A Balloon Affair was established in July 2000 by Kathleen Kilmer, and Richard 'Dick' & Rosemarie Kleitz of Binghamton, New York. Both Dick and Rosemarie are Certified Balloon Artists (CBAs). They obtained their CBA status in Chicago in March 2001, and operated out of their home on the east side of Binghamton until February 2003, at which time they opened a storefront at 249 Robinson Street Binghamton, NY. As most of their customers now make their selections online, and they are doing more and more on-site decorating, they decided to take the business back home-based in 2006. In the fall of 2008, Rosemarie attending The Event Decorating Academy in Milwaukee Wisconsin. This was an intensive two week course covering over 100 hours of hands on and classroom experience. Training included fabric draping, balloon decorating, flower design, theme props, lighting, balloon sculpting, centerpieces, and business.

A Balloon Affair

What is a Certified Balloon Artist?

The CBA program is the most respected certification program in the balloon industry.  CBA designers must pass a series of written exams, followed by a four-hour CBA Practical Exam administered by a panel of balloon professionals.  They must demonstrate their abilities in the areas of balloon decorating, balloon deliveries, and balloon arrangements.

CBA designers are proven experts and use only the finest quality products. They make ongoing training and education a priority in their business, uphold honorable business practices, and promote professionalism in the balloon business.

Although most balloon professionals don't attempt to obtain CBA status until they've been in business several years (and many never try for CBA status at all), Dick and Rosemarie made it their top priority for 2001. As two of just 21 people from around the world to take the test in March of 2001, they are currently the only Certified Balloon Artists within a 50-mile radius (according to the Qualatex Balloon Network).


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