Member Spotlight – February 2019
Our Member Spotlight for the month of February is
To say that balloons are an “obsession” for Chris Tribuna, may be an understatement. “My parents couldn’t leave me at my friend’s birthday parties because I would rip down all the balloons and try to take them with me when I left,” said Chris. He decided shortly thereafter to turn his passion into a profession and at the age of just thirteen, Chris founded his first company, Twist With Me 2; a balloon décor business that catered to hundreds of parties and events.
Having become a Certified Balloon Artist in 2014 and with business rapidly picking up steam, it was time to re-brand. In 2017, Twist With Me 2 became Balloon Design Studio as we know it today. Chris and his team travel all over the country to decorate for private and corporate events including events for various celebrities, in the New York Metropolitan area.
Chris became certified as an LGBT-owned enterprise with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and at the end of 2018 was named one of Business Equality Magazine’s “40 Under 40”.
Today, the age of 22, it’s safe to say that Chris’ “balloon” hasn’t burst! He is a shining example of the entrepreneurial spirit and he is excited to see were his business and membership with the New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce will take him next!