2014 Matchmakers & Dating Coaches Conference
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida | February 27 - March 3, 2014
The Matchmakers Alliance is absolutely thrilled to announce our Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Matchmakers & Dating Coaches Conference, Julie Ferman!
JULIE FERMAN is one of the leading relationship experts in the country, and is regarded as a fantastic mentor and personality among the dating industry. With over 1,100 marriages to her credit, Julie knows the love business and is eager to share her secrets! We’re so excited to have her join us!
MEGHANN NOVINSKIE is COO of Mixology - Matchmaking with a Twist, an offline matchmaking agency working exclusively with LGBT clients, in ten cities nationwide. Meghann’s experience in the matchmaking industry spans nine years, and has received numerous awards for her work, which have been recognized internationally. Meghann was recruited to help launch Mixology in DC in 2009, and in 2011, successfully launched Mixology’s west coast headquarters in Los Angeles.
She is a regular contributor to a number of media outlets dishing out dating and relationship advice to her followers. Her audience is broad, as she has worked with both hetero and homosexual singles in her career. Meghann’s expertise has been featured in various publications, including Washington Life Magazine, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Washington Blade, Refinery29, SheWired, Frontiers, andWest Hollywood Patch.
ANSON ALEXANDER began to develop a love for teaching others about technology, and thus created AnsonAlex.com, which specializes in software tutorials, videos and informative articles. With millions of visits and tens of thousands of subscribers, his community has grown tremendously.
In 2012, Anson was published in his first professional software tutorial series onDocStoc.com and, since, has published 3 additional tutorial series for the organization - including a 40 part video series on SEO. In 2013, Anson began to work with SEOcial to hone his own skills in the web industry and learn from a dynamic and innovative team.
SUSAN BOYD is the Director of Marketing & Business Development of YourTango Experts. Her expertise lies in all things marketing. From PR to content creation, audience development to branding, Susan provides her clients with the unique and intuitive insights necessary to convert an audience into customers.
Many of Susan’s clients are new to marketing and she easily leads them through the education process to understand what the modern online market requires to rise above the noise and connect with real people online. For her more savvy clients, Susan has been instrumental in facilitating connections to large media brands like Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal and Harper Collins.
LOUIE FELIX is the CEO of Elite Matchmaking, a highly personalized Matchmaking Company and recently founded Q Introductions. For almost a decade, Louie was the CEO of one of the Nations largest personalized matchmaking companies with 20 locations and a client base of well over 20,000 active clients. Louie is an expert on lead generation, sales and customer service techniques.
Sarah Kathryn Smith
SARAH KATHRYN SMITH, a 14-year veteran of the dating industry, is one of the most respected names in matchmaking. Her businesses (Eight at Eight Dinner Club andOne on One Matchmaking) have sustained steady growth, no debt, and she now manages 8 full time employees. A stickler for excellence in matchmaking, Sarah Kathryn is committed to constant improvement and entrepreneurial ideals. Learn from Smith how to hire, train, and manage a staff to grow your business and make your life easier.
Sarah Kathryn has been profiled as an authority on relationships and singles issues by The Wall Street Journal, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, and many others.
MARIA AVGITIDIS is the founder and head matchmaker at Agape Match, one of the top matchmaking firms in New York City, which services singles from Philadelphia to Boston, and Greeks all across North America. She's also the co-founder and CEO of AgapaMe.com, an online dating site for Greek singles and the Co-Founder of the Matchmakers Alliance, a place where dating professionals share ideas and collaborate to best serve their clients.
Her success as a matchmaker has gained national recognition and awarded best matchmaking service in New York City by CBS News. She was also awarded as a finalist for most innovative company and best dating site design at the 2012 iDate Awards and best matchmaker at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 iDate Awards.
Maria absolutely loves the dating industry. She has a background in international business, global affairs and economics, with a B.S. from the American College of Greece and a M.S. from New York University.
Yvonne Allen and Associates was established in Australia for discerning singles seeking to partner in 1976. Given her background in psychology and her experience working with couples and families in distress, Yvonne wanted to provide more than just a way of meeting. From the outset her consultancy has been educative, encouraging clients to become more aware of their real needs when it comes to a relationship and a partner.
As a matchmaker, author, social commentator and futurist, Yvonne has won international recognition for her approach to the challenging area of human relations. In 1992 she was registered as a psychologist on the basis of her pioneering work.
RACHEL DEALTO is a communications and relationships expert, life, love & business coach, matchmaker, flirting expert, keynote speaker, media personality, and the author of the bestseller, Flirt Fearlessly. Rachel is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals in love and life. Rachel works one-on-one and in workshop settings to develop goals and remove blocks that are preventing success.
Rachel has been featured on a multitude of media outlets including: The TODAY Show, CNN/HLN, Access Hollywood, The Steve Harvey Show, Fox News, BetterTV, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, iVillage, Redbook, Yahoo Shine, YourTango and is a featured expert with Howcast.com.
JEREMY BLUVOL is an innovator, entrepreneur, and business leader. He has held numerous roles in the biomedical industry, primarily specializing in the R&D of medical devices and robots for the detection and treatment of cancer. Jeremy as a deep understanding and appreciation for science and technology and the required paths to commercialize, grow, and build long-term value. He is committed to creating valuable technologies and bridging the chasm between science and business. He is the co-founder of Instant Chemistry - a leading biotechnology company involved in the commercialization of pairomic technologies. Jeremy obtained a degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in bioengineering and mechatronics and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
PEGGY WOLMAN is a successful matchmaker and effective dating coach. With a Masters degree in Social Work, and over twenty-five years teaching and directing theatre, her professional background is rooted in helping people find their own voices. After leaving teaching, Peggy entered the field of matchmaking and dating coaching by taking intensive training with Rachel Greenwald, New York Times best selling author, and America’s renowned matchmaker and dating coach. This training helped Peggy redirect her skills and talents and gave her the tools, knowledge, and enthusiasm to help people find love.
George N. Zapantis
GEORGE N. ZAPANTIS is a born, raised, and educated New Yorker. A dynamic NYC based attorney, George is deeply involved in the political, social and business communities. He is the co-founder of the popular Greek online dating site, AgapaMe.com, and an active collaborator of the Matchmakers Alliance. His legal expertise in the dating industry has advanced many matchmakers’ business knowledge in customer relationship management.
ELAINE MANIOS is the Global Director of Social Media at Bloomberg LP. A 14-year veteran of global marketing and former digital strategist for American Express and the International Trademark Association, her expertise lies in helping companies solve business, brand, and communication problems using the latest platforms and cross-channel marketing strategies.
MICHELLE JACOBY is a matchmaker, dating and relationship expert and the owner of DC Matchmaking, a high-end boutique matchmaking and coaching company for commitment-minded singles in The Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Michelle has gained national recognition and was awarded finalist for Best Matchmaker in the US at the 2011 iDate Awards and was a featured speaker at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 National Matchmaking Conferences and the 2012 and 2013 National iDate Conferences. She is the cofounder of The Matchmakers Alliance, an organization that brings together top matchmakers and dating coaches from all over the world to collaborate and learn from one another.
Michelle has appeared in The Washington Post, The Northwest and Georgetown Currents, The Washington Examiner, Bethesda Magazine, WUSA Channel 9, News Channel 8 - Let's Talk Live, and NBC Washington, Huffington Post, ABC, and FOX. Her articles have been featured in Washington Life Magazine, Fairfax Woman Magazine, Southern Woman Magazine, YourTango.com and EHarmony Advice. Michelle, a native Washingtonian, lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and four children. Michelle is very excited to see everyone at the 3rd annual Matchmakers Alliance Conference in February!
THOMAS LEVI started out with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics and String Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His post-doctoral studies in cosmology and string theory, where he wrote 19 papers garnering 600+ citations, then took him to NYU and finally UBC. In 2012, he decided to move into industry, and took on the role of Senior Data Scientist at POF. Thomas has been involved in diverse projects such as behaviour analysis, social network analysis, scam detection, Bot detection, matching algorithms, topic modelling and semantic analysis.
Richard N. Wolman, Ph. D
RICHARD N WOLMAN, Ph.D. is an experienced clinician, mediator, teacher and researcher. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School for over 25 years, he is a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychotherapy with individuals and families.
Dr. Wolman also serves as parenting coordinator and Guardian ad Litem for custody disputes and consults with family law attorneys, parents and children experiencing the divorce process. He is an Affiliate of Boston Law Collaborative.
Dr. Wolman teaches a course entitled “Why People Change: the Psychology of Influence” at Harvard. His research topics include spirituality, dreams, psychotherapy and personality styles in relationships. He has extensive experience with personality testing (over 16,000 since mid-nineties) in relation to the dating and matchmaking process where he currently applies theory to practice in coaching singles of all ages searching for meaningful relationships at peggywolmanmatchmaking.com.
DR. NANCY WALL is a certified Life Coach and Matchmaker, is President and Founder of Tampa Bay MatchMakers. She is passionate about helping singles connect, and through her targeted relationship advice and singles’ introductions, numerous life-long partnerships and marriages have resulted.
Dr. Wall has dedicated herself personally and professionally to help others discover and create what they want most from their lives and relationships. As a noted international speaker, she has inspired thousands of singles and couples. She has been seen on ABC Action News, Tampabays10, myFox Tampa Bay, The List and featured in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Times, duPont REGISTRY, South Tampa Magazine, Tampa Bay Wellness, and Let my People Grow.
Dr. Wall earned her PhD in Adult Education from the University of South Florida, an MBA from Crummer Graduate School/Rollins College, a BS in Psychology from Duke University. She holds certifications in Matchmaking from the Matchmaking Institute in New York, Life Coaching from Coach Training Alliance, and Project Management from George Washington University.
LISA DARSONVAL is a matchmaker, dating coach, public speaker and dating and relationship expert, and founder of Santa Barbara Matchmaking; a discreet, upscale boutique matchmaking company for successful commitment-minded singles in Santa Barbara, Central, and Southern California. Her personal and innovative approach towards matchmaking has won rave reviews from happy couples throughout the region.
Lisa's imaginative techniques have invigorated the Santa Barbara singles scene, best exemplified by her well-attended Lock and Key Events at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, a recurring highlight of the summer social season. Lisa is an expert relationship writer for both YourTango.com and LavaLife.com and was a speaker at the 2013 iDate (Internet Dating Conference) in Las Vegas.
CARMELIA RAY is an author, blogger, speaker, IDCA dating coach, matchmaking and attraction expert. Carmelia has been working in matchmaking for over twenty-two years and is a business development consultant in the online dating and matchmaking industry. She is also the CMO of Instant Chemistry; a bio tech company focused on Pairomics.
Carmelia is a sought after dating and relationship expert based in Toronto, who has appeared nationally in the media as a “go to” expert for matters involving online and offline dating. She has worked with multiple companies in the dating industry and has helped to develop some of the largest matchmaking firms across North America.
She has personally interviewed over 60,000+ singles and helped over 7,000 clients with their search to finding someone special. She is the co-founder of DatingLoveandSexTips.com. For more information be sure to visit her site
MATTHEW HENSRUD is a proud startup engineer and expert in most things technology. He's taken roles including Producer, Project Manager, Lead Developer, Technology Strategist, and Chief Product Officer. He currently works as technology lead for SoundStreak, the Internet recording studio. His expertise ranges from What that Bright Star is (usually: Jupiter), to platform choices, launch planning, and user experience design. He’s currently working on a book on helping anyone create their dream website. As an avid (and successful) internet dater, he is keenly interested in how the Internet can facilitate meeting that special someone. Matthew advises companies and individuals on expanding their digital audience, website enhancement, and social media strategy.