ARIZONA FOOTHILLS MAGAZINE
Roseann Higgins knows that one plus one doesn’t always equal two, at least not when it comes to affairs of the heart. The self-proclaimed “romance headhunter” founded her company, SPIES (Single Professional Introductions for the Especially Selective) in 1994 after realizing that a serious shortage in the matchmaking business existed, particularly for well-heeled, “picky people.”
Higgins’s home is her office—there’s no receptionist or impersonal waiting area. An interview feels much more like hanging out at a gal pal’s house before a Friday night on the town, and that’s just how it should be, says Higgins. “I’m not trying to hard sell you,” she says. “It’s not, ‘I want you to get comfortable.’ I just want to know your playful and serious sides, how you react to things.”
Higgins asks potential clients to fill out a detailed four-page profile and provide five to 10 real-life (no glamour shots allowed) photos.
People are looking for someone who is attractive, slender, nice, intelligent, emotionally and financially secure,” says Higgins, rattling off people’s prerequisites like they’re her middle names. Her clients range in age from the early 20’s to the late 50’s and are successful, go-get-‘em types. Higgins finds them by being something of an event hopper herself. She has ticket stubs from some 4,000 events she’s attended, from wine tastings to charity functions, any of which could lead to love for some lucky gal or guy.
Being a S.P.I.E.S. client isn’t cheap–$4,000 ensures that Higgins works round-the-clock on your case, although for $350 you can be on her 5,000-plus “available” list, a compilation of singles she’s met over the years. Her spying has led to 27 marriages, and 95 percent of the first dates she arranges result in second dates. She has (as has been whispered to us) set up some of the Valley’s most influential and prominent, but her lips are permanently sealed when it comes to divulging names.
*The number of success stories and size of SPIES database has grown since this story appeared in Arizona Foothills Magazine. Current fees to become a client or on the “available” list have changed and may be obtained by calling SPIES before coming in for a personal interview with Arizona’s top and best-connected matchmaker.