Jan Iiams, CBA
Betallic, LLC - Missouri
Jan has been a popular educator for the balloon, floral and gift industries for more than 20 years. She is an award-winning designer and presents a wide range of expertise in the classroom focusing on sellable, profitable designs, selling skills, and merchandising techniques for mass market, upscale gift and floral shops, and balloon decorators. She is featured in numerous trade publications, instructional videos and her beautiful work appears on several educational websites.
Jan is well known for consistently showcasing a fresh palette of designs and innovative techniques in her entertaining and motivational presentations. Jan not only personally presents seminars but also develops and customizes curriculum for grocery and floral markets. She manages speakers who are experienced in teaching in this field for a perfect fit, every time, for every customer.
Dante Longhi, CBA
Art Mix Décor & Delivery - Florida
Dante, a multi-award winning artist, has been a professional balloon decorator for fifteen years and an inspiration to his peers and students. He has the true heart of a teacher and loves to share his many skills, creativity and expertise in classrooms throughout the U.S, Brazil and other South American countries.
Dante owns a successful décor and delivery business specializing in the creation of large sculptures, quick and efficient design work and has developed innovative new distortion techniques that will amaze his class. He is passionate about his art and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. Dante is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has something to offer in all levels of experience. He will surely be inspirational to students who want to become more successful as decorators and balloon artists.
Tommy is a multi-award winning décor artist with more than a decade of creative experience working with Fortune 500 companies, charitable organizations, and national sports venues transforming their decorative visions into awe-inspired reality. His dynamic presentations and unique design applications transform typical décor themes into brilliant works of art. As the newest member of Betallic’s Design Team, his classes are sure to inspire balloon professionals of all levels.
Balloons by Tommy - Illinois
Balloon City USA - Texas
Eddie is owner of Balloon City, USA, one of the most successful balloon decorating companies that serves metropolitan Dallas/ Ft Worth, TX. He has maintained a very successful storefront delivery and décor business in the industry for more than 20 years and has created balloon décor abroad in Australia, Japan and in numerous US cities for major Fortune 500 companies, and high profile organizations. Eddie’s expertise is best demonstrated in sellable, profitable and visually impressive designs using LINK-O-LOON®, Betallatex® latex and Betallic foil combinations.
Event Decorating Academy - Florida
Carmen is a creative multi-award winning balloon artist, event designer and international educator. Her 20 plus year career in creative design has influenced the balloon industry with her innovative design and quality education. Her work has been featured on TV and in trade publications and she currently runs the Event Decorating Academy offering comprehensive certification in event décor for beginners and continuing advanced education in both Spanish and English.
Melissa is a gifted designer and talented instructor who has won multiple competitions and achieved the highest artistic status twice as Artist of the Year in 2008. Melissa teaches technique and design in an easy-to-follow presentation with hands-on elements, and most importantly, includes selling and marketing strategies in her programs for complete follow through for students. Her innovative and original designs are featured in a series of educational DVDs available worldwide.
Melissa Vinson, CBA
MelRhea Balloon Creations - Kentucky
Guido Verhoef, CBA
Manifold - The Netherlands
Guido is an internationally recognized instructor whose curriculum encompasses all the elements a balloon artist should know to be successful. A significant portion of Guido’s classes involve LINK-O-LOON®, for which he has garnered a reputation of being an innovator with new techniques and concepts. His instructional DVDs are in high demand in the balloon industry.