Chuck Walz is from Munith, Michigan. Before becoming a pilot, Chuck was on a balloon crew. He has been a licensed hot-air balloon pilot since 1993. Chuck is retired from Jackson County Road Commission. He has a wife named Cindy and has a son named Brian. He has participated in this event for many years. He will be flying the "Lucky Max" balloon. Chuck placed #13 in the 2013 Hot-Air Balloon Competition.