He’s For Me (H4M) 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 niche service provides modern-day matchmaking customized exclusively for underserved busy professionals. After four years of statewide and national success with matchmaking gay men, Shaklee has expanded her H4M business model to include services for lesbian women in Texas, as well as Boston and Chicago.
Shaklee, herself the happily married result of an offline matchmaking service in Austin, is a straight ally who saw the need for a similar confidential, exclusive offline service for busy gay professionals. “H4M introduces sophisticated, professional gay men and lesbians, 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 before launching her business in 2012. She conducted more than three months of confidential one-on-one focus group interviews with gay professional men from age 25 to 65. This input helped customize the offline matchmaking process, service, and communications. She applied the same process of heavily researching and interviewing prospective clients to get a real understanding of their lifestyle and preferences in order to launch her services for lesbian women in Texas.
Shaklee is considered an expert in the field of gay matchmaking and contributes columns and speaks at conferences on the full spectrum of relationships and matchmaking. Her dating tips for finding love offline have been featured by MSN.com, Reader’s Digest, GO Magazine, Wire Magazine, and more. She most recently spoke at the iDate Conference in Miami (January 26)—the largest business event for the dating/matchmaking industry—to share her wisdom on coaching & matchmaking gay singles. In addition, she actively attends gay-centric events and networking opportunities in search of ideal matches. Shaklee is a proud member of AGLCC as one of Austin’s 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 Miami.”
For an extensive description of the H4M creation, its process, and blog entries by the matchmaker, visit www.H4M.com.
Tammy Shaklee founded H4M in 2012 in Austin, Texas, in order to bring an offline matchmaking service, traditionally enjoyed only by the straight community, to an LGBT audience. H4M is the private, offline and personal matchmaking service designed exclusively for gay professionals. Now serving clients across the nation (and world), including lesbians in Texas, Boston, Chicago and bi-sexuals, H4M facilitates traditional introductions, courting and dating for today’s modern gay and lesbian singles seeking a long-term relationship. For more information, visit http://h4m.com and follow on Facebook.
About Tammy Shaklee:
Shaklee has been a natural and personable connector throughout 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 from 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, she volunteers in leadership and historic preservation, hosts a monthly salon of media-savvy women, and regularly offers tips on the H4M blog.