He sought help from Selective Search to find a high energy lady with a sense of humor and tenacious attitude to life.
“The first lady they set me up with, we’ve been married now for three years,” Randolph said. Before she began hunting down lovers and mates for her high end clients, Barbie Adler was an executive headhunter with Chicago-based search firm Encore, and counted some of the country’s biggest companies as clients.
“It goes back to the old fashioned way of meeting in person, carving out time, really understanding someone, what they’re looking for, they’re past romantic history; what worked, what didn’t work,” Adler explained. Another 48% choose a partner after three or four introductions.
There are other important details clients must ponder: do I want children? Despite its high price tag, there may be a practical side to Selective Search and high end matchmakers like it.
“If you look at your credit card bill at the end of the year, and you’re still empty-handed or you’re spending three or four years with the wrong person, that adds up.” The Clients’ Point of View…After an initial in-depth interview at Selective Search’s Chicago HQ, he was introduced to two ladies chosen for him by the company whom he spoke with by phone and met face to face.The second one was special and sparks flew over dinner at a Boston seafood restaurant.Randolph, an attorney from the south whose marriage of 22 years ended in divorce, didn’t have problems finding dates as a newly single man but was frustrated by an inability to find a woman with whom he felt the right chemistry.In 2007 he was in his late 40s and juggling pa rofessional schedule that included constant travel.
Rates escalate depending on the geographical scope of a search. “We really aim to please in all areas, including physical,” says Adler. Women, which make up the dating pool for the paying clients, are taken on as members gratis but have to go through a vetting process.