“It’s unbelievable the demand down there.” A typical client is too busy for traditional online dating and is willing to pay Buquen and her staff to find a single woman who’s right for him in the company’s “Proprietary Black Book,” a database with a growing number of what the firm describes as “the most beautiful, eligible and desirable single women in Northern California.” “The men we work with are looking for a committed relationship,” Buquen says.“They aren’t looking for a woman who’s 30 years younger or for one-night stands.
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“Our memberships start at $15,000 and go up from there,” says Megan Buquen, the company’s 34-year-old vice president.
“We have a huge waiting list.” In business less than a year, the company is mining a rich vein of Northern California professional men — CEOs, doctors, lawyers, politicians, entrepreneurs. “But we’ve got a ton of techies in Silicon Valley,” Buquen says.
We’re matching men with their equals, and they love that.” The agency has a team of scouts who fan out into the community looking for eligible women who fit this ideal profile at charity events, art openings, wine tastings, film festivals, high-end restaurants, tennis clubs and upscale gyms like Equinox and the Bay Club.
Prospective women are invited to fill out a profile and come into the company’s Sausalito office for an interview. Do’s and don’ts As part of their service, Buquen and her team of six women are available to coach the men on the do’s and don’ts of dating. And what’s more meaningful than helping someone find love?
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