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Monday, 16 June 2008 07:28


Maury Sullivan

6509 Yost St. NW

Canton, Ohio 44718

BFA CD Election Statement Those of you who know me are aware of my passion for hot air ballooning and in particular the competitive aspects of ballooning. I am running for the At Large Board position for the Competition Division of the BFA because I enjoy the sport, have an immense amount of volunteer experience, and offer a varied background of competitive ballooning experience. I have been a balloon pilot since 1982 and received my commercial rating in 1984. Since that time I have flown commercial balloons, ride balloons, and have been competing since the mid-1980’s but really got hooked after participating in the BFA’s first ever US National Team Championship in 1995. It was quite an experience and served as a springboard to my excessive compulsive personality to learn all that I could about competitive ballooning. I was the originator of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival’s Balloon Classic now in its 24th consecutive year. I have served as its Competition Director in all but four years. I have served as Competition Director for the Great Wadsworth Balloon Festival, the Ohio Challenge, Honda World Grand Prix, Monroe Balloon Rally, Urbana Balloon Race, Ashland BalloonFest, New York State Festival of Balloons and Bluegrass Balloon Festival. I have served as assistant Competition Director for Battle Creek’s Field of Flight as well as served as weather officer and safety officer for many events. I was on staff for the US NABA Nationals for several years in Waco and Baton Rouge and I will be serving as Safety Officer for this year’s BFA US Nationals in Anderson, SC and look forward to working with Competition Director David Levin. While I have been heavily involved in organizing and officiating balloon events, I have also gained valuable experience as a competitor. I flew in all US Team Nationals in Gwinnett, GA and Battle Creek, MI from 1995-2002 with a team best finish of third place in 1999. I competed in my first US NABA Nationals in 2000 in Canton, MS and was Rookie of the Year. I have been NOBPA Club Champion in 1994, 1996, 2001-2002, and 2005 and finished second behind Pat Canon in the National Ranking System in 2001. My professional background led me to be involved in a number of local organizations over the past thirty years. I have served on Boards of Directors as a trustee, treasurer, and president many times. I have many years of experience in working on volunteer Boards with both paid and volunteer staff and membership. This background gives me a unique perspective in dealing with local organizers, competitors, and volunteers. I know and understand the rules of competitive ballooning as well as the goals and objectives of being a competent and challenging Competition Director balancing budgets, competitively challenging tasks, and safety. My personal goals include encouraging the CD to bring back a US Team Nationals, expanding the number and quality of competitive events across the US and provide training to both Event Organizers and new pilots on how to be more involved and more educated in the nuances of competitive ballooning. I’d like to see a Top Gun school where US pilots attending World competitions can hone their skills while also providing valuable guidance and advice to new and less experienced competitive pilots who want to enhance their skills. This type of event could easily ‘lay over’ any existing competitive event and could prove to grow our sport while helping the BFA to send the best prepared pilots to the Worlds. I look forward to serving the competitive pilots of the US and ask that you vote for me.


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