Personal Information


             Age                                                                       61 Years

             Marital Status                                                     Married, 40 years

             Wife                                                                      Lori

             Children                                                               Allen Jr., 39 years

                                                                                           Jennifer, 37 years

             Occupation Business Owner                           Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Retired Fire Captain, East Fork Fire


Hot Air Balloon Experience


Year Certified 1982

FAA Certificate Type Commercial Pilot

Lighter-Than-Air Free Balloon

Limited to Hot Air Balloons with Airborne Heater

Certificate Number 3384089

Hours Logged 3200+


In the 40 years that I have been a pilot I have flown almost every type and size hot air balloon including special shapes and very large balloons.  My adventures have taken me all over the United States, Thailand and for a number of years I flew for a ride company in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I have flown in many balloon events and have a great love for competition.  I have taken top honors in quite a few events including the Great Reno Balloon Race which I have won five times.


As a dealer for Kubicek Balloons I am involved in or have been involved in balloon sales, pilot training, administering and piloting corporate balloons, organizing and administering hot air balloon events and races.  Companies that I have done work for include Freixenet Champagne, Kellogg’s, Harrah’s, Las, GM Goodwrench, Remax, Silver Legacy, Nevada Bell, Pacific Bell, SBC, Lake Tahoe Balloons, Dream Weavers Balloon Company, Las Vegas Balloon Rides, D&R Balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race, Northern Lights Balloons, Mountain High Balloons, Puerto Vallarta Balloon Tours, among others.


Although now retired, my full time employment for the last twenty-eight years has been as a firefighter/fire captain with East Fork Fire.  My wife and I also run a balloon company that deals in both cold air advertising balloons and hot air balloons.


Besides ballooning, my hobbies include motorcycling, scuba diving, camping, hiking, boating, travel, fishing and car racing.


Competition History
Year Event Country Location Ranking Average
2024Angola Balloons AloftUnited StatesAngola, IN4787
2024Battle Creek Field of FlightUnited StatesBattle Creek, MI11631
20242024 BFA US National ChampionshipUnited StatesLongview, Texas22603
2024Rio Grande ClassicUnited StatesRio Rancho, NM4827
20232023 BFA US National ChampionshipUnited StatesLongview, Texas31541
20222022 US National ChampionshipUnited StatesScottsbluff, Nebraska17572
2022Northern Nevada BallooningUnited StatesGardnerville, NV170
2021Great Reno Balloon Race 2021United StatesReno, Nevada1987
20212021 US National ChampionshipUnited StatesScottsbluff, Nebraska30475
20192019 US National Hot Air Balloon ChampionshipUnited StatesScotts Bluff County, Nebraska38278