AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recently launched by Austin businesswoman and certified matchmaker Tammy Shaklee, H4M (He's For Me) is a private, offline, highly customized modern-day matchmaking service designed exclusively for select gay professionals seeking long-term relationships. Shaklee saw the need for a confidential, exclusive offline service for busy gay male professionals that “allows for traditional introductions, courting, and dating, with the goal of a long-term relationship,” she said.
Shaklee researched current trends, behaviors, and dating opportunities for Austin’s gay professionals aged 25 to 65 with more than three months of confidential one-on-one focus group interviews. Input helped customize the offline matchmaking process, service, and communications. H4M is now the only matchmaking service of its kind in Texas.
“My husband and I just celebrated our four-year anniversary – the result of hiring an offline matchmaker. Our busy professional gay friends didn’t have that same opportunity, so I set out to make it happen,” Shaklee says.
Officially launched in November 2012, Shaklee recently joined the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. “The AGLCC introduced me to fellow pro-equality businesses not only for our Austin office, but for every franchise as we look to expand into cities across America.” H4M locations in Dallas and Houston will open later in 2013, with plans of launching two to three additional franchises within the first year. H4M is currently seeking investors in other metropolitan markets such as Denver, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago and Miami and beyond.
For more information, visit www.H4M-Austin.com.
About Tammy Shaklee:
Shaklee 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 replicated a national mentoring program in an at-risk Texas high school to keep students from dropping out. She served as 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. Her success led to consulting in nonprofit management as a leader in best practices on policy, procedure and internal controls. Happily married without kids, she volunteers in leadership, historic preservation, hosts a monthly salon of media-savvy women, authors the H4M blog and is working on her first book.