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The Short Version: Finding a suitable partner can take time, and not all working professionals have the patience to scour bars, dating apps, and meetups for a date. Dating as an adult takes a lot of effort and comes with no guarantees that you’ll actually make a worthwhile connection. A professional matchmaker like Trenia Johnson-Norford, however, can promise to make the journey easier and less time-consuming by arranging personalized introductions. In 2012, Trenia founded Connectricity, a boutique matchmaking firm, to help singles enjoy the dating process and get the results they desire in a short period of time. She offers hands-on matchmaking and organizes singles events to give her clients ample opportunities to make a lasting connection. Connectricity currently caters to relationship-minded singles in Chicago, New York City, Miami, and parts of Connecticut.
Matchmaking is hardly an exact science, but sometimes all the variables line up and create undeniable chemistry. When professional matchmaker Trenia Johnson-Norford compared the profiles of two Colorado natives now living in Chicago, she knew she had a home run on her hands.
She arranged the introduction between the two hardworking professionals and encouraged them to explore all the things they had in common. They hit it off. They dated for two and a half years and then tied the knot. The couple even asked Trenia to be their officiant on the big day.
“That was touching to me because they were so thankful that they’d met through me,” she said. “It thrills me when I can use my connections to help others.”
Trenia married her best friend of 10 years in 2009, so she understands how important finding love is to her clients. She told us she originally started matchmaking as a hobby. While she pursued a career in marketing at JP Morgan Chase, she used her social and professional connections to bring compatible people together. She found the process so rewarding that she eventually left her job and founded a matchmaking firm called Connectricity.
Now Trenia pairs up relationship-minded folks in Chicago, New York City, Miami, and other parts of the US. She has a national database of singles to recommend to clients looking for the real deal, and she provides helpful feedback throughout the dating process.
“I’m a highly emotional person,” she said. “I love love, and always have, so bringing people together and helping them find a partner satisfies me and makes me feel so happy and pleased.”
Trenia was drawn to the matchmaking business because of the flexibility and fulfillment it would allow her. In 2012, she had just had a baby and wanted to be home with him. So she left her career in corporate America and started introducing singles. What started as a side hustle soon became a full-time career as she realized she had a knack for seeing what her clients needed and finding someone who was perfect for them.
The young mother fell in love with matchmaking and launched Connectricity in Chicago to give busy professionals an effective and time-saving alternative to online dating. Today, Trenia works primarily with singles in their 30s and 40s, though she has had clients as young as 21 and as old as 65.
“I see so many people who are successful in their careers but not in their personal lives,” she said. “I help them find that missing piece to the puzzle.”
Although 99% of Trenia’s clients are straight, she said she’s open to matchmaking LGBTQ singles and expanding her network to include people of all orientations. She sits down with every prospective client to discuss the matchmaking process and learn more about their dating goals and preferences. She only agrees to work with someone if she feels confident she can help them find love.
Once Trenia takes on a client, she starts searching her database for potential matches. Unlike most matchmakers, she doesn’t show photos when recommending someone to her client because she believes compatibility and chemistry can’t be judged by a single photo. She’d rather her clients go on the date and decide if there’s something there or not in person.
After the date, Trenia will talk to her client to see how things went and, should both individuals express a desire to see each other again, she will facilitate the exchange of contact information.
Trenia’s post-date debriefing sessions ensure both the matchmaker and the client learn and improve throughout the dating process. “I don’t necessarily provide dating coaching as a service, but I’m coaching all the time,” she said.
Connectricity has successfully paired up many commitment-oriented individuals over the years, and yet Trenia said she never tires of receiving wedding and baby announcements from former clients. After all, that’s why she got into the matchmaking business to begin with.
Singles who feel hesitant about employing a matchmaker can read Connectricity’s success stories to feel confident in the firm’s ability to help them find the relationship they’ve been dreaming about.
“It scares me to think that I hesitated to pursue this adventure,” wrote Angela in a testimonial, “because, if I hadn’t, I never would have met my love mate! He is an amazing person.” These two love birds are currently engaged to be married.
“I loved working with Trenia. She made what I thought would be a scary experience a smooth and comfortable one.” — Nicole, a Connectricity client
“Trenia delivered with flying colors,” said Michael, a senior sales representative and Connectricity client. “It really makes a difference working with someone who is truly passionate about what they do.”
Lisa, a nonprofit executive director in her 40s, came to the matchmaker in search of more than a date — she wanted someone who shared her values and passions. “With Connectricity’s help, I found my soul mate,” she said. “We are both sure we were made for each other. Thank you so much, Trenia.”
“What actually brings us happiness isn’t really work; it’s the people around us,” Trenia said. “It touches my heart to make such a difference in someone’s life.”
Trenia recently moved to Florida with her family and has wasted no time establishing herself in the dating scene. She has started organizing speed dating events in Miami to give the single people in her database an opportunity to meet one another without signing up for her personalized matchmaking services. The speed dating events create an atmosphere of fun and romance that appeals to daters on a budget.
The events are open to singles of all ages and backgrounds. Trenia arranges the evening so that everyone can mingle with one another and establish chemistry over drinks or appetizers. The periodic ringing of the bell keeps conversations from dragging on too long and gives singles a chance to make a new connection.
After the event, Trenia collects feedback from the participants and arranges the exchange of contact information for those who have mutually matched. It’s basically a condensed version of her introduction service, and it’s been a great hit with singles.
The Miami speed dating events have only just begun, but they’ve already attracted dozens of singles hoping to save time in the dating scene and quickly narrow down a roomful of people to two or three desirable dates.
Trenia has also hosted dating workshops and singles events in an effort to inspire people to up their dating games.
Whether she’s making an introduction or hosting a singles bash, Trenia has devoted herself to inspiring romantic connections and facilitating long-term relationships. Over the past few years, she has seen many clients fall for one another, and her business has flourished thanks to her charisma, compassion, and intuition.
Connectricity supports a national network of singles looking for love and has a proven track record in the dating scene. If you’re hoping to find a match in your city, you can trust Trenia to take on the challenge and introduce you to someone who’ll knock your socks off.
“I will always be able to find someone for my clients,” she said. “Unless they’re looking for a unicorn of a person, I can find someone who meets their criteria.”