If you’ve come to Skydive Orange, it is likely that you have been greeted by the beaming smile and cheery disposition of Whitney Payne. Here is a chance to get to know a bit more about the person who works magic in manifest and plans top-notch events for the drop zone!
I am 26 years young and from Culpeper, VA.
As a kid, I was very quiet and shy, excelled academically and hated sports! I have two older brothers who I absolutely adore.
I am very excited for all the surprises 2018 has in store for me and for all the events at Skydive Orange. I love event planning and ensuring everyone has a great time!
I do not skydive, I actually wouldn’t skydive if you paid me to believe it or not! Adrenaline rushes and I don’t exactly get along.
I started working at Skydive Orange in August of 2013 because I hated my previous job. My boyfriend, Jon Stotts, who was a packer here, told me they were hiring for manifesters – so I applied! Once I started I knew it was a perfect fit. I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my few years and have never experienced an atmosphere quite like the DZ’s. I started doing manifest, then began social media marketing and event planning, and it’s just gotten better and better.
Before I began at Skydive Orange I worked at a Credit Union, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and multiple other customer service positions – all quite soul-sucking.
My current position at Skydive Orange is the Marketing Manager but I still do manifest and guest relations as well.
What initially attracted me to the job was getting out of my old ones but what kept me here is the people. I have never been engulfed in a community that is so caring, genuine and fun. At the end of the day, you don’t have a corporate boss breathing down your neck for more sales – They want to be your friend and have a beer with you around the fire!
My favorite part of the sport is that everyone is constantly learning and pushing themselves to do better. I also love being the face that tandems come to, to tell me just how amazing their first jump was or how it changed their life.
Being in the office has its perks such as climate control, LOL and getting to meet so many new faces. Even though I could never see myself jumping, I love when tandems or licensed jumpers tell me how much fun they had on their jumps!
American! Burgers & fries, for sure.
Tomato and mayo sandwich
Luray Caverns, hands down. It’s so beautiful.
I would LOVE to go to Ireland!
I had a bat land on me during the day so I had to get ALLLLLL the rabies shots – now I can wrestle raccoons!
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
It’s not about the money – Learn to be happy!
Tie between Snap Chat & Instagram
The largest tandem skydiving center near Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.