that southern hospitality

“That’s right, you’re not from Texas. But Texas wants you anyway.” So goes the Lyle Lovett song, which would have been a hit with some of the out-of-town partygoers at a high-powered bash hosted by Roy Spence last Friday in Austin.

The GSD&M president welcomed to his home some of the nation’s top CEOs—from the Lone Star state and beyond—many of whom were in town at the invitation of Fortune magazine as part of its Fortune 500 list.

Attendees chez Spence included Fortune managing editor John Huey, longtime GSD&M client Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines and Gregory Peters of Austin-based software sensation Vignette. “They all came in on a bus,” Spence muses. “It was a nice bus, though.”

Following drinks and dinner on a deck overlooking the city’s Towne Lake, Spence addressed his fellow company leaders with the words, “I would have been a member of the Fortune 500, but after paying for this party—kick me out of the rankings.”

Following the shindig, a contingent made a full Austin night of it by heading off to see Lovett, Texas icon and the city’s quintessential musical performer, play for Austin City Limits. ETHAN MILLER/CORBISMARK WIENS/TONY STONEJ. CHRISTENSEN/NEWSCOM