Damian Crock - Our CEO
Damian Crock has enjoyed many years at the helm of his ever fascinating company: Picture This Ballooning. Taking the company from an idea inspired with one giant Sherrin Football to an operation with over a dozen balloons and many more to come. From special shape balloons to balloon festivals and fiestas - now to our exciting passenger balloons - Damian enjoys all aspects of the industry and loves seeing people enjoying his impressive fleet of hot air balloons.
Damian loves Australian Rules Football and the Collingwood FC, so it's no surprise his favourite balloon is "the Footy", a 90 foot replica of the official AFL match ball. In 2010 we delivered the 2010 AFL Premiership Cup from the Footy to the MCG in front of 100,016 fans. An equally memorable moment was the flight of the "Pot" - the Carlton Draught Special Shape - over the MCG during the 2008 Grand Final.
A dedicated family man - with wife Sarah and four daughters Emily, Lucy, Charlotte and Claudia he's a man of many talents. He is a practising lawyer, and runs a production company, film studio and event management company.
Yulia Korovchenko - Office Admin Manager
Moving into the Picture This Ballooning administration earlier in 2016 and with a passion for the hot air ballooning industry, Yulia was attracted to PTB for their open and supportive management style. As a born organiser she maintains office efficiency by implementing and planning office systems, layouts, and equipment procurement.
Yulia has a very close relation to hot air ballooning as she has flown as a co-pilot for 70 hours herself.
Kristeena Saville - Ground Crew
Kristeena, is an artist and does work based on romantic notions and finds ballooning to be a great source of inspiration. As crew chief, she is the main support to the pilot and hence, the passengers embarking upon their magical journey over Daylesford in the hot air balloon and she will be there with the retrieve vehicle when everyone floats back down to earth.
Pete Henderson - Melbourne Crew Chief
Pete has been working with hot air balloons for many years and is a very experienced crewmember. He predominantly works with passenger balloons, and has also worked with all of Picture This Ballooning’s special shape hot air balloons. He has been Crew Chief for some of the leading pilots at the Australian Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Pete understands hot air balloons on all levels, from the important safety checks he looks after, to your overall experience on the day. He is the man that will drive you to you launch site, help you inflate the balloon, then pick you up and take you to a delicious champagne breakfast at No35 at the Sofitel Melbourne. Pete is a vital cog in our hot air ballooning team, and you will understand why once you have flown with us.
Dean Larkin - Ground crew
Keryn Stevenson - Accounts
Number cruncher Keryn oversees the day-to-day running of the Accounts department. Keryn is an integral part of Picture This Ballooning for 4 years already and she approaches her role with an astute mind, disciplined work ethic and an eye for detail.
Keryn laughs easily and enjoys working for Picture this Ballooning for our like-minded team and work culture.
Keryn was born in Launceston, Tasmania and studied a Bachelor of Commerce before moving to Melbourne with her husband. She has one daughter, two cats and loves good food.
She has a dream that one day she would travel around Australia in a caravan.
Benjamin Philips - General Manager
The man of a many talents. Ben manages our entire operation, ensuring everything runs like clockwork.
With only 1 hour of flight training under his belt, a pilot career is a long way off, but you never know.