I have been involved in the Ballooning community since 1992, when my Dad took me to my first balloon rally. The passion for ballooning “took off” when I was able to get a balloon ride with a local Portland pilot at the age of 6. Ballooning has been a central factor in my life for as long as I can remember, and I knew that I needed to become a pilot as soon as I could. I received my Private license in 2005, and followed it up with my Commercial in 2011. Ballooning has given me so many amazing opportunities, and its something I hope to be able to do for many years to come.