Simply The Best Singles

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About Simply the Best Singles

Ms. Karalee Austin, Founder of Simply The Best Singles, was a film, TV and theatre actor for 12 years, then put that passion on hold to found No Waiting Dating, Inc. in Los Angeles in 2001, serving as the company’s CEO and President. With her business savvy and unique knack for organizing and hosting parties, she quickly built No Waiting Dating into the leading singles organization in the Los Angeles area (see Testimonials).

Karalee sold No Waiting Dating, Inc. to Adam Elias in 2008 to care for her elderly mother in Yuma, Arizona and while there, she hosted a local television show titled “Yuman Life.” Ms. Austin and her mother relocated to San Marcos in 2010 and Karalee launched Simply the Best Singles because she saw a need in San Diego for upscale events for singles 40 and over.  She sold Simply The Best Singles in 2017 and decided to buy the business back in 2023. Karalee understands the difficulties of finding a “significant other” and will continue to run her business with a personal approach and infuse her events with a warm style and flair.

Prior to founding her singles organizations, Ms. Austin founded and operated Condron Executive Services, a secretarial and transcription company that for eight years served the needs of attorneys and physicians in San Diego and Coronado. She also served as an executive assistant in the Los Angeles corporate headquarters of the House of Blues.

In the earlier days, Ms. Austin flew with Continental Airlines as a flight attendant based in Los Angeles and served as the company’s model/spokesperson. Rounding out her experience, Karalee used her broadcasting degree and worked as an on-air radio personality at many radio stations over a 14-year span, as well as a TV anchor/host. She was the first woman broadcaster in the State of Alaska referred to as the “First Lady of Rock n’ Roll.” She landed prime-time slots at a time when women were struggling to break into radio and received many offers from prestigious radio stations anxious to add a highly acclaimed female to their staff.

Karalee is the author of The Singles Whisperer, “Raise Your Odds of Finding Love” and speaks as a guest singles expert on television and radio in Los Angeles and San Diego. Most recently, she was a special guest on San Diego’s KUSI TV’s 6:00 news.

She also hosted a Los Angeles monthly TV show titled “Attraction” for two years; served as a regular guest anchor at KPBS in San Diego and hosted the TV series, “Yuman Life,” in Arizona. She has been featured on EXTRA TV as one of Los Angeles’ top matchmakers on “America’s Most Eligible,” NBC TVs EXTRA “Dating in LA.,” Time Warner Cable’s “Mind Over Matter,” “The Method Actor Speaks,” and cast the singles finalist on the “Tyra Banks Show” on Fox TV.  Karalee also served as a casting associate for the reality TV show, “Another Chance at Romance.”

Simply the Best Singles’ goal is to simply help you find that special person through quality events at upscale venues—and you’ll have fun along the way!

Meet The Team

April Linden

Owner & Event Coordinator | Simply the Best Singles

Ms. April Linden, Owner of Simply The Best Singles, brings an extensive background in sales, marketing, coaching and relationship building experience to the table. She has spent her career helping businesses thrive by focusing on experience, the intangibles that create extraordinary experience

It is with the same passion that April is eager to help singles make meaningful connections in the dating world, and maybe even meet “the one.” She has a unique ability to develop and foster unique and authentic relationships that allows her to facilitate genuine connections among others. Additionally,  her exceptional skills in event planning and organization ensure the parties she hosts are unforgettable.  She hopes to use these talents to show singles who feel that it’s “too late” see that the future is bright, exciting, and full of butterflies and the sea is still full of eligible fish.

The proof that April can help you live a fulfilling dating life after 40 is in her strengths:

  • She’s all about building relationships and connections
  • She loves creating unique and exciting experiences for people
  • She’s passionate about helping people find their match
  • She and her team knows the spots to curate memorable events

April understands the struggles of dating in today’s day and age, and she’s using her decades of experience with building all kinds of connections to provide a solution that is fun, memorable and unique.

To get technical for a moment, April has used her expertise in marketing strategizing to exceed companies’ goals in sales revenue. Who says she can’t use that same strategic mind to help match you with people that’ll exceed your standards? 

With extensive experience building relationships between doctors and patients, April knows what people need to feel safe, appreciated, and satisfied. She’s thrilled to bring this multi-decade experience and transition it into helping people develop meaningful connections when they least expect it.

Karalee Austin

Founder & Owner | Simply The Best Singles
Ms. Austin was a film, TV and theatre actor for 12 years, then put that passion on hold to found No Waiting Dating, Inc. in Los Angeles in 2001, serving as the company’s CEO and President. With her business savvy and unique knack for organizing and hosting parties, she quickly built No Waiting Dating into the leading singles organization in the Los Angeles area.

Adam Elias

Director of Operations Los Angeles Division | Simply The Best Singles
Adam Elias is the prior owner of No Waiting Dating. He bought the business from Karalee Austin in 2009 and gave up the domain name in 2019 during the pandemic. Adam kept the mailing list of the LA attendees and is very pleased for the opportunity to collaborate with Simply The Best Singles to offer events to singles living in the Los Angeles area.

Michael Bagstad

Security & Operations | Simply The Best Singles
Michael has lived in the Escondido area all his life. He is a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, an award-winning photographer, an accomplished computer graphic artist, has multiple hobbies that include creating and designing wood working, jewelry, creating music CDs, tinkering on cars, and he’s always adding to his huge movie collection. Michael also enjoys lending a helping hand to others.

Lance Fisher

Executive Co-Host | Simply The Best Singles
Lance is Karalee’s brother and you may recognize him when he assisted her at prior Simply The Best Singes events. He is a retired orthopedic P.A. and lives in Escondido with his girlfriend, Julianne, who owns and operates a beauty salon in Escondido. They are very happy to share a life together and the two of them are looking forward to being involved with future Simply The Best Singles events.

Julianne Jones

Style Coordinator | Simply The Best Singles
Stylist and Fashion-A-Gogo at Studio 158 in Escondido. Julianne and Lance are instrumental at helping out at Simply The Best Singles.
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