Ron Behrmann

My name is Ron Behrmann and I’m running for the Southwest Region Board position on the Balloon Federation of America Board of Directors. This is my 50th year in ballooning and my 40th year involved with the BFA. My reason for running for the Southwest Region Board position is my concern for the financial future of the BFA. I know that the organization is financially viable at this time, but I want to help with the future. I recently left a position as President and Executive Director of the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair after 13 years, one of the oldest and largest arts organizations in New Mexico. I wrote, applied, and oversaw various grants and sponsorships that funded that organization. I believe grants and sponsorships are the financial future to keep the BFA funded for years to come, and I have the experience to help.

 I currently serve as the Vice President of Creative New Mexico, an arts advocacy group. I was recently appointed to the Anderson Abbruzzo International Balloon Museum Board of Trustees by the current Mayor of Albuquerque.
Following are some of the highlights of my experience in ballooning;

*1st balloon flight 50 years ago
*Licensed pilot since 1979 with over 775 hours as private & commercial PIC (with zero accidents
   Or injuries).
*Commercial pilot for Virgin Balloon Flights in Jordan and Morocco
*I’ve flown in 21 states and 8 international countries.
*Co-owner of B&B Ballooning a dealer for Thunder & Colt Balloons, Tempest fans, United and   
   United Expressline and Haulmark trailers, and commercial balloon rides
*Provided at “at no charge” 22 cover photo’s, 92 stories, and 520 inside photo’s to Ballooning
   Magazine. Since 1984 served  at different times as Staff Photographer, Staff Writer,
   Contributing Editor, Contributing Photographer, National Correspondent, for Ballooning
*Provided at no charge 100’s of photo’s to the National Balloon Museum in Indianola
*Provided at no charge 100’s of photo’s to the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon
  Museum in Albuquerque
*Publicist and Team Manager for the Soukup-Thomas Balloon Fleet
*Served as the Chief BFA Scoring Official in New Mexico from 1983-90. Served as the Chief
   Scoring Official for Top Gun as well as Board Member of Top Gun
*In 1997 I was awarded the BFA’s highest honor, the Shields-Trauger Award
*Official Photographer at the BFA National Championships in Baton Rouge and Middletown.
   Also the North American Championships in Baton Rouge, and St. Jean sur Richelieu, Canada.
*I flew in the Championships as the only non-competitor the provide photographic
  Documentation, with permission of the late Jim Burk.
*Served as the Official Photographer of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for 13
   Year’s.  In the mid 80’s I served on the AIBF Board of Directors, Assistant Media Director,
   Official AIBF Program Co-Producer, AIBF Calendar Contest Organizer and calendar producer,
   and AIBF Photo Contest Organizer.
*Have had over 40 Balloon Calendars produced using my photography exclusively

Thank you for your support.
Ron Behrmann
“The Balloon Photographer”
8405 Monitor Drive NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109


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