Professional Matchmakers Association
Board of Directors
The Professional Matchmakers Association is governed by a Board. The core mission of the Board is to uphold quality control and a code of ethics in the matchmaking industry.
Business-oriented, forward thinking matchmakers across the country and across the world now work together in a way similar to other professional organizations. In essence, the time has come for professional matchmakers to be recognized as a viable, reputable, hard-working professional community.
Board of Directors
Charlee Brotherton - Oklahoma
Charlee Brotherton is a CPA, a Matchmaker of Brotherton & Associates Introductions, Inc., owner and CEO of the Singles Station. She has been in the matchmaking business for over seven years. She acquired The Singles Station Dating Co. in January 2000 and has expanded the service to include six offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Bentonville, Fort Smith, Little Rock and Nashville.
She personally matches clients as well as manages the introductions for thousands of singles through The Singles Station Dating Co. When she was first introduced to the matchmaking/dating service concept she loved the idea. Being a Certified Public Accountant, she has a quantitative, logical thought process. For her it made perfect sense to take an organized approach to meet the person you would spend the rest of your life with. Most singles employ a haphazard approach to meeting singles. Singles spend more time thinking about the features they want on a new car, than the attributes that they are looking for in a life long mate. Picking the right mate is the most important decision you will ever make.
Lisa Clampitt - New York
Lisa Clampitt, CSW - Co-founder and Executive Director of the Matchmaking Institute, a professional matchmaker and a New York State Certified Social Worker for over 15 years. She was educated at New York University, receiving a BA in Dramatic Literature, and received her graduate degree, a Masters in Social Work, from the University of Michigan.
Lisa has many years of experience in individual and couples counseling as well as relationship and date coaching and has owned her own very successful matchmaking company, VIP Life, for over 7 years. With this experience and her extensive knowledge of the matchmaking industry under her belt, she went on to create the Matchmaking Institute in order to train and certify others, establishing a strict code of ethics in this important industry. Lisa is consistently sought after as a matchmaking and relationship expert and has had extensive international press coverage, including ABC’s 20/20, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Live, WNBC's Today in New York, Fuji TV, Oprah, Forbes.com, Cosmopolitan Magazine and many other media outlets.
Paul Falzone - Massachusetts
Paul Falzone is the CEO of The Right One, Together Dating and eLove.com which boasts 60 locations and growing.
Under Mr. Falzone’s leadership the Company is ranked 31st in the 2007 Boston Business Journal, Fastest Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts and was recently named to Inc Magazine’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America with a three year growth rate of 133%. Paul Falzone spearheaded the merger between the two companies in 1999 and directed the transformation of national marketing from direct mail to internet in 2002.
Currently he oversees the long term strategic direction of the company along with R&D. The Right One and Together did about $45 million gross sales in 2006. Mr. Falzone holds a B.S. degree from Suffolk University.
Julie Ferman - California
Matchmaker, dating industry consultant, media personality, speaker, and writer, Julie Ferman founded Cupid's Coach in December 2000. Julie's passion in life is bringing people together. She values above all - human connection, lives touching lives. As Cupid's Coach she specializes in helping singles make that all-important initial connection with the right people.
TV and Radio have long been comfort zones for Julie; her television appearances include NBC's Life Moments, The Discovery Channel's Berman and Berman Show, and a dozen network news programs in Los Angeles. Among the scores of newspaper articles are the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Julie is responsible for over 1,000 marriages. She knows the love business. She has degrees in psychology and human sexuality, and previously had spent eight years in sales and marketing with the hospitality industry. Today she spends every day serving and bringing together relationship oriented people.
Susan Kates - Ontario
Susan Kates - CMM - Matchmaker of MatchWorks a division on Dinnerworks.ca, owner of Dinnerworks. Susan acquired Dinnerworks in 2003 and has been in the singles industry for over 5 years. Since acquiring the company that operates in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver Susan expanded the dinner dating company to incorporate interesting and exciting events for singles and a Matchmaking component. Susan really cares about people and believes that with integrity and honesty she can help facilitate relationships.
Susan is a sought after leader in the dating industry and has appeared on CTV NEWS, Canada AM, ROB TV, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, the CBC's "Dating Confidential" as well as many other Life Network programs about relationships. Susan comes from a marketing and special events background but has always helped people achieve their business and personal goals. Susan is a people person and loves helping people find matches.
Violet Lim - Singapore
Violet Lim studied law at the University of Manchester and also holds a Masters degree in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. Violet's former career in international finance left her personally unsatisfied, so she and her husband, Jamie Lee, decided to forfeit their stable incomes to start their own business in the dating. Violet and her husband met while he was working towards a degree in Accounting and Finance. The couple's first date was over lunch - lunch being the underlying theme for Lunch Actually.
In 2004, Violet became the first Asian to become certified by the Matchmaking Institute. In April, of that same year, Lunch Actually Singapore opened. The second office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, came along a year and a half later. The Singapore office serves over one thousand members while the Kuala Lumpur office currently has over 150 members.