Jeff Pestun is from Zeeland, Michigan and grew up in the Battle Creek area watching hot-air balloons and then crewing his first balloon when he was only 8 years old. He has been a licensed balloon pilot for 14 years with over 400 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon. He presently works in Technology Management for Hope College. Jeff is married to his wife Robyn and has two children, Andrew (10) and Allison (8).
The name of his balloon is "Special Purpose" which is a reference to the movie "The Jerk". This will be his 13th year participating in the event. Jeff's parents, Nick & Marilyn will be crewing along with his son Andrew. Jeff placed #11 in 2012 and #9 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.