than I ever dreamed. In addition, I have a great team that makes every day a good day in the office.
My life motto is “When in doubt…be kind!”
On my day off, you’ll find me at the barn riding my horse.
If I won the lottery, I’d buy as small ranch somewhere warm and sunny, keep just enough to live comfortably and give the rest away.
My best day was graduating dental school and passing the boards.
My secret talent is I’m double-jointed (fingers only).
The title of my autobiography would be In My Heart, I’m Six Feet Tall
I couldn’t live without a bathtub and bubbles!
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to the moon…and back!
You’d be surprised that I once gave emergency dental treatment to Luciano Pavarotti.
My biggest fear is not doing or being my best.
Date me because I am easy going.
I wish I’d known at 21 that life goes by really fast!
In 10 years, I see myself with a big smile on my face.
My ideal partner is human.
My best date was flying to New York for a football game and coming right back after.
My favorite date spot is Ravinia.
My ultimate turn-off is lack of integrity and humility
My ultimate turn-on is generosity.

Gino Bartucci 29
Director of Operations, Vertigo Sky Lounge/Dana Hotel and Spa

On the side: Friends of Mo Khan, First Generation American Project and Connect-Inspire-Grow.
My Twitter bio reads: “No thanks Turkish, I am sweet enough.” (I don’t know why I never changed it. It’s a line from a movie when a villain is asked if he wants sugar with his coffee.)
Friends say I’m old-school, funny, confident, stubborn at times but have a big heart and good work ethic. Many of my friends would consider me family.
The great thing about my job is I get to make memories for people. It’s a great feeling to be part of someone’s happiness. Plus, I absolutely love where I work and am surrounded by great people who make it awesome to come to work every day.
My life motto is…I don’t live by mottos or others’ expressions on what life should be. I have had some great mentors and soak up any knowledge I can about my surroundings and the ways of the world. I follow my heart and, whether good or bad, I step with confidence.
On my day off, you’ll find me under the covers. Otherwise, I’m enjoying good food and potentially offensive humor with friends.
If I won the lottery, I’d be going to the bank to make sure the deposit cleared. Then, buckle up…things might get a little crazy.
My best day is tough to choose. The best year, best month, maybe even best week but the single best day I cannot do. Life is a beautiful thing. I have and plan to enjoy as much as I can.
My secret talent is the moonwalk. Challenge me to a dance battle…I dare you.
I can talk for hours about scenarios involving the end of the world and a plethora of completely random fun facts.
I couldn’t live without oldies music. Or music in general. Food for the soul.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Brazil for the World Cup this summer. Forza Azzurri!
You’d be surprised that I garden. I love to cook and include ingredients from my garden regularly. I even dry all my herbs for use in winter.
My biggest fear is a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean, ever since Shark Week a couple years back. Thirsty for water all around you that you can’t drink with thousands of creatures lurking in depths of the darkness below? No thank you.
Date me because I’m a gentleman. Interested or not, you will have a great time with many laughs and will be treated like a lady.
I wish I’d known at 21 that truly good things take time and quality of character is your best investment. That, and the Super Bowl winners for the last eight years would be great, too!
My ideal partner is someone who smiles in the morning. A caring, confident woman who isn’t afraid to be herself and can put me in check. Intelligent, ambitious, beautiful, and appreciates the importance of me being the man I need to be.
My favorite date spot is a small, off-the-beaten-path spot that few know about but a great place to make ‘ours.’ You didn’t think that I was actually going to tell you!?
My ultimate turn-offs are name droppers, caked up makeup and women that hate kids.
My ultimate turn-on is women who own it.

Corbin Blankenstein 27
Advisory Associate, KPMG

On the side: Canine Therapy Corps and St. Benedict Church Community.
My life motto is “Live for today but plan for the future.”
I can talk for hours about anything, as long as I’m talking with open-minded people.
In 10 years, I see myself enjoying a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner on the water with my beautiful wife and kids at La Vague d’Or in Saint-Tropez or Pierchic in Dubai.
My Twitter bio reads: Chicagoan, Musically Obsessed, Financial Services Consultant | Dog Lover, Badger, Baller, Occasional Clown…
Friends say I’m an optimist, spontaneous, caring honest and loyal.
I love my job because I’m constantly learning. I work with a rockstar team, get to travel and meet interesting/successful people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
On my day off, you’ll find me catching a show at Lincoln Hall.
If I won the lottery, I’d take care of those closest to me and then start a data analytics company focused on the music industry. Streaming services like YouTube and Spotify have created a new frontier.
I couldn’t live without my family and friends. I’m lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.
You’d be surprised that I’m a history buff, specifically on the Middle East
My ideal partner is ambitious, thoughtful, trustworthy, open-minded, kind, athletic and not easily flustered. She looks at challenges as new opportunities, is always smiling and loves to go on adventures.
My best date was either sushi at Sai Café, followed by ZooLights and a nightcap at Disotto Enoteca or dinner at the Bedford, drinks at Bar Deville and a surprise show at the MID. I like to keep my dates open to some spontaneity. Usually I’ll make reservations at a few spots, get an idea for what is going on around town and then let the conversation lead the night.
My ultimate turn-off is someone who’s rude or dismissive of others. I always take notice of how my date treats our cab driver or restaurant wait staff.

Kenny Braasch 32
Talent Buyer, 115 Bourbon Street
Model, Chosen Model Management

On the side: National Physique Committee.
I love my job because I get to be around music all the time and meet so many new people every weekend.
My life motto is “You should always be the kind of person you want to meet.”
My secret talent is I can dunk a basketball.
On my day off, you’ll find me catching up on everything on Netflix.
If I won the lottery, I’d do nothing all day long and I would love it.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Wisconsin and do some fishing.
You’d be surprised that I love country music.
I wish I’d known at 21 that it’s probably not a good idea to go out every night.
My favorite date spot is Navy Pier in the summer on fireworks night.
My ultimate turn-off is if you are on your phone while we are hanging out.
My ultimate turn-on is if you shut your phone off while we are hanging out.

Tracy A. Campbell 39
Founder/CEO, Cynosure Risk Advisors LLC

On the side: Yale Club of Chicago, Yale Black Alumni Association, Y-Apply, Illinois African-American Coalition for Prevention and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.
My Twitter bio reads: Entrepreneur, Consultant, Lawyer, Yalie, Tiara, tall, daring and fierce (thanks mom!)
Friends say I’m driven, fun to be with and loyal to a fault.
The great thing about my job is my office is all female. I get to work with smart, driven and fascinating women.
My life motto is “The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
On my day off, relaxing with friends, family and/or my cats. And there’s usually a trip to Target.
If I won the lottery, I’d expand my business, set up an education trust fund for my family and donate to pet charities.
My best day was the day I was admitted to my first-choice college.
My secret talent is I’m really good at the Michael Jackson Wii dance game.
The title of my autobiography would be Why Not Me?
I can talk for hours about the amazing high school students I meet and what I do to try to motivate them to reach for their dream colleges – even if the odds are tough.
I couldn’t live without lotion, lipgloss and bold, spicy red wines.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Thailand.
You’d be surprised that I was my elementary school’s spelling bee champ four years in a row.
My biggest fear is spiders (completely irrational, but true).
Date me because I’m authentic, compassionate and won’t settle for ordinary.
I wish I’d known at 21 that trying to please everyone is a losing cause. It’s much more fun to be yourself and embrace your imperfections.
In 10 years, I see myself in a lakefront cottage.
My ideal partner is someone who pursues his passions, speaks his mind and respects others’ opinions.
My best date was a beautiful evening at Ravinia for a jazz concert.
My favorite date spot is Ravinia in summer and Shedd Aquarium in winter.
My ultimate turn-off is men who are addicted to texting.
My ultimate turn-on is men who are ambitious, confident and compassionate with a quick wit.

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