Scott Appelman, CEO of Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company
Soaring to Success: An Anderson School Graduate Flies High in the Business of Ballooning
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Jackson Student Center on the UNM Campus
UNM Anderson School of Management alum Scott Appelman will present Soaring to Success: An Anderson School Graduate Flies High in the Business of Ballooning.
Mr. Appelman is President and CEO of Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company, the largest hot air balloon company in the United States. His talk will focus on how he started his business 30 years ago and grew it into 22 balloons and multiple national corporate contracts in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Scottsdale, AZ. Rainbow Ryders offers daily balloon flights year-round and accommodates 20 thousand passengers a year.
Scott will also discuss New Mexico's tourism industry, the number two industry in the state, and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and the impact they have in Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. His company plays a pivotal role at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For the past 14 years Rainbow Ryders has been the only authorized company to offer rides at the world's largest hot air balloon fiesta and he and his staff of 50 employees can fly as many as 2,500 passengers during the nine day event.