Everything Happens for a Reason

Jason Bross shares how serendipity led him to 'Matchmaker' and to the girl of his dreams.

For the last six years, I have been focused on growing my business, Lifestyle Foods, and I suppose I could be guilty of putting my work ahead of my personal life. Looking for additional opportunities to expand both my personal and professional networks I joined an organization called EO (short for Entrepreneur's Organization). Through EO, I developed many new friendships which is how I was referred to The Millionaire Matchmaker and recommened to meet with them in Vegas. The catch? The meeting needed to be that weekend.

I took a break from thinking about the challenge at hand, and figured I might as well take a look at some possible flights to Vegas. The prices were inflated, since I was trying to book at the last minute. Ironically, I had an airline credit for the exact amount of the cost of the flight that was close to expiring. It occurred to me that taking a couple of days for myself might give me a fresh perspective on how to tackle the issue that had been frustrating me, so I decided to fly out to Vegas.

The trip went great. Upon returning, I told a few close friends about the prospect of working with Patti, but considered it a long shot. I chalked it up as a great story, dove back into my work, and forgot all about it.

Around that time, I had the breakthrough I was looking for. Despite a successful business and loyal customers, we were not reaching the markets to our fullest potential. Thats when it hit me. We would launch an online store and develop an innovative way to ship highly perishable goods to consumer's front doors. It might seem like a simple solution, but the logistics of not compromising the quality of our products in order to create a higher level of convenience for our customers was not a small task. A few months of development went by, and I received a call asking if I was still interested in working with Patti. To say the least, it was a surprise. I felt happy, scared, nervous, and excited all at once.

Like anything in life and business, research and preparation are always a smart decision. I met with a few people who have had similar experiences and listened to what they had to say. I knew going into the show that I would be exposed to the world and that there might be some embarrassing moments, in addition to other changes. Once in a lifetime opportunities are extremely rare and this was definitely one of them, so in the end I decided to participate.

I'm really glad that I did. Not only was the entire experience cool, but I met a lot of great people who changed my perspective and perception of dating. Some of the things that Patti said were spot on. . .and some weren't. The body language coach that I met actually did help me, even though I thought it was a little ridiculous at first. I never would have pursued the advice of such a coach, but I do think that it helped me to relax and to be more open. It's already opened a lot of doors for me both personally and professionally.

Meeting the other daters at the mixer was pretty fun. It's impossible to get to really know anyone in an environment like that, so I went with my gut instinct to select girls that seemed genuine. My date may not have gone as I expected, but it was still a great learning experience. However I think my rafting days are over.

In the end, Patti was right. She told me to return to my roots in Pennsylvania and find a girl from my hometown that likes the same things I do. Turns out, that's exactly what happened.

I guess everything happens for a reason.

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Making a Match: Brooklyn Chooses Sizzle vs. Substance

Patti dishes on what it was like working with Thicker Than Water Brooklyn Tankard and getting a New York player to start take matchmaking seriously.

Season 8 of The Millionaire Matchmaker is one of the most dramatic ever. This time around, Patti Stanger is helping plenty of unlikely clients find love, from RHOA’s Kenya Moore and Sheree Whitfield to rap royalty Romeo Miller.

Each week, we're asking Patti to weigh in on every episode in her exclusive vlog. She'll tackle the good (Brooklyn on French kissing), the bad (Amit’s beard)—and the hilarious (Patti’s New York accent!).

This week, she talks about setting up Thicker Than Water's Brooklyn Tankard and teaching this Long Island divorcee to stop looking for love at the clubs. Check out the latest episode vlog below and watch past episodes here.

Brooklyn Tankard the star of Thicker Than Water is up this week. Brooklyn is pretty funny and exciting, she’s a little bit off though. She’s basically a single mom with a daughter and you know she doesn’t get to meet quality men, she really hasn’t found her equal.

My other client this week is liquor entrepreneur Amit Ram, he’s from Long Island. He’s got this awful f---ing beard on his face. Girls in the clubs like his beard, yeah, yeah in 1959 they do, not in 2015.

For those two we chose to do a Hot Seat Mixer. That means Brooklyn and Amit interview potential dates and if they don’t like someone they can kick them out of the hot seat, but if they like them, they get to stay. So it’s kind of like musical chairs.

Brooklyn goes through a bunch of guys and some of them are really awesome. I personally love Jason, he’s tall, he’s older, he’s been divorced, he has kids, he’s a very solid guy. But Brooklyn’s got her eye on Michael who's a bit younger, really hot, super sexy, has sort of a football player look -- and she can’t take her eyes off of him. Instead of going for the substance she’s going for the sizzle.

Meanwhile, Amit chose a great little petite girl named Daniella, she’s also a gym rat like him, they have a lot in common. He’s taken her on an interesting date, free-running training, you know when run and when you jump and you climb, it’s kind of extreme dating. They’re both pretty bad at it, but they love working out so they have a really great time. Then he takes her to a nice dinner at a classy place, Miceli’s.

I just hope Brooklyn took some of my lessons with her back to Nashville, because she needs a lot of work.

Patti Stanger

Brooklyn had a really nice date with Michael, they went peddle boating. But Michael didn’t ask much about Brooklyn, and this didn’t really work out for her because she likes to be the center of attention. So I don’t think that she chose well. I think it should’ve been Jason, which is the one I wanted her to go out with all along. I just hope she took some of my lessons with her back to Nashville because she needs a lot of work. I bet she'll be back again next time.      

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