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He is asked to complete numerous forms, including a Myers-Briggs personality test, and his vital statistics are entered into a computer database. This information will be circulated among a select group of people who will scrutinize his appearance, education, mental stability and career. Is he part of a new crackdown on terrorism? Enlisting in the Armed Forces? ing CSIS? None of the above. This lonely heart has ed himself up with Executive Search Dating, one of the many new dating services that have opened doors in B.
Once his personal details are registered, his profile will be sent out to potential mates who have likewise undergone the same rigorous screening process. And if all goes according to plan, what began rather unromantically will end in love, marriage and possibly even a baby carriage. The matchmaking industry in B. Thanks to operators of social clubs, date-headhunters and boutique introduction services, singles are being recognized as a market with enormous potential for revenue. The Yellow s now lists 30 entries under Introduction Services, about a quarter of which appeared in the last five years or less.
At last count in Executive toronto dating reviews, B. Five years ago there were only , which represents a per-cent jump in four years the total population growth in B. Not only are there more singles, there are also fewer opportunities for them to meet one another.
With small businesses making up 57 per cent of the private workforce, that means close to a quarter of all private-sector jobs are held by the self-employed. That report found that while one in 10 respondents in worked 50 or more hours per week, one in four does so now. What you end up with is a large singles population working long hours in solitary conditions with less time to socialize than ever.
So it makes sense that some folk, when confronted with the bleak reality of their non-existent dating lives, decide it might be time to hire help. Esther not her real namea year-old crisis communications management professional, has been divorced for more than 20 years. After a series of disastrous dates she once listened to a lawyer expound on the virtues of brushing your tongue — for an hour she decided to enlist with ESD last June.
Three months later she was matched with year-old executive coach Jack not his real name, either and they agreed to a date. The two are now in a committed relationship, with all s pointing to a solid future together. Oh, great. Waiter, cheque please! Her reluctance proved warranted recently when Jack inadvertently spilled the beans Executive toronto dating reviews a dinner party with old friends. ESD was launched in Septemberand Rice claims it now has plus members, evenly distributed between men and women. Dressed in a carefully tailored grey suit, pink shirt and blue tie, the six-foot-plus Rice looks more like a senior management professional than a modern-day yenta.
And, in fact, his former career in general management, operations and sales and marketing does seem a step removed from the traditionally female-run world of matchmakers. It seemed to me [that there was] one glaring omission from this, and it was our dating life. He returned to his native Vancouver in after 14 years studying and working abroad in Europe and Asia. A long-term relationship had just ended and he was eager to settle down and raise a family, but he quickly found the dating situation in the city to be abysmal.
He tried bars, online dating, telephone chat lines and even ed up with a conventional matchmaking service. Everyone subtracts five years and adds two inches of height. If the membership base included a preponderance of physicians, then recruiters would be sent to scope out health or science-related events to find suitable dates. If there were a of classical-music lovers on the books, recruiters would hit opening night at the opera. And so ESD was born.
Rice pays his agents an hourly wage plus expenses for their activities, and gives them a commission for each new recruit. Originally recruited by a matching agent himself, Zach turned up for his consultation whereupon Rice immediately offered him a job.
He never did get sent on a date. I told her I was a matchmaker, and she told the woman sitting on the other side of her, who called us the next day. ESD offers its members three different plans with a promise of at least two dates per month. Carstens arrived in Vancouver three years ago to run the West Coast side of the business, and likes to differentiate herself from the market by stressing what she says is an intimate and personal approach to pairing people up.
The only staff she has is her office assistant, there are no personality questionnaires, reference checks or even photographs shared among clients, and all her matching is done sans computer. An attractive, well-groomed blonde who looks much younger than her 48 years, she zips around her tiny Hornby Street office in a black suit and a clingy, sparkly top covered in abstract shapes and bright colours. Surrounding her are red, heart-shaped tchotchkes of all kinds: pillows, sculptures, ornaments.
The effect is twee, but stops short of tacky. A comfortable couch occupies one corner of the room, although most clients never get to sit on it as all consultations take place in their homes. Carstens claims her client lists top in the Lower Mainland and in Victoria.
In the last 12 months, Executive toronto dating reviews says, she has been responsible for eight weddings. This involves a carefully crafted, large-scale ad placed in any of publications the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Vancouver magazine that she and her client feel have the right target audience.
In fact, this particular ad brought : the executive is now in an exclusive relationship with a woman who responded to his plea for companionship. Carstens, like Rice, says her service attracts busy, professional people, primarily in their mids. Do I want to go to a bar and meet losers?
I thought second time around I should probably employ the same things in meeting people that I do when hiring staff. One successful enterprise is the Campoverde social club, co-founded in by year-olds Rachel Greenfeld and Kimberley McFarland de Hernandez. And the club also operates as a private bar and restaurant. On one rainy weeknight, a gaggle of middle-aged men sat around the restaurant bar, effusively greeting every person who walked into the dusky interior of gilded gold, red velvet and soft candlelight.
Greenfeld, a leggy, exuberant blonde who knows everybody by name, worked the room like a politician. The men lapped up her attention — one admitted he first came to the club because he was so flattered that she approached him and suggested he — but she was just as charming with female members, easily finding subjects over which to bond with a bit of girly chat.
Not content to rely solely on her membership for revenue, Greenfeld, a former producer for CNN, Fox and Televisa, has also instigated an associate program for local businesses and services. While Greenfeld explains that her club is not restricted to singles, she notes that 80 per cent of her membership is unattached, with a male-to-female ratio of 52 to 48 per cent and an age range of 30 to Single herself when the establishment first opened its doors, she now sports a nice piece of bling on her left hand and is preparing to tie the knot with one of her members.
Greenfeld may have found true love as a result of starting Campoverde which she is considering franchisingbut for Raj Taneja, a year-old entrepreneur, the dating world is all business. Each organization hosts numerous activities and events that encourage mingling; cash is collected at the door from attendees. Taneja Executive toronto dating reviews the Social Empire membership s 1, and the Urban Mixer mailing list gets sent to more than 3, names every week.
Like Greenfeld, he sells advertising on his websites and s, and is busy forging relationships with restaurants and bars in town that host his events of 70 to people at a time. He is now considering charging a fee to restaurants for the privilege of providing appies and bevvies to his Social Empire group. Taneja bought out Social Empire two years ago after being a committed member of the group for three years, and acquired Urban Mixer 18 months ago when its owner moved to Toronto.
In September he bought out a Vancouver-based, member social group called Influx and merged it with Social Empire. Taneja says he has profited in many ways from his connection to the singles market. Envisioned as a Lonely Planet-style publication for the swinging bachelor or bachelorette, Rice will supply the copy on how to be a successful dater, while Taneja will highlight the hot spots in and around town.
It makes sense that the two would work together; the industry is one in which clients float freely from one group to another. At a recent Social Empire event, one marketing professional in her early 30s mentioned she had been headhunted for a fruitless date by Browman and dropped by Campoverde on occasion. She also admitted to giving Internet dating sites a whirl. And Jack, our happily coupled exec, regularly stops in for a drink at Campoverde where a fellow member first recruited him for ESD. Cynical singles might think this all seems a little too contrived.
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