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Inside Houston Magazine, Year 2000 Commemorative Issue, December 1999

Gregory Patrick

Whether the plan is to party like it’s 1999, 2199 or 1599, event designer Gregory Patrick’s number is first on the speed dial and top of the Rolodex with Houston’s socially savvy and corporate elite.

Patrick has been planning the millennium’s most magical evening for a local couple and their select group of globetrotting friends for the past few months, preparing them for a whirlwind experience that will last for two full weeks in various luxury spots across Europe. The adventure begins even before they leave the Lone Star State, with Patrick’s Tours of Enchantment staff ironing out every travel wrinkle, right down to picking up dry cleaning, arranging for pets of the house to be boarded and stopping the mail for the duration of the trip.

“I take things to the next level,” Patrick says. “I think of things to blow the senses because I want every experience to be the best for my clients.” Some of his special touches include a police motorcade escorting a client to the airport, world-renowned chefs flown into vacation spots and personal assistant for each client throughout their vacation. Hotels are a no-no. Patrick’s connections reach to Jane Seymour’s castle in England or Mick Jagger’s vacation home on the island of Mustique, where his clients hide away. Enron, Baker Hughes, Entex, Pace and other companies frequently employ him to plan unforgettable company retreats and personal getaways.

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