I have a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, CA, in Human Resources Management
and a Bachelor of Arts teaching degree from Trenton State College, NJ, in Business
I have been in the balloon industry from its infancy 39 years ago. I owned Balloonagram
for 10 years in Toms River NJ and recently sold a very lucrative business, Affairs
in the Air Balloon Decorating Service , we had for 22 years here in Tampa Florida
so I can semi retire.
I have taught at ALL the industrys balloon conventions and won portfolio competitions
and balloon sculpture competitions at the national level.
My passion is teaching and helping people. For the past nine years I have received
the county’s award for volunteer of the year for the work I do at a local children’s
homeless shelter, in Tampa. As you can see, I love to help people!
My objective is to teach you a vocation that you will absolutely love doing. I want
you to be able to do everything I can do after my 39years of experience. I want
to send you away with abounding enthusiasm walking out of here knowing the sky is
the limit and you can’t wait to get home to start doing balloons. (my grads now coin
it being a mini me). Please see REFERENCES page.
Success is loving what you do......... do what you love.
CBA, Certified Balloon Artist
National Association of Balloon Artists (NABA), Certificate of Achievement- National
Association of Balloon Artists Creative College 1988
Flowers, Inc Balloons Open House-
"Best Decorating Portfolio"- 1989, 1991 & 1992
International Balloon Arts Convention (IBAC) 1994
First Place- Microfoil Large Balloon Sculpture
"Designer of the Year 2003"
First Place- Large Sculpture Competition
Second Place - Centerpiece Competition
Second Place- Large Sculpture Competition
First Place- Delivery Bouquet
Balloon Camp 2005, 2007:
First Place- Portfolio Competition
1st Place winner 2nd Annual Designer Contest
Betallatex 2009, 2010
1st Place winner Designer Contest; 3rd Place winner Designer Contest
2010 Don Cheeseman Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Prestigious Industry Award
Current: Editorial Staff for Party & Paper Retailer Magazine 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.