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Spencer – Media Bio
Scott Spencer took his first balloon ride in 1973 and has owned over 50 different sport and commercial hot air balloons during his long career.
Spencer is recognized as being highly responsible for the advent of ballooning as a sport in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott has always been dedicated to the basic promotion of the sport to the general public as a family oriented, fun filled activity.
In 2005, Scott added the Disneyland Resort to his client list as he and wife Laurie were honored by Disney to serve as pilot’s for Disney’s “Happiest Balloon On Earth” tour, a celebration of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Today, the Disney balloon flies the traditional “Ear Force One” scheme.
Spencer’s ability to promote product and service is award winning and certainly justifies his reputation as Ballooning’s “Aerial Ambassador”. Scott loves to involve the public in his balloon flights and can usually be found telling children and their parents all about the sport of ballooning before and after most flights.
Spencer has produced nearly fifty signature balloon events during his career. The most notable being the “Coca-Cola Countdown to 2,000” which was viewed on live television internationally and in the United States by 175 million households.
Currently, Spencer and his event staff produce two events each year, the last full week in June is reserved for the Spirit of Boise-Balloon Classic with the third weekend in October set aside for the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Balloon Bash.
Scott is an avid photographer, scuba diver and car collector, hobbies he shares with his wife Laurie. As retirement nears, Scott looks forward to traveling with Laurie, despite the nearly 200 days per year they spend on the road with their balloons.
Scott says he has had four inspired moments in his ballooning career. The first came in 1995 when he was named “Pilot of the Year” by members of the Northwest Ballooning Association, an honor that was repeated in 2000 making him the only two time winner of that award.
The third was a flight operation conducted in Disney’s “Happiest Balloon on Earth” from the floor of the Grand Canyon and the fourth, hands down the most enjoyable flight ever conducted was on July 17, 2006 at Disneyland as part of that “Parks” 50th Birthday.
February 2007 will mark Scott’s 38th year of ballooning.
Spencer – Media Bio
Laurie has been flying hot air balloons for almost two decades now and is regarded as one of the foremost female corporate balloon pilots in the U.S.
Laurie is the first female pilot to fly a Disney or Coca-Cola hot air balloon.
Flying some of the most prominent corporate logo’s in the world Laurie has left a smile where ever she visits. Laurie is comfortable in all the balloons the company flies for its clients and does regular pilot duty in all of them.
Laurie also serves as Vice President of the family ballooning business, Lighter Than Air America, where she assumes responsibility for the smooth running of the office and staff.
In addition to flying for Kellogg, Coca-Cola and Disney her duties include operations as the primary pilot for the Wildhorse Resort & Casino balloon. Laurie also operates the companies helium airships.
Laurie co-hosts the Spirit of Boise-Balloon Classic and the Wildhorse Resort & Casino “Balloon Bash” with her husband, Scott. She enjoys focusing her attention on the physical aspects of hosting the guest pilots during this event.
With husband Scott, Laurie visits as many as fifty elementary schools each year teaching students the importance of getting a good education. That’s over 50,000 elementary school children that get to enjoy a personal visit by Laurie and her Lighter Than Air America balloons!
Laurie is a confident interview when
doing television, radio, and newspaper interviews.
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