Cast Blog: #MATCHMAKER

Everything Happens for a Reason

Making a Match: Crashing Chilli's Date!

Making a Match: Larry Birkhead & Melyssa Ford

Patti Turns NeNe's Bridesmaids to Brides

A Waste of a Good Mirror

Getting a Nice Guy for Rachel Uchitel

Breaking 'Matchmaker' History

Two Millionaires That Shouldn't Be Single

The Critical Dick Goes Home Alone

A Dorky Doc and a Hopeless Romantic

Carson Kressley, the Millionaire Whisperer

Patti's Vlog: Everyone Gets a Valentine!

Patti's Vlog: Patti's the Love Doctor

Patti's Vlog: Stefan Richter Tried to Date Patti!

A Bashful Beauty and a Not-So-Golden Oldie

A Shallow Old Dog and a Sweet River Rat

What Rosie Wants and a Gay Hugh Hefner

Great Expectations and the Running Man

Courtney Kerr and a Swedish Peacock

Sarcastic Cheban and a 'Man-diego' Bachelor

Sweetheart Swayze and a Virtual Phantom

Patti's Biggest, Most Tempting Mixer Yet

A Red-Hot Night for the Millionaires

Time for Some Spice: The Ginger Mixer!

Gaynor Gets the Girl (So Does Allison!)

Adam Gaynor Wins, Allison Baver Skates By

Patti Says Leave Boss at the Business

Chef K Wins One for the Lesbian Team

Mitch Berger, NFL Peter Pan, Grows Up

Johnny Out Sweets Yigit

Sweet Yigit Gets No Sugar on His Date

Just Robin Being Robin

Bye-Bye Bradley, Hello Kitty

Robin Kassner Gets Serious

The Rules According to Aimee

Matt "The Candy Man" Riviera

Time for Patti to Give Me a Raise

Skeet Shooting is a Bad Date Idea

Let the Man Be the Man on a Date

Irv's Nerve

Patti's Favorite Episode

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.

Find me on Facebook.com  and check out my website LifestyleElevate.com.

Patti Turns NeNe's Bridesmaids to Brides

Patti thinks it won’t be long before these two are following their friend Nene Leakes’ lead down the aisle.

Read Patti's full transcript after the jump!

OK, greatest week ever. We have my friend NeNe Leakes out here from Atlanta and she brought me the gift that keeps on giving, great women who are looking to be set up! So I’m doing NeNe a favor this week and we’re throwing her two eligible bridesmaids a mixer to top all mixers. These girls are gonna get hooked up, and if they play their cards right, they might end up with a handsome man on their arm.

So let’s get this started. NeNe introduces me to Dawn Robinson and Diana Gowins. Diana is the mothering type. Not just a little bit, she could out-mother Mother Teresa. I get where she’s coming from, she’s an ex-nurse, she’s got three kids, she’s a nurturer. But she’s got a problem: she over-nurtures and that gives the guys the wrong signal, especially when they start dating. A man doesn’t want his date to be a mother until they have some children together. Until then, she’s his hot wife and Diana’s got to lead with the sexy and bring the mothering to the table later. That one’s easy.

Dawn is a little tougher. She’s tall, gorgeous, but also really intellectually smart, and she knows it. She’s got a high finance job, and she doesn’t need a man telling her anything. Well, there’s the problem because a man needs to at least feel like he’s worth something. So Dawn doesn’t need to play dumb, but she also doesn’t need to intimidate the guy or drive over the guy like a competitive tank commander. Alpha women are tough to change, but I can sometimes get them to put away the alpha from time to time to lure a man in. And if Dawn listens to me and tries not to compete with the guy right out of the gate, she’ll be happy she did because the guys will come to her like bees to honey.

So NeNe and I have our work cut out for us this week and we set up a recruiting so NeNe could help me pick out fine gentlemen for her friends. It was a really good idea. She knows what they like, but she’s also honest and knows what they tend to do, and what men aren’t right for them.

NeNe helped us pick the right men, and I think it was worth it because we had a great mixer. The mixer was a classy affair at The Mark and everybody had a great time. The men were respectful but they also were having fun. NeNe and I kept an eye on things, making sure Diana didn’t try to mother anybody out of the door and that Dawn kept her man eating claws inside.  Both girls did great, and by the end each had chosen a great guy, Dawn had Isaac eating out of the palm of her hand and Diana had Dante right where she wanted him staring right back at her.

And because these two are best friends, we decided to let them have a little back up. They all went out together on a double date. The guys were told to plan the date, and Isaac and Dante did great. They got Louis Van Amstel from Dancing With The Stars to give them salsa dancing lessons and then they also had a romantic rooftop winter wonderland dinner where they actually made it snow. Which in L.A. is kind of amazing.

At the end of the week, I think both girls had a really great time. Time will tell, but I think it won’t be long before these two are following their friend Nene’s lead and dancing down their own aisles. And they’ll just have me and NeNe to thank. Well, you’re welcome girls. 

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