Overland Park, KS
Balloon Name: Wonder Bread
Chris took his first hot-air balloon ride in 1988 and his head has been in the clouds ever since. Bitten by the ballooning bug at a young age, Chris and his father began chasing balloons, providing a helping hand when they landed. Soon the teams invited Chris and his father to become part of the crew. Chris learned the ins-and-outs of hot air ballooning over the next few years and became a Commercial Pilot in 1997.
In the spring of 2002 Chris became the pilot for the Wonder Hot Air Balloon team and is currently piloting the 90,000 cubic-foot Wonder balloon all across the United States. He has flown thousands of hours in a hot air balloon and in addition to Wonder, has flown commercially for RE/MAX, Coca-Cola and Kellogg, and several local and regional contracts. In addition, Chris is also a Cameron Balloons dealer.
Chris started a balloon event in Kansas City in 2005, called the Great American BBQ, and Balloons. Chris was on the executive committee for the event from 2005 until 2009. Chris was on the board of directors for the event from 2007-2009. Chris helped start the Overland Park Balloon festival in 2010, and was the Balloonmeister for the inaugural event in 2010.
Chris was the Balloonmeister for the Gatesway International Balloon Festival from 2010 until 2016.
Chris helped start the Tulsa Balloon festival in 2016, and was the Balloonmeister for the event in 2016 and 2017
Chris was on the executive board for the Great Plains balloon club in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Chris served as Balloonmeister for the 2017 Great Plains balloon event, Huff N Puff.
Chris is also an airplane pilot. He is an ATP (airline transport pilot), the PHD for airplanes. He is currently type rated in several jets. Chris is a captain for the airlines.