Have a plan. At least an initial one. Which will likely be revised but you need to have
some sort of strategy of what you mean to accomplish and how you plan to accomplish
this.”

Amber Kelleher-Andrews is a professional matchmaker, internationally-renowned relationship expert, TV personality, and philanthropy enthusiast. Amber is the CEO of Kelleher International, our global matchmaking firm responsible for 1,000’s of marriages and relationships worldwide. She is living her dream job day-to- day at Kelleher International interacting with the most successful and interesting entrepreneurs around the world and making a difference in their lives. Having the unique opportunity to
contribute significantly means the world to her. Amber is the founder of AKA Endeavors
where she uses her unique matchmaking skills to match progressive change-makers
within her exclusive Kelleher network with key social impact projects.

Kelleher International has been awarded back-to- back top global matchmaking awards from 2010-onward, and Amber is a frequent correspondent and contributor on various national media outlets, entertainment, and news platforms such as The Today Show, GMA, 20/20, Nightline and The BBC. She enjoys contributing to business and relationship books, she blogs her expertise and dating advice in columns for The Huffington Post and SFGATE.com and is writing her first novel for 2017. Amber starred in NBC’s Prime time reality show “Ready For Love” and hosted a radio show called “The Rules of Engagement” for CBS Radio, but her most rewarding endeavors to date in her love career has been co‐hosting Leadership Gatherings with Sir. Richard Branson benefiting Virgin Unite by curating intimate groups of successful entrepreneurs whose commitment in business is to further leverage their influence as a driving force for good.

Amber is a Mamoni 100 member where she participates in the conservation efforts of the Panamanian jungle, and an enthusiastic world traveler. Most of all Amber enjoys connecting with people as her true passion and living in the San Francisco Bay Area where she resides with her three children, 2 dogs, 2 horses and her husband Jiu Jitsu Master, Nico Andrews.

Where did the idea for Kelleher International come from?

Amber: I was living in Los Angeles modeling and acting. I had small roles on Baywatch, Melrose Place and 90210 and had done tons of commercials. My mom, Jill Kelleher, was starting to get lots of new business, her business was growing and I was tired of the feast, famine and inconsistency of being another LA actress. The timing was right. I left LA and never looked back. Until 2012 When I was cast as a matchmaker on the Eva Longoria produced NBC non-scripted reality Ready For Love. So my acting background came in handy in retrospect.

Jill: I was a single mom in 1985-86. I wanted to work from home or at least at a profession with flexible hours so I could spend as much time as possible with my kids, Amber and Flynn. I had worked as a model and stand-in for actress Linda Evans of Dynasty fame. But being on the set all day took me away from my home and family, so I decided to take up photography. One of my first photography gigs was taking pictures of old school dating service Great Expectations’ clients for their dating ‘book’. I realized that what was missing was a woman’s intuition. I’ve always been very intuitive, so I thought let me place an ad in San Francisco Chronicle and see what happens. For the first 10 I worked from home and I loved it! The business steadily grew, we received many referrals from happy couples and from the relatives of happy couples! In 1999 my daughter Amber joined me and now we have grown to the biggest family owned matchmaking firm in the world.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

Amber: typically I get up, grab some tea and fruit, scan work emails that need immediate attention .. drop the kids off to school. Then come back to the office check my schedule for the day (meetings, Skype calls etc) and I ‘m off and running!

How do you bring ideas to life?

If I have an idea, I try to jot it down before I forget it. Then I’ll run it by my mom and toss it back and forth.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Blockchain technology! Being headquartered in Silicon Valley, we are privy to the latest trends inside scoop from clients who are changing the world. Blockchain technology is cutting edge and I think this is the future of business as we know it.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Always follow up. If you have a meeting with a potential new client, even if they don’t
sign up right then, by following up and thanking them for their time, they will remember
your meeting fondly. And are then more likely to reach out when they are ready.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Relax. There is no timetable on success. Smell the flowers. Enjoy time with your family.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on?

I tend to be more of a visionary and see the Big Picture, and sometimes its hard to
translate my vision to my team. But they’ve learned to trust me because I’m usually
right. And my vision allows me to stay ahead of the game.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Always acknowledge good work from your team. Especially when they go the extra mile
and it benefits everyone. Also, its crucial to listen to the client. Pay attention.They need
to feel you hear them.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

Follow my instinct. I’ve found when I do that, I rarely- if ever regret a choice I’ve made.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Have a plan. At least an initial one. Which will likely be revised but you need to have
some sort of strategy of what you mean to accomplish and how you plan to accomplish
this.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

Salesforce for managing and tracking leads, and Signal for communications.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Sir Richard Branson’s enlightening book ‘Screw Business as Usual’. Its philosophy changed my life. Kelleher has had the opportunity to personally host events with Richard Branson on his private island and after getting to know him, we believe in him as a true visionary. He is our unofficial mentor and we are honored to know him.

What is your favorite quote?

It’s actually a scripture. Hebrews11: “Now faith is being certain of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.

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