We make it happen.


Michele Connell

Managing Director

Michele has twenty years experience in business design, development, management and comprehensive event management. All her businesses have won awards for outstanding business practice covering innovation, customer service, product, ambience and the ultimate success of business with two businesses winning the prestigious Westpac Business Excellence Award for Best New Business and Best Not for Profit in 2008 and recently in 2015 leading the team to win the Best Established Community Event in NZ for Balloons over Waikato.

After running the iconic Balloons over Waikato for eleven years, it was a natural progression to purchase her own event company and extend her passion for creating the ultimate event experience.

Her strong focus on complete customer satisfaction and perfection in all she does, has given Classic Events an enviable reputation and she has surrounded herself with a motivated and talented team to continue to grow.


Lisa Gasson

Great NZ Outdoor Leisure Show/NZ
Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show
Site Sales

Lisa has been in the event industry for over eighteen years and is a dedicated member of staff, who provides invaluable knowledge gleaned from running many and varied events previously.

A loyal and trusted assistant for our exhibitors, she is a master at organising and supporting their every need. Lisa has a fantastic sense of humour and an easy going nature. Her confidence, experience and ability in the event industry will put you at ease knowing that your business requirements will always be first and foremost in her mind.


Natasha Sue


Recently completing the Walt Disney World internship, Natasha returned to New Zealand with all the skills and ambition to kick start her career in the Event industry. She began her career a couple of years prior to becoming a team member, as a regular volunteer for Classic events, helping with the Balloons Over Waikato, Food Show and Motorhome show events. Through all the hard work, determination and all the hours of helping preparing/attending the event, the team recognised Natasha as a valuable member. So when the opportunity arose, she was at the top of the list!

Natasha is highly organised, well presented, approachable, enthusiastic, and always puts in her best efforts into all the works no matter the size of the job.


Jenni Muhlmann-Brown

Sponsorship/PR & Media

Jenni has come to Classic Events from many years spent working in promotions and sponsorships in the Radio Industry. This has certainly set her up with all the tools she needs to work on the many great iconic events we do!  Born and bred in the mighty Waikato, Jenni has a real passion for Hamilton and all things that make this city what it is,  especially Balloons Over Waikato! Great organisation, creative thinking and innovate ideas are just a few of the qualities she will bring to the team.  Jenni’s focus is creating and maintaining great relationships  and partnerships, ensuring that when working with Classic Events,  you will have an experience second to none!


Marie Rechner

Balloons over Waikato Nightglow Manager

Marie has worked with Classic Events as an Intern whilst completing her Graduate Diploma of Practical Event Management and is the newest member to join the Classic Events team. Marie brings with her many years of business experience, having been self-employed for much of the past 15 years. Marie has a flair for hospitality, but could be described as a bit of a “Jack of all Trades”, having worked in a variety of different industries. Her focus is now firmly set on assisting Classic Events to continue to deliver top-class events – with a special interest in the iconic Balloons over Waikato. Marie’s real focus has always been customer service, and looks forward to utilising all of her best skills, to create the best events possible, whilst developing exceptional relationships with our Classic Events partners.


Susan Gardiner

Susan is the newest member of the team focusing on the Accounts Management for the many shows run by Classic Events.

For the last 28 years Susan and her husband have owned their own Company selling & sourcing industrial and DIY equipment for retail and wholesale markets throughout NZ.

A highlight being the many trips overseas, to shows sourcing products and meeting suppliers from all around the world. Her main role as Financial Controller and liasing with Customers and Suppliers has given her the experience to Manage the Accounts at Classic Events.

Susan is enjoying the change of industry & working with and learning from a great team of talented woman.