In 2007 my cousin sent up a used balloon system from Florida that started my ballooning career. I have been interested in ballooning since attending The Adirondack Balloon festival in 1983. I have flown in the ADK BF, Dutchess County BF, the South County R.I. BF and Plainville CT festivals, many since 2008. I earned my PVT certificate in ABQ, NM in 2008 and Commercial in 2015 in CT. I have been a Member of Connecticut Lighter than Air Society since 2007. I retired from Pfizer Inc. in Groton, CT in 2008 after a 41-year career as a Pharmaceutical Professional.