Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28-year-old Steven Ward had been in the matchmaking business since he can remember. He also considers his mother, JoAnn Ward, his mentor. According to him, he learned from his mom the basics of a good relationship – trust, respect, and communication. With a long list of successful matches and even marriages under his belt, Ward also employs critical technological improvements that is typical of online dating services, alongside the usual interpersonal matching approach, which his mother had been using for nearly two decades.
Ward is best known for being the “centerpiece” in the VH1 reality show Tough Love.
The show features eight of Ward’s toughest cases of women whom he described as “desperate, single, and can’t figure out why.” Tough Love is a boot camp about the male perspective to let the participants know how the other gender view them. With the help of on-air counsel from his mom, Ward aims to transform the group of women via the boot camp.