Forget having the dry-cleaning delivered. Concierge Services are about enhancing your life. How about sitting back while your facial is scheduled, spending unlimited time talking to your doctor, or even nabbing tickets to the olympics? You can still have the dry-cleaning delivered bit about about to Paris or Prague? The sky’s the limit.Dawn Shand Johnson
No matter how gran your life is at the moment, Preferred Group wants to make it even grander. The company provides clients with “extraordinary VIP access, personalized service, and expert attention to detail,” and its private concierge services mean that discreet, individual attention and a wealth of knowledge and resources are at your fingertips. The firm’s network of contacts spans the globe and includes A-list hotels, restaurants, and luxury products and services.
SERVICES: There’s what you’d expect: full-service itinerary planning for business and leisure travel; restaurant and club reservations; arranging for tickets to events; hiring estate staff; personal shopping and event planning. Then there’s the unexpected: tickets to the Olympics; having gym equipment delivered to your hotel; private-jet travel; scoring a name act to headline your private event; shipping beluga caviar from France to New Yorkl delivering a nutritional shake to a remote destination in Cabo San Lucas. The company’s motto says it all: “No service limits as long as it’s legal.”
PEOPLE: Preferred Group was founded by Los Angeles-based Emad Ghobrial, who boasts a background in luxury hotel concierge services. Ghobrial teamed up with noted event planner Karina Patel in 2002.
FEE: At $1250-$3000 per month, Preferred Group’s services are quite cost-effective, as personal or executive assistants often command salaries of double or triple that amount.