Steve Mitchell is a 2003 graduate of Lakeview High School and 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. Steve currently lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his beautiful wife Yolanda and son Grayson. He has been a licensed pilot since 2008. When not flying his hot-air balloon, he works as an Engineer for Nestle USA. The name of his balloon is "OLD CAT", because he purchased it from Rick Kerber, who used to fly it as the Michigan Cat balloon. This will be his 9th year participating in the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. Steve placed #1 in 2019, #10 in 2017, #2 in 2016, #6 in 2015 and #14 in 2014 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions. He also claimed Rookie of the Year honors at the 2014 US National Hot-Air Balloon Championship finishing 19th overall.