Meet Nina Whittleton
Nina is co-owner and President of Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, Inc. Entering its 21st 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 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 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, two sons Nash & Boyd, 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
Meet Carrie Black, CPCE, CERP
Certified Professional in Catering and Events through NACE and Certified Event Rental Professional through the ARA, 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 Virginia Tech Alum with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management – GO HOKIES! 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. Holding down the house in the new Midlothian location, she looks forward to creating your personal tablescape for your special occasion. She’s back in her hometown to be near family, but she can’t wait to make your next party unforgettable!
Meet Patrick Hagerich
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 with 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 South Side Warehouse location (9313 Burge Avenue in south Richmond) and I would love to meet you. We can play with the samples we have in our showroom, and then schedule an appointment to 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 Katie Weiss
Hi ya’ll! I have been in the event world now since 2012, and with Classic since 2016. I am a proud Mom of two amazing boys, & love to spend any of my free time on the beach or at the gym.
As a former sales team member here, I continue to strive to make sure our clients are happy with our services after all is said and done. We all know sometimes during an event the fun gets a little crazy and things get broken or lost – it happens all the time! I work in our operations department helping to manage any rentals that may go missing or become damaged. I am also a part of our accounts department here, and help out in any other areas I can.
We love connecting with all of our clients to help make your event special according to your needs, and look forward to working with you now and for any events in the future!
Operations & AP Administrator
Meet Mike Riley
I spent the majority of my career in the hospitality industry with a 4 year stint in the Army and 6 years teaching as my midlife crisis. I met the owners of Classic, Nina and Jim Whittleton, while working for Aramark and they became my favorite vendors; prompt , courteous, and always going above and beyond.
Meet Mikey Fuller
Hi! I’m Mikey Fuller. At CPR I serve as Marketing Coordinator and Sales Support. I’m the person behind the scenes answering the phone, making CAD layouts and diagrams, creating our print ads, writing (sometimes filming and directing, too!) our commercials, and managing our social media presence. In my career, I have always found myself as the person to make things happen. I bring your vision to life. My photography, styling, writing, and interior design work has been featured internationally, both online and in print. My quirky, yet elegant sense of style sets me apart from the rest. I’m actively involved in my local community, where I do marketing for Battersea Foundation, and serve as President of Tri-Cities Pride, Inc.
Before coming to CPR, I was Operations Manager for an estate liquidation firm, managed a 10,000 sq. ft. antiques mall, and was an Office Services Associate for DTI Global, contracted with multiple high profile law firms in the Greater Richmond Area. I play piano and organ in my spare time and serve as choirmaster and accompanist for a local parish. I’ve performed at many special occasions, weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, parties, concerts, and more for over two decades.