chicagoland

Members
  • Content

    31
  • Joined

  • Last visited

    Never
  • Feedback

    0%

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    90
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    126
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Chicagoland Skydiving Center
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    18676
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    10000
  • Years in Sport
    25
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1500
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freefall Photography
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    3500

Ratings and Rigging

  • AFF
    Instructor
  • Tandem
    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    Yes
  • Pro Rating
    Yes
  • Rigging Back
    Senior Rigger
  1. chicagoland

    All-You-Can-Jump-Pass @ CSC

    Midwest US
  2. chicagoland

    All-You-Can-Jump-Pass @ CSC

    That price is only extended to our local jumpers. The foreign rate is now $7999.
  3. chicagoland

    All-You-Can-Jump-Pass @ CSC

    We have not made any decisions for the 2013 PROpass yet. If we do it, PROpasses for non-locals will be $7999.00 USD.
  4. chicagoland

    PROskydiving Acquires DZ Tools

    I will say that Matt's product is really nice, but I want to clarify some differences: With PROskydiving, the products are a la carte. You can run PRO and/or JumpRun independent of each other. Also, with our system, you are only paying for sales that originate online, not every tandem that comes thru your DZ. Also, you need to cut our percentage rate in half as we are covering all of the credit card fees - fees that the DZ would incur even if they set-up an e-commerce solution themselves. So, we are essentially charging about 2.9% per online transaction. If you choose not to use the plug-in feature and just want the best scheduling tool in the industry, it's yours to use - free! Just ask to be a featured PROskydiving DZ and we'll set you up with your login. With PRO, our services can be set-up in minutes. There are no implementation costs, no monthly fees, no contracts - just pay for what you use. With regards to JumpRun, we are taking things to the next level. JumpRun has been (and still is) the fastest, most stable, and robust manifesting solution out there. With our new version, we will be integrating some amazing features. Imagine if you customers' Facebook pages updated automatically when they signed their digital waivers, when they manifested on a load, etc. Integrating our activities and social media is going to take our sport to completely new heights. It's coming...
  5. chicagoland

    All-You-Can-Jump-Pass @ CSC

    Actually, I didn't mean for it to be. We are looking for feedback from jumpers about what they want in an all-you-can-jump season pass. Sorry if it came across that way.
  6. chicagoland

    All-You-Can-Jump-Pass @ CSC

    We are gathering feedback from people about our CSC PROpass. This is the 3rd year we've offered the all-you-can-jump membership and it's becoming very popular. Take a look at the discussion on the CSC FB Page http://www.facebook.com/CSCskydiving and give us your input.
  7. chicagoland

    PROskydiving Acquires DZ Tools

    PROskydiving is proud to announce the acquisition of DZ Tools and their suite of dropzone manifest software solutions - JumpRun and Departure Viewer. By bringing JumpRun into PROskydiving, dropzones will soon have a version of JumpRun compatible with current operating systems as well as complete integration with PROskydiving's online reservation and gift certificate solutions. This integration will allow dropzones to seamlessly bring a customer's contact and payment information into their own manifest database saving data-entry time, staff overhead, minimizing mistakes, and reducing customer wait times. We're very excited about the addition of JumpRun. We have big plans for PROskydiving and we look forward to rolling them out. For more information about JumpRun or to learn about PROskydiving, check out www.PROskydiving.com/jumprun Come see us at PIA!
  8. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    After reading this thread, I have thought about it more than ever, but I've never considered PROskydiving to be in competition with SkyRide. We are a software company focused on creating tools for DZs to be productive. We have big plans for other tools for DZOs to put in their arsenal for becoming smooth running, profitable businesses. Yes, we handle reservations, but we never deal with the customers - we've been down this road... With regards to one of my other companies (completely unassociated financially with PROskydiving), I have to weigh everything out. I know that SkyRide is scamming people, but us ceasing to take their customers will, in no way, slow them down. I guess the justification for me has been financial as well as the idea that we can give these people a great experience out of great airplanes despite their poor decision on where to purchase their jump. Doug
  9. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    I know my word does not mean anything to you guys, but I assure you we are not going to be the next SkyRide. PROskydiving has been very well received by the industry and DZOs are excited about having a system like this to help them streamline their operations and push reservations out to their websites. Feel free to contact any of the DZs on our network and ask them why they joined - it's not because they are worried about us going down the street. We are very concerned about how we are perceived (the only reason I am paying attention to this thread) and are considering adjustments to make sure the industry knows that we want to create a win/win situation for everyone involved, especially the customer. Doug
  10. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    There's not much to tell here. We've had zoning issues with the county. Due to the problems, the airport owners have decided to take the airport in a new direction. I'm sure you guys will find a way to twist this into something much more. I encourage everyone to call the airport manager and do your due diligence on me. I'm not perfect, but I think you will be hard pressed to find anyone to call me a liar or a cheater.
  11. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    We changed the way non-network DZs are listed at the bottom: http://proskydiving.com/skydive/IL
  12. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    I'm not sure where you are getting your figures from, but the only time we take 15% is for any transactions that originate on PROskydiving's website. We feel that this 3rd party fee is fair for business that we send to a participating DZ. If a customer books via the DZ's website, the fees are 4.9% - 5.9% (based on estimated annual volume) per transaction and we cover the credit card fees. Also, for any phone orders that are manually entered from the DZ admin side, there is no fee at all. www.PROskydiving.com/dzinfo Doug
  13. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    Our marketing plans do not include the internet. We want to sponsor events, take out magazine ads, TV ads, things that will get people thinking about skydiving and generate new business. If they want to Google a DZ near them, that's great, if they end up going to PROskdiving to locate a network DZ, that's fine too. Currently, the internet is the only place we are marketing our industry. That works well for people who know that they want to go skydiving. What about the people who don't even know there's a DZ 20 - 30 miles from their house?
  14. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    It's not worth me trying to sway your opinion of our business model, but I would like to clarify a couple of things. One, yes, we stand to generate some revenue from this, but in return, we will be marketing skydiving on the national level and ultimately increasing the skydiving exposure so everyone involved benefits. Advertising on that level does not come free. Second, you have to trust someone at some point. If you guys know anything about me and my operation, I have a pretty good reputation as an honest businessman. That is not going to change. Third, if you click the name of the DZ on any dropzone page, there is a link back to the DZ's website - http://proskydiving.com/skydive/il/locations/chicagoland-skydiving-center I encourage everyone to educate themselves on our business model before casting judgement. I can be reached anytime to discuss this further, but would rather not use this medium. It's not the most uplifting place for me to visit when people are comparing me to SkyRide.
  15. chicagoland

    The New Skyride??????

    Many DZs are currently taking a form of online reservations. Some of them are taking credit cards via the web without any security and none of them have a back-end system to manage the content that comes from these sources. We are simply offering DZs a secure method to take online reservations from their own websites. For the percentage we take, we are giving them use of our system as well as national marketing exposure. If you don't understand or appreciate our business model, I am sorry. We are quite proud of it.