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My name is Drew Gates. I grew up in Southern California where I spent a lot of time at the surrounding beaches swimming and surfing. I moved to the South Bay Area prior to High School where I attended Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, CA.

Upon returning to Southern California, I worked primarily in plumbing and electrical construction jobs. In 2005, I met my wife, and our daughter was born shortly thereafter. We relocated to Northern California in 2007 so I could attend the Dental Lab Program at Diablo Valley College.

Due to a lack of work in the dental lab industry, I decided it was time for a career change. I have always enjoyed drafting and graphic design so in 2015, I decided to move to Napa to attend Napa Valley College's Digital Design Graphics Technology Program. As all of my family originates from Napa, it made this a fortunate opportunity.