Instructors

Chris Adamo, CBA

Balloons Online Australia – Sydney, NSW, Australia

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex color? Why?
A: White. Sounds boring, but I love integrating lighting with my installations. A while balloon will absorb and internally radiate any light source. So to me, a white balloon is a blank canvas ready to be lit up with color.

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Eve Antonello, CBA, and Silvia Santos, CBA

Party Planet – Pompano Beach, Florida, and Bozeman, Montana, USA

Q: How many years have you been in business?
A: 19 years (Eve). 16 years (Silvia).

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: Everything … This is such a great event and being instructors is so rewarding. We love meeting people from all over the world.

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Luc Bertrand, CBA

wAw balloons – Vichte Anzegem, Belgium

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex product? Why?
A: Deco Bubbles as they create magic, last very long, and stay brilliant

Q: Where do you get your design inspiration?
A: My creative background as an interior architect helps, but creativity and design inspiration is about the way you look at things.

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Sue Bowler, CBA

Balloon Art by Sue Bowler – Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

Q: How many years have you been in business?
A: Since 1990 – 27 years!  
 
Q: What do you consider your “specialty”?
A: Elegant balloon decor for weddings and corporate events. For me, it’s about creating something fresh and exciting, and I love to add beautiful finishing touches.

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David & Shana Brenion

Nifty Balloons – Los Angeles, California, USA

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: Learning from and networking with the absolute best in the industry

Q: What’s the most interesting place balloons have taken you?
A: Teaching in Jerusalem was an amazing cultural experience!

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Dominic Cassidy, CBA & Keith Stirman, CBA

All Things Fun – Peterlee, County Durham, United Kingdom

Q: What do you consider to be your “specialty”?
A: We specialize in retail, business skills, twisting, corporate work, and Quick Links.

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: The opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge of running a successful balloon business. 

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Luiz Carlos da Costa Silva, CBA

Cenário Balões – Guaulhos, São Paulo, Brazil

Q: How did you get your start in the balloon business?
A: I attended a basic course on decorating with balloons, and after that, I participated in dozens of other courses and seminars.

Q: What is your favorite part about the balloon industry?
A: The possibility to create something new in every single project.

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Alberto Falcone, CBA

Balloon Lab – Budapest, Hungary

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex product? Why?
A: Quick Links because they are very versatile balloons.

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A:Meeting new and old friends to share our passion for balloons.

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Tina Giunta, CBA

Shivoo Balloons – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: I’m really excited about teaching my classes and sharing my ideas. I want to inspire attendees and give them confidence to go back to their own business and use what they’ve learned.

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Nicole Greg, CBA

Nifty Entertainment Presents Twisted Balloons – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex product? Why?
A: Quick Links – they are perfect for quick designs and more advanced twisting. The possibilities are endless.  

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: Being able to share, inspire, motivate, and create amazing balloon art in front of my peers.

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Aleks Hernández

Wäikikí Increíble – Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: 10 years

Q: What’s the most interesting place balloons have taken you?
A: Balloons are a language in which to meet other cultures. The best place it has taken me is everywhere.

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Patty Jacobo, CBA

Illusion and Art Balloons – Coachella, California, USA

Q: What do you consider your “specialty”?
A: I consider my specialty to be balloon dresses, but I also do centerpieces, distortion, and columns.

Q: What is your favorite part about the balloon industry?
A: I like that you can learn something new every day.

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Matt JB Lewis, CBA

Matthew Lewis Displays – Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Q: What’s the most interesting place balloons have taken you?
A: The best job I’ve had so far this year was a balloon drop for Black Sabbath during their tour. We dropped six hundred 3-foot balloons at each concert. You can’t beat a good old balloon drop.

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Dante Longhi, CBA

BalloonWorks – Kenilworth, NJ, USA

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex color? Why?
A: Quartz Purple because I like the energy this color gives me.

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: The exchange of cultural experiences, and the gathering of people from all around the world. It’s an amazing event.

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David Mahoney

Balloons Everyday – Carrollton, Texas, USA

Q: Where’s the most interesting place balloons have taken you?
A: The most interesting place balloons have taken me is into the lives of my clients. It is both interesting and exciting to share in their life celebrations and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Anne McGovern, CBA

Elegant Balloons – Pearl River, NY, USA

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: 10 years

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: I can’t wait to see everyone and to learn new things. I am always excited to take classes and to learn from fellow balloon professionals.

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Rachel Miller

Pioneer Balloon Company – Wichita, KS, USA

Q: What is your favorite Qualatex color? Why?
A: If I have to choose, I am going to have to go with Wintergreen or Coral.

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: This will be my first WBC so I am pretty much excited for everything, especially the competitions.

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Enza Mondello, CBA

Balloon Express Shop Patti – Patti, Italy

Q: How many years have you been in business?
A: 22 years

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex product?
A: The foil because with small techniques, you can create distortions with a product that is usually difficult to model.

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Edward Muñoz, CBA

The Balloon Genius – San Francisco, California, USA

Q: How did you get your start in the balloon business?
A: I was asked to help with a birthday party and it became a passion for me.

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: This will be my first time teaching: everything will be exciting for me.

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Jackie Ochitwa

With a Twist Balloon Creations – Airdire, Alberta, Canada

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex product? Why?
A: I am a twister at heart, and I have to say my favorite Qualatex product is the 260Q. It is my most utilized balloon and definitely what I have the most of in my balloon stockpile.

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Naoyoshi Osaka

Ise-shi, Mie, Japan

Q: How did you get your start in the balloon business?
A: I was a magician before the Japan earthquake happened in 2011. I wanted to raise money for those in need so I started twisting balloons on the street for donations and to make people smile.

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Marlys Parra, CBA

Pioneer Balloon Brasil Ltda – Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil

Q: What’s your favorite Qualatex color? Why?
A: I have three colors that are very important in my designs: Wild Berry, Lime Green, and Caribbean Blue because they transmit joy, energy, and are complementary.

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Sean Rogers

Inspired Balloons – Tahoe City, California, USA

Q: What do you consider your “specialty”?
A: I really like deco-twisting: blending advanced balloon twisting with beautiful decor elements.  

Q: How did you get your start in the balloon business?
A: I got started by losing a bet with a balloon twister while bartending in Orlando, Florida – best bet I’ve ever lost.

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Avital Shechter, CBA and Nir Shechter, CBA

Nir Balloons – Katsrin, Golan Heights, Israel

Q: How did you get your start in the balloon business?
A: Nir discovered the balloon world at a vacation when he was 16 years old. Avital joined the business when she met Nir. We got married a year later and have managed a balloon business together ever since.

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Guy Sheffer

Balonizem – Pardes-Hana Karkur, Israel

Q: What is your favorite part about the balloon industry?
A: I enjoy how the balloon industry revolves around the fact that we are one big family; we connect on a different level than on our everyday lives. We understand each other and help each other in so many ways.

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Jill Shortreed, CBA

Charleston Balloon Company – Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Q: Where do you get your design inspiration?
A: I take some of my design inspirations from looking at Microfoils, but my favorite place to looks is fashion, and home and party blogs. It is amazing the ideas you can find when you look outside of our industry.

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Colin Stewart, CBA

STEWART’s Baskets & Balloons – Alliston, Ontario, Canada

Q: What are you most excited about at WBC 2018?
A: I love the location! The balloon industry worldwide is bursting with enthusiasm from so many fabulous artists. I can’t wait to see the creativity that such an event brings.

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Eleonore Verfaillie

Empathy Communication Consulting – Mobile, Alabama, USA

Q: What do you consider to be your “specialty”?
A: Content marketing

Q: What is your favorite part about the balloon industry?
A: The online and offline communities that inspire and support each other while sharing their passion.

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Cam Woody, CBA

Pioneer Balloon Company – Wichita, KS, USA

Q: What’s your favorite part about the balloon industry?
A: I love that the industry is such a sharing one, and that the overall feeling is “nothing is impossible.” There are some extremely creative and talented people in the balloon industry.

 

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