Gretchen Nielsen

Helping people get promo products for over 20 years in the SF Bay Area

About Gretchen

Advertising specialties (promo items) has been my sole profession for over 20 years. (view my LinkedIn profile)

I live in Santa Rosa, next to Taylor Mountain Regional Park, in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country of Northern California, with my husband and our two cats.

(they’re not child substitutes – at least that’s what their pediatrician says…)

I was born and raised in Fresno, CA, where I swam competitively from age 6 through college, at one point swimming in a qualifying meet for the Olympic trials.

Later, while I was living in Mill Valley, CA, the local high school, Mt. Tamalpais High School, was about to disband the swimming program because they didn’t have a swim coach so I thought “I love swimming, it was the best part of my high school years- I want to be the coach!”. So I was, for one year, until they got a real coach, and it was the hardest job I ever had. It was hard to imagine that so much had changed for teenagers since I was in school.

At my mother’s prompting, I recently took up the ukulele,

and now we have a Ukulele Orchestra with my husband, my Mom, my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. Picture seven people, all (mis-)playing the same simple, silly song (eg., Tiny Bubbles) for half an hour over and over again before the whole thing falls apart in hysterics. That’s our so-called “Ukulele Orchestra”.

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