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Domestic | Match is the Bay Area’s most exclusive domestic staffing agency. Our goal is to provide our clients and the candidates we represent with outstanding personal service. We listen carefully to fully understand our clients’ needs and strive to make the right match, the first time. We take great pride in our work and have a true passion for the service we provide.

We have the candidates that other agencies don’t. Our experience working in private homes around the globe is what sets us apart from the competition. We have over 50 years of experience in the hospitality field, with over 25 years of that time being spent in private homes. This experience enables us to connect with professionals that are currently working behind the scenes in the world’s finest homes. We do not wait for candidates to come to us, we reach out to them!

We understand, better than most, the special relationship that exists between household employers and their staff. We are sensitive to the intricacies of domestic staffing and work tirelessly to create strong and healthy relationships for our clients and candidates. We realize that the skill level of an employee can be just as important as their personality, you can count on us to help you find just the right fit.

We are a full-service domestic staffing agency, whether you are in need of a part-time nanny or a highly skilled estate manager for multiple properties, Domestic | Match is the best choice for all of your needs.

photography by Albert Law : www.porkbellystudio.com

Daniel Wood

Founder and Director

Daniel has been a leader in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, including 12 years in private luxury services as an Estate Manager, Private Chef, and Yacht Chef.  He has extensive experience in all sides of the hiring triangle: as a candidate, a hiring manager and a third-party recruiter.  It is this understanding of all facets of the private service market that allows Daniel to make such effective matches when pairing the right candidate with the right environment.

Daniel began his professional career as a renowned chef in fine dining restaurants in Maryland, Florida and Germany, after studying culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University.  He gained his first Private Chef position for a family in 1999, traveling with them as they rotated through their homes in the US, along with summers in France. From 2001 through 2006, he accepted Executive Chef, Private Chef and Yacht Chef assignments in such varied locations as California, Dubai, London, France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico, expanding his culinary expertise at each and every venue. In his role as an Estate Manager / Private Chef, Daniel managed three luxury residences in the US and Europe while preparing world-class, creative dinners for the family.  For five years, he ensured that the family’s homes were as beautiful and detailed as the gourmet meals served to the principals.

By 2008, Daniel was ready for an additional challenge, and accepted a simultaneous role as a recruiter for a well-known Private Chef placement agency. In this capacity, he found his second passion: matching qualified chefs with private employers to create effective and professional long-term relationships.

In 2012, Daniel founded Domestic | Match, a boutique private service staffing agency that serves the needs of high net worth families throughout the United States. After three years of success with Domestic | Match, he saw a need for a separate Private Chef division, and launched Private Chef | Match. PCM refers highly skilled culinary professionals to families, yacht owners, resorts, and corporations around the world.

Today, Daniel enjoys working closely with clients and candidates alike, helping both sides understand the recruitment process while guiding them to achieve the best possible match for all parties.

photography by Albert Law : www.porkbellystudio.com

Yesenia Medina

Placement Counselor

Fluent in both Spanish and English, Yesenia brings a unique combination of skills and talents to her new role at PCM and Domestic | Match. These include administrative, organizational, and leadership abilities, plus an exceptional customer service focus. Yesenia’s professional life began in high school, when she learned about administrative management while working in a medical office and at a cutlery and chef’s supply business. By age 18, she held her first leadership role, as acting director of an after school program for middle school students.

Yesenia strengthened her administrative and organizational skills as office manager for an interpreting and translation company, and then decided to continue her education, completing a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she found meaningful work with a private family with two children. In this role, she provided a structured environment for the children to complete their homework, and assisted the parents by coordinating the often-complex logistics of appointments, transportation, and juggling the priorities of family life. She consistently brought a deep understanding of the needs of both parents and children to each task and project.

As Placement Counselor at PCM and Domestic | Match, Yesenia supports candidates who are interested in joining our team of exceptional private service professionals. She brings her outstanding organizational, relationship-building, customer service and communication skills, as well as her own experience as a private service professional, to help our staff in matching the right candidate with each client.

Star McGowan

Recruiting Assistant

After many years in the food service industry, Star brings a diverse set of skills and abilities to her role at Domestic | Match and PCM. Star’s professional life began in high school when she started a part time job as a grocery bagger. She quickly worked her way up to a Production Supervisor position in the bakery department.

After graduating high school, Star attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco and graduated with a certificate in Baking and Pastry. She was able to use her new skills to work as an Assistant Head Baker in a prominent local bakery.  While working in the bakery for many years, she learned strong leadership skills and how to manage a successful team while providing customers with the best experience.

As Recruiting Assistant at Domestic | Match and PCM, Star supports our team to find the perfect candidate for each position. Her outstanding organizational, relationship-building, customer service and communication skills, as well as her own experience working in the industry, play a large role in our ability to source and screen our excellent candidates for our clients.

Lori Allen

Recruiting Counselor

With 15+ years’ experience as a private service professional, Lori brings a unique understanding of various household service positions to her role at Domestic | Match and PCM.  Lori began her career in private service in Florida in 2003 working as a Nanny and Family Assistant in Palm Beach. She quickly became a valuable asset, and her role changed to Personal Assistant and House Manager over the years. From there, Lori’s love for private service and organizational background motivated her to start her own business as a freelance Personal Assistant and Professional Organizer.

For eight years Lori served prominent business leaders and families as their Personal Assistant, Organizer, House Manager, and Nanny. In late 2014, Lori decided to pursue a long-time dream of moving to California. She began working with a private family in the Bay Area and was able to utilize all her private service experience to assist their growing family. Over the years, Lori had the pleasure of hiring many great staff members and building teams for her client’s homes. She truly enjoys meeting new people, and this passion and experience are what lead her to begin a career in recruiting.

As Recruiting Counselor at Domestic |Match and PCM, Lori specializes in working with Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and House Managers and utilizes her excellent relationship building, communication, and organizational skills to provide exceptional service to our candidates and clients.

Lori is a Golden Circle member of NAPO (The National Association of Productivity and Organizing) and has joined the San Francisco Chapter of DEMA (Domestic Estate Managers Association)

Shelby Ellis

Recruiting Counselor

With five years’ experience as a Private Nanny and four years as an Administrative Assistant, Shelby understands the wants and needs of both the candidates and clients.  This personal experience and understanding make her successful in her new role as Recruiting Counselor at PCM and Domestic | Match.

Shelby’s professional life began in high school when she was a server at a small Italian Restaurant, then moved on to become a receptionist for an Insurance Agency. Following that, Shelby worked as a Nanny for a private family with three children where she was responsible for the ins and outs of each child’s daily schedule. A few years later she returned to the corporate world and became an Administrative Assistant in Venture Capital. Working in those roles, Shelby has accumulated strong leadership and communication skills.

As Recruiting Counselor at PCM and Domestic | Match, Shelby assists in finding the perfect candidate for each position. She helps fill positions for Executive Protection| Security, Engineers, Gardeners, Drivers, Couples, and Property Caretakers. She uses her own experience in private service as one of her skills in matching the right candidates with clients.

Ashley Whittaker

Administrative Assistant

Ashley moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a minor in Music.  She also participated in the Marching Band and lived in a housing cooperative, where she helped cook for her 60 housemates.  During college, she also found her love of childcare, tutoring music in local elementary schools and babysitting during her free time.

Upon graduating, Ashley sought out a full-time Nanny position.  Since then, she has helped multiple families with a variety of tasks related to both childcare and the household.  Her most recent role is Nanny & Household Manager for a household with three school-aged children.

As Administrative Assistant at Domestic | Match, Ashley uses her advanced organizational skills to efficiently perform a wide array of tasks that directly contribute to the overall operations of the company.  Ashley also pairs productivity with a warm communicative style in order to build strong candidate relationships and assist in the effective, long-term matching of candidates and clients.

photography by Albert Law : www.porkbellystudio.com

Katharina Hromas-Wood

Office Manager

 

Katharina has been with PCM and Domestic | Match from day one, she is the glue that keeps our dedicated team together! Katharina grew up in Konstanz, Germany and received a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Konstanz. With a love for travel and learning languages, Katharina moved to the South of France in 2000 to attend a French language school in Cannes, France. While in France, she met Daniel, who was cooking for a family nearby, in Mougins. Daniel and Katharina traveled the world before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, launching Domestic | Match in 2012.

In 2017 Katharina earned her Master’s of Arts and Education from Notre Dame de Namur University.

2016 DEMA Agency of the yearThis award goes to the agency that exemplifies professionalism by balancing the demands of the employers and the needs of the candidate. Good business practices such as exceptional communication (follow-up time, open/honest communicating, in-person contacts), honesty, and above average documentation are highly considered.

Continued relationship building after placement is the hallmark of an exceptional agency. Candidates for this award provide exceptional follow-up, continued mentoring and an effort to make retention and job satisfaction an ongoing achievement. Agencies concerned about fair employ contracts, wages and benefits will be acknowledged for the advancement they are making in this industry.

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