My name is Ted and I have a hobby I love — introducing warmhearted folks who have a good shot at becoming friends.

It’s a great counterpoint to my living — introducing CEOs to people who can help them and their businesses.

Frequently asked questions.

What am I doing here?

Most likely, someone I’ve introduced to a new friend thinks you’d like to get introduced to one too. They sent you here to find out more.

Does it matter where I live?

Yes. I’m focused mostly on Denver, where I live. But from time to time, I’ll introduce new friends in Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, London, and Melbourne.

How does it work?

Read through the rest of this page. After that, if you’re up for getting introduced to a potential friend, email me at ted@sugarmapl.es. We’ll arrange a time to have a conversation. That’ll give me a feel for what floats your boat. And that, in turn, will help me start thinking about who you’d hit it off with and what kind of outing I should plan for you.

You’re going to arrange an outing for me and the person you’re introducing me to?

Yes! I want to get you off on the right foot, doing something together you both really enjoy.

Can you give me an example of an outing?

Here are two:

I arranged for two avid gallery-hoppers — Suzanne Mozes and Susan Ash-Lee — to explore the paintings, ceramics, and cuisine of Denver’s River North Art District.

I arranged a picnic for two moms  — Jenna Shapiro and Celine Vernon — and their toddlers in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Those are their kiddos, Luco and Sila, smooching after the picnic in the top photo. Below that is a more recent Instagram video of the two giving their sassy one-star review of a museum they’re visiting.

Are these outings free?

Yes!

I’ll still need to pay for the stuff during the outing though, yes?

Yes. If I arrange for you to go to a Denver Nuggets game, for example, you and the person I’ve paired you up with would just reimburse me for your tickets and buy yourselves hot dogs and beers (and m&m’s and nachos and twizzlers and s’mores and giant pretzels).

Where can I read a bit about you?

Right on this page.

Why do you call this Sugarmaples?

I wanted something simple that would honor my mom. She’s the person from whom I inherited my matchmaker genes and she had a thing for sugar maple trees.

Some old and new friends — and their kids — gathered together at mom’s sugar maple tree-colored, Northern New Jersey apartment, sometime during the early aughts.

Every autumn, when I was little, she made sure I spent ample time sugar maple leaf pile diving and whirlybird tossing (if you’re from the Northeastern United States or Canada, you know what I’m talking about).

I’m in! What’s next?

Shoot me a note at ted@sugarmapl.es. If you’re in Denver, we’ll set up a time to gab over coffee or a beer somewhere in town. If you’re in another city, we’ll set up a time to gab over video chat.

Can you pair me up with a potential significant other?

Let me know that you’re interested in romance. I’ll keep that in the back of my mind when I’m figuring out who to pair you up with.

How do you squeeze outings into people’s busy schedules?

One of the keys to matching people up is finding folks who have at least one shared, regular, truly open gap in their calendars. That way, if they hit it off, they know it’ll  be easy to get together going forward.

What if the only regular, truly open gaps in my schedule are at really odd times, like after 9pm or before 6:30am?

You’d probably be surprised by the percentage of people whose truly open gaps are at really odd times. Worry not.

Who did the illustration at the top of the page?

Loren Klein, Elena Genova, and I collaborated on the ‘S’ logo. The scratchboard background of trees and leaves is part of a larger illustration I commissioned Howell Golson to make for Sugarmaples. If you click or tap on the image below, you can see all of its glorious details.

Again, how do I reach you?

Shoot me a note at ted@sugarmapl.es. I’m looking forward to meeting you!