Jimmy Ventura started life with humble beginnings. Jimmy was born and raised in California and soon after birth, he settled in with his parents and siblings in Silicon Valley.
Early in life Jimmy suffered several major tragedies that would have a profound impact for the rest of his journey. First and at the early age of 3 years old, he suffered a lifetime injury to his right eye that caused vision impairment. At the age of 8, his father unexpectedly passed away leaving his mother and siblings behind and with little to no financial means of surviving. In a family of seven, Jimmy was the middle child.
Being forced to move and relocate in a gang infested area located in East San Jose, Jimmy understood early that there were only two ways to survive and that was to participate in local gangs or work your way out of the community. Obviously, he chose the later. At 8 years old, he held a paper route for 4 years and worked at 4am in the morning for 7 days in a row and never missed a day. There were no days off with food being limited. Jimmy decided to increase his earnings by taking a 2nd and third job while going to elementary school. Sweeping up parking lots at Winchell's donuts on the weekends and delivering for the Sun paper in the afternoons became a routine and part of his work ethics.
In his early teen years, Jimmy transferred to Santa Teresa High School on the first Magnet program for those wanting a better education. Although life was difficult with early morning commutes and late home arrivals, the desire to succeed was already hardwired in his thoughts. Excelling in Aikido, Boxing, Baseball and Wrestling gave Jim additional strength to keep moving forward in education and work. Jimmy used the work energy to help feed his mother and younger siblings until her death in 1995. Jimmy was the first of many to follow from graduating high school and further a college education.He continue to be a vital role in the family of siblings.
Jimmy, continued to excel and earn two majors in criminal justice and corrections. After being introduced and employed by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department by his aunt Barbara Ponze a first time female and hispanic deputy in the county, Jimmy received his first understand of the criminal system and worked at the Elmwood Correctional Facility.
Still seeking for his passion, it was Corporations and Hospitality that truly became his passion. As one of the youngest Director's of Safety and Security in the hospitality Industry, he grew to understand the needs of many industries which led him to open his first Security company in 1993.
Jimmy continues to now own and operate this new venture after having over 35 years of continuous and proven experience. His commitment to the community to include coaching High School wrestling , USA freestyle wrestling, middle school coaching of his kids, Flag football, basketball and the Judo team is a tribute to his love in giving back. He was instrumental in helping salvage countless kids from gang infested areas.
Jimmy has provided security to merely every industry to include but not limited to Hotels, Construction sites, Residential Properties, Commercial Buildings, Educational Institutions, Large Events, Celebrities, Private events, hospitals and fortune 500 Companies. His love for taking care of celebrities includes but not limited to Tiger Woods, Diane Disney Miller, The Walt Disney Staff, Smokey Robinson, Joe Montana, The Super Bowl and large scale concerts and events.
VP Firewatch Experts has a philosophy to earn everything. Our work ethics, commitment to everyone, loyalty, follow up, safety and everyday effort are part of everyday practices. As the CEO, Jimmy is always using his last dollar to help those in need to include athletes, those needing food, the veterans and of course family members. Jimmy has never taken a vacation and has chose to use those funds to give back to a good cause. Every year he gives Turkeys as a reminder that there is always someone out there in need of food.
His greatest pleasure is seeing former athletes, his kids and others grow up to be successful people in the communities. Many of his seeds planted have grown into police officers, doctors, a District Attorney, coaches, teachers, corporate Managers, business owners and proud military personnel.
Jimmy continues to be active in organizations, fundraising and the church. Some memberships include Cal Chamber, USA Freestyle wrestling, The Blue Book and CALSAGA.