Meet The Team

Richard Davenport

Director & Chief Pilot

Florida Region Balloon Program

Richard has been flying hot air balloons for over 40 years, logged thousands of hours of flight time and heads up the RE/MAX Balloon Program for the Florida Region.  Prior to joining the RE/MAX Balloon Team in 1991 Richard was a national competitor in the Balloon Federation of America's competition division.  In 1990 Richard was the Florida State Champion! Richard has owned and operated a hot air balloon advertising company for the past 35 years and offers balloon tours to VIPs.  Richard has been instrumental in developing the RE/MAX Balloon program for the Florida Region and is your point of contact for planning your event.  Richard knows every aspect of the RE/MAX Balloon program and is here to help develop a program to work for you.

Jon Thompson

Regional Marketing Senior Pilot

Jon has been involved in ballooning since the early seventies and comes from a family of balloonists; his oldest brother Jeff, his father Jim as well as his nephew Tyler also fly hot air balloons. Jon has been a licensed pilot for over 38 years and has logged thousands of hours flying balloons all over the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Ecuador and Japan. For many years Jon traveled the U.S. with different corporate balloon programs such as Pepsi, Kellogg's, General Motors, ACDelco, Jose Cuervo Tequila and the Children's Miracle Network just to name a few. He retired from the road to be with his children and now does most of his flying in Central Florida. Jon is a great addition to the RE/MAX Balloon Team.

Robert "Bob" Carlton

Team Pilot

Bob has been flying balloons since 1976.  He is one of the most experienced pilots in the state of Florida having amassed thousands of hours flying all over the United States and the world.  He has flown over many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, Switzerland, and Canada.  From 1978 to 1980 he flew the Budweiser, Black Angus and Westinghouse balloons for World Balloons in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He then moved to Tampa to work for a company named Sport Balloons and head up their repair station as well as fly the Tampa Tribune and Freedom Savings balloons. Since 1986, Bob has flown for the Walt Disney World Company flying balloons such as Mickey, Donald, Cinderella's Castle, & Spaceship Earth. Besides his experience Bob is also a wonderful entertainer and really fits in well with the rest of the RE/MAX Balloon Team

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