Bon Jour Matchmaking Service is the name of a service, however matchmaking is a calling. This isn’t just what I do, this is who I am. In 1989 I felt that calling which became my career. As with any successful career there will be imitators. That was pointed out to me by a friend of 40+ years who, back in 1997 gave his sister, Renee Piane, my Press Kit detailing the structure and philosophy of Bon Jour.
I shared my Press Kit with the Piane family at the time because I had known them for years and had moved away in 1981 from back east to Denver. It crossed my mind briefly that I was taking a chance leaving this information which was meant for future clients and the press with the Pianes but I trusted them and assumed they would just be proud of what I had created and accomplished.
Well I guess they were as in short order my structure and philosophy appeared on a website for Renee Piane. I happened to see it and it was no coincidence that she had actually taken the wording from my Press Kit verbatim and transferred it onto her website. Another old friend of mine from Denver who moved to California and worked for Renee told me that she regularly “borrowed” ideas from other venues. For me matchmaking is a calling, for others it is a business. Like so many other dating/matchmaking companies she has expanded into many areas to generate income and basically, like so many others, it is a money machine.
I can’t help but be flattered and fulfilled that she, and I dare to say others around the United States and the world based on my STATS page, have taken my structure and philosophy and made a business venture from it. So in these past 25 years I have not only forged 300+ marriages but also inspired so many people to imitate my creation. Sadly, like Ms. Piane, they rarely match-make anymore as they are so busy going off in other directions and now focus on the bottom line.
You can tell the difference between a “calling” and a “business venture” by the many directions they go in an effort to make money, rather than basic matchmaking to stay true to a “calling”. I can tell by the amount of time people spend from different states and countries what their agenda is because it says boldly on this site that I only work with singles living in the Front Range of Denver.
Bon Jour Matchmaking is what it has always been and was meant to be…a straight forward old-fashioned matchmaking service. There are elements that have been brought into the 21st century, i.e., this Blog and website, but the original philosophy and the way the service is run has remained true to my calling. This is not a money machine, this is my passion. Anything else is merely an imitation.