New Business Hosts Austin Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s First “Rainbow Ribbon Cutting” on January 4th
Austin-based Franchise Designed for Expansion to Dallas, Houston, and More
(AUSTIN, TX January 2013) – He’s For Me (H4M-Austin) is a private, offline, and highly customized matchmaking service designed exclusively for select gay professionals seeking long-term relationships. Designed, owned and operated by Austin businesswoman and certified matchmaker, Tammy Shaklee, the new niche service provides modern-day matchmaking customized exclusively for underserved busy professionals.
AGLCC (Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) board members will officially welcome H4M to Austin and learn more about the inspiration, research, development and launch process of this gay-centric franchise at a “Rainbow Ribbon Cutting” this Friday, January 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Shaklee, herself the happily married result of an offline matchmaking service in Austin, saw the need for a similar confidential, exclusive offline service for busy gay male professionals. “H4M introduces sophisticated gay professional men, and allows for traditional introductions, courting, and dating, with the goal of a long-term relationship,” she said.
As a former broadcast journalist, Texas political director and philanthropy CEO, Shaklee researched current trends, behaviors, and dating opportunities for Austin’s professional gay men. She then conducted more than three months of confidential one-on-one focus group interviews with gay professional men from age 25 to 65. Input helped customize the offline matchmaking process, service, and communications.
“My husband and I just celebrated our four-year anniversary – the result of hiring an offline matchmaker in Austin eight years ago. When I realized our busy professional gay friends didn’t have that same opportunity, I started the research and set out to make it happen,” Shaklee says.
Officially launched in November 2012, H4M now serves members in and outside of Austin while attending gay-centric events and networking opportunities in search of ideal matches. Shaklee is proud to join AGLCC as one of Austin’s newest gay-centric businesses. “The AGLCC immediately introduced me to fellow pro-equality businesses and service providers for not only our Austin office, but for every franchise as we look to expand our matchmaking service to cities like Denver, Atlanta, and even Miami.”
H4M-Austin rewards those who refer friends and family to H4M matchmaking services. With each new member or client, H4M offers a gift to a local charity of your choice through the Austin Community Foundation gift card program.
For an extensive description of the H4M creation, its process, and blog entries by the matchmaker, visit www.H4M-Austin.com.
About Tammy Shaklee:
Shaklee has been a natural and personable connector through three successful careers. She is a former broadcast journalist and Texas Senate District Director for the late Senator Teel Bivins, former Ambassador to Sweden. After graduating Leadership Texas in 1996, she followed her passion for mentoring by replicating a national mentoring program in an at-risk Texas high school to keep students from dropping out. She served as a Donor Services Director for a $150 million community foundation before becoming the CEO of Austin’s chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, where she increased revenues 250% in six years and increased children served by 150%. Her success led to consulting in nonprofit management as a leader in best practices on policy, procedure and internal controls. Happily married and without kids, she volunteers in leadership, historic preservation, hosts a monthly salon of media-savvy women, regularly offers tips in the H4M blog and is working on her first book.