Photo Credit:  Chas Photo

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Meet Leslie Wardman,
Founder & Matchmaker

Leslie Wardman is a fifth generation Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles. She is one of the most accomplished matchmakers in the industry with over 16 years of experience. Following a 20-year career at ESPN, she decided to put her passion and natural talent for networking into what she calls the most important part of life – finding your significant other.

She then became the Matchmaker and Director for an international matchmaking company for busy, single professionals during the 1990's. Yet, she envisioned a more personal, hands-on matchmaking experience. This vision is what led her to create Ambiance Matchmaking in 2002.

Leslie relies on client referrals and word-of-mouth. She believes a job well done is better than any form of advertising. This adds an extra layer to the pre-screening process, as she already has a built-in reference.

She has a unique advantage in the matchmaking industry. She has experienced being single, married, divorced, and a single mother entering into the dating world for the first time after 17 years of marriage. This allows her to understand and work effortlessly with every type of client.

Leslie has been a guest on several TV and radio shows, written columns on love and dating for major publications, and is the author of the book "Love, Dating & the Beatles." She is currently writing a book on the phenomenon of divorce after seventeen years, titled "Marriage and the 17-Year Itch."

 

Hunt Ethridge,
Dating Coach

Hunt Ethridge is an award-winning dating and relationship expert with over a decade of experience helping people become the best, most dateable versions of themselves. While the focus of his coaching is on making someone empirically more dateable, the lessons learned translate very easily into personal and professional lives. The emphasis is on confidence building, leadership, image & style, conversation skills, reconnecting with fun and more.

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He has founded 3 dating companies including the International Dating Coach Association which serves to educate and certify dating coaches and has members all across the globe. He has been featured collectively and individually on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, Maxim, the Huffington Post, Telemundo, Yahoo! Shine and more. He is considered one of the top in his field and is consistently called upon for insight, collaboration, and speaking engagements. As a prolific writer, he has over 100 dating advice articles all over the Web. He was recently voted the #1 Male Dating Expert in the country at the 2016 US Dating Awards.

 

Benjamin Ritter,
Dating Coach

Benjamin Ritter, MBA, MPH, EdD, is a social entrepreneur and leader in the fields of personal and professional development with the mission to simplify health, wealth, and happiness. He is the founder Live for yourself (LFY) Consulting, a personal and professional consulting service that leads clients to become the author of their own personal guidebook to fulfillment, and then integrates those teachings into their everyday lives.

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The process of LFY Consulting cultivates greater levels of alignment, confidence, and emotional intelligence in the areas of life, intentions, values, and expectations.

Benjamin is also the host of the Live for yourself podcast and LIVE events, author of The Live for Yourself Journal, and the The Essentials, creator of The Breakup Supplement, previous host of the Suave Lover podcast, and a freelance expert and writer who has worked for Dose Media, The Great Love Debate, The Huffington Post, TheGoodMenProject, ManTalks, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, Bustle, and more.

 

Chad Johnson,
Licensed Psychologist

Chad Johnson, PhD, is an associate professor of human relations and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. He has published numerous scholarly articles as the lead author for the Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. He is passionate about understanding love, relationships, and finding fulfillment in life.

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Dr. Johnson is also an experienced licensed psychologist who provides coaching, consulting, and counseling for a wide range of issues such as dating, relationships, love, and finding personal meaning, purpose, and self-expansion. Essentially, his approach to relationship coaching consists of helping clients meet their personal goals through imaginatively exploring their lives and concerns more deeply in the context of a supportive and collaborative relationship. Through a strengths-focused process he facilitates clients discovering deeper self-understanding and awareness, recognizing their core values and goals for dating and relationships; thus, leading to expanded meaning, aliveness, and engagement with oneself and fulfillment in one’s connections.

When not working to assist clients in reaching their relationship and life goals or training future mental health counselors, he spends time with his two children, Jade and Gabriel, who recently moved to Brooklyn, NY. He also enjoys escaping on his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and riding around the countryside with destinations unknown. He has two furry companions at home, his dog, Aspen, a Siberian Husky, and his cat, Mysty, evil incarnate.

 
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Taylor Wade,
Creative Director & Writer

Taylor has been involved with all aspects of the company since it's founding in 2002. She now focuses her energy on web design, writing, editing, and developing innovative methods to interact and grow within the matchmaking industry. Using the world wide web as her main platform, she combines her research and writing skills to communicate with our community and provide invaluable resources.

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She has written numerous magazine articles, blog pieces, and is in the midst of collecting research for her book on human chemistry and attraction. She is also completing a personal memoir, chronicling mishaps in love and life. Graduating with Cum Laude Honors from Oral Roberts University, she majored in International Business, minored in Spanish, and was on the Division 1 Varsity Tennis Team. Originally from Toronto, she has been traveling the world since 2008, recording stories of love, life and happiness from others across the globe.

Go to Ambiance Matchmaking's official blog to read all of Taylor's articles and stories. And, subscribe to Ambiance Matchmaking's official newsletter to get Taylor's articles delivered to your inbox.

 

Janet Jackson,
Client Coordinator

Janet Jackson is responsible for ensuring all Ambiance members have a great dating experience. She does this by taking care of everything involved in your match, including coordinating member schedules, and making your reservations at our partner restaurants. She even calls you post-match to ensure you had a positive experience and to receive your feedback.

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Janet has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Concordia University. She resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two children. She considers her marriage and family the most important aspects of her life. These values are what drives her in helping Ambiance members find a meaningful relationship.