Our Founders

 

Image of married couple Candy Tolentino and Josh Black founders of MarryMeAlready.com- premiere online dating site for serious relationships, true love and marriage.

MarryMeAlready.com's resident relationship expert and founder, Candy Tolentino, has long been a fan of relationships and an enthusiastic matchmaker! An honors graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Sociology, she thrived on studying men and women's interactions and what made each sex tick. Connecting two people in a world of billions truly fascinates and inspires her. Years after she and her husband Josh wed (unconventionally tying the knot within 7 weeks of knowing each other and within 5 hours of the topic coming up!), her fascination with spontaneous love persists. "What if there were an online community where singles who were looking for something DIFFERENT than what could be found on so many other dating sites existed? A community where people ready for something MORE could find and meet each other? A site where users could choose their own matches, avoid people searching for just one night stands, cut through the singles games, and find soulmates and people searching for love with a purpose"? This was her dream and today with MarryMeAlready.com, this dream has become a reality. She and her husband custom built the site from the ground up as a team. Their hope in building this community was that it would be easier for you to find your soul mate than it was for them!

 

Candy was one of only 16 entrepreneurs chosen to travel the globe with Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines on the Fox television show The Billionaire; Branson's Quest for the Best. She was an out of the box thinker and a standout. That same spirit has been poured into making MarryMeAlready.com the best (and only) site of its kind! Giving 5% of all profits to charity is just the beginning of Candy's vision for changing the world, one heart at a time.

 

A vegan and lover of food, in her spare time, she can be found making or searching for decadent treats and hitting up organic and veg-friendly restaurants. She also loves philosophy, Maya Angelou poems, spoken word, watching movies (faves are Shawshank Redemption and The Color Purple) traveling the world and of course, matchmaking.

 

Josh Black, site designer for MarryMeAlready.com, is also a person with an abiding respect for relationships and a joy for bringing people together. In his single days, Josh could be found on "mainstream" and even niche dating sites (religious-centered, etc). Because there was always something missing from his vantage point, Josh jumped at the chance to create something new when his wife brought up the idea of a new web community. He wanted to build the site he wished would have been available when he was looking for the ONE. The ability to embed videos, and a clear representation of newest profile pics are two examples of Josh's contributions to the site.

 

Josh can be described as a true Renaissance man - a "science and math geek" (he's embarrassingly enthusiastic about playing a game of Magic the Gathering, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, and a few others his wife refuses to play). He also has a love for graphic design, business, chemistry (Josh holds a double masters in chemistry and a PHD in chemical engineering from Caltech), and even is a certified personal trainer!

 

Most importantly, if someone had asked Josh five years ago whether he'd jump headfirst into a marriage before he knew his wife's middle name, had ever exchanged "I love yous", or even knew of her desire to own a puppy (there's a story about this) he would have looked at them like they were crazy! However fate called, and that's exactly what he did (puppy and all). The "MarryMeAlready.com bug had caught them, and we're confident if you open your heart, it can catch you too!

 

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