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Congrats to John “Johnny” Petrehn, the 2017 US National Champion!

Published On: August 11, 2017

John Petrehn, also known as Johnny, is a Houston, TX resident who’s been involved in ballooning since early childhood. He grew up in a ballooning family and has logged over 2500 hours flying balloons all around the world. When not flying the Touchstone Energy® Balloon, John can be found flying in balloon competitions. Just off his major win in the national championships, he is preparing to compete in the 23rd FAI Hot Air Balloon World Championship, hosted in Großsiegharts, Austria, next week!

“John is one of our wonderful and talented Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives pilots.  As well as being a great ambassador for the cooperatives, he is a two time World Champion and just won his third US National Championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. We are all very proud of him!” said Cheri White, general manager of Illinois-based Cooperative Balloon Associates, LLC (CBA).

Cheri, who is also part of Touchstone Energy’s team, won the U.S. Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship title during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico last October.

We are proud to have both John and Cheri as a part of our team. Way to go and best of luck in your upcoming races!

If you are interested in having the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives hot air balloon attend one of your cooperative or local community events, just visit http://www.cbaballoon.com/ for details.

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