Introducing The Team:
Meet Nina Whittleton
Nina is co-owner and President of Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, Inc. Entering its 19th year, Classic Party Rentals of Virginia has been involved in many wonderful events both public and private! She believes in being hands on in the business working side by side with her employees in every department when needed. When she is not involved in the management of the business, Nina finds her passion in community involvement. She truly believes, “Your Network is your Net WORTH!” She has served on many Boards over the years including LINC, NACE, N.E.W. and the JFWCC. She also volunteers for many local fundraisers pouring beer, selling tickets or just manning the gates! Her family is her best source of strength. Her favorite job has always been being a mom to her kids who provide the most balance in her life along with the sweetest, cutest grandbaby in the world!
Meet Jim Whittleton
Jim is the original creator and owner of Classic Party Rentals of Virginia. He is a former electrician and decided he “just wanted to try something different”. His mother was a caterer and mentioned that maybe he should start a rental business, so he did. Jim started out in a very small office with only about 300 pieces of inventory and has turned this company into what it is now, along with the help of Nina. Jim’s main focus is the management of all inventory that goes out to each client. He is very meticulous about how each item must be in the best condition possible. He is always ready to jump on a truck or wash any of the 23,000 pieces of china he owns. He also keeps all of us here on our toes and lightens our moods with his humor. He is the greatest dad to his two children, Kurt (28) and Kelsey (23) and best Lucky Pop to his grandbaby, Kane (1).
Meet Kurt Whittleton
Kurt is our Operations Manager who keeps all of our trucks routed and the warehouse stocked. He graduated from VCU in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate. As the Operations Manager, Kurt oversees all warehouse operations, the maintenance of inventory, and is the leader of the warehouse and driver team. When not at work, you can find him playing golf or enjoying trips to the beach with his friends and family!
Meet Beth Schold
Beth is our Operations Administrator. She has a diverse work history which includes owning Interior Images, a design business, working at the State Senate of Virginia as a legislative aide, as well as working for The Greater Richmond YMCA. Beth and husband Jeff are the proud parents of Adam, a Marine Corps veteran, niece/daughter Laura, a senior at JMU and a menagerie of furry children. Outside of work she enjoys decorating, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Meet Teresa Koser
Teresa (TJ) is our all-around Human Resource, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Computer IT-Repair, and so-much-more person when we all need help. She has been with Classic Party Rentals of Va., Inc., since April 1, 1997 where she began working in the warehouse doing dishes, linens and, at times, deliveries with Jim. Through the many years, she has worked in all departments training herself on all aspects of each division. Teresa is now in her own office with the title of Secretary/Treasurer, holding an officer’s position within the company.
Prior to working for Classic Party Rentals of Va., Inc., she earned the respect of being a US Navy veteran serving in the United States and abroad. During this time, she was trained in computer skills, administrative know how and respect for others. This hard work and dedication to her country is proven in her dedication and determination in her performance with the company.
Teresa stays active in her community and her church as well as volunteering her time as a leader for a world-wide youth organization (Job’s Daughters International). She is the proud Mother of three children, Paul, Kelsey and Brianna and her greatest joy today is loving her new granddaughter, Meara.
Meet Patrick Hagerich
Hi everyone! I am Patrick Hagerich here at Classic Party Rentals of VA. I will be happy and honored to make your wedding day the day of your dreams. I have been planning events since graduating from college in 1986. I have worked for hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and even managed a bar–always on the event planning side of operations. I have called New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Richmond home in my professional capacity, with each city providing me knowledge, experience, and creativity.
I like to keep current in the market with trends in decor, but (of course) always listening to my clients and what they really want and need to make their day special. You will find that I am not a cookie-cutter or one trick pony type of guy. We are going to have fun planning and executing the perfect event for you and your budget.
I am working at our West End location (behind David’s Bridal in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center) and I would love to meet you. We can play with the samples we have in our show room, but even take selections to your venue and see what they can look like.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you.
Director of Bridal Services
Meet Martha Pearce
Martha, aka “MARBZ”, began her career in 1997 right after college. All she knew was she needed a job that provided health insurance and she loved a party! It wasn’t long before Martha gained a passion for the Special Event industry. Over the years Martha has received training & has been an active member with the American Rental Association, Richmond Weddings, National Association of Catering Executives, International Special Events Society, the Greater Richmond Chamber of commerce & The Richmond Retail Merchants Association. Martha’s an expert in tents! She will advise you on what you need, when you need it and where you need it. She thrives in helping clients select their exact rental needs to bring a client’s vision to life! She has a versatile clientele and is never too busy for referrals – whether it be for a bride to be, a corporate event or a non-profit gala. Martha stays current with the rental & decor trends for all types of events. When she’s not planning events for others, she’s most likely playing with her family at the beach, planning a party for her friends or being entertained by her slew of animals at her family farm. Besides her wonderful relationships with her clients – Martha says her greatest “gift” from her career was meeting her hubby, Kevin, whom she met through the industry. She has three children, stepdaughter, Victoria (16), two sons Nash (8) & Boyd (6), along with a bunch of 4-legged fur-balls! Come see Martha to help you plan what you need for your next PARTY!!
Meet Carrie Black
Carrie has a unique experience as her first connection with Classic Party Rentals of Virginia was as a client! She joined our team in 2015 after welcoming her first baby with her husband, Jake. She’s a proud 2010 Hokie Alum with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After college, she moved to sunny San Diego where she found her love for brunch cruises, dog beaches, and wine tasting in Temecula Valley. She has always had a passion for planning and pays very close attention to detail. When paired with her creativity, she loves bringing every event full circle. She also enjoys decorating for the holidays, relaxing at Lake Gaston, and snuggling with her fur-baby, T-Bone. Now that she’s back in her hometown to be near family, she is excited to be at Classic Party Rentals of Virginia and wants to make your next party unforgettable!
Meet Katie Carroll
Hi ya’ll! I’ve been in the event world now since 2012. I’m a coffee fanatic, beach-obsessed lover of anything simple & sweet….or southern with a touch of blue (my favorite color!). I want to give my clients a peace of mind that the day of their event, they can count on us to have gotten it perfect. That is why I love what I do. I truly feel like my calling is to make other people happy! I have the pleasure of working with the most FUN clients….and love forming friendships in the process.
I have two beautiful boys (can you call boys that? okay….handsome), and an amazing husband! Yes, I am outnumbered…but I wouldn’t have it ANY other way. I also serve on the Worship Team at my church as a singer. I am all about volunteering to help out whenever I can…it is definitely my jam!
I would love to meet you – contact me if you think we would be a good fit working together!!
Meet Emily Pumphrey
Emily is a Maryland native who came to Richmond to study Public Relations at VCU but stayed for the River City’s amazing special events community! While in college, Emily found her passion for events by helping to plan everything from socials for her A Cappella group and friend filled soires, to even a rap concert. She continued to develop her knowledge of all the various elements that go into events through internships with OFD Consulting and Paisley & Jade. Emily is a self-proclaimed thrifting fanatic, decor addict, and party enthusiast. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of customer service and would be thrilled to be a part of your unique event!