The Instructor


 Linda C. Kiss

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 Education.

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.

Ongoing Awards:

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

Ballooniversity 2003-

"Designer of the Year 2003"

First Place- Large Sculpture Competition

Second Place - Centerpiece Competition

Ballooniversity 2004-

Second Place- Large Sculpture Competition

Ballooniversity 2005

First Place- Delivery Bouquet

Balloon Camp 2005, 2007:

First Place- Portfolio Competition

Betallatex 2006

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.


Designer of the Year 2003


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