Ron Shinnick is a native Floridian, but has traveled and lived throughout the United States, especially the Southern U.S. He has a degree from Auburn University in aquaculture and a masters degree from the University of Georgia in Adult Education.

Ron and his wife Pam, have three children, Stacy, Leslie and Tanner. They also have added several new members to their family including two son-in-laws, Leka and John, and one daughter in-law, Tamaira and five grandchildren, Tallie, Tesa, James, Sam and Henry. 

They started their llama farm in 1989 on the 65 acre fisheries research and education center operated by the University of Georgia in Cohutta, Ga. The farm's name, "Llamas by the Llakes" comes from the historic hotel that once stood on the hill over looking the spring and the 20 plus acres of ponds that are located on the property. They have since moved from the fisheries center, and currently live in downtown Cohutta in a restored 100 year old home on a five acre farm with the llamas, chickens and a few other critters. He is also currently serving as the town Mayor. 

Ron and Pam have been involved in llama husbandry now for over 25 years. This has included breeding, training, showing, driving and of course, enjoying llamas. During this time, Ron has written numerous articles for a variety of llama publications in the U.S., Britain, New Zealand and Australia. He is also one of the major promoters and pioneers in North American for llama driving and published one of the very first books on the subject.