Classical Tents and Party Goods | Meet Our Team
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Ben Naylor

Co-Owner

Ben hasn’t met a site yet that he can’t successfully put a tent on! Our technical guru of tents, Ben gained lots of practical know-how while growing up on a farm in Vermont, and later earned a degree in engineering. He helped one of the largest tent companies in the Unites States design a new line of tents, and has installed tents, staging, flooring, and more in a variety of cities and for an array of clients, including AT&T, New York Fashion Week, Lindt Chocolate, and Bar Harbor Yacht Club, as well as for hundreds of weddings and family events in the Berkshires. A mechanical expert, Ben can fix almost any machine, and has the uncanny ability to problem-solve the most challenging sites.

 

Ben lives in the Williamstown area, and when weather and work allow, you can find him on his mountain bike on the gnarliest trails, or whizzing down the slopes of a local ski area with friends and family.

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Katherine Lockridge

Co-Owner

The consummate connector, Kat feels most rewarded when helping individuals and event planners find the exact rental items and services they need. This philosophy also extends to the local Berkshire community, where Kat spends time advising on boards, including for 1Berkshire and The Center for Environmental Technology. She also founded the Berkshire Wedding Tour, to help draw attention to the Berkshires as a destination wedding location.

 

Kat earned a degree in natural resource management, with a minor in business and psychology. As a ranger in Yellowstone National Park in 1988, the year of the historic wildfires, she got her first taste of in-depth customer service when she realized she needed to offer friendly, consistent guidance to the park’s many concerned visitors.

 

She now applies those skills to her work at Classical Tents, where she helps brides, grooms, families, and event planners design their ultimate event. The queen of linens, Kat loves fabric and each year sources an ever-expanding line of fine linens—organza, bengaline, linen, satin, twill—for her customers.

 

Kat lives in Lee, and loves the local hiking trails and wonderful live arts and music selections that the Berkshires has to offer. Kat is always honing her skills in the kitchen and loves to cook and bake.

Trevor Hotchkin

Operations Manager

One of Classical Tents’ longest-standing team members, Trevor has been providing top-shelf management since 2000. Currently our operations manager, he rose through the ranks, first as a truck packer and then as a crew chief, thanks to his depth of knowledge, work ethic, friendly nature, and ability to stay calm under the pressure of unexpected challenges. Trevor has nearly two decades’ worth of experience in rental management and customer service via his work at Classical Tents, and with his own event initiative company, Berkshire Shenanigans.

 

Trevor lives in Pittsfield with his wife, Michele, and his son. In his free time, he enjoys dipping his kayak into local waters, taking a road trip to New Hampshire to visit his parents, meeting new people, and spending time with friends.

Michele Hotchkin

Senior Rental Coordinator

Brides, caterers, and corporate event planners have come to rely on Michele’s friendliness, professionalism, and exceptional organizational skills. A natural social planner, she enjoys considering the finer details and helping clients select items that will transform their ideas from a vision into a once-in-a-lifetime event.

 

A native of Berkshire County and a resident of Pittsfield, Michele joined the Classical Tents team in 2001. With her husband, Trevor, whom she met at Classical Tents, she also founded Berkshire Shenanigans, an event initiative company that has helped plan and execute events, including cocktail parties, dance parties, and corporate fund-raisers, for up to 400 people. In her off hours, Michele loves photography, traveling, and scrapbooking.

Ashley Mazzer

Rental Coordinator

Ashley came to Classical Tents in 2013 with a wealth of experience in catering and event planning. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration, and is also a TIPS Certified bartender for local venues and caterers. Warm, welcoming, and incredibly organized, Ashley brings practical know-how, professionalism, and a positive approach to everything she does.

 

A resident of Pittsfield, Ashley enjoys hiking, swimming, and volunteering with various organizations.