The Jumping Place Skydiving Center’s Staff bios
Catherine Kloess = Pack ‘n’ Cathy
Ratings: FAA Master Parachute Rigger (Back, Seat, Chest), Commercial Pilot, Instrument & Multi-Engine ratings, USPA AFF, S/L, and Instructor Aided Deployment instructor ratings.
Pack ‘n’ Cathy in 1992 with her daughter Mariah on her back
Cathy made her first jump in 1986 and she’s the one you will talk to if you call the DZ. She has over 2000 skydives to date.
Since 1989 she has been the owner/operator of The Packing Place, The Jumping Place, Limitless Aviation, LLC. and TJP@JAX, Inc. Jumpers across the US, Puerto Rico and Venezuela know her as Pack n’ Cathy and have allowed her to pay for college educations for all 5 of her children. Photo Taken in 1992, but could have been taken yesterday!
Ratings: USPA Coach FAA Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument, Types, FAA Senior Rigger (Back, Seat, Chest)
Larry worked as an Airline Pilot for over 20 years accumulating over 20,000 flight hours flying everything from Cessna 150’s to Jumbo Jets internationally.
Larry made his first skydive in 1976 and is still skydiving today.
Dakota Hudson – Hudstorm
Ratings: USPA Coach, Strong Tandem
Dakota Loves Skydiving. As a full time army man and a part time skydiving missle, he loves skydiving. Share the thrill of a lifetime with him!
Marcus “McFinn” Finley
Ratings: AFF Senior Rigger (Back), AA University of South Florida
Marcus is the glue that holds The Jumping Place together. He will probably be the first person you talk to on the day of your jump, and the last before you leave. Even in the busiest of days he tries to make sure people are at ease before they plummet towards the planet at 120 MPH. Marcus has packed at over 30 different locations world wide and received his FAA rigging ticket from the legendary Dave Dewolf.
Ratings: Federal Aviation Administartion Senior Rigger (Back), USPA Coach, USPA AFF Instructor, BSChE University of South Florida
Casey does everything from manifest, to pack, to the internet. If a problem arises he will be able to help out. Casey has packed as many as 101 sport rigs, 7 student, and 32 tandems in one day. Widely considered the fastest parachute packer in the world by himself and many others
Ratings: USPA Coach, Strong Tandem Master
Ryan is a retired US Army Ranger and is an intragal part of The Jumping Place Skydiving Center
T.I., coach, PRO rated, wannabe AFF-I
1st Bn. 75th Ranger Regiment
6 deployments to Afghanistan
Retired June 2016
2 dogs, 2 cats
Full time Forex trader, skydiver, traveler, fun haver.
Part time Calvin Klein underwear model.
Ratings: USPA Coach, Strong Tandem Master, Strong Tandem Examiner
Mike Clemmons is a retired Army Captain. While serving he was an Airborne Ranger with the 1st Battalion 75th Rangers and also served with Special Operations. He had a total of 72 jumps which 2 were combat jumps. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education. After retiring he was a Middle School Teacher for 12 years. He is the Sunday School Director, VBS Director, Building and Grounds Chairman for Sand Hill Baptist Church, Guyton, Georgia. Mike is now A Chief Instructor, Static Line Instructor Examiner, Tandem Instructor Examiner, and is a Professional Exhibition Skydiver for Demonstration Skydives. He has over 5600 skydives which over 2900 were Tandems. He has 2 sons and 4 Grandchildren. His oldest Grandson recently began his career in the Army.
Ratings: AFF Coach, AFF Instructor
Scott Buethe is an experimental jet test pilot/instructor and AFF skydiving instructor with 40 years of teaching experience. He is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University with BS and MS degrees in aeronautical engineering and specializes in flight dynamics and advanced flight control systems. Chicks dig him because he is kind to animals and has a pretty parachute.