Even as a young girl in Waco, Texas, there were hints that Elizabeth Swift was a first-class hostess in the making as she spent many happy childhood hours enamored with the art of cooking and entertaining, even serving her very first soufflé to the family’s yard man.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in marketing and business, Elizabeth moved to Washington, D.C. working in a staff position with the Republican National Committee where she planned and coordinated many critical breakfasts, luncheons, receptions and dinners for the RNC. In her precious spare time, Elizabeth began catering small events from her apartment kitchen including a friend’s wedding where she insisted on ironing antique linens and making the cake from scratch – the same personal touch and ‘extra mile’ attitude that have become synonymous with Swift + Company. As her client list grew, it was clear Elizabeth was destined for a career in event planning where she could combine her love of entertaining with earning a living.
In 1987, Elizabeth marked her return to Texas with the launch of Elizabeth Swift Catering, now Swift + Company. Elizabeth’s ability to execute and serve “luxury restaurant quality” food at catered events has resulted in huge success. Now over 30 years later Swift + Company has grown to a substantial full-service event production and party rental business with a staff of over 55 creative professionals.
Today, Swift + Company caters to the needs of Texas’ leading corporations and legendary hostesses while offering turnkey services for catering, wedding design, flowers, event management, party rentals, and more. Elizabeth and her team have worked all over Texas, and nationally stretching as far as New York. Elizabeth has produced events honoring the last 4 sitting Presidents of the United States, a Hall of Fame event in Cooperstown and many major retailers and corporations headquartered in Houston. But whether in a backyard or a ballroom, Copeland’s remarkable team of professionals (many with her since the beginning) continue a tradition of excellence in quality, service and integrity.
Whether it’s following a client’s one-hundred-year-old family recipe for praline cake (complete with old-fashioned measurements and a handful of lard) or capturing the essence and elevating the taste of grilled quail around a campfire – Elizabeth and her happy-hearted staff consider every event an opportunity to deliver an authentic and memorable moment to you and your guests.
Elizabeth resides in Houston and is married to Morgan L. Copeland, Jr., a partner with the law firm of Copeland & Rice, L.L.P. They have three daughters: Nell, Kate and Carson. All three daughters are students and lacrosse players at Northwestern University. Elizabeth and Morgan can be found cheering in the NU stands and roaming the sidelines at most of their games.
Elizabeth enjoys spending down time with her family, and especially enjoys vacations in Colorado, California and Europe. Elizabeth’s passions include exercise, design, travel, and cooking big (and hard to clean up) dinners with friends and family at their Galveston bay house, or simply in their backyard kitchen.
Robert works in Swift + Company’s rental division assisting clients find the perfect rentals for their event. He has over 8 years in the events industry specifically in catering working on parties of 30 to 2,000 guests.
His favorite thing about his job is helping clients to make their events special. He enjoys working at Swift + Company because of the employees and our great clients.
When he’s not helping plan parties, Robert likes to workout (practices yoga daily), cook and bake, and compete in marathons.
Chelsea serves as Swift + Company’s Marketing Coordinator. She helps maintain Swift + Company’s pristine reputation and executes marketing plans on the company’s behalf. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with degrees in both Marketing and International Business. While in college, she was introduced to the event industry and her passions for marketing and event production have been growing since.
Her favorite part about her job is sharing the incredible projects and collaborations that our team is a part of through advertising, marketing, and social media. Each event has a story and she is excited to be the one to tells that story.
Chelsea says, “I am excited to be a part of the Swift + Company team because of the collaborative environment and the diversity of our projects. I love that everyone is passionate about what we are doing and each project brings something new and exciting to share.”
When she is not working on the next marketing idea, you can find her at a local coffee shop or checking out the latest Houston hotspot.
“Live the most vividly decorated temporary life that you can.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic
David works in Swift + Company’s rental division helping clients find exactly what they need for their next event. David has been in the industry for many years and is known for his great working relationships with his clients. His favorite part about being an Event Rental Specialist at Swift + Company is working with the management, clientele and all of our staff.
In his spare time, David enjoys biking, walking and decorating, which is why he is perfect for his position. One lesson from mom that he still carries with him today is to show up for work every day and do your absolute best!
David puts client satisfaction at the top of his to-do list and likes to have multiple meetings with them along the way to provide the best service.
Ali recently joined the Swift + Company rentals division as a Rental Sales Specialist. While she is new to the events, she has seamlessly transitioned to this industry and has learned very quickly.
Melissa has been at Swift + Company since 2010 and serves as the Catering Manager. She says she has the best job. Her passion for working at Swift + Company is evident in her authentic implementation of events and attention to detail. She loves crafting new recipes and menus, and a few of Melissa’s favorite Swift + Company catered dishes are the buttermilk fried quail and the crying tiger beef!
Melissa also enjoys working with the kitchen and warehouse staff to bring her visions to reality. Melissa’s favorite part about her job is getting to work with the team at the office, being creative and producing memorable events for our clients.
While in college, Melissa earned her degree in communications and business from Texas A&M University and then went on to The Art Institute of Houston for restaurant and catering management.
In her spare time, Melissa loves to cook, shop, play tennis and spend time with her husband, family and miniature poodle Bentley!
Melissa is always determined and never leaves anything undone for all of her clients!
“Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.”
Kelsie is an Event Planner + Catering Sales Coordinator at Swift + Company. She found her passions for event planning and catering through her experience working in the restaurant industry doing event sales. Kelsie also has a degree in Public Relations from Texas State University.
Kelsie says, “Swift + Company has been a great fit because it allows me to merge both of my passions. I love getting to work with clients and help them express their personality and style through their events. I try to make the planning process fun and easy for my clients.”
One thing she loves about her job is that no event is ever the same. She loves working on intimate dinner parties for twelve or putting together an elaborate over the top celebration for two-hundred.
When she not planning and working events, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can usually catch her at the Astros game on a Friday night or brunching with her gals on Sundays.
Jorge is one of our talented chefs at Swift + Company.
Harold serves as Swift + Company’s Director of Operations. He is responsible for the leadership of the Swift + Company sales team, maintaining and enhancing client relationships and developing new business opportunities.
Harold has been in the events industry over 25 years and has held leadership positions in local and national professional organizations. He recently acquired CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events) designation highlighting his dedication to professionalism and excellence to his clients.
His favorite part about Swift + Company is that the company is multifaceted and there’s never a dull moment. Our rentals, decor, floral and catering divisions work beautifully together and as separate components. Harold enjoys the diversity of our Swift + Company clients.
In his free time, you can find Harold exploring the Houston restaurant scene and using his creative eye to take photos. He is also very interested in technology and learning new ways it can improve our lives.
Harold’s favorite quote is “If you’re not inspired by what you’re saying, say something else.”
Roberto-Carlos serves as Flower Studio Manager + Wedding Planner at Swift + Company. He has over 13 years of planning, coordinating, design and production experience. Fun fact: Once upon a time, he was in charge of special concerts, conferences and luncheons at Lakewood Church.
One of his favorite things about his job is creating and producing events where people can gather around and fellowship. He loves creating an atmosphere that transports the guest into a whole other world for that brief moment.
During his time at Swift + Company, he has enjoyed working with team of creative individuals where everyone has a voice and is heard.
A few of Roberto-Carlos’ favorite things include social media + brunch + spending time with family.
“A little party never killed no body.” Fergie
Paul serves as the Director of Operations at Swift + Company. He is responsible for overseeing Swift + Company’s business operations, lead the operations team and ensure the highest level of consistent customer service. Paul brings over 24 years of experience in operations, warehouse, inventory, distribution and fleet management experience to Swift + Company. While he is new to the events industry, Paul has proven himself to readily adapt to change and has already made significant improvements to Swift + Company’s operations.
His favorite part about the job is that in operations you never stop being challenged. He tackles challenges and coaches his team to meet these challenges and develop new processes to ensure our customers are receiving our very best.
Paul says, “ While the events industry is new to me, my 24+ years of operational experience will help me navigate. This is a fast paced industry. There is never a dull moment, I love the idea of finding new ways to streamline operations, to improve the status quo.
When he’s not leading our operations team, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids trying new restaurants. Fun fact: Paul grew up in the Bronx and is a Yankees fan. Living in Houston has worn on him though since he finds himself rooting for the Astros these days! Go ‘Stros!!
Paul’s favorite quote is “Never be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”
Claire serves as Swift + Company’s Catering Assistant Event Planner. She has over 6 years of event planning experience and holds a degree from Texas Tech in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management.
Her favorite part about her job is watching events come to life, being an integral part behind the scenes and putting all of the elements together. She enjoys working for such a well-respected company as Swift + Company.
In her free time, Claire loves to cook, play with her dog, workout and (in her words) EAT EAT EAT!
Tom joined the Swift + Company team in 2018 and serves as a Decor Specialist. He has over 16 years of event design experience and is knowledgable of the design trends making him one of our go-to event designers.
One of his favorite things about his job is taking an idea from a client and creating design concepts to make their idea a reality.
When he’s not designing a client’s event, Tom enjoys spending time relaxing on the beach in Galveston. His favorite flower to design arrangements with is the Japanese Ranunculus.
“Love is like a flower you’ve got to let grow.”
Pedro has been working for Elizabeth Swift Copeland since the company’s inception. He is responsible for overseeing the kitchen on a daily basis, ordering the necessary food for upcoming events and managing the food preparations at all of our parties. Pedro enjoys the challenges and growth opportunities his job brings. Being a chef takes a lot of work prepping, cooking and setting up for our large events, but nothing excites him more than to see the final product and knowing our clients are satisfied with not only the taste but the presentation of the food.
Prior to working at Swift + Company, Pedro worked as a waiter, and with no previous culinary training, Elizabeth hired him to help her in the kitchen. Over time, he taught himself how to cook in the culinary industry. Pedro now cooks for hundreds of people and leads all aspects of Swift + Company’s culinary operation. He admires that Elizabeth believes in her employees and their capabilities. She gives you the responsibilities and her trust, which allows you to grow.
Growing up Pedro always desired to work in the culinary industry. He admired the artistry of food and wanted to learn how to cook and become a culinary artist.
The best advice he gives his team is to do your work with pride, not because it is your job but because you love what you are doing.
Jaime is instrumental in making the day to day activities at the Swift + Company kitchen go smoothly.