Shawn Raya is from Highland, Michigan. Shawn grew up with his dad flying the Father & Son Construction balloon. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1987. Shawn is a purchasing manager at RHK Technology. He has a wife named Sandra and 4 kids; Joshua, Audrianna, Ashley & Victoria. Shawn will be flying his "Sullair" balloon with the "Sullair" - A Hitachi Group Company banner. This will be his 14th year participating in the event. Shawn's family helps him crew the balloon. Shawn has placed in the top 10 for the last several years, placing #7 in 2016, #4 in 2015, #5 in 2014, #7 in 2013, #8 in 2012 and #3 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.