One day it dawned on me that there was probably a demand for this service for overworked executives who want to meet people but don’t have time.” Valdez followed his gut and launched the “dating management agency” in June 2009.
“For me, those first e-mails are absolutely critical. I wouldn’t like not being the one communicating and expressing my voice and my personality — but more importantly, I want the stuff coming from that person.
“Maybe these guys are shy and need some help to get a girl to notice them,” says Marzi Alavi, a 27-year-old from Manhattan who’s in public relations.
“He might be really cool but can’t write an e-mail for the life of him. I think half the people would be offended and the other half wouldn’t.
Dating consultants will create your online dating profile, surf the sites for potential dates, handle all communication with people you want to pursue (e-mails are approved beforehand) and even plan the date, down to the clothes you wear and the place you go for dinner.
“They handle the logistical aspect of it so you can focus on meeting people,” says Rick, a 37-year-old marketing executive from Miami who asked that his last name not be used (he’s currently using one of these services).“At some point, the tone and timbre of his e-mails just changed.