Roz Pactor is a fashion/marketing consultant and fashion & lifestyle blogger/influencer based in Houston, Texas with more than four decades of experience in fashion that has spanned Foley’s Department Store, Bloomingdales NY and Neiman Marcus. She was most recently employed as the Vice President/Fashion Director for Foley’s before starting her own company, The Pactor Group. She has adapted her own fashion and retail skills and knowledge to consulting with clients and industry colleagues on both the business and personal level, assisting them through her years of experience.
Roz is best known for her personal fashion statement that has evolved from her many years of wearing only red glasses. It has become her primary focus in the development of her blog and social media, “My Red Glasses (MRG).” Through MRG, she is able to provide her own unique perspective on the world of fashion from a seasoned insider. She has expanded the site to include beauty, health, dining, fine arts, home and travel, believing that fashion is at the core of it all. Through her collaboration with BPP Tours, Roz has explored and expanded her reach to include Italian fashion and shopping. She travels to Florence and around the Tuscan region twice a year to take women shopping internationally as a part of the Italian itinerary.
She believes in the importance of giving back to the field that she loves and to charities/organizations that are most important to her and to our community. One of the organizations she prioritizes dedicating her time and resources to is the American Heart Association, which she is passionate about because of her family’s history of heart disease. She is also passionate about Donne Di Domani, known as the group of Italian ladies who annually make tomato sauce to sell at the Nutcracker Market. All proceeds from the sale of the sauce is given to various local charities. She has been an active member of the Heart Guild, serving as president, and worked on the development and creation of the Shop With Heart Card. She works closely with the Italian Cultural & Community Center and co-chaired the first Fashion Show and Luncheon in March 2020 because she values participation in all things that enhance the exposure to Italian culture in our city. She was a charter board member and Chair for University of Houston Department of Retail for several years, actively participating in class and in practical training of their Retail Internship Program. She has been honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Chronicle/Colitis Foundation. She is also a ten year member on the Hermann Park Conservancy Advisory Board, among other charities and organizations she regularly supports, such as MS Society, Fashion Group International, Passion for Fashion for Houston Community College, and a newest favorite charity, Diaper Foundation.
In closing, Roz’s pride and joy is her family: Alan, her husband of 45 years, daughters, Crystin and Nicole, and Nicole’s family, husband Michael Graham and daughters Haylie, Harper and Harley. They are at the core of her existence and the light of her life. Roz is also the proud sister of Houston’s own and Grammy award winner, Steve Tyrell, and she cherishes his family as her own.
Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell “brings a touch of Texas grit to the Great American Songbook,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That makes sense since Tyrell hails from the Lone Star State. He was just 19 when he left Houston and headed to New York to begin his career in the music business. Since then, he has achieved great success as a singer, producer, musical supervisor, and radio host.
His breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Tyrell reinvent and re-popularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. His hits, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Give Me the Simple Life,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street” have been featured in major motion pictures and launched millions of romances. N.A.S.A. took a particular liking to his iconic version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and used it to wake up the astronauts in outer space!
As an artist, 12 of 13 of his American Standards albums have achieved Top 5 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts, including his #1 smash album – A Song For You, which was released in 2018 and features songs by Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Leon Russell, among others. His album, The Disney Standards, landed in the Top 10. His first album, A New Standard, was among the best-selling jazz albums for more than five years. Steve just released his 13th album Shades of Ray, his tribute to Ray Charles.
In August 2015, Tyrell added radio host to his long line of credits. Every Monday through Friday, he can be heard on “The Steve Tyrell Show,” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT on KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles and online at jazzandblues.org.
Steve has played for Heads of State, including Presidents Clinton, Bush, Trump, and President Santos of Columbia. He has also performed for the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
As for American royalty, the Sinatra family has long embraced Steve and his music. Together, with Quincy Jones, they handpicked Steve to be the featured performer with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at their season opening concert in which Frank Sinatra was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Also, at the request of the Sinatra family, he reprised that performance at Carnegie Hall. This was one of the rare times the family has reached into the vault of original Sinatra arrangements to share them with another artist.
Although Steve tours mainly with his band, he has also sung with some of the most renowned orchestras in the world. He has enjoyed multiple performances with The Boston Pops, The New York Pops, The Nashville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and The Houston Symphony.
In 2005, after the passing of the legendary Bobby Short, Steve was asked by New York City’s famed Café Carlyle to take over their revered holiday season of November and December, which Mr. Short had not missed for 36 years. Since then, he has been ringing in the New Year in swinging style and selling out the famed nightclub.
Tyrell’s work in the studio as a record producer has included collaborations with such diverse and legendary artists as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt and Blood Sweat and Tears, among many others. He produced Woody Allen’s classic comedy album, Woody Allen – Stand Up Comic, as well as an album with the late Andy Griffith, which won a Grammy in 1995 for “Gospel Album of the Year.” His productions have earned over 11 GRAMMY® Awards.
Steve is currently enjoying major success with Emmy and Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar, Kristin Chenoweth. Their 2017 collaboration, The Art of Elegance, skyrocketed to the #1 spot on several of Billboard’s charts. They are again celebrating with the success of their latest album For The Girls which debuted in September 2019 and also hit #1 on the Billboard charts.
As a music producer for film and TV, Tyrell has worked with such distinguished directors as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nancy Meyers, Steven Soderbergh, and Charles Shyer.
As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by such revered artists as Ray Charles, Diana Ross, LL Cool J, Elvis Presley, and blues legend Joe Bonamassa.
Aside from being a GRAMMY® Award winner, Tyrell is a Daytime Emmy Award winner and has earned two Prime Time Emmy nominations. He’s also garnered three Ace Nominations, the 2004 American Society of Young Musician’s “All That Jazz Award,” a 2004 The Wellness Community “Human Spirit Award,” a 2006 Society of Singers “Lifetime Achievement Award,” 2008 Los Angeles Jazz Society’s “Jazz Vocalist of the Year,” and 2013 City of Hope’s “Goodwill Ambassador Award.”
Steve Tyrell lives in Los Angeles, but relishes his days in the Big Apple where he can spend time with his children and grandchildren.