Gillian Nielsen, 40-Year Trailblazer
Contemporary Surface Solutions LLC, San Diego
Gillian Nielsen has been painting for nearly 40 years, and she’s accomplished everything she put her mind to. Her job titles have run the gamut and climbed the ladder: painter, project coordinator, project manager, estimator, foreperson,VP and ultimately…contractor/owner.
Nielsen began painting in 1985, and within only a few years, the commercial contractor she worked for in San Diego promoted her to foreman. No doubt, there were obstacles. Then even more so than now, the field was overwhelmingly dominated by men. Some thought women had no place on the jobsite, and more than a few bristled at being supervised by a woman. But Nielsen didn’t let their problems become her problem. She was determined, not deterred.
In 2017, Nielsen launched Contemporary Surface Solutions, LLC, a full-service painting company in San Diego, employing many women painters. The company specializes in fabric wrapped panels, architectural films, and wallcovering of any type.
Nielsen continues to break down barriers and inspire other women to pursue their dreams. She is a true trailblazer, and her story serves as a testament to the power of hard work and determination.
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