Jimmy’s entrepreneurial spirit started when he was just a young boy selling fireworks and sno balls in Gretna, LA at the age of 15. Born the only son to a veterinarian father, Jimmy’s love and compassion for animals began at an early age. It was commonplace for the Strickland Family to take in abandoned pets at the vet practice and love them as their own.
As a graduate with a master’s degree from the “school of hard knocks” as he calls it, Jimmy went on to open his own oilfield supply company at only 22 years old. With only a single car garage and an old pickup truck, under his leadership, Hose Specialty and Supply grew to seven locations in Louisiana, Texas and Mexico with over $18 million in revenues.
After selling his business in 2014 to a national organization, Jimmy went on to open a boat yard repair facility that services both sailboats and recreational boats in the Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis and the surrounding areas.
Anyone that knows Jimmy will undeniably attest that he is the hardest working person and when he dives into a venture, he does so with total commitment. His passion to create a sanctuary for abused and neglected animals and provide a substantial portion of his own funds is admirable.
Jimmy will tell you that his proudest accomplishment is raising his two children, Jessica and Jimmy and working to provide them with a blessed childhood in south Mississippi. When he is not working, Jimmy enjoys going to the beach and spending time with his children and their families, which include 6 grandchildren. He and his wife, Misty, have been married for 10 years and live in Pass Christian with their beloved dogs.
Catherine Williams resides in Pass Christian, MS with her husband Jeffrey Klemmer and their 3 beloved dogs and 2 cats. Catherine was born in La Jolla, CA and has travelled extensively. She is a 2003 Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 2004 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard the USS BOXER in San Deigo, CA before becoming a Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Officer. Catherine left Active Duty in 2008 and is currently a Naval Reserve Commander serving as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Naval Oceaongraphy Operations Command (NOOC) at Stennis Space Center, MS.
Catherine is very involved in the local MS Gulf Coast Community. She is the Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis, MS. She leads the Aquatics Summer Program at the Pass Christian Yacht Club coaching Swim Team, giving swim lessons and water aerobics classes. She is also a member of the Krewe of Venus and the Pass Christian Rotary Club. She volunteers with Animal AID of Mississippi leading their fundraising efforts and is passionately committed to their mission of providing a beautiful, safe and loving sancturay in North Pass Christian to care for the most vulnerable dogs and cats of the MS Gulf Coast. In her free time she enjoys taking daily walks with her 3 spoiled doggies and running, biking & swimming with her husband, Jeff.