Watch out ladies, here come the men.
Cody Barrett, of Martinsburg, will be vying for the title along with many others. He's up against 14 men from around the country in a competition that focuses on talent, fitness and intelligence.
"I'm getting a little nervous, a couple of butterflies in my stomach, but I feel confident in the coaching, so if I stick to my game plan everything is going to work out well," says Barrett.
Barrett is a junior at Shepherd University, studying exercise and science. He will be judged on four categories; formal wear, swimsuit, entertainment, and an interview. Barrett says if he impresses the judges in the interview segment, he has a very good chance to become the Man of the Year.
"I think they are going to see what kind of person we are, so within the seven minutes I'm going to have to let them know what kind of person I am, personality, my morals, my values," says Barrett. "I think that is going to play a big role who they choose, who America's Man of the Year is."
Barrett says he understands he's facing top competition. Win or loose, he says it'll be an experience of a lifetime, and hopes it could lead to other opportunities.
"I'd be very excited, if I happen to win, I'm looking for the doors to open either way, if that doesn't happen, I think I want to keep pursuing this line of competition and go from there," says Barrett.
As for his career, Barrett says he is hoping one day to become a West Virginia State Trooper.
America's Man of the Year Competition begins on Thursday and wraps up on Friday in Las Vegas.