Executive Team


Founder, Matchmaker, Author

Leslie Wardman is a fifth generation Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles. Following a twenty-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 during the 1990's. Yet, she envisioned a more personal, hands-on approach. This vision is what led her to create Ambiance Matchmaking in 2002.

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."


Aaron Casteel

Aaron's background is just as diverse as the Ambiance Matchmaking Community. He once lived in 18 places in 18 years, giving him an immense amount of insight into various cultures. He finally settled into a multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley firm for seventeen years working as a Senior Product Manager.  

He came to a turning point in his life when he decided to dedicate his true talent, passion and calling into bridging the intricacies of potential couples. This is an invaluable asset in today's society.

He is a professionally trained mediator and conflict resolution expert and he always seeks to turn differences into opportunities while providing vital insights. 


Cofounder, Writer, Creative Director

Taylor has been involved with all aspects of the company since its 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.

She has written numerous magazine articles, blog pieces, and is in the midst of collecting research for her book on human chemistry and attraction.

Go to our blog to read all of Taylor's articles and stories, and subscribe to our newsletter to get her articles delivered to your inbox.


Benjamin Ritter
Dating Consultant

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.

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.


Hunt Ethridge
Dating Consultant

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.

He has founded three dating companies including the International Dating Coach Association. 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.


Diego Chas
Wedding Photographer

Diego Chas is Ambiance Matchmaking’s in-house Destination Wedding Photographer. He has worked in photography and video production for over 13 years in Argentina, Mexico, China, and the United States.

Diego is the Founder of Chas Photo and has recently partnered with Emotion Drones to provide beautiful wedding photography and videography. Based in Puerto Vallarta, he travels Mexico and the world capturing this very special moment in the lives of our members.

Contact us for more information on his services.


Janet Jackson
Client Coordinator

Janet Jackson an irreplaceable part of our company. She ensures our members have a great dating experience by taking care of everything involved in your match, including coordinating your match at one of our partner restaurants, and receiving your feedback post-match in order to improve the matchmaking process.

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.