Richard Gill was raised in South Whittier in his younger years. In his teen years he was relocated to LaVerne, California where he started at Ramona Intermediate, and graduated from Bonita High School.
Rich Gill chose to enlist in the United States Air Force. His assignments allowed him to travel to Spain, Germany, Washington, Hawaii, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and New Mexico. During his time in service he worked in many occupations to include:
Construction (Estimating materials man hours, and completion of work),
Security (Protecting Base Assets)
Federal Contract Evaluator (Oversaw Contractors to ensure compliance) Building Maintenance Management (Oversaw crews and workloads of over 50 buildings)
Manager, Packing and Crating Office (Oversaw the shipping of military assets to locations world wide)
For 5 Years at Fairchild AFB in Washington State, Rich Gill was tasked to work as Evaluator with Federal Contracts worth over $10 Million Dollars. Rich monitored contractors for compliance to the standards set in the contracts. He also worked with Contract Managers to make modifications to contracts as well as identify ways to minimize costs and reduce excess spending.
During the years in Hawaii Rich Gill allowed himself to grow as an artist. He began silk screening projects, digital photography, and other creative outlets
Rich Gill had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the Surf Contest Industry to include, Bernie Baker (Pictured), Randy Rarick and more to create a program that has not been duplicated...
Rich Gill took on the challenge of working on numerous Surf Contests to Include:
Triple Crown of Surf
Hawaii Military Surfing Ohana
Jonathan Brookfield Surf 4 Life
Makai Surfing Events
After working on other Surf Contests, Rich Gill decided to embark on his own event. The design was to bring the best from each service to compete for the title of Best in Armed Forces. Asking all branches of service he put together a team that not only supported their individual branch but created other categories that allowed divisions to enhance the competition. Rich also opened the door for a combined sex program that removed social barriers from play. It was one of the few times that Women could compete against Men for the highest title of the Event.
During his other Ventures, Rich Gill had the opportunity to talk to a few known people about the USMSI Including Chuck the ICEMAN Liddell...
Rich Gill Talking to Gene Simmons of the band Kiss and a Supporter Of the US Military.
After completing 22 years of Military service Rich Gill challenged himself by going back to school at New Mexico State University. During this time he began working on movie and television projects. He not only received opportunities to be on set but he went further by giving others a chance to also work on projects. His actions allowed him to become part of the crew as assistant background casting director for different productions.
When not working on productions in Background Casting. Rich Gill was also given the chance to work as Locations for incoming productions at White Sands National Monument. Again Rich gave local residents opportunities in Below the Line jobs to fill spots that might normally go to outside personnel
After receiving his Associates Degree, Rich Gill began getting requests to collaborate on various projects. Working on music videos and other creations in southern New Mexico. During this time, Rich created a program that gave residents a chance to learn about filming and other areas of the Entertainment Industry. Rich Gill contributed his own equipment to the project and never charged the participants that came to learn...
After completing his Associates, Rich Gill came back to California to get his BS in Entertainment Business. During this time, Rich supported different programs related to the film industry. Rich is a firm believer in equal opportunities for all genders and donated his time to shine a brighter light on sexual discrimination in the film production opportunities.
In 2017, Rich Gill Completes his criteria for His Bachelor's in Science. Rich's accomplishments allowed him to be selected to join the National Honor Society of the Entertainment Arts. He continues to operate on various projects in Southern California.
In 2019, Rich Gill begins Filming the City Council meetings to better understand what is going on in the local community. At no cost to residents, he offers the videos to those interested to keep transparency and inform others that cannot attend meetings. After numerous sessions, Rich Gill decides to submit for a seat on the City Council...