Ventura Rental

Meet The Team

Meet Our Team


Heidi Whitcomb


Heidi Whitcomb is a second generation owner of Ventura Rental Party & Events. At the helm of the business since the mid 1980’s. Heidi’s breadth of knowledge from an event rental perspective is immense having designed and coordinated thousands of events from intimate family gatherings to corporate events with 8000 guests in attendance. A firm believer in community involvement, Heidi and her team orchestrate multiple event projects on a monthly basis including Ojai Music Festival, Community Memorial Health Systems events, Casa Pacifica Food & Wine Festival along with various other non-profit corporate and private events.

A consistent force in the event rental industry for over thirty years, Heidi has been recognized from her peers with awards such as the National Association of Catering Executives Event Professional of the Year, and Inspirational Member of the Year. In 2013, Heidi captured the coveted President’s Award. This national award is bestowed upon selfless leaders and is awarded to only one outstanding member each year. Heidi has also obtained the Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) designation through the American Rental Association and was a featured panelist on multiple occasions for the national Rental Show hosted by the American Rental Association.  Most recently, Heidi was awarded with the 2017 National Association of Women Business Owners- Ventura County Chapter. “Woman Business Owner of The Year”  

Heidi highly values children in need and helping them have a voice. She has advocated for children by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and is currently mentoring mothers trying to reunite with their children through her work with The City Center in Ventura.

Heidi Whitcomb currently sits on both the Community Memorial Healthcare Foun

dation Board & Casa Pacifica Board.

Heidi and her husband Mike have been happily married for 34 years and reside in Somis, CA. They have raised three children who are now thriving young adults. When Heidi has free time she likes to garden, hike, travel and spend time at home with her husband and dog Libbey. Heidi, along with her husband Mike, are enjoying their new role as grandparents to their three sweet grandbabies.

Please contact Heidi at


Shanon Rice-Johnson

Major Account Manager

Shanon joined the Ventura Rental tea

m as our Major Account Manager having previously served for six years as Director of Operations and Events at the Museum of Ventura County. Shanon brings with her substantial event and vendor coordination. She enjoys working with the local community having been a resident in the city of Ventura for over 10 years.

A California girl at heart, Shanon attended San Diego State University on a full ride softball scholarship. She loves spending time with her family and friends and especially enjoys camping with her husband Casey.

Contact Shanon at


Nicole Peters

Sales Director

Nicole was born and raised in Ventura County. Having spent 7 years in the events industry as a Catering Director for local venues, she brings a fresh perspective for our clients. She is proud member of the Ventura Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events, and currently serves as the Chapter President. In her free time she loves cooking, reading, and most importantly making memories with her son Trent.

Contact Nicole at


Marisela Salas

Kitchen & Linen Manager

Lending her expertise to the Ventura Rental Party & Events family for more than 20 years, Marisela oversees our Kitchen and Linen departments and has a staff of three. Due to her duality of her position, Mari is responsible for inventory control and supplying a wide range of event rental needs from complete table top and linens to various decor items for each event. When not working Mari enjoys dancing and spending time with her husband and her five charming children.

Contact Mari at


Judy Taylor

Senior Event Consultant


Judy was born in the South to California parents, after college she headed west to the Lake Tahoe area to manage the catering needs at Northstar Ski Resort and eventually landing in Ventura. Judy has worked in for a local catering company for the last 7 years and brings with her substantial event and vendor coordination. Judy attention to detail paired with her southern hospitality and charm makes working with Judy very easy and effortless.

Judy resides in Ventura with husband Bill, you will often find them hiking, tooling around on motorcycles or hanging at the beach.

Contact Judy at

Denise Rider

Senior Event Consultant

Denise’s excitement for weddings and intimate gatherings have always been true to her heart. Denise’s gifts of organization, attention to detail, creative imagination, and contagious enthusiasm is what drives her to execute concepts flawlessly. Her pleasant, calm, and helpful demeanor will ensure an amazing experience.

Making someone’s day truly special is what brings her joy and happiness. 

Contact Denise at