Renee' is a fifth generation Floridian and fourth generation cattle producer. Her roots in livestock and agriculture run deep by being raised on a 90,000 acre cattle ranch that her father managed for 28 years which also had crop farming, timber, sod, hunting and other agribusinesses.
After finishing school at the University of South Florida, she was employed on a ranch near Bradenton, Florida until moving to Louisiana where she worked on an Arabian Horse Breeding Farm that serviced over 200 mares. She obtained a good working knowledge of artificial insemination, and other animal reproduction techniques. While in Louisiana, she picked up a trade that would later become a very successful business for her by learning to abstract land titles for oil companies. She took her title searching and abstracting skills back home to Florida to work at a local title company until starting her own independent title searching business in 1990 called TnT Searching, Inc. Still in operation today, revenue from this 28-year old firm has been helped to support the business that has always been near to her heart, that of being a cattle rancher.
She eventually fulfilled a lifelong dream of obtaining her own cattle in the early 90's. She borrowed money from a bank and bought a herd of red cattle. Along with her partner, they own several hundred head of commercial cattle on several thousand acres known as Strickland Ranch, a commercial cow/calf operation including Brangus, Beefmaster and Braford cattle. She started exporting livestock in 2006 after a trip to Cuba to send Florida cattle to the island. Because of her love of a good challenge, traveling abroad and meeting people in agriculture, it was a good fit. In addition to exporting cattle, both dairy and beef, the business now includes shipping horses, sheep, goats, pigs, agricultural supplies and equipment to countries all over the world but especially in her backyard of the rest of the Western Hemisphere.
Renee' is the immediate past President of the Livestock Exporters Association of the US (their first female President) and chairperson of the Foreign Trade Committee for the Florida Cattlemen's Association and is currently serving on the federal APAC (Agricultural Political Advisory Committee) to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on behalf of live animal exports and also sits on an advisory committee for the Florida Department of Agriculture for Marketing "Fresh from Florida products".