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|Hayley Matthews • 12/19/16|
The Short Version: Renessa Rios, the Founder of Match Date Love, distinguishes her matchmaking firm by throwing dozens of singles events to help people meet one another in a relaxed setting. Professionals in Seattle looking for love also benefit from her boutique dating coaching and matchmaking services. Founded in 2008, Match Date Love connects thousands of people of all ages by introducing them at social events and on one-on-one dates. Every week, the Match Date Love team arranges around 20 to 30 dates while organizing mixers (over 80 a year) to bring people out of their shell. With honest advice, hospitable support, and intuitive matching, Renessa empowers individuals to make a love connection that lasts a lifetime.
At age 9, Renessa Rios faced a family crisis that began with her parents divorcing and culminated with living in her mother’s car and in homeless shelters. Still, she never lost hope. Her positive outlook came from her mother, who told Renessa and her two siblings their hardships were only temporary and things would soon turn around.
“She filled us with so much love and expectation,” Renessa recalled. “We were never in doubt and never in fear.”
The steadfast love of the Rios family carried them beyond their troubles where happier times awaited them. When she grew up, Renessa became the owner of a popular nightclub in Seattle and found joy in helping people have a good time.
On weeknights, she began hosting singles events and coaching on how people to approach their crushes. After seeing the phenomenal impact she had in the lives of local singles, Renessa felt motivated to change her career.
She took an 18-month course with the Relationship Coaching Institute (RCI) where she was trained to advise singles and couples. Today, Renessa runs a professional matchmaking firm with three hands-on dating services: social events, dating coaching, and matchmaking.
Since 2008, Match Date Love (MDL) has brought hope and guidance to thousands of people living in the Seattle area. With her electric personality, Renessa applies her experience as a club owner to bring people together in more meaningful interactions.
“I’m very much an empath,” she said. “I can feel the emotional vibration of the room, and I want to bring in a lot of joy and laughter to the singles community.”
As a matchmaker, Renessa’s signature move is hosting lively events for Seattle singles. In total, she organizes more than 80 social mixers each year. Her background as an MC shines during these gatherings as she keeps everyone in the room moving and having fun.
Since 2008, over 20,000 Seattle residents have jumped on this chance to mingle in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Match Date Love eases the way to meet new people at open events. Working behind the scenes, a team of love experts craft every moment to perfection — from a greeting team at the door to icebreaker cards prompting everyone to intermix.
Renessa’s icebreaker game encourages guests to fill out the whole card of questions and win a prize at the end of the night. It works like a charm, the relationship expert told us. “People are pretty competitive once I tell them about the game,” she said. “They want to get out there and connect and engage. It creates this feeling that you can talk to anyone, and it’s accepted.”
Hundreds of attendees come to Match Date Love’s events every month hoping to make lasting connections. In a testimonial, Leonid B. said he met his partner at a speed-dating event organized by Renessa. “It’s going great,” he said. “The L-word has been used in our relationship, and I see great things coming.”
Hosting large parties comes as second nature to Renessa, who said, “I’m doing what I feel guided to do. It’s part of my heart.”
Renessa also takes the time to work one-on-one with clients in her hands-on dating coaching sessions. She teaches men and women about the nuances of body language, conversation starters, and attraction so they feel prepared and empowered to date.
“My demographic is very highly educated,” she told us. “They want to understand, learn, and grow in their relationships.”
Some couples even come back to her, after she’s helped them land a partner, to learn more communication tips and keep their love strong throughout the years.
“People need to see within themselves the power to change their own circumstances,” she said. “I coach my clients to figure it out for themselves so they aren’t dependent on me to give them the answer.” This approach sets singles (and couples) up for long-term personal growth and relationship stability.
For those who want someone to take charge of their dating life, Renessa offers premium matchmaking with more than 2,000 Match Date Love members. Her team makes introductions based on the qualities a client says he or she is looking for. The team promises: “No games and no flakes. We pre-screen and background check every member.”
Renessa requires her matchmaking clients to go through at least three sessions of coaching before she matches them. She does this to get a better sense of a person’s dating style and get rid of any bad habits before sending him or her off on a first date with a potential soulmate.
“They did it! We have a wedding date set and all of the MDL staff to thank. Renessa and associates are all on the guest list!” — Nick S., a Match Date Love client
Many professionals find Renessa’s boutique matchmaking saves them time in the dating scene. Each week, Match Date Love arranges a total of around 20-30 dates for their clientele.
Match Date Love sees success stories all the time, but it still touches Renessa’s heart to see the difference her team makes in people’s lives. She told us that one client, Andy, had been thinking of moving out of Seattle when she introduced him to the love of his life. The couple got married, and, at their baby shower, Andy’s mother approached Renessa to thank her. “Through your event, my son now has a family,” she said.
“And I was like: holy moly guacamole!” Renessa laughed. “I’m so thankful to be doing this.”
Renessa understands, on a personal level, the struggles of single people. Starting over as a single mother after her divorce, she finally found her Prince Charming at a conference in 2012. Now, her husband runs Match Date Love with her, and together they prove that there’s always hope. As part of her mission to educate and inspire, she puts together podcasts, workshops, seminars, and articles brimming with sage advice.
“There’s a difference between living and sharing,” she said. “Some people don’t know how to invite someone in, but it’s as simple as knowing a few conversation starters.”
With every word, she injects her positive energy into the dating world and encourages individuals to keep searching for love. Her Love Talk podcasts are particularly accessible and inspirational for anyone in need of a quick pick-me-up.
She’s always looking to expand her platform to help as many people as she possibly can. In 2010, Renessa penned a dating advice book titled, “Date Right or Stay Single Forever.” With sage (and sometimes blunt) insight, this professional dating expert gives individuals the tools to improve their dating strategies on everything from where to meet to what to say.
From personalized coaching to public speaking, Renessa lends her expertise to help you date with purpose and find a lifelong relationship.
What began as a side project to her nightclub has blossomed into a full-fledged career in matchmaking and dating coaching. Now Renessa passionately seeks out lost souls and guides them to loving relationships. She draws inspiration, she said, from her formative years staying optimistic despite an uncertain future. “Even though I’ve been homeless physically,” she said, “I’ve never been homeless in my heart.”
Carrying on the faith and hope she learned from her mother, Renessa endeavors to change people’s lives through events and one-on-one dates. Her social-savvy advice supports daters from all walks of life, and her firm has helped over 100,000 people in their search for meaningful connections.
Match Date Love uses multiple avenues to inspire and encourage the singles community. With Renessa’s personalized services, Seattle residents can attend social events, enroll in dating coaching sessions, and enlist the help of matchmakers to get a quality date with ease.
“I understand what it’s like to be single in today’s world,” Renessa told us. “It’s my passion to be out there talking, engaging and inspiring singles and couples to live a happy, loving life.”