While I love the personal side of being Santa, I also take great pride in being a professional as well.  Here's some pertinent information to help you get to know Santa Gary. 

Personal Information

  • Married to my beautiful wife Chau for 43 years.
  • Raised three wonderful sons (all with college degrees), who are now married with children of their own.

  • Blessed with 8 beautiful granddaughters and 3 handsome grandsons.

Santa Work Experience

  • Santa in many different venues during 2015 Christmas season - HeadquartersRegiment Marine Corps Party,  Bells of Freedom Marine Celebration,  Connect Through Kids (foster families),  Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe,  Stage Pro/Elder Care Facility,  Marines/9th Com Bn,  Moncado Springs Homeowners Association families party,  Amazon.com/Operation Homefront for Navy families,  visited children at Balboa Naval Hospital,  Imagination  Entertainment (The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe),  Michelle Popp Photography,  New Community Church Vista (St. Nicholas presentation) and parties for event planners, neighborhoods and home visits for individuals and groups
  • Santa in many different venues during the 2014 Christmas season - Petco Park Winter Wonderland, Headquarters Regiment Marine Corps Party, Bells of Freedom Marine Celebration, Connected Through Kids, Illumina Corporate Party, Parties for event planners, neighborhoods and home visits for individuals and groups
  • Santa Claus for numerous personal home visits every year since the 2004 Christmas season. 
  • Santa Claus at Westfield Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad, CA – 2005 through 2013 Christmas seasons (independent contractor for Cherry Hill Photo Company).
  •  Santa at the San Luis Rey Mission Christmas for July Festival in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Santa Claus for an event with Marine wives and children, whose husband's deployed during Christmas of that year – 2004, 2005 & 2012 Christmas season.

  • Santa Claus for South Coast Plaza's opening Christmas ceremony, tree Lighting and other special events – 2004 Christmas season.

  • Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA – 2004 Christmas season.

  • Santa Claus at Vallco Fashion Park in Cupertino, CA – 2003 Christmas season (with Santa Plus Photo Company). 

  • Santa Claus at Bell Gardens Elementary School in Southern California, to distribute food, appear at school assembly and visit classrooms – 2002 Christmas season.

  • Santa Claus at U.S.C. Children’s Hospital, to distribute toys – 2002 Christmas season.

Non-Santa Work Experience

  • U.S. General Accounting Office auditor/analyst – retired after 34 years of Federal Government Service.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, PA, in 1969.

  • Master of Arts in Business Management & Supervision – graduated from Central Michigan University (satellite location) in Washington D.C. in 1981.

Community Service

  • Currently teaching a home fellowship group and a summer Bible Study class at Calvary Chapel Oceanside.

  • Served as an Elder at Lighthouse Christian Church in Oceanside, CA, and on the Lighthouse Christian School Board of Directors.

  • Served as an Elder at Inland Community Church in Chino, CA.

  • Served as an Elder at Chino Valley Community Church in Chino, CA.

  • Teaching adult Bible studies since 1977.

  • Director of AWANA program for boys in third through sixth grades.

  • Director of Royal Ambassadors church group for boys and girls in third through sixth grades.

  • Coached boys soccer and baseball teams for many years.