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Jonathan & JoDee Watkins, Founders

Jonathan & JoDee Watkins, Founders

Jonathan and JoDee Watkins and family moved back to South Carolina in early 2014, and founded Pet Commander Kennels in 2015. We are located in Gray Court, SC, just minutes from Greenville! Through many blessings, what started as a twenty-year dream quickly turned into a three-year reality. Their vision of opening a dog boarding and training facility is just one component to a farm that meets and serves many needs. Their love and care for both people and animals is shown throughout the 100+ acre facility that not only houses Pet Commanders Kennels, but will also be home to the CHASE Equestrian Center. Additionally, the Watkins have established a non-profit organization, GIVEN WINGS, which provides hippotherapy (horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment) and therapy canines to qualified individuals.

Jonathan, a former police officer, worked for one of the largest police agencies in the country. Throughout his career, he amassed numerous commendations, performed life-saving actions, and earned meritorious awards. While his love for working with canines dates back to his childhood dogs, his passion for the working companion comes from working closely with police canines. After his retirement from law enforcement in 2013, Jonathan was committed to pursuing his love for the working canine.

In 2013, Jonathan bought his first hunting canine companion. He quickly fell in love with upland game hunting and began to pursue this passion. His pursuit of this great sport led him to the small town of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, home of Ronnie Smith Kennels. Ronnie Smith comes from a long line of dedicated bird dog trainers, and the Smith family has been training “fine” bird dogs for well over 50 years. Ronnie Smith is recognized as one of the top bird dog trainers in the world, as highlighted by Garden and Gun Magazine.

Wanting to learn from the best, Jonathan spent three months of intense training with Ronnie Smith and his wife Susanna Love. Jonathan is now one of a select few trainers that have a Gold Level training certificate from Ronnie Smith Kennels. He is a proud member of “Team HUNTSMITH.”

JoDee is a former cardiac nurse turned successful entrepreneur. You may say that she is the brain behind the Watkins operation. She spends the majority of her time coaching other entrepreneurs to achieve success. Her amazing talents and gifts as a personal coach have allowed Jonathan to pursue his dream. Additionally, these attributes have given them the opportunity to build a facility that will fulfill the vision they had birthed in their heart in 2013. JoDee has an amazing way with people that leaves them shining and successful, and we are thankful she brings that same expertise to Pet Commander Kennels.

Jonathan and JoDee are the proud parents of four amazing kids. Elijah (21), AnneDee (10), Chesney (7), and SaDee (6) can all be found roaming the farm on any given day, and will certainly offer to pet or play with your canine companion.

Kelly E. Holdway, Executive Director of JBW Farms

Kelly E. Holdway, Executive Director of JBW Farms

Kelly is the Executive Director of JBW Farms.  She has recently joined our team and her abilities have quickly proven to be an indispensable asset to the operations of the facilities.  Kelly comes from an impressive administrative background, which includes many years of service on Capitol Hill.  Kelly has notably worked for various elected officials and campaigns including Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC), and Senator Ron Johnson (WI), and served as Director of Scheduling for RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  Her talents are matchless and truly make JBW Farms run smoothly on a day-to-day basis.  Kelly ensures that Pet Commander Kennels operations are held to the high standard that our clients deserve and expect.  Kelly is the proud owner of a Brittany named "Charis."

Jeffrey Watkins - Operations

Jeffrey is the silent force behind the day-to-day operations at Pet Commander Kennels. In addition to daily duties at the kennel, he keeps the 100+ acre farm running smoothly. From daily maintenance to facility repairs, you can always find Jeffrey working on a project at the farm. Jeffrey is a graduate of Clemson University and has two dogs, an adopted mixed-breed named “Smoltz” and a German Shepherd named “Hugo."

Shannon Hiott - Kennel Care

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Kennedy White - Kennel Care

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Sydney McCord - Administrative Assistant

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Christina Reddy - Kennel Care 

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Johnny Mothershead - Kennel Care

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Special Teams

Special Needs, Special Hearts. These are the faces of our purpose…our reason why. To give them a place to find fulfillment – the ability to work in a safe place.

“The Only Disability In Life Is A Bad Attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

Angie Brashier

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Paty Bennett

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Brandon Reeves

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Austin Ensley

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