Founders of Elite
MAGIC IMAGE HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE WANTS YOU TO MEET SHERRI MURPHY and TAMMI PICKLE, FOUNDERS OF Elite Connections INTERNATIONAL, ONE OF THE NATION’S PREMIER MATCHMAKING COMPANIES. LET’S SEE WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT…
MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in the love/dating industry?
SM-I am originally from New Mexico but have lived in California most of my life. I founded Elite Connections International 25 years ago when I saw a need for a safe and effective way for successful and commitment minded singles to meet one another. My philosophy is that there is someone out there for everyone, but you won’t find them sitting at home. My biggest satisfaction is seeing people happy together and when there are engagements and marriages it’s even more rewarding!
MIHM-You and your daughter are the owners of Elite Connections International, tell us about it.
SM-I started the company in 1994 in Los Angeles after I met my husband through a matchmaker. My daughter started working part time with the company at 15 and has been the VP of the company for 16 years.
MIHM-What advice would you give people that can’t find love in LA.
TP-You may be looking in the wrong places. Take up some new hobbies to meet new people. Be positive, upbeat, always look and feel your best and go out everyday like you may meet the one.
MIHM-Why do you think you’ve had so much success.
TP-We meet, screen and match professionals that are looking for a quality long term match. We feel like we become friends with our clients and are able to make great matches because we know everyone personally while helping them with all aspects of their dating journey.
MIHM-How dangerous or safe is it to date with Elite Connections?
TP-People prefer to use our company because it’s a safe effective way to meet quality people. We verify everyone’s authenticity and do background checks. People with busy lives need extra help to find the right person and hire us do the screening for them.
MIHM-Why you think you have had so much success with your business and do you reach only the LA area?
SM-The personal service and care we give to our clients is what has made us successful. We have an A+ business rating and offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, La Jolla, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Florida, NYC, Chicago, Nevada, Canada and Europe.
MIHM-Dene what success means to you?
SM-Working at a job I enjoy, matching couples that fall in love and having a team of matchmakers that care about our clients. Our team has fun together and working with my daughter all these years has been amazing. We have gone to weddings together as far away as Scotland. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?
MIHM-What do you think about the current situation in the country and what would you think you can do to change it or to make it better?
SM-We have a ton of homeless people and teens in LA. Our government closed two local children’s shelters years ago and that put more children on the streets. We have a gala every year to help some of LA’s most needy children at Christmas. Come join us this year. There’s so much help needed everywhere you look but if everyone pitches in a little, it will make LA a better place.
MIHM-Who have been your biggest mentors in your career?
SM-Pam Lontos was the first person that gave me the confidence to start my own company. Keri Roberts and I
have been Elite Connections matchmakers and friends for 20 years. Tammi has shown me love even when I’m the most stressed. She puts family first no matter what.
MIHM-What other projects are you working on right now?
SM- Our 20th annual fundraiser, Party With A Purpose in LA. Opening offices in new areas like Dallas and London. Spending time with my amazing husband, family and friends.