Linda C. Kiss
I have a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University, CA, in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Arts teaching degree from Trenton State College, NJ, in Business Education.
I have been in the balloon industry from its infancy 41 years ago. I owned Balloonagram for 10 years in Toms River NJ and recently sold a very lucrative business, Affairs in the Air Balloon Decorating Service , we had for 22 years in Tampa Florida so I could "semi " retire.
I have taught at ALL the industry's balloon conventions and won portfolio competitions and balloon sculpture competitions at the National levels.
My passion is teaching and helping people. For nine years I have received the county’s award for volunteer of the year for the work I do at a local children’s homeless shelter, in Tampa. As you can see, I love to help people!
My objective is to teach you a vocation that you will absolutely love doing. I want you to be able to do everything I can do from my 41 years of experience. I want to send you away with abounding enthusiasm walking out of here knowing the sky is the limit and you can’t wait to get home to start doing balloons. (my grads now coin it being a Mini me). When your class is over I am still your mentor to call anytime. (And they do!) Please see Business REFERENCES page and many grads are available to you if you have any questions. Just ask for thier emails.
Success is loving what you do......... do what you love.
Aug 2019 in Vegas at balloon convention
CBA, Certified Balloon Artist
National Association of Balloon Artists (NABA), Certificate of Achievement- National Association of Balloon Artists Creative College 1988
Flowers, Inc Balloons Open House- (aka Ballooniversity)
"Best Decorating Portfolio"- 1989, 1991 & 1992
International Balloon Arts Convention (IBAC) 1994
First Place- Microfoil Large Balloon Sculpture
"Designer of the Year 2003"
First Place- Large Sculpture Competition
Second Place - Centerpiece Competition
Second Place- Large Sculpture Competition
First Place- Delivery Bouquet
Balloon Camp 2005, 2007:
First Place- Portfolio Competition
1st Place winner 2nd Annual Designer Contest
Betallatex 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
1st Place winner Designer Contest; 3rd Place winner Designer Contest
2010 Don Cheeseman Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Prestigious Industry Award
Current: Editorial Staff for Party & Paper Retailer Magazine 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015-current
Convention Producer- AdvancedBalloonDecorConvention.com 2015-2020
Don Cheeseman Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Linda C. Kiss